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The last year has magnified the challenges and divisions facing our community. But Orange County is stronger when we’re united—united in our diversity and in our passion to improve lives of everyone who lives here.

Cultures United is a new initiative to help promote conversation, collaboration, philanthropy, and unity. Informed and motivated by our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement, we’re excited to launch the virtual Cultures United Conversation Series.

CULTURES UNITED CONVERSATION SERIES

Brought to you by

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  • Discover similarities within our community
  • Find pride in the different cultures that make up Orange County
  • Learn about the challenges facing our most vulnerable communities
  • Be inspired to take action

We will only be better together when we understand each other’s stories.

CULTURES UNITED CONVERSATION 1

This first event provided a candid start to conversations around diversity.

Sharing their own inspirational journeys, our three panelists, Ben Alvarado (Executive Vice President and Director of Core Banking, California Bank & Trust), Martha Daniel (CEO and President, Information Management Resources, Inc.), and Tam Nguyen (President, Advance Beauty College), also explained why they’re optimistic about the future of Orange County.

View event recording here.

CULTURES UNITED CONVERSATION 2

Our Cultures United Conversation Series continued with a deeper look into the Vietnamese community in Orange County.

Our featured speakers Tam Nguyen, President, Advance Beauty College, Linda Nguyen, Director of Community Relations, 360 Clinic, Derrick Nguyen, Attorney At Law, Law Offices of Derrick H. Nguyen, and Anne Nguyen, a former Youth Career Connections intern, shared their experiences as Vietnamese-Americans, the model minority myth, how the Vietnamese community has navigated the pandemic, and the opportunities that are available for collaboration with other Asian-American sub-groups.

Despite differences in languages and backgrounds among the various ethnic and generational groups, there are similarities in the experiences we share living in Orange County.

View event recording here.

CULTURES UNITED CONVERSATION 3

Hear from Martha Daniel, a successful African-American woman entrepreneur, as she discusses the ability to assimilate with a group of people from different backgrounds while celebrating life, community, and how one was raised, as well as the importance of coming together for the sake of humanity.

Date:
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM (PST)

CULTURES UNITED CONVERSATION 4

Join Ben Alvarado as he shares his story of being a second-generation Mexican-American, and discusses how we can connect on an understanding of different backgrounds and the opportunities we have to share our experiences within corporate/professional settings.

Date:
Thursday, March 11, 2021
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM (PST)

Registration to this event not yet open. Check back soon!

CULTURES UNITED CHAIRS & PANELISTS

Ben Alvarado

Executive Vice President and Director of Core Banking, California Bank & Trust
Board of Directors, Orange County United Way

Martha Daniel

CEO and President, Information Management Resources, Inc.,
Board of Directors, Orange County United Way

Tam Nguyen

President, Advance Beauty College
Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Orange County United Way

Susan B. Parks

President and CEO, Orange County United Way

SHARE YOUR STORY

Your story and your experience is important—and we want to hear them! Please let us know: What does Cultures United mean to you?

Cultures United is informed and motivated by our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement, which you can view here.

Learn more about United Way, Volunteer, Donate.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Hastings at 949.263.6141 or via email.

THANK YOU TO OUR CULTURES UNITED SPONSOR

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