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The last few years have 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 for everyone who lives here.

Cultures United is a virtual conversation series that encourages dialogue, collaboration, philanthropy, and unity. Informed and motivated by our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement, each discussion aims to highlight and celebrate our differences, share our strengths, and unite to do more for our community.

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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

Upcoming Conversations

Drawing Strength from Hispanic Heritage

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re thrilled to feature two female leaders in the Orange County business community who have given voice and paved the way for so many.

Joining us are Gloria Alvarado, Executive Director of the Orange County Labor Federation, who has been committed to worker rights, dignity, and respect for over three decades, as well as Silvia Ichar, Founder of PARA TODOS Magazine, the first Spanish-language magazine in Orange County.

You won’t want to miss this vibrant conversation and the opportunity to hear the personal stories of these women, lessons from key achievements throughout their careers, and how they have drawn upon their Hispanic heritage to impact our business community in transformative ways here in Orange County. forms of hate in Orange County.

Thursday, October 6, 2022
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM (PT)

Featured Speakers

Gloria Alvarado
Executive Director
Orange County Labor Federation

Silvia Ichar
Founder and Publisher

Ben Alvarado
Executive Vice President and Director of Core Banking
California Bank & Trust

Chair, Cultures United
Orange County United Way


Check Out Past Conversations

The Rise of Antisemitism in Our Community

The latest Cultures United Conversation examined the rising levels of antisemitism and other forms of hate in Orange County. Lisa Armony from the Jewish Federation of Orange County; Rabbi Richard Steinberg from the Congregation Shir-Ha-Ma’alot; along with our moderator, Jim Scheinkman from Snell & Wilmer LLP, joined us to spotlight the complexities of antisemitism and the Jewish culture.

They discussed what antisemitism and hate look like today in our community and the challenges it creates for all of society, as well as the actions we can take, together, to reduce hate and create positive change for everyone in Orange County. Watch the event recording and help spread the word about this important work by sharing it with your networks!

Cultures United Chairs

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


If you have any questions, please contact Sue Parks at 949.263.6169 or via email.

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