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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.

Upcoming Conversation

Investing in Equity

Thursday, May 11, 2023 | 8:00am to 9:00am

In honor of May being Small Business Month, we’re pleased to host a panel that will explore why it is so important to invest in minority-owned small businesses and how to help them succeed.

Watch the Livestream Below:
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Featured Speakers

Diana Colby headshot

Diana Colby
COO of Spectrum eCommerce and Brand Marketing Solutions

Jay Ungos headshot

Jay Ungos
President of the Small Business Diversity Network

Bobby McDonald headshot

Bobby McDonald
President of the Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce

Reuben Franco headshot

Reuben Franco
President of the Orange County Hispanic Chamber

Thank You to Our Sponsor

  • 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

Check Out Past Conversations

March 22, 2023
A New Day for Women in Iran

Our recent Cultures United Conversation, “A New Day for Women in Iran,” was an encouraging, informative and eye-opening discussion. It offered us the perfect opportunity to discuss the protests that are taking place throughout Iran, which are leading to real change for women. Here are a few of the things we learned from our conversation:

  • We learned why Mahsa’s death was the last straw and the unexpected catalyst for change in Iran
  • We learned just how massive the cultural uprising was, both in Iran and around the world
  • We learned that gender apartheid is now being recognized as an issue by the UN and what this indicates about the future of gender equality around the world

Help spread the word about this impactful series by sharing the event recording 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 email CulturesUnited@UnitedWayOC.org.

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