Founder & CEO / Co-PresidentJoan is a Certified Public Accountant with her own accounting firm in Palm Desert, CA, specializing in working with women. In 2005 she felt it was time to give back to her local community, and after much thought she chose a mission that resonated with her and was dear to her own life’s story.
“Ever since I returned to school years ago, faced with raising two small children with very few financial resources, I have been fascinated with the common threads that run through women’s lives. We have so much to offer each other, and we have so much potential to tap into. It was simply time give back and assist other women in reaching their dreams.”
Jan has been a desert resident since 1977. She believes that education is the foundation for the growth and prosperity of our community and as a Palm Desert City Council member since 2010, she has worked to ensure that quality, relevant, and accessible education is woven into the values and environment of the community. The recent “Woman of The Year” award was presented to Jan by Assembly member Chad Mayes largely because of her work to bring a complete 4-year university to the Coachella Valley.
Recognizing the value of volunteerism and the increased quality of life it brings to our community – and to the volunteer – Jan is dedicated to volunteering and encouraging others to do so.
Raising four daughters has provided a clear illustration of the importance of lending a hand, developing self-reliance, and always “remembering who you are”.
Debra CarringtonDebra is founder and CEO of Summer Colony Living which is a lifestyle brand offering Summer Colony Living private label brands in home, bridal and fashion along with featured international emerging designers with three retail locations in Palm Desert, CA and Miller Beach, IN.
Debra has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communications from Purdue University. Ms. Carrington is a sought after speaker on intellectual property and branding
She serves on the advisory board of UCLA College of Letters & Science, Academic
Carole is a Southern California native & has lived in the desert full time since 1988. She is a licensed insurance agent and has worked in the family insurance agency, Motz-Rusin for 16 years. At the age of 39, Carole found herself as the single mom of three young children. Her mom helped her financially to get her cosmetology license so she could provide for her children. For this reason, she has a passion for what The Girlfriend Factor stands for. Carole believes in giving back to the community she lives in and has volunteered over the years for many different organizations winning many awards.
Carole is happily married & her children are now grown, married and have given her the biggest blessing of seven grandchildren. She has a love for travel and with an Italian upbringing, Carole travels to Italy almost every year.
Danielle is one of the few Palm Desert natives. She is a graduate of College of the Desert and Cal State San Bernardino and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business. Danielle has been the Director of Marketing for Coachella Valley headquartered natural grass growers, West Coast Turf, for over 30 years, and been involved in the grassing of numerous iconic sporting events including Super Bowls, MLB World Series, college football championships, and golf courses around the world. She is the recipient of the Hi-Lo Desert Golf Course Superintendents Distinguished Service award, and was the first woman to honored as such.
Danielle has been a board member and the Auctions Director for The Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the last 14 years with the #1 auction in the country for St. Jude, and has raised over $26.5 million in that time.
Having spent 3 decades in a male dominated industry career (many times being the only female in the room with 300+ male colleagues!), Danielle recognizes the power and importance of being an educated woman–even more so today.
Danielle has been a passionate “beginner golfer” for over a quarter of a century, loves tacos, and could not live without her cherished and loyal girlfriends!
Elli has an extensive career in broadcasting as a news anchor, talk show host and producer throughout the western U.S. and primarily, California. With a passion for helping people to find their purpose, Elli has been a voice in the Coachella Valley for over a decade and currently hosts a podcast/radio show called “Getting Here.” Working for a Fortune 150 Company in Corporate Communications, Elli was able to help bring grants of over 1 million dollars to Coachella Valley schools and nonprofits with the purpose to Connect A Million Minds to STEM technology. Elli worked extensively with Government Affairs in LA, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, overseeing all communications for a cable giant, as well as all communications in general for the company. Serving on several boards and mentoring students in area schools, Elli desires to see that women have every opportunity to excel in the things they are passionate about. Education is key to ensure that no opportunity is missed.