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EmpowHer Institute to Honor Four Amazing and Unstoppable Women at the Annual Girls to Greatness Luncheon Saturday, April 26, 2014 – the Beverly Hills Hotel

Honorees include: Musette Buckley – Senior V.P., Warner Bros. Pictures; The Honorable LaDoris (Dot) Harris, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the United States Department of Energy; Renata Simril, Senior V.P. of External Affairs at The Los Angeles Dodgers; Denita Willoughby, Regional V.P. of External Affairs at Southern California Gas Company.

Los Angeles, CA, April 23, 2014 --( EmpowHer Institute will honor, Musette Buckley, Senior Vice President for Warner Bros. Pictures, The Honorable La Doris “Dot” Harris, Director of Economic Impact and Diversity for the U.S. Department of Energy, Renata Simril, Senior Vice President, External Affairs for The LA Dodgers, and Denita Willoughby, Regional Vice President at Southern California Gas Company with PathMaker awards, which recognize women in our community who exemplify the characteristics of a PathMaker, one who blazes a path for others to follow and encourages and inspires along the way.

“The four women we have selected this year have proven their dedication towards our community as well as are all focused on exposing girls to non-traditional careers in S.T.E.M, Sports and Entertainment,” said Betty LaMarr, EmpowHer Institute Founder and CEO. “I am proud to have their support and thrilled we are able to recognize their efforts and hard work. These women inspire all young girls to believe in themselves and their future success.”

About Musette Buckley:
Ms. Buckley has held various positions at the studio since 1992, and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of product placement in Warner Bros feature films. During her tenure, she has nurtured relationships between brands and major Warner Bros features. It is her strong desire to help kids and teenagers embrace their power, goodness and resilience, to see their lives as having purpose and reverse tendencies of previous generations. Musette is a strong advocate of EmpowHer and has become a huge fan of the program EmpowHer has put into action. Musette is dedicated to supporting EmpowHer and other organizations very close to her heart. She has been on Planet Hope’s Board for 15 years, which has offered a summer camp each year for women and their children living in homeless shelters.

About The Honorable LaDoris (Dot) Harris:
Nominated by President Obama, Dot has nearly 30 years of leadership and management experience. Serving in the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, Ms. Harris leads the Department of Energy’s efforts to ensure minorities and historically underrepresented communities are afforded an opportunity to participate fully in its energy programs. Ms. Harris is an advocate for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for minorities and girls. She says, “Energy is an issue that is at the front and center of this country, and we have a responsibility to mine the potential of young people to create a STEM and energy literate citizenry.”

About Renata Simril
Ms. Simril assists in coordinating the Los Angeles Dodgers government and legislative affairs and business relations as well as overseeing all community relations activities. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, she served as deputy mayor for Economic Development in the Hahn administration where she oversaw and managed five of the city’s community and economic development departments and led policy, legislative and budget affairs. She has held various positions with for profit and non-profit organizations. She has blazed trails in non-traditional roles for women, like being in the Military Police and now Major League Baseball.

About Denita Willoughby
Ms Willoughby is a proven leader in community relations, public affairs and media and employee communications efforts at SoCal Gas, the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility serving over 20 million consumers through 5.8 million gas meters in more than 500 communities. Among her many academic and professional accomplishments, she is an education advocate and enjoys mentoring young professionals. She currently serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, UNITE LA and Affordable Living for the Aging.

The Girls to Greatness Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at The Beverly Hills Hotel, located at 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. More than 300 guests are expected to attend the luncheon, which will be hosted by Grammy winner and actor – Dawnn Lewis, and music supplied by Harpist, Mariea Antoinette. There will be a silent auction, which features unique experiences and other luxury items to bid on.

About EmpowHer
EmpowHer Institute is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is to empower girls and young women by helping them gain the skills necessary through education, training and entrepreneurship to seek fulfilling and productive lives. The goal is to reduce the high school dropout rate for low-income middle and high school girls who are at risk of educational failure due to teen pregnancy, truancy, and juvenile delinquency. The strategy is to provide sisterhood, relevant training, choice in decision-making, and to demonstrate resiliency as a means to overcome poverty and to help young women meaningfully serve their communities. To learn about future events and opportunities to volunteer or donate, please call 310.574.9181 or visit

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