Women Who Lead

Presented by SBEMP Attorneys

Palm Springs Life's Women Who Lead

Thinkers. Doers. Trailblazers. Headline makers.

Palm Springs Life presents a celebration of three remarkable women in the Coachella Valley. These leaders and role models — both in business and in life — are bettering our community through their extraordinary accomplishments and dedication. Join us as we honor the commitment, vision, and talents that have made these women the Women Who Lead in 2019.


Women Who Lead Awards Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Joyce Bulifant

Celebrate the Coachella Valley’s leaders and role models – both in business and in life – as we celebrate the 2019 Women Who Lead honorees in three categories: Business Leader, Community Non-Profit, and Rising Star.

Monday, May 20, 2019
Reception: 11:00 a.m.
Lunch: 12:15 p.m.

The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, 68900 Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

No host Valet Parking is required, $6 per vehicle.

Tickets: $90 per person and $800 for table of ten.

A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit GirlFriend Factor.


Congratulations to the 2019 Women Who Lead Honorees

Business Leader

  • Kristi Hanson – Architect, KHA Architects

Non-Profit Leader

  • Oralia “Yaya” Ortiz – Culturas Music & Arts

Rising Star

  • Debra Hovel – Makerville

Keynote Speaker, 2019 Women Who Lead Luncheon: Joyce Bulifant

Joyce Bulifant

Joyce Bulifant’s extensive credits onstage and on TV have made her a familiar face and a popular personality, most notably as Marie on The Mary Tyler Moore Show playing Gavin MacLeod’s wife. She also appeared in the film Airplane! and in a Disney musical, The Happiest Millionaire, and made many appearances on game shows, especially Match Game.

While under contract at Universal she guest-starred with Fred Astaire and appeared on The Virginian, Destry Rides Again, Thriller, and many others. Her many TV credits include Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, My Three Sons, Just Shoot Me, and Weird Science. She has performed in many theaters across the United States.

Among her writing credits are two one-woman shows, My Life Upon the Wicked Stage and Remembering Helen Hayes With Love, which she has performed in various theaters.

Bulifant is the executive vice president of The Dyslexia Foundation; she has served on many boards and founded an Advocacy Center in Colorado for abused children.

My Four Hollywood Husbands, a book written by Bulifant, has received excellent reviews from readers across the U.S. and Europe, leading to many speaking engagements and TV interviews regarding the book and her extensive career.

Bulifant’s latest films include a spoof of Taken called Tooken and the soon-to-be-released I Hate Kids.

2019 Sponsors



SBEMP Attorneys



2019 Benefiting Charity

GirlFriend Factor