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 five remarkable women.

These leaders and role models — both in business and in life — are bettering their 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 2023


Captain Tammie Jo Shults


Tammie Jo Shults possessed an early interest in flying, but she faced various obstacles on her path to becoming a military pilot. Applying her lifelong trait of perseverance, she eventually became one of the first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots in the United States Navy. Her duties, before women were allowed into combat roles, encompassed teaching Out Of Control Flight as well as serving as a bogey/bandit against Top Gun students as well as other squadrons, ships or entire carrier groups.

After concluding her Navy career, she flew over Forrest fires one summer then became a pilot for Southwest Airlines. Tammie Jo's incredible history and talent received wide acclaim on April 17, 2018, when she successfully landed a Southwest Boeing 737 after an engine exploded at high altitude, causing multiple system failures and a rapid depressurization. The successful landing of Flight 1380 in Philadelphia saved 148 total lives including passengers and crew, as detailed in her National Best Seller book, Nerves of Steel.

Captain Shults captivates audiences with her life story and the adversity she faced on her path to becoming a pilot. Through her fierce determination, Captain Shults demonstrates the building blocks necessary to lead and manage a crisis even under severe pressure.

Through her insight, Captain Shults has motivated thousands of individuals to transform adversity into strength, and strength into the courage to take action.


Outstanding Achievement: Kay HazenKay Hazen and Company

Business Leader: Norma CastanedaFidelis Health Group and HR Advantage

Nonprofit Leader: Jane GarrisonOswit Land Trust

Rising Star: Jessica CampbellCoachella Valley Firebirds


Thursday, May 25, 2023  | 11 am.

The Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage68900 Frank Sinatra DriveRancho Mirage, California 92270


Tart with a Beet Hummus
Couscous Mediterranean Salad
Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Onions, and Dressing on a bed of Arugula with a Sumac Crusted Salmon
(Vegan Option: Cauliflower Steak)
Spring Mixed Berry Cheesecake

Our 2023 Sponsors:

SBEMPRaymond JamesDesert LexusThe Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage