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Gwendolyn Lorraine Dowdy-Rodgers honored by State Legislature as 2019 Woman of the Year

Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes honored   Gwendolyn Lorraine Dowdy-Rodgers of San Bernardino as the 2019 Assembly District 47 Woman of the Year. Organized by the Legislative Women’s Caucus, the Woman of the Year award recognizes women from all over the state for accomplishments in their respective fields and for their dedication to improving the lives of others in conjunction with Women’s History Month.



Gwendolyn Lorraine Dowdy-Rodgers, a long-time noted speaker, assistant pastor, board of education member, and founder of the Young Women’s Empowerment Foundation was selected to receive this years’ Woman of the Year award based on her work with students and parents.  The Young Women’s Empowerment Foundation empowers young women to reach their highest aspirations via mentoring and scholarship opportunities that support participants from middle school through their first year of college. Gwen also established an annual spring “Girl Talk” conference for young girls along with an annual fall “Healthy Me” wellness conference for women to address chronic health issues.



“It is an honor to recognize Gwen for her commitment and dedication to the communities of the Inland Empire. Her leadership and sacrifice for others is a model we all should aspire to,” said Assemblymember Reyes. “Gwen is a champion for the region through her work to empower and uplift young women across the region.  Gwen made a decision to give back to her community with her time, efforts and knowledge and we should look to her as an example of what we can do to help others.”



In total, over 120 women were nominated from throughout the community for the Woman of the Year award which recognizes local women for accomplishments in their respective fields and for their dedication to improving the lives of others in conjunction with Women’s History Month. 



Nominees came from a variety of different backgrounds ranging from educators and community advocates to county employees, students, business owners and heads of local non-profits.  After review, 30 finalist were selected before the final selection of Gwendolyn Lorrain Dowdy-Rodgers



2019 Woman of the Year Finalist for the 47 th  District:



Alexa Sigala – Fontana



Alice Chow Geske – Grand Terrace



Aurelia Renteria – Fontana



Carol Malone – Rialto



Demi Espinoza – Muscoy



Dr. Letitia Wright – Fontana



Elsie Valdivia Robles – Colton



Erika Flores – Bloomington



Francine Blacksher – San Bernardino



Gloria Amaya – San Bernardino



Gwendolyn Dowdy-Rodgers – San Bernardino



Isabel Hunt – Fontana



Jean Kayano – Grand Terrace



Jennifer L. Morris – Rialto



Joyce Chambers Hampton – Rialto



Judith Valles – San Bernardino



Karen Larson Coleman – Fontana



Kathy Williams-Braxton – Colton



Kimberly Calvin – San Bernardino



Kimberly Clark – Fontana



LaKeisha Jackson – San Bernardino



LuCretia Dowdy – Bloomington



Maribel Núñez – San Bernardino



Maricela Soliz-Ferguson – Rialto



Megan Moeskau – Grand Terrace



Pamela Langford – San Bernardino



Paula Beauchamp – San Bernardino



Rebecca Gallegos – Colton



Rev. Bronica Martindale-Taylor – San Bernardino



Rosa Loera – Muscoy
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