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Board Members

PAULINE FIELD, Chair (top of page)

An Ambassador for World Leadership Day in the United States of America , is the Founder and Chair of Fifty-Fifty Leadership, a nonprofit promoting women's equal leadership, and publishes the monthly women's issues emagazine, The Equality Standard.

A consultant, executive coach and the former COO of International FieldWorks, Inc., a global management consulting agency, she is widely published on business practices and management skills, has appeared on a number of radio and television shows.

She created and served as a Commissioner for the City of Glendale Commission on the Status of Women, was appointed to the City of Glendale 's Charter Review Committee, and has served on many nonprofit Boards.

To support leadership growth, Pauline wrote a new book, Feisty & Fearless: Nice Girls CAN Be Leaders. Pauline believes that to be effective, we need to reach inside ourselves and realize that just as mothers would walk in front of a bus to save their child, so we each can find a similar passion and commitment that pushes us onward removing fear and doubt so we simply do what we know to be right. (click here for more details about the book)

Watch an interview with 50/50 Leadership Chair Pauline Field
as she talks about women's leadership and why we need leadership equality.

KATHILENA JOHNSON, President (top of page)

KathiLena Johnson, President of 50/50 Leadership, has been a healthcare professional for over 25 years. She holds a master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Development and she is a doctoral candidate (EdD) at Grand Canyon University. Her field of study is Organizational Management with an Emphasis in Health Care Administration. She is expected to complete her course work in February 2017. In addition to her graduate studies, KathiLena is also a graduate of the 50/50 2013 Leadership Circle. KathiLena shares the vision and compassion of the organization to empower young women because as a child she shared similar experiences of abuse and abandonment. She is determined to help as many young women to avoid the pitfalls of addictions and sexual promiscuity that she fell into by sharing her story of victory, providing resourceful life tools, and mentoring and encouraging them along their journey. Outside of her profession and 50/50 Leadership, KathiLena shares her encouraging testimony in California State Prisons, Prototype Women’s Facility and in the Care and Counseling Ministry at her local church.

LAURA LOFTSGAARDEN, Vice President (top of page)

Laura’s career projects have been geared toward promoting education and conveying information to female and minority audiences.  As the PSA Program Coordinator at Women In Film, a non-profit organization that promotes Women in the Film industry, she served as primary staff liaison to Women In Film’s seven Committees: Business Affairs, Fundraising, Distribution, Personnel, Resources, Marketing and Submissions. 

While at Women In Film Laura wrote and directed "Get Tech Kids," a Public Service Announcement for the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The PSA was designed to encourage American youth, particularly girls and minorities, to study math and science in order to qualify for careers in Information Technology. The PSA debuted in Washington, D.C. and was later broadcast nationwide during various shows including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”  "Get Tech Kids" went on to win multiple awards for its creativity.

As the Director of Marketing at Mariela Communications, a marketing and advertising agency that specialized in the Hispanic market, she wrote and directed the commercial for the California Nutrition Network's Bone Health Program.  The result was a 32% increase in sales of 1% milk in the Hispanic market during the three month campaign, and a total of 66% increase after one year.

To keep her production skills sharp she also creates projects that she considers labors of love —small pro bono projects for friends with small businesses.  Laura has created music videos, corporate videos,  internet and cable broadcast commercials as well as tribute videos for 50/50 Leadership’s Women of the World events. 

Laura holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting from California State University Los Angeles.  As a student she achieved the following scholastic awards and distinctions:

  • 1st Female to Graduate from CSULA’s Communications Studies Graduate Program
  • CSULA Special Recognition in Graduate Studies, 2 years
  • CSULA Alumni Certificate of Honor
  • CSULA Journal of Graduate Studies

BARRY ALLEN, Treasurer (top of page)

Barry Allen is the Founder of Vanguardians , a non-profit focused on bringing accountability to the public sector. Soon to be taken nationwide, his accomplishments include saving the City of Glendale, California $41million in unnecessary expenses and cleaner, more open City Council Elections. Mr. Allen also served as a lobbyist.

He was the founding C.E.O. of International FieldWorks, a hybrid management consultancy, is on the Board of Directors for Omni Broadcasting, a public company, and recently served as the Vice President of Business Development for RxDispense, Inc.

Barry's background includes the startup, turnaround and management of businesses in Michigan and California . For many years he was the Deputy Director of Civil Defense in Southfield , Michigan , while owning, operating and building a multi-million dollar Physical and Electronic Security corporation.

Mr. Allen was the youngest Private Investigator in the state of Michigan , built his company from a startup to an enterprise with over a thousand employees. Barry created the first national trade association and became a lobbyist for the industry.

Barry managed a Los Angeles business talk radio station, and is a sought after resource for editors and writers of the major news media in Southern California . He has hosted successful business talk radio shows on stations in Southern California and Arizona and is widely published.

RIA SEVERANCE (top of page)

Ria is an Executive Development Consultant, a certified mediator and licensed psychotherapist (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 24650). She has served executives and employees from major Los Angeles corporations and law firms for over 20 years. She brings to 50/50 Leadership her genuine and direct style.

MARICRUZ (top of page)

(Bio coming soon)

Advisory Board

ELLEN SNORTLAND (top of page)

Ellen Snortland is a published author, broadcase and print journalist, performer, writing coach, and entrepreneur. Her book, Beauty Bites Beast: Awakening the Warrior Within Women and Girls, has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese and will shortly be published in Hebrew. An avid self-defense advocate, Ellen teaches IMPACT Foundation's full impact training and is currently creating a movie about the necessity for women and girls to learn about self defense.

EDY ROSE-BERENS (top of page)

Edy Rose-Berens is an educator, fine artist, interior designer and color therapist. She has taught Fiber Optic Lighting Design, creating the first such curriculum for the Los Angeles Unified School District . She has also taught Function Art and interior Design as well as English as a Second Language (ESL).

Edy has worked with children and adults of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Her interior design has been widely published and showcased and her fine art has been shown at the Pacific Design Center . She currently teaches art at the Children's Institute in Los Angeles as well as classes at her private studio.

Notable Women Leaders

113th Congress (NY Times)

Women Heads of State

Women CEOs

When Women Lead...
Boards are more effective because women bring a different perspective
Businesses are more profitable when there are women included in top management
Conflict resolution is swifter and more permanent
Girls have role models to follow
Women are attracted to those organizations as members, consumers, and investors

Pictured above:
2008 Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton
and 50/50
Ellen Snortland in Washington, D.C.,
March 20, 2007,
at HRC's Kick-Off
"Hillary for
President" reception.

Pictured left:
Dr. Armine Hacopian,
President of GCC Board of Trustees

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