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A market featuring women-owned small businesses
+ guest speakers that will inspire, educate, & empower our community.

Proceeds of this event will benefit the Ann-Jeanette Change(ing) Lives Scholarship Fund* 

Our Mission   |   The Foundation   |   Guest Speakers   |   Featured Vendors   |   General Event Info   |   How to Get Involved 

Our Mission

As part of our mission to support other small businesses & continue empowering all of the incredible women around us, we will be hosting the first of hopefully many Women Empowerment Markets. 

This event is intended to connect & inspire women professionals from all aspects of business, whether you are a business owner, a leader in the corporate world, or someone just getting started & looking for a little guidance. 

The event will feature a marketplace of mostly local, women-owned businesses & working professionals as well as offer the opportunity to connect with and learn from a few guest speakers who are doing incredible things in their industries.  

Net proceeds from organizing every Women's Empowerment Market we are lucky enough to host now & in the foreseeable future will benefit a great cause.

Ann-Jeanette Change(ing) Lives Scholarship Fund

Ann-Jeanette, or Angie, as some of her friends & family called her, was a wife, mother, sister, cousin, friend & also my aunt. She was admired by everyone that had the pleasure of crossing her path. In 2016, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer which came as a huge & devastating surprise to us all. In 2019, she was freed from any pain & laid to rest.

Ann-Jeanette is survived by her loving husband, Newin Orante, & her two incredible daughters, Malaya & Kaya.

After my aunt's passing, her husband/my uncle created the Ann-Jeanette Change(ing) Lives Scholarship Fund in her honor. The two met in Contra Costa College which is where students will be eligible to receive this Scholarship based on their merits.

Change(ing) Lives is predicated on the fact that the smallest of things (coins versus bills), can make a big difference. One person with $1k does not hold the same currently as $1 from 1,000 people. While the same dollar amount, change is easier to occur among a community of people.


It is with true excitement & deep gratitude that 100% of net proceeds from organizing the event will be donated to the Ann-Jeanette Change(ing) Lives Scholarship Fund. We are immensely looking forward to providing even more students with the means to pursue their collegiate dreams. Due to limitations brought on by the pandemic, the distribution of the funds raised for the scholarship will be awarded during the 22-23 academic year.


An informational booth will also be set up during the event where donations can be made directly to the Fund and additional opportunities to contribute to our fundraising efforts will be provided to all participating vendors.

Our Mission
The Foundation

Meet Our Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers will begin at 1PM. Space is limited so please arrive early to claim your seat.


Katrina Jugarap

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Founder of @LagreeFitnessBayArea
Studio Owner, SMUV

TOPIC: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome


Kristen Hong

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Creator of @HelloNutritarian

Author, Fridge Love

TOPIC: Growing Your Brand +
Social Media Presence


Dianna Allen

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Founder of @terrasimply

Co-Founder of @inventorahq

TOPIC: Community and The Importance of B2B Relationships

Guest Speakers

Featured Vendors

The following vendors will be donating a portion of their proceeds made during the event to the Ann-Jeanette Change(ing) Lives Scholarship Fund.
*Please continue to check back as we add more vendors. Not all vendors attending may be shown below




Featured Vendors

General Event Information

DATE: Sunday, May 01, 2022
TIME: 11:00am - 6:00pm
LOCATION: Five Suns Brewing, 626 Main St., Martinez, CA

ADMISSION: Free to the general public - ALL ARE WELCOME

SWAG BAGS: Swag Bags will be offered to the first 100 people to attend.

RAFFLES: Various gift bundles will be raffled throughout the event. Tickets will be $5/ea & 100% of proceeds will benefit the Ann-Jeanette Change(ing) Lives Scholarship Fund. You may not need to be present to claim your prize.


FOOD: Several food & drink vendors have been added to our line-up serving items from macarons to mouth-watering Filipino dishes. The Five Suns Brewery Tap Room will be open for anyone 21+, a farmers market will take place from 9-1 just a few yards away, and there is a wonderful women-owned marketplace around the corner.


ENTERTAINMENT: There will be a line-up of guest speakers touching on various topics relating to personal + professional growth as women in business. A photo-op will be provided by Crooked Smile Events.

PARKING: There is plenty of free street parking near the venue.

COVID: The event will be outdoors. We will be adhering to the city-mandated mask policy at the time of the event.

Follow us on Instagram to stay updated + connected! @EMPOWEREDbyWMN

How to Get Involved

BECOME A SPONSOR: We are looking for additional women-owned companies that would be interested in donating snacks/drinks. If interested, please email

Please email

DONATE: An information booth will be hosted by Newin Orante & his daughters where donations may be made directly to the Ann-Jeanette Change(ing) Lives Scholarship Fund. In addition, a portion of your purchases made with any of our Featured Vendors during the event will also benefit the Scholarship Fund.

Event Info
How to Get Involved



Can't wait to see you there!
Xo, Krystal J | Founder

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