Wonder Women & Shining Stars

Growing up in the 1970's, I was taught women could do anything... in fact, I could even be the first female president, according to my enthusiastic father, who had two daughters he empowered to be as strong and capable as the son he never had.

Around Town

Belmont Village is a recognized leader in senior living. Guided by university experts, the community features a signature blend of hospitality and amenities combined with premier programs for health and wellness that appeal to couples as well as single adults. Call Angel or Shari at 805.496.9301.

Fabulous Women Share their Secrets of Success

When we decided to feature women who are making a difference in the Conejo Valley, we didn't have to look very far. Our community is teeming with talented and accomplished women making their mark in every area, from politics and business to education and the arts. These extraordinary role models share some of their wisdom, lessons and secrets of their…

Flying First Class in the Conejo Valley!

Flying high after a successful 22nd season of Pacific Festival Ballet’s (PFB) “The Nutcracker” featuring guest artists from New York City Ballet, the company will soon be taking flight with its spring ballet, “Peter Pan!” Every spring, Pacific Festival Ballet presents a classical or unique original ballet. This year, Peter Pan, a ballet interpretation of a story that we all…

The BumbleBee Foundation

In 2016, an estimated 10,000 children under 15 years of age in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer and about 12% will most likely die from the disease. Sadly, about 60% of the survivors will probably suffer subsequent medical issues later in their lives, such as heart failure, infertility and secondary cancers.

Affirmative Escrow: Real Estate Expertise & Service

Meet Affirmative Escrow Manager Brynne DesMarteau-Bradbrook, in this Q&A about Affirmative and its mission. What services does Affirmative Escrow provide? Commercial and residential resale and refinance escrow services, including bank-owned properties, corporate employee relocation, short sale and 1031 tax-deferred exchange transactions.

Discovering the Woman You Call Mom

Women have raised the bar in our world. My family’s origin of women were generally very strong and amazing and I am blessed to be a part of their lineage. To know that I am carrying on their tradition of vitality cues the song "I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar!” As far back as I can think, my grandmother and…

Can Natural Hormones Improve Your Health?

If you are premenopausal or menopausal, you know these transitions can be challenging—but they don’t have to be. During the menopausal years, the production of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid needed to maintain a youthful vitality rapidly begins to decline. Symptoms include depression, irritability, short-term memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, low libido, fatigue and weight gain. How happy,…

Conejo Valley Days

A tribute to our valley’s western roots and community spirit, the 60th Annual Conejo Valley Days takes center stage May 11-15 at Conejo Creek Park South (23 Freeway/Janss Rd. exit) in Thousand Oaks. The five-day event features entertainment for all ages. This year will again showcase top-rated RCS carnival rides, midway games and world-class headliners performing live music. Also scheduled…

The Morton Team: Caring for Community

At Keller Williams Westlake Village, a team of women stands out from the crowd for many reasons. The Morton Team International has linked talented individuals who cooperatively work as a team in their business model. Teamwork is defined as the combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient. If a problem arises, “two heads are better…

WundaBar Pilates Studio: “Where Intensity Meets Integrity”

Alexis Montagna 
With 15 years traditional Pilates experience certified through Body Arts & Science International, I have always enjoyed being an instructor. I've lived in the Conejo Valley my entire life and my husband and I have two amazing young boys. I'm happier than ever to be a WundaBar Pilates instructor as part of the Westlake Village team from Day…

Students Present (Her)stories of Women’s Accomplishments

“Only men are doctors.” This statement, asserted by a young girl in 1985, sparked her mother, AAUW (American Association of University Women) member Sandy Hindy, to show her daughter otherwise and led to the founding of the Women’s History Project in 1986. Celebrating its 30th year in 2016, the Women's History Project celebrates the accomplishments of women through live presentations…

Shaping Up with the Bay Club’s JoNell Vachet

Warm and energetic with bright blue eyes and a strong, fit body, Thousand Oaks Bay Club personal trainer JoNell Vachet has been up for nearly four hours and trained six clients by 8:30 a.m. A skilled personal trainer with 30 years of experience as a licensed physical therapist, JoNell has a deep understanding of the human body and works with…

Montecito Bank & Trust: Full Service in Every Way

Montecito Bank & Trust (MB&T) opened its doors March 17, 1975, with the mission of making the communities it serves better places to live and work. For over four decades, the talented men and women of the institution have dedicated themselves to both helping their customers with their financial needs and investing in their communities in a variety of ways.…

Teaching by Example

Janet Conner, English 12 IB, 12 CP, IB Theory of Knowledge Teacher, IB Extended Essay Coordinator Janet Conner is a high school teacher, with a Masters in English from UC Irvine. The California Association of International Baccalaureate World Schools honored her with the IB Educator Award. Words to Live By: Ah, but a man's (woman's) reach must exceed his (her)…

Conejo Valley Lifestyle Honors its Women Advertisers!

Conejo Valley Lifestyle honors our women advertisers for their leadership in business. Each and every one of these ladies serves as a role model to women everywhere, showing by their example that success can be achieved when ideas are put into reality with a little vision, perseverance, hard work, dedication and pride in what you do and who you are.…