LOS ANGELES – Palmdale resident Ingrid Chapman has been selected by Supervisor Michael Antonovich to be his “Woman of the Year” designee for the northern part of his district.
Chapman is one of 10 women who will be saluted for their work to bring about social and economic change at the 28th Annual Women of the Year Luncheon in March. The ceremony is being held by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Commission for Women.
With a long and varied career in “communications” assignments, Ingrid Chapman founded Chapman Communications in 2002. Her first client was her former employer, a non-profit dedicated to addressing child abuse. Since then she’s built the business to include retail, real estate, entertainment and public agency clients.
Her style of business is one of deep community involvement. She served as Chairman of the Board for the Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce 2005-2006 and currently serves as a director of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade, sitting on their Executive Committee. She co-founded the Antelope Valley Women’s Conference in 2006 and led the inaugural committee for the “Operation Welcome Home” Veteran’s Day Parade committee in 2006. She subsequently helped organize the 2009 Antelope Valley Veterans Day Parade. A former Board member of United Way and founding member and past president of PROz (Public Relations Officials), Chapman currently serves on the Mental Health America Advisory Committee and won their prestigious Leona Frieder Award in 2010. Most recently she was appointed to the Foundation Board of the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH). She’s the region’s 2002 Athena Award winner, sponsored by Zonta International, and a long time member of Lancaster West Rotary.
A graduate of UCLA, Chapman pursued a career in communications working for public relations agency Gene Lesser & Associates and advertising agency Eisaman, Johns & Laws. She then served as road manager and communications liaison for comedienne, Phyllis Diller for many years.
Chapman’s father, Dr. Bram van der Stok, was a highly decorated RAF WWII Spitfire pilot, whose successful escape from P.O.W. camp, Stalag Luft III, was depicted in a movie entitled “The Great Escape”.
The 10 Commission for Women Awardees are:
- Gloria Chavez, President, City Terrace Coordinating Council (1st District)
- Marsha Temple, Executive Director, Integrated Recovery Network (2nd District)
- Kim Lamorie, President, Las Virgenes Homeowners Association (3rd District)
- Sara Pol-Lim, Executive Director, United Cambodian Community (4th District)
- Ingrid Chapman, Partner, Chapman Communications (5th District)
- Gloria Pollack, Community Liaison, Gelb Group (5th District)
- Karen Sutherland, Vice President, Monrovia Schools Foundation (5th District)
- Xiomara Flores-Holguin, Supervising Children’s Social Worker, LA County Department of Children and Family Services (Community-at-Large Awardee, Health Category)
- Joyce Feucht-Haviar, Dean, Tseng College of Extended Learning-California State University Northridge (Community-at-Large Awardee, Education Category)
- Zna Portlock Houston, Esq., Senior Assistant City Attorney, Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney (Community-at-Large Awardee, Law/Public Safety Category)
The women will be honored at the 28th Annual Women of the Year Luncheon, which begins at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 11 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue in Los Angeles. This year’s Mistress of Ceremonies is Alysha Del Valle of ABC 7 Eyewitness News.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be used to provide education scholarships for young at-risk women. For more information, contact Commission staff at 213-974-1455 or visit http://laccw.lacounty.gov. To purchase tickets or a table, visit http://bosevents.lacounty.gov.