Some might refer to Betsy Hays and Jan Edwards as “legendary.” We wouldn’t disagree. These two ladies are veterans of the media and communications scene, now teaching up-and-coming media and marketing professionals at California State University, Fresno. While both of these #FierceFemmes focus on educating the next generation, they are also passionate about their work as consultants for one of the largest women’s events in the Valley - the Central California Women’s Conference.
As soon as Jennifer “Jenny” Kasparian Hoekstra discovered barre training while living in Southern California, she was hooked. Upon returning to her hometown of Fresno and coming to the realization that the Central Valley was missing this workout, she took matters into her own hands. She left her career as a nurse, took a leap of faith, and opened her own studio with the help of her daughter Lauren Hoekstra as manager.
When Rema Koligian wants something, she goes for it. A mother of three, co-owner of two Fresno-favorite resturaunts, and the writer of a beautiful lifestyle blog, this Fierce Femme juggles it all while pursuing her dreams.
By day, mom-of-two Jenny Pardini helps others as a therapist for individuals struggling with eating disorders. By night, she takes on a different role, cooking up a storm with husband and “culinary genius” Jimmy Pardini and their family for their hit blog, Umami and Us.