Ellen Snortland & Gloria Gartz

Jul 22, 2014

901974_530996070272823_992874930_oThe Women’s City Club of Pasadena was founded 70 years ago by Gloria Gartz who also donated the historic Blinn House to the cause.

Gloria Gartz proved herself to be a catalyst of community contributions in Southern California, in particular in the Pasadena community. Ms. Gartz, was an Altadena native, daughter to A.F. Gartz, a plumbing magnate from Chicago, and Kate Crane-Gartz, a Chicago steel heiress. Ms. Gartz was a strong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood, and Huntington Library. She assisted Dr. Andrus by providing funding for the founding of Grey Gables of Ojai which later led Dr. Andrus to found AARP. (WCCP)

Gloria Gartz

Gloria Gartz

Members of the community are asked every year to “nominate an amazing woman who has demonstrated innovation, is a visionary, generous, has a nurturing spirit, has shown respect for diversity, empowers women and the community, and has noteworthy achievements.”

This year, Ellen Snortland is one of three women to be awarded the Gloria Gartz Award. Ellen is a columnist for the Pasadena Weekly (read her article on the award and Gloria Gartz here), a Huffington Post contributor, a writing coach, self-defense advocate, activist and mentor, and a one-woman show (Now That She’s Gone).

Ellen Snortland

Ellen Snortland

The focus of almost everything Ellen does is to understand, help, and promote empowerment and protection for teens and women. In 2011, she gave a TEDx talk in Pasadena called “The Personal Safety Paradox.” Ellen has written Beauty Bites Beast (“a Girls Fight Back fave read”), a book on women’s self-defense that was featured on Dateline NBC and she has been involved with United Nations Association, Pasadena, Lisa Gaeta’s Impact Personal Safety of Southern California, and Consumer Watchdog. Along with Lisa, Ellen has written, and just released, The Safety Godmothers: The ABCs of Awareness, Boundaries, and Confidence for Teens.

…And she makes a helluva kransekake.

Saturday, July 26th, will be an evening of celebration with good food, dancing, and inspiration…

2014 Gloria Gartz Awards
Saturday, July 26th, 7-10 p.m.
Women’s City Club of Pasadena
160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena 91101
Reservations required; call 626.796.0560
Or email





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