Event Recap: The Little Market X Downtown Women’s Center

The Little Market recently had the pleasure of co-hosting with Downtown Women’s Center for this month’s speakers series, Coffee + Conversation, in the Pacific Palisades in Southern California. This event is a key part of sharing more about the artisans we work with, issues their communities endure on a daily basis, and meaningful ways in which we can all make a positive difference. 

The Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) was founded in 1978 by Jill Halverson to serve and empower women through housing, wellness, employment, and advocacy. DWC provides free services and programs such as healthcare, a drop-in day center, and permanent supportive housing. We are proud to partner with the social enterprise, MADE by DWC, founded in 2010 as part of DWC’s employment services for women to transition out of homelessness. 

Meet our Panelists

Penney Manning (Left), Latoya Hawthorne-Stiner (Center), Joseph Altepeter (Right)

Latoya Hawthorne-Stiner, our community outreach advocate, was the moderator for this event. Latoya has a close connection with MADE by DWC. Before joining The Little Market team, she worked with the Los Angeles-based organization. 

We had the pleasure of having Penney Manning and Joseph “Joe” Altepeter as our incredible panelists. Penney was a delight as our panelist; she filled the room with warmth and joy, showcasing her resilience in overcoming homelessness. Now as MADE by DWC’s production and inventory associate, Penney is now hoping to give back to the women who come through DWC’s doors. Making new scents for candles or soaps feels like therapy for Penney and the rest of the women of DWC who seek empowerment and sanctuary. 

Joe Altepeter was also a gratifying panelist, who shared the great impact that DWC’s programs have on women experiencing homelessness. As the director of social enterprise, he overlooks DWC’s social enterprises such as the home and gift collection, resale boutique, and the cafe and gift boutique. With a background in the fashion industry, Joe has brought his expertise for the organization to achieve a large-scale impact. 

Our Supporters

Thank you to Sweet Laurel Bakery and friends of The Little Market. 

During the event, we also enjoyed delicious pastries provided by our friends at Sweet Laurel Bakery, which is located just around the corner from our brick-and-mortar store in the Palisades Village

We appreciate everyone who took the time to attend and support The Little Market and the Downtown Women’s Center.

Upcoming Coffee + Conversations

For all upcoming events, stay tuned to our Instagram and website for more details and right here on Cultural Exchange for behind-the-scenes looks. 

If you’d like to learn more about the topics discussed at this Coffee + Conversation discussion, here are a few links for reference.

Support the Downtown Women’s Center and its social enterprises including MADE by DWC

Shop our exclusive collection of bar soaps with MADE by DWC!


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