Being a woman, I can't really think of a clever segue right now, so I'll just get to the point.
Write Girl, one of the coolest non-profits going, has their annual gala event coming up in just a few short days (Jan 29 to be exact). It's the Bold Ink Awards, where they honor some of our favorite non-male writers for their stellar achievements. Even better, they welcome members of the public to attend and find out more about the organization.
If you don't give a crap about anything besides your own writing career, think of it as a chance to hob-nob with these snazzy writers:
Wanda Coleman, Poet
Jennifer Crittenden, Screenwriter
Naomi Foner, Screenwriter
Gigi Levangie, Novelist/Screenwriter
Sonia Nazario, Journalist
Gina Prince-Bythewood, Screenwriter/Director
Carolyn See, Novelist
Dian Warren, Grammy-winning Songwriter
More info on the Write Girl website.
Call this number for tickets 213-253-2655. Mention you were referred by Celine Malanum for a super-duper extra discounted rate (keeping in mind that if you happen to be a very rich person, the proceeds go to the foundation, so you could consider paying the full ticket price).