Ruby Slippers Celebrates the Process of Becoming a Pearl

Mar. 18, 2010 By Jenna Bartlo

Celebrating National Women’s History month, Biola University launched a series of events honoring women and their creativity. The 3rd annual Ruby Slippers event on March 25, 2010 is titled “Pearls in Process,” a theme inspired by keynote speaker Christina Dimari and her life-changing transformation into becoming a “pearl.”

“Pearls in Process” represents the idea of growth and transformation. Coming from a rough childhood in a broken home, the artist and writer who dealt with issues of abandonment growing up, uses her creativity as motivational inspiration for females going through difficult situations in life.

Through her journey of discovering God and her life purpose, she found it important to help others and started the motivational workshop “You’re Designed to Shine.” Dimari is also the founder of Ocean Star Gifts, a line of greeting cards, jewelry and other gifts that provide inspiration and joy. She is best known for her memoir Ocean Star, which has impacted readers worldwide giving hope and words of encouragement.

“I often compare the journey of the pearl to our journey with God,” said Dimari. “He takes us as we are and through the irritations and conflicts we encounter…He coats us with His grace, refines us and molds us into something of beauty that reflects His love to the world.”

Dimari is an example of a woman who possesses biblical wisdom and faith. Biola’s annual Ruby Slippers banquet and awards ceremony on March 25 will honor three women with these attributes as well. The night will offer guests a time of interaction at an intimate dinner and an inspirational message from Dimari at the awards ceremony. Three women will be honored at the ceremony with the Biola University Ruby Awards chosen by the Ruby Slippers Committee from nominations of female students, staff, alumni or faculty who exemplify Biola’s values and have characteristics of biblical women.

Joanne Jung, assistant professor of Biblical Studies and Theology at Biola, will be awarded with the Priscilla award representing excellence in teaching and mentoring. Biola’s Associate Dean of Residence Life, Beth Tabor, will receive the Deborah award for exemplifying Deborah in leadership and wisdom. Biola’s women’s tennis coach, Dee Henry, will be received with the Esther award that represents obedience and servanthood. Armed with Biola’s mission to impact the world for Jesus, these women have made a difference in the world around them.

Tickets for the banquet are $20 and the award ceremony is free for students and $5 for others. For a detailed schedule of events visit the website or contact Kim Wise at (562) 903-4736 for reservations.


Biola University is a private Christian university located in Southern California on the border of Los Angeles and Orange counties in the city of La Mirada. For over 100 years, Biola has remained committed to its biblical foundation, integrating biblical principles with every academic program. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Biola as a “National University,” which is considered the “major leagues” of higher education. In addition to its focus on intentional spiritual development and career preparation, Biola offers a unique academic environment where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians. With over 145 academic programs in seven schools, Biola offers degrees ranging from B.A. to Ph.D. For more information, visit or call (562) 777 – 4061.

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  • Linda Mar. 26, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Would Dimari be available for a speaking engagement and how would we cotact her.

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