Celebrating Women 2016
MCASD La Jolla
700 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
2016 Woman of the Year nominations are now closed. The nominations panel is now reviewing the submissions, and qualified nominees and nominators will be contacted should their submissions meet criteria. Winners are determined by a panel of past Women of the Year, and must be present to win.
San Diego Magazine's Celebrating Women event is an evening to honor all of the dynamic women in our city committed to creating positive change. A networking hour kicks-off the event with hosted bites and beverages followed by an inspirational discussion with women from various business sectors. Get inspired by their success stories and advice as we tackle the issues that face professional women in San Diego. The evening will culminate with the ceremony announcing special award winners and the Woman of the Year.
Successful San Diego women join Erin Meanley Glenny, Editor of San Diego Magazine, on stage for an inspirational discussion.
CEO, Monarch School
Lori Steele Contorer
CEO, Everyone Counts
Owner, Warwick’s La Jolla
Megan Tevrizian, Emcee
Anchor & Reporter, NBC 7 San Diego
Woman of the Year Qualified Nominees
- Jennifer Ables, Soldiers Who Salsa
- Olga Álvarez, Heisner Alvarez
- Renae Arabo, RJS LAW
- Catherine Arambula, Northwestern Mutual
- Deanna Bagdasar, RJS Law
- Lucy Beard, Feetz
- Janet Beronio, Harrah's Resort Southern California
- Sally Bixler, UBS Financial Services, Inc.
- Megan Blair, San Diego Public Library Foundation
- Gayle Blatt, CaseyGerry
- Sally Broff, SCORE San Diego
- Sara Brooks, Covet Public Relations
- Sheila Brown, Palomar Health
- Dr. Nisha Bunke-Paquette, La Jolla Vein Care
- Kimberly Caccavo, GRACEDBYGRIT
- Nicole Capretz, Climate Action Campaign
- Kayla Carnevale, Dynamik Inc.
- Gina Champion-Cain, American National Investments
- Amanda Cheyney, San Diego Workforce Partnership
- Ann Clark, ACI Specialty Benefits
- Lisa Cobble, Cobble Consulting
- Tara Coleman, Tara Coleman
- Randa Coniglio, Port of San Diego
- Carol Cox, NuVasive
- Alison Aguilar Lopez Gutierrez McLeod Crotty, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Of San Dieguito
- Aimee Cuellar-Martinez, Sweetwater High School
- Hilary Dargavell, RJS LAW
- Kathy David, IT TechPros, Inc.
- Dr. Chrystal de Freitas, Carmel Valley Pediatrics
- Chandara Diep, The Law Offices of Ronson J Shamoun, APC
- Bess Eberhardt, San Diego Convention Center
- Amber Eck, Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck LLP
- Charlene Espinoza, Bosh Bosh, Inc.
- Nahid Farhoud, Nahid's Global Events
- Aimee Faucett, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Kristen Fogle, San Diego Writers, Ink
- Sharon Ford, UBS Financial Services, Inc
- Kimberly Gallo, First 5 San Diego
- Tracy Garmer, Health Center Partners
- Pollie Gautsch, G & A Legal
- Maxine Gellens, Maxine & Marti Gellens - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties
- Kate Glenn, Pawtails Pet Sitting
- Gloria Goldstein Limas, The Gloria Gold Show & Media Magic Marketing
- Ali Grant, Be Social
- Cindy Greatrex, Medweb
- Emily Green, UROK Learning Institute, LLC
- Georgia Griffiths, G2 Software Systems, Inc.
- Mimi Guarneri, MD, Pacific Pearl and Guarneri Integrative Health
- Christina Gustin, UBS Financial Services, Inc.
- Alreen Haeggquist, Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck
- Jamie Hampton, Mixte Communications
- Mervat Hassan, UBS Financial Services, Inc.
- Angela Hastings, Sharp Business Systems
- Charlotte Hobgood, 33 Threads: ToeSox and Tavi Noir
- Candise Holmlund, Weatherly Asset Management
- Randi Hosking, Indigo Salon & Spa
- Star Hughes-Gorup, Hughes Marino
- Jacqueline Isaac, Law Offices of Jacqueline Isaac
- Sharon Jenks, 6 Degrees Business Networking
- Alisa Johnson, Dogs on Deployment
- Carmela Keeney, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific
- Diana Kelly, The Home Depot
- Miranda Klassen, AFE Foundation
- Virgina Kuwahara, UBS Financial Services
- Dr. Peg La Rose, Del Mar Union School District
- Stacey Lankford Pennington, SLP Urban Planning
- Celia Lanning, Wells Fargo
- Amy Lass, Griffith, Young, & Lass Family Law
- Deanna Latson, ARIIX
- Tatum Lenahan, Love Tatum
- Amy Lisewski, Finest City Improv
- Judith (Jude) A. Litzenberger, California Veterans Legal
- Melissa Lopez, Katana
- Jacqueline Luper, Managed Solution
- Laura Luxemburg, SSUBI is Hope
- Tara Mackey, The Organic Life, LLC.
- Michelle Martin, Qualcomm Wireless Reach
- Connie Matsui, Halozyme
- Catherine Mattice, Civility Partners
- Stacey Mayer, Esquire Solutions (San Diego and Temecula Offices)
- Vanessa McGill, McGill-Lewis Law Group / SanDiegoVille
- Betty Mohlenbrock, Reading Legacies
- Venus Molina, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
- Candace L. Moon, Esq., The Craft Beer Attorney
- Danielle Moore, Fisher Phillips
- Lupita Morales, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts
- Vivian Moreno, Office of Councilmemebr David Alvarez: City of San Diego
- Marjorie Morrison, PsychArmor Institute
- Kate Nowlan, GRACEDBYGRIT
- Larissa Patros, RJS LAW
- Parletta Perea, Arbitration 4MS
- Kim Perell, Amobee
- Anne Pickard, Cathedral Catholic High School
- Leslie Pierce, Lawyers Title
- Susan Platt, North County Abuse Prevention Center
- Courtney Prato, Vistage Worldwide, Inc.
- Darlynne Reyes Menkin, Where You Want To Be Tours, Inc.
- Jacqueline Reynoso, National City Chamber of Commerce
- Teresa Rhoan-Dvorak, Qualcomm Inc.
- Lori Robinson, UBS Financial Services, Inc
- Anna Runyan, Classy Career Girl
- Rita Sanchez, Mesa College
- Barbara Sawrey, University of California, San Diego
- Rachel Scatizzi, Smith & Scatizzi, LLP
- Andrea Skorepa, Casa Familiar
- Rita Steel, Robert Half
- Lori Steele Contorer, Everyone Counts
- Laura Stein, SKLZ
- Linda Stirling, UBS Financial Services, Inc.
- Carolyn Taylor, Weatherly Asset Management
- Marlene Taylor, Taylor Trim & Supply
- Krystel Tien, Couture Events & Elle Bridal Boutique
- Coco & Izzy Tihanyi, Surf Diva Surf School
- Jonah Toleno, Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C.
- Natashah Torki, Beauty by Dolly
- Alexandra Vinson-Shepard, Coldwell Banker Royal Realty
- Anne Wallace, MD, UCSD Moores Cancer Center
- Michelle Wallach, Youngevity, International
- Trish Watlington , The Red Door Restaurant & Wine Bar
- Monique Williamson, DeskHub, Inc.
- Amber Yoo, SKY Facial Plastic Surgery
- Alex Zaragoza, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation