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2014 Woman of the Year Awards

The Woman of the Year Awards honors dynamic local women who work tirelessly to affect positive change and enhance the community


 Dr. Patricia Marquez
Cathryn Ramirez
Paula Brock
Cheryl Goodman
Cheryl Goodman, CEO of Social Global Mobile LLC

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Thank you for joining us at the 2014 Woman of the Year Awards!

The 2014 Leadership Award was awarded to Dr. Constance M. Carroll, Ph.D., Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District

The Public Service Award was awarded to Shelley Zimmerman, Chief of the San Diego Police Department

The 2014 Woman of the Year, the highest honor of the evening was presented to Judi Sheppard Missett, Founder and CEO of Jazzercise, Inc.

Additionally, five women were recognized as finalists for the Woman of the Year Award: 
Jan Nordstrom Arnold, Co-founder of CND - a Division of Revlon
Janet Beronio, Regional President & General Manager of Harrah's Resort Southern California
Trisha Khaleghi, Senior Vice President and CEO of Sharp Mary Birch
Lynelle Lynch, President and Owner of Bellus Academy
Kim Reed Perell, CEO of Amobee

Network with top professionals and get inspired
Sip & sample hosted drinks and appetizers
Honor the 2014 Woman of the Year nominees
Watch a compelling panel discussion
Celebrate the announcement of the 2014 Woman of the Year

September 24, 2014
Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla
700 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
6:00–8:30 p.m.


Ticket sales for the 2014 Woman of the Year Awards are now closed. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on a first come, first served basis.

Event Overview

San Diego Magazine’s Woman of the Year event is an opportunity for corporate and entrepreneur women of all ages and industries to connect and form meaningful relationships. Professional women who want to benefit from a network-effect of like-minded women won’t want to miss this event. San Diego Magazine will name the Woman of the Year and celebrate the entire list of nominees as published in the September issue. New to the event this year is a panel discussion with three of San Diego's top female executives. Expect a dynamic and inspiring 45-minute discussion on leadership strategies moderated by Cheryl Goodman.

Charitable Partner: Event held in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities San Diego
Parking: Hosted valet parking available
Attire: Business or cocktail attire

Nominations are now closed. Thank you for your submissions.


6:00 p.m. Networking hour including hosted hors d'oeuvres and beverages
7:00 p.m. Panel discussion moderated by Cheryl Goodman, CEO of Social Global Mobile LLC with guest speakers Paula Brock, CFO of the San Diego Zoo, Patricia Marquez, Dean of the Kroc School of Peace Studies, Cathryn Ramirez, Group Director - Southern California, Tiffany & Co.
7:45 p.m. Special presentation of the Leadership Award to Chancellor Constance Carroll, Ph.D. of San Diego Community College District followed by the announcement of the Woman of the Year
8:00 p.m. Coffee and dessert

Discussion Panel Details

The 45-minute power panel will be led by Moderator, Cheryl Goodman, founder and CEO of Social Global Mobile, LLC, and is comprised of Dr. Patricia Marquez, Paula Brock, and Cathryn Ramirez.

Social Global Mobile, LLC is a 360-degree mobile marketing and PR firm, with experience in technology-focused industries, from wireless and software to the internet of things. The Social Global Mobile team brings deep understanding on how to lead the market with best-in-class mobile strategies and marketing tactics.

Dr. Patricia Márquez is dean of the Kroc School of Peace Studies at University of San Diego (USD). Márquez has been a faculty member for 12 years and held several positions at USD, including faculty director of the Center for Peace and Commerce, associate professor of management, and director of the USD Changemaker HUB.

Paula Brock is responsible for the $230 million budget of the Zoological Society of San Diego. After eleven years there, Brock still loves working at the Zoological Society. She said her favorite elements of her job are “the mission, the people, the complexity of the organization, and the ability to be involved in local and global initiatives in ways I would never have expected.”

Cathryn Ramirez is responsible for daily sales and operations and mentors many employees. She's participated in charitable organizations for San Diego Opera, Mainly Mozart, the San Diego Museum of Art, and more. She's also treasurer of the National Charity League's Del Sol Chapter.


San Diego Magazine would like to extend a thank you to its judging panel who will work with executive staff of San Diego Magazine to select the five honorees and the 2014 Woman of the Year. The judging panel consists of the immediate past 5 Woman of the Year winners listed below. The judging panel cannot be nominated again, however, others within their organizations may be nominated.

  • 2013 Anesa Chaibi, HD Supply Facilities Maintenance
  • 2012 Susan Salka, AMN Healthcare
  • 2011 Kathleen Sellick, Rady’s Childrens Hospital
  • 2010 Theresa Drew, Deloitte
  • 2009 Amanda Clardy, Life Technologies

Criteria For Winners

  • Contributions to her company/ organization above and beyond the normal position requirements
  • Manages 3 or more part or full-time employees
  • Been in business for 5+ years
  • Commitment to community service


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2014 Qualified Nominees


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