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20 San Diego Women to Celebrate

Meet the dynamic women shaping San Diego's future


The Woman of Amobee

Kim Perell

Kim Perell is an award-winning entrepreneur, executive, and angel investor, and the CEO of Amobee, a global marketing technology company, with over a billion dollar investment and 800 employees worldwide. Laid off at 23 from an internet startup, Kim began her journey as an entrepreneur from her kitchen table, becoming a multi-millionaire by the time she was 30, and selling her last company for $235 million in 2014. Kim attributes her success to her ability to execute, and believes execution is what makes the difference between success and failure. She believes execution is a skill that can be mastered, and actively seeks to teach it and share with others. Supporting women and aspiring entrepreneurs are two of Kim’s passions. Over 44% of Amobee’s managers are female, with a significant female leadership presence. Kim is also an early stage investor in over 70 start-ups, 12 of which have been acquired.

10201 Wateridge Cir Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92121 | @KimPerell | amobee.com


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The Woman of Burwood Group

Joanna Robinson

THINK BIG. Those are the words emblazoned on the wall of Burwood’s newest operations center in San Diego. Burwood Group is a technology consulting firm and systems integrator that has been awarded Best Places to Work many times in its 20-year history, and Joanna Robinson, regional vice president, would certainly agree. Under her leadership, Burwood Group has doubled the size of their Western Region within the last year.

Robinson is passionate about advancing the cause for women in technology, encouraging young women to be bold and confident—to take risks—and one of her current initiatives is developing internship and associate programs for high school and college graduates for entry-level positions in IT.

“I am excited about our continued expansion in California,” she says, “and providing mentorship and development programs for young women interested in technology.”

10680 Treena Street, Suite 530, San Diego, CA 92131 | 858.275.6950 | burwood.com


(L-R) Jodi Valdivieso, Vice President, Jordan Schill, Marketing Specialist, Tracey Christ, Senior Account Executive, Iliana Kochert, My Benefits Champion Representative, Tinina Pettway, Account Representative, Domenica Hernandez, Account Manager, Tam Pham, Benefit Analyst | Photo by Lauren Radack

The Women of Hub International

Just a few generations ago, only a small percentage of our mothers worked and even fewer held leadership positions. Today, women are evolving and expanding their careers and becoming role models for the next generation. “With 70 percent of our workforce being female, we launched our Hub Women initiative in 2015,” says Senior Account Executive Tracey Christ, CISR. “Hub Women provides education, collaboration, inspiration, and leadership opportunities for women to thrive personally and professionally.” As one of the largest insurance brokers in the world, Hub International employs a one-of-a-kind aggregation of insurance entrepreneurs with a deep knowledge of the big issues clients will face now and in the future. “We offer a holistic evaluation process to uncover hidden opportunities and develop long-term solutions to mitigate risks, lower costs, and deliver a ‘big company’ experience to middle-market clients. Most importantly, we maximize the value to our clients.”

5375 Mira Sorrento Place, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92121 | 858.373.6900 | hubinternational.com


Photo by Lauren Radack

The Woman of Sand & Sea Realty

Anna Marie Barnard

Anna Marie Barnard began her real estate career when she was just 18 and is one of the most successful residential real estate brokers in the western United States. Early in her career, she saw that real estate was her gift and passion and by the age of 23, owned her own company. Not your typical Realtor, Anna Marie has also owned, built, and developed over 38 various investment projects. Today, she’s the owner and founder of Sand and Sea Realty where she personally handles listings and sales. Her five-star reputation has earned her “clients and for life” and ample friends and referrals. “I thrive on helping people make the smartest decision when it comes to one of the biggest investments of their life. I love what I do, for me it’s all about sharing my experience and the best part it’s still fun for me after 30-plus years!”

2220 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101 | 619.504.7123 | sandandsearealtysandiego.com


(L-R) Bonnie Khang-Keating, Office Director; Francie Moore Architectural, Discipline Director; Chai Jayachandran, Healthcare Studio Leader

The Women of SmithGroupJJR

With expertise in architecture, engineering, interiors, and planning, SmithGroupJJR’s mission is to create a legacy of inspiring places that enhance the environment and enrich the human experience. Office Director Bonnie Khang-Keating, Architectural Discipline Director Francie Moore, and Healthcare Studio Leader Chai Jayachandran describe the firm’s culture as innovative, collaborative, and supportive of women. “I’m extremely proud that 60 percent of our staff in Southern California are women,” says Khang-Keating. “Our willingness to position female leaders has created a dynamic culture that celebrates women.” Moore, whose professional background includes health care, education, science, and technology, agrees. “I love that this position allows me to work across multiple studios. I also enjoy mentoring and learning from colleagues in other offices.” Jayachandran, who works primarily in health care, adds, “SmithGroupJJR works closely with major health care systems around the country. It’s exciting to watch some of the best minds in the industry collaborate.”

225 Broadway Suite 1320, San Diego, CA 92101 | 213.228.6900 | smithgroupjjr.com


Photo by Lauren Radack

The Woman of VIA Technical

Natalie Viani

Natalie Viani was a recent USD graduate when she began working at a San Diego startup recruiting IT professionals. Ten years later, Natalie and her family would risk everything to buy out her partner and write her own success story. Today, VIA Technical is one of San Diego’s fastest-growing private companies, on the Inc. 5000 list, and certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

“My success came from my commitment to my career and working for years to accomplish my goal of owning my own business.” When it comes to mentoring others, Natalie recommends hard work, and a willingness to do what most people won’t. “There is no shortcut to success. Be humble. Be kind. Be smart. Be a team player.” A new mom, Natalie is excited to let her daughter know “she can do and be anything she can dream.”

591 Camino de la Reina, Suite 929, San Diego, CA 92108 | 619.704.1400 | via-technical.com


The Woman of Health Savings Associates Insurance Services

Katherine Chapin

Katherine Chapin was honored to be profiled for San Diego Magazine’s March 2017 edition of Celebrating Women.

As managing partner of HSA, Chapin draws on her Fortune 500 background to lead her small, family-owned business and to help women on her team succeed. “I’ve mentored several young women over the years, and I’m very proud of the fact that two have earned partnership status. It’s gratifying to know that I helped them achieve their career goals and continue to help them achieve financial independence along the way.”

687 South Coast Highway 101, Suite 310, Encinitas, CA 92024 | 858.678.8670 | theHSAteam.com


The Woman of Targeted Skin DNA & I-Orthodontics San Diego

Dr. Lindsay Pfeffer, MBE, MS

Dr. Pfeffer is honored to be recognized for her philanthropic passion and inspiring others to spread love throughout their community. Giving back to over 100 organizations and helping those in need; she is a role model for all women as she shows the importance of focusing on kindness. Originally a scientist, she helped start a genetic DNA skincare company while running her own orthodontic practice and volunteering with the homeless and foster youth in her spare time. Whether it’s mentoring youth or helping the underserved; her heart is always first.

14701 Via Bettona Ste 205, San Diego, CA 92127 | 858.756.6878 | moserorthodontics.com | targetedskin.com


Photo by E3 Photography

The Woman of ManagedLab Services

Taylor Moyer

As the founder and CEO of ManagedLab Services, Taylor Moyer has built a company consistently named among the top 100 fastest growing privately held businesses in San Diego. “We are the best at what we do because we support and value our employees to the highest degree,” she says. “In turn, we always have new input, ideas, and incredible customer service.” Moyer is also president of the San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange, founder of Boots in Bio, a nonprofit supporting enlisted veterans in the biotech industry, and a mom of three. “From packing lunches to lunch meetings, I love that I get to be both mom and CEO every day.”

16855 West Bernardo Drive, Suite 125, San Diego, CA 92127 | 858.605.7059 | managedlab.com


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The Woman of Project Concern International

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Founded in 1961, Project Concern International (PCI) works in 16 countries, including right here in San Diego, empowering people to enhance health, end hunger, and overcome hardship. As its president and CEO, Carrie Hessler-Radelet motivates and equips staff to dream, design, and deliver the most innovative, community-driven programming. A former director of the Peace Corps, Carrie’s key initiatives at PCI include the ambitious goal of reaching 20 million people a year by 2020. “San Diego has a true culture of generosity, and to meet this goal, we will need to partner and involve our community of supporters even more in our work.”

5151 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 320, San Diego, California 92123 | 858.279.9690 | pciglobal.org


Photo by Lauren Radack

The Woman of Mission Federal Credit Union

Sherry Special

“Mission Fed has been dedicated to serving our customers and giving back to the community since our inception in 1961,” says Sherry Special, senior vice president, Consumer Lending and Branch Network. “Our drive to make San Diego not just America’s Finest City, but America’s Kindest Region includes many women-centered initiatives.” Special notes that Mission Fed believes attracting and supporting women in the workplace provides both competitive and internal advantages. “We’re proud to recognize the accomplishments of women leaders who have a positive impact on our workplace and community.”

5785 Oberlin Drive, Suite. 202, San Diego, CA 92121 | 858.546.2297 | missionfed.com


Photo by E3 Photography

The Woman of Tailored Hair for Men

Lizzy Broughton

In life, it’s easy to forget to take time for yourself. Tailored Hair for Men encourages clients to take an hour each month to come in, sit back, and enjoy the “Tailored Experience.” Founder Lizzy Broughton spent a decade developing her skills in men’s grooming before opening the shop as a one-chair studio in 2012. Today, the shop has grown to multiple chairs in the heart of the East Village with a second location on the way. “I saw a huge gap between traditional women’s salons and barbershops. I opened a space for the man who wanted an experience-based service with someone who specialized in men’s haircutting.”

350 11th Avenue, Unit 125, San Diego, CA 92101 | 858.444.7814 | tailoredhairformen.com

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