Over 600 guests gathered at La Costa Resort & Spa for the  annual Women Who Move the City Event on September 18. Over 140 nominations were submitted for outstanding women in leadership roles making the decision to select just one extremely difficult.

A panel of judges including winners from the past five years, selected Susan Salka as the 2012 Woman of the Year for a multitude of reasons. Her dynamic leadership is clearly demonstrated through her track record in building the nation’s largest provider of comprehensive healthcare staffing and workforce solutions.  Under her direction, the company has achieved industry leading growth and earned the #1 market position by building its reputation for placing the highest quality clinicians with clients in San Diego and across the country. 

From assuming the role of the only female President of the top healthcare staffing companies in the nation in 2003, to leading AMN to one of the top ranking public companies in San Diego as the CEO by 2005, she has continuously proven herself to be an inspiration for women in business. AMN’s well-balanced culture, led by her influence, is evident in the high number of executive positions held by women in the AMN organization. Overall, 58% of leadership positions at AMN are filled by women.  She has spearheaded organization-wide incentives and innovative employee development programs that have greatly contributed to the professional growth and significant advancement opportunities of female associates. 

2012 is a milestone year in the evolution of AMN Healthcare.  Due to the growth and success with clients, they were able to add approximately 60% more jobs in San Diego over the last two years, allowing them to continue to build on the strong foundation of talent. 

We would also like to congratulate the 2012 Honorees:

Arlene Lieberman, Barney & Barney LLC           

Elizabeth Rice, CEO of Innovative Employee Solutions

Judi Sheppard Missett, Founder, President & CEO of Jazzercise, Inc.    

Mary Ann Barnes, President & Executive Director for Kaiser Permanente SD

Nigella Hillgarth, Ph.D., Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography

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