September 13, 2010
Contact: Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR
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Finalists Selected for 2010 “Women Changing the World” Awards
(San Diego) - The Speak for Success Women’s Leadership Institute has selected an impressive list of 17 finalists for the 2010 “Women Changing the World” Awards. Entering its second year, this program recognizes San Diego area women leaders who have made significant contributions encouraging, supporting, and empowering women and families in their organizations and communities.
Winners in the three categories of Transformation, Inspiration and Empowerment will be announced in ceremonies on Saturday, September 25, at 7 p.m. at the Celebration Center in San Diego.
This year's finalists represent some of the finest examples of leadership, inspiration and community service across the diverse sectors and industries of San Diego including community, business, nonprofit services, science, medicine, law, arts, media, academia, philanthropy, and family.
Each of the extraordinary finalists has these attributes in common:
- Has achieved personal and career goals.
- Has overcome adversity in her life.
- Is an inspiring role model.
- Is a leader in the community and/or her organization.
- Empowers other women to reach their full potential.
- Gives back to the community in a significant way.
The “Women Changing the World” Award is sponsored by the Speak for Success Women’s Leadership Institute, an extraordinary program that provides an enriching empowerment and leadership program to women overcoming serious adversities including domestic violence, homelessness, addiction, and mental illness. Graduates of the Women’s Leadership Institute go on to become inspirational leaders in the community, helping others as they themselves succeed.
For more information about the 2010 Women Changing the World event and to purchase tickets, please visit http://speakforsuccesswomenleaders.org/wcw.html
Women Changing the World Categories and Finalists
These amazing women leaders have turned personal adversity into a transformative experience for themselves and others. Because of the experience/tragedy/circumstance they have experienced they have become a leader and are helping countless others.
Executive Director, License to Freedom
Founder and Director, Angel Faces
Founder/Executive Director, Just Like My Child Foundation
Author, Speaker, Coach
Certified Addiction Specialist, Providence Community Services
Janet Lapp, Ph.D.
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Wheelchair Dancers
These dynamic women are a founder or leader of an organization and they also provide significant community service. They make a large scale impact. They are advocates and/or activists for causes and change agents. Their personal passion guides them.
President/CEO of Guardian Foods, Natural Kidz, Kandon Unlimited
Founder/President of Girlfriends Care, Inc. and Good Ol' Gals Business Connections
Darrah DiGiorgio Johnson
President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of San Diego & Riverside Counties
CEO, Home Start Inc.
Executive Director, The Sanctuary Project
LGBT Community Leader and Social/Political Activist
Shaney Jo Darden
Co-Founder, Executive Director, The Keep A Breast Foundation
Founder, The 11:29 Project
Founder, Kinane Events
Producer, San Diego IndieFest
These powerful women bring people together. They have started women’s associations, networking groups, and other ways for women to collaborate and support each other. They provide tools and also serve as mentors, coaches, and guides.
CEO/Co-Founder, Connected Women of Influence
Owner/Trial Attorney, Trial Dogs
Founder, Shared Vision Network and Women's Wisdom
President/CEO, Workplace Learning and Performance Group
Sr. Director of Corporate Marketing, Illumina
Motivational Speaker, Author and Consultant
Director of Operations and Support, Altium
Linda Amaro, Founder, Nextwork Services
Director of Field Operations, Vistage International
CEO, Zenzi Communications
Therapist/ Counselor, YWCA
Vice President of Operations, The Women's Information Network
Vice President, Where You Want To Be Tours, Inc
Amy Parish, Biological Anthropologist, Primatologist, and Darwinian Feminist UCSD, USC, San Diego Zoo, Up the River Endeavors
President, Laughing Pony Rescue