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Leap to Success
Friday, December 07, 2018
The "Leap to Confidence" program celebrates its 50th graduation ceremony on Wednesday, December 12, at 2 p.m. in East Village, San Diego. Twenty women will be graduating at this milestone event. Leap to Confidence is a personal leadership workshop offered at no cost to women emerging from major life challenges to help them reach their greatest potential.
Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego
Friday, June 19, 2015
Apprentices and journeymen from the Class of 2015 are employed at businesses throughout San Diego County.
Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego
Monday, June 15, 2015
Three recipients receive on-the-job training, tools and tuition free classroom education.

September 13, 2010

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.
Previous recipients including Karny Stefan, CEO, Walden Family Services; Mary Marcdante, author and motivational speaker; Dr. Carolle Jean Murat, physician and medical director of the Wellness and Retreat Center, San Diego; Helice Bridges, Founder & President of Difference Makers International; and Gael Strack, JD, Co-Founder and CEO, National Family Justice Center Alliance.

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

Women Changing the World Categories and Finalists

Category: Transformation

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.

Dilkhwaz Ahmed
Executive Director, License to Freedom

Lesia Cartelli
Founder and Director, Angel Faces

Vivian Glyck
Founder/Executive Director, Just Like My Child Foundation

Michelle Renee
Author, Speaker, Coach

Honorable Mentions
Linda Calloway
Certified Addiction Specialist, Providence Community Services

Erica Davis
Challenged Athlete

Janet Lapp, Ph.D.
CEO, Speaker/Author

Beverly Weurding
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Wheelchair Dancers

Category: Inspiration

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.

Kathryn Cloward
President/CEO of Guardian Foods, Natural Kidz, Kandon Unlimited

Gini Craig
Founder/President of Girlfriends Care, Inc. and Good Ol' Gals Business Connections

Darrah DiGiorgio Johnson
President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of San Diego & Riverside Counties

Laura Mustari
CEO, Home Start Inc.

Evelyn Thomas
Executive Director, The Sanctuary Project

Andrea Villa
LGBT Community Leader and Social/Political Activist

Honorable Mentions

Shaney Jo Darden
Co-Founder, Executive Director, The Keep A Breast Foundation

Cari Jenkins
Founder, The 11:29 Project

Kathy Kinane
Founder, Kinane Events

Danielle LoPresti
Producer, San Diego IndieFest

Category: Empowerment

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.

Michelle Bergquist
CEO/Co-Founder, Connected Women of Influence

Lea Fields-Bernard
Owner/Trial Attorney, Trial Dogs

Judy Foster
Founder, Shared Vision Network and Women's Wisdom

Maureen Orey
President/CEO, Workplace Learning and Performance Group

Karen Possemato
Sr. Director of Corporate Marketing, Illumina

Barbara Sanfilippo
Motivational Speaker, Author and Consultant

April Wahlrab
Director of Operations and Support, Altium

Honorable Mentions
Linda Amaro, Founder, Nextwork Services

Victoria Cabot
Director of Field Operations, Vistage International

Sarah Hardwick
CEO, Zenzi Communications

Rebecca Lee
Therapist/ Counselor, YWCA

Adria Manary
Vice President of Operations, The Women's Information Network

Darlynne Menkin
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

Celia Sciacca
President, Laughing Pony Rescue