Happy National Women’s Month!

By Clare Michal

Since 1987, March has been recognized as National Women’s History Month and in 2016 the North San Diego Business Chamber celebrated with their annual San Diego Women’s Week. The five day event culminated with Friday’s Inspiration Conference, featuring inspirational and informational speakers and resources to connect women in their communities. Women’s week was hosted at the beautiful Harrah’s Resort Southern California.

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San Diego Women’s Week’s Inspiration Conference

The morning session featured Elizabeth McCormick who told the story of her transition from Army wife to Black Hawk Pilot. She told the audience about almost failing out of flight school and how it taught her how to lead herself to success when no one else would.

Image of Padma Lakshmi standing at the center of a stage.Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi inspiring women to overcome any obstacle.

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi was also in attendance and spoke about how she came from humble beginnings while battling a chronic disease to become a successful model, author and TV host. The morning concluded with Make-A-Wish co-founder Frank Shankwitz who shared the story of how the Make-A-Wish foundation started with a few Arizona Department of Pubic Safety Officers who wanted to grant a young boy with terminal leukemia his wish to be a Patrolman.

Kim Coles stands at the center of a stage addressing the audience.Kim Coles making the crowd laugh while teaching them about finding their “secret sauce”

In the afternoon attendees heard from Naomi Tutu, Kim Coles, and Amy Cuddy. Naomi Tutu told about her youth in apartheid South Africa and how it inspired her to build the world she wanted to live in. Actress Kim Coles presented a humorous lesson in how to find your “Secret Sauce” or what makes you stand out and how you can share that with the world. Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist who has done extensive research on body language taught about how we carry ourselves and how it effects how others perceptions of us.

The day also included two panels featuring remarkable women in San Diego. The first panel was a Breaking Barriers forum where local female business leaders discussed the struggles and triumphs they had in becoming successful. The second panel was on Empowering the Next Generation of Female Leaders and featured five up and coming women and what they needed from current leaders to keep the momentum of success going.

Thank you to these wonderful event sponsors for their dedication to empowering women in San Diego.

  • Sharp Health Plan
  • Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers
  • Oracle
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Bernardo Winery
  • San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts
  • Littler Employment and Labor Solutions
  • Cox Communications
  • Mercedes-Benz of Escondido

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