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San Diego Magazine’s Celebrating Women Summit 2023

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2023 Winners

San Diego Magazine Rising Star of the Year

Emily Hill | Assistant Dean of Marketing and Recruitment | University of San Diego, Knauss School of Business

San Diego Magazine Pioneer of the Year

Dilkhwaz Ahmed | Executive Director | License to Freedom

People’s Choice Awards

Art + Design Rising Star – Keychunté Hudson-Riley | Co-Founder & Principal Designer | My Key Interiors

Art + Design Pioneer – Lynne Arciero | Founder & CEO | REV Studio

Education Rising Star – Samantha Walker | Owner, Founder & CEO | CCC-SLP Speaking of Samantics & SLP Test Prep

Education Pioneer – Angelina Barrera | ESL Student Advocate Specialist | Southwestern College

Finance Rising Star – Kim Benson | Partner | Creative Capital Management Investments LLC

Finance Pioneer – Jennifer Barnes | CEO | Optima Office

Fitness + Wellness Rising Star – Danielle Vantini | Co-Founder & Co-CEO | PowerFuel Damas

Fitness + Wellness Pioneer – Stephanie Butterfield | Founder + CEO | Activate House

Food + Beverage Rising Star – Juliea Lannen | Owner + Manager | The Barkeep Co.

Food + Beverage Pioneer – Lara Worm | Founder, CEO, and Creative Director | Bivouac Ciderworks

Healthcare Rising Star – Sheila Krishna | MD | Coastal Pacific Dermatology

Healthcare Pioneer – Tania Hormozi | Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist | Healthy Minds Counseling Services

Law + Legal Rising Star – Andrea Piontkovski | Immigration Attorney | Piontkovski Immigration Law Corporation

Law + Legal Pioneer #1 – Jonah Toleno | Of Counsel | Garcia Hong Law, APC

Law + Legal Pioneer #2 – Sandra Maas | President of the Board | Women’s Museum of California

Military + Public Service Rising Star – Colby Duncan | Criminalist | San Diego County Regional Crime Lab

Military + Public Service Pioneer – Emiley Stroud | Marketing Director | Marine Corps Community Services Miramar

Non-Profit Rising Star – Leticia Martinez Hermosillo | Director of Philanthropy | International Community Foundation

Non-Profit Pioneer – Bobbi Brink | Founder + Executive Director | Lions Tigers and Bears

Real Estate Rising Star – Chloe Ferrari | Founder + CEO | Urban Sands Vacation Rentals and Urban Sands Realty

Real Estate Pioneer – Amber Anderson | Luxury Real Estate Broker | Team Amber Anderson

Sports + Entertainment Rising Star – Jessica Roberts| Arts Supervisor II | City of Encinitas

Sports + Entertainment Pioneer – Patricia Mooney | Video Producer | Crystal Pyramid Productions

STEM Rising Star – Carolyn Southern | Director, Technology Business Application | RSM

STEM Pioneer – Rae Robertson Anderson | Professor, Department of Physics and Biophysics | University of San Diego

Tourism + Hospitality Rising Star – Erin Huffman | Co-Owner | Gaslamp Hostel

Tourism + Hospitality Pioneer – Maggie Espinosa | Travel Journalist | Travel with Maggie

Trade + Craft Rising Star – Lizbeth Medina | Design + Contractor Instructor | All Conditions Construction

Trade + Craft Pioneer – Carla Daniela | Owner | Tailor Love

It’s time for our annual Celebrating Women Event on November 2, 2023 presented by Copia Wealth Management & Insurance Services! This year however, it’s going to look a little different! The traditional networking reception and awards ceremony will be shifting into a night that truly honors all the incredible women San Diego encompasses.

This year will be the start of our very own Celebrating Women Summit, where women will have access to a panel discussion and Q&A with some of the city’s most influential females. Moderator + Panelists to be announced soon! There will be educational experiences, empowering takeaways, personal development activities, networking opportunities, art integrations, local women-owned retail pop up shops, photo moments, tasty bites, and plentiful drinks.It’s the perfect opportunity for you, your friends, family, and colleagues to come and experience a positive and impactful evening to remember.

Oh and we’ll be announcing the People’s Choice and San Diego Magazine honorees from our Celebrating Women Nominations…call it the cherry on top to this ice cream sundae of a night!

Date & Location

November 2, 2023

3:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.

UC San Diego’s Park & Market

1100 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101


Standard General Admission – $70

Nominee General Admission – $40

Dress Code

Business Attire

Event Schedule

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Welcome + Check-In

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – People’s Choice Honorees Announced

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion + Q&A

4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Outdoor Networking + Celebration + Food/Drink

6:00 p.m. – San Diego Magazine’s Pioneer and Rising Star of the Year Announced

Panel Speakers

Ghazala Sharieff, MD, BA | CMO Acute Care Operations and Clinical Excellence, Scripps Hospitals

Claudia Sandoval | Celebrity Chef on EstrellaTV and Master Chef Season 6 Contestant

Elisabeth Dawson | President and CEO, Copia Wealth Management & Insurance Services

Donna Deberry | CEO San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce and Inclusion and Equity Consultant

Nicolle Monico | Managing Digital Editor, San Diego Magazine

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