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LCAM 2017- Save the date!

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March Chapter Meeting- Highlights

Howdy!  If you weren’t able to join us for the March meeting at Junior Achievement, we are sorry to have missed you…

Junior Achievement:

It was a true pleasure to meet with COO and SVP, Jacqui Pernicano and learn a little more about the work they put in to helping young students in our community.  It’s a healthy and vibrant program, but they really could use support, particularly with volunteers. 

Here is more volunteer information and sign up: http://jasandiego.org/get-involved/volunteer.html

Here is a link to a video that shares a little more about Junior Achievement and definitely worth a watch! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L49IjKV6po

Executive Luncheon/Save the Date:April 18 at the San Diego Convention Center.  Our programs team, joined by Pat Evans is hard at work finalizing the details for what is sure to be an amazing Luncheon.  Look for an email and hard copy invitation, later next week.

Heads up! MAY Meeting will be Mini Firm Fair: Consider this an “Open house/get to know EWI”.  The meeting will be held at the Women’s History Museum, and Chapter members are encouraged to bring a professional guest.  There is no “sit down” dinner scheduled, and the chapter meeting fee will be used to cover you and your guest for heavy appetizers for this exciting new network opportunity.

Maximizing your membership: I am working on suggestions for maximizing your membership and ROI.  If you have any successful tips or personal story about how an EWI connection worked for you, please send them my way, by Friday, March 24 for inclusion in the newsletter!  Vanessa@broadwaysd.com

Welcome Darla Fox: We got an opportunity to hear from our new member, Darla Fox of SD Green Girl, and WOAH, what a story!  Please be sure to introduce yourself at the next meeting, and hear it for yourself!

Guests: It was great to see Lynette Clark, guest of Elsie Nash, join us for another meeting.  It was also a night to enjoy a visit with some of our favorite little ones, including Baby Adam, and Kinley & Bella!

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Executive Luncheon- SAVE THE DATE!

Our EWI Executive Appreciation Luncheon is scheduled for April 18, 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center, with guest speaker, Clifford “Rip” Ripptoe.  More details coming, but please mark your calendars!

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February Chapter Meeting- Highlights

It was lovely to see you last night at The Prado in Balboa Park. Thank you to our Programs Directors, Elsie and Colette, for their hard work that contributed to the success of the meeting. 

Here’s an overview of the evening:

  • Our special guests, Todd Forester, and speaker, Brenda Wells, of i5FreedomNetwork shared some incredibly important facts and tips about Sex and Labor Human Trafficking and what we can do if we suspect something is happening.  If you would like to learn more, visit: http://i5freedomnetwork.org/who-we-are.   We were made aware of Brenda when our own Elsie Nash, met Todd at a training event and we are so lucky she did!
  • Gift from Tracey Amernick: Last night’s wine was donated to the dinner portion of our meeting as a personal thank you, from Tracey, in appreciation for support during the loss of her husband and dear EWI Friend, Chris Agrippe.
  • Executive Advisory Board.  As I mentioned in the newsletter this month, three dynamic Executives have agreed to serve on our Inaugural Executive Advisory Board; Jamie Fleming, Fleming and Associates, Kathy White, Enhancery Jewelers, and Cam Schultz, EmbroidMe San Diego.  Our first meeting is scheduled in March, so an update will follow. We are so pleased they agreed to share their time, talents and commitment to EWI San Diego.
  • Masterclass Save the Date: Our next class in our Mentor Series is scheduled for May 27, and will focus on Gemology with Kathy White of Enhancery Jewelers.  Space will be limited. Time and location still to be determined, but this will be a great opportunity to see what’s been hiding in your own jewelry case as well as learn more about gems.
  • LCAM/Corporate update: Set for Dallas Sept. 21-23, This year will be condensed schedule will allow for more people to attend without taking away from work and family responsibilities. I will be spending a lot of time encouraging you to attend, so consider this your warning J
  • What a guest list!  It was so great to see new and friendly faces, including Tom Frederick, guest of Kathy Christmas; Cornelia Steinberg, guest of Susanne Schaible, Shelby McKinney, firecracker and mom of Kathy Trombley; Liz Hilly, Katie Field and Nicole Logie, guests of Kris Hilly; Ivy Tiango, guest of Jill Hammons; Lynette Clark and Darla Fox, guests of Elsie Nash; and EWI Friend, Candy Cowell, guest of Linda Kent, who finally gave up trying to keep us from clapping after every introduction.  We are much better at cheering than listening, obviously!
  • Memberfirms and Memberfriends: Finally, I just want to remind you that we are always happy to share your business flyers or special offers or photos of you and other EWI friends out and about.  For newsletter, send to Kathy Trombley, Director of Communications, at KTrombley@cushnet.net and for social media outlets, please send them my way to Vanessa@broadwaysd.com  Special thank you to Erin Chapman, Erin Chapman Consulting, who is producing our newsletter for March.  We appreciate you, Erin!

Thank you for getting in the spirit and wearing RED, and sharing such great gifts and prizes with our fantastic fundraising team, Directors, Kathy Christmas and Holly Stephenson, and Committee Member, Debbie Wilmot.

See you next month as we learn all about Junior Achievement! 

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January Chapter Meeting- Highlights

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night.  Thank you to the Programs Team, Colette and Elsie for planning a fun and unique evening.  If you weren’t able to join us, you were missed and we hope to see you in February at the Prado Restaurant. 

The evening was mostly made up of the sushi instruction, so the recap is super brief:

  • It seems that so many catering locations are getting their sushi from Chef Jeff and Chef Sergio and team at Sushi on A Roll. If you are looking for something fun to do with friends or family, consider a private party or additional sushi classes: sushionarollclasses.com
  • If you are interested in the SOCIAL MEDIA AND SO CAN YOU, Lunch and Learn on February 11, 10am-1pm, please send an email to vanessa@broadwaysd.com to RSVP. Space is limited and will be first come/first served. Reminder, this is not a ‘business insider’ on how to increase your social media foot print, it is “how to, basic 101”
  • I am 100% certain that everyone’s sushi roll came out way better than mine, except maybe Anita’s, but Chef Jeff fixed hers and they shared a ‘fist bump’. Yes, you read that right.
  • Pat Evans updated us on EWISP Scholarship information. She is also serving on the EWI Corporate Scholarship Committee, so we are super proud! If you are interested in being a judge here in San Diego, (I am looking at you, Alva), please contact her evans@visitsandiego.com
  • We saw some new friendly faces, Brent, son of Elsie Nash; Dylan, son of Laura Machado, Hannah (also birthday girl), daughter of Jennifer; Cornelia Steinberg, guest of Susanne Schiable. We also welcomed our new Westgate Hotel Rep, Christelle Tachon, who jumped right in as though she has been with us forever!
  • Congratulations to Besse and Jesse Dozadiaz on their beautiful son, Adam Jesse, born January 16 at 11:17 am. 7 lbs, 8 oz. 19.5 inches. Last I checked Besse was busy staring at him.
  • Next month’s meeting will be at The Prado, and in honor of women’s health and heart, we hope you will wear RED!

To those who have taken time to send a note about last night, thank you for your kind words, and I agree—it sure was fun!

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December Chapter Meeting- Highlights

Happy Holidays from your 2017-2018 EWI Board of Directors and Commitee Chairs!

For those of you who were able to join us (and bring a guest!), thank you so much.  We are still tallying, but the evening was very successful and we couldn’t have done it without you!  If you weren’t able to join us, we sure hope to see you next month!  In the meantime, here’s a quick recap of what you may have missed:

Team “Holiday Hooplah”: Thank you to the Fundraising Team: Kathy Christmas, Golden Property Management, Holly Stephenson, AT&T, and Debbie Wilmot, Parma Management Co, for such a great FUNdraiser! Thank you to our Program Directors, Colette Morel, Manpower and Elsie Nash, Payroll Vault, for a great venue, and a special thank you to Kristy Weinzimer at Flower’s By Coley, for our lovely flowers and Birthday roses. We also want to send a shout out to DJ Mo Cringle for spinning some fun and festive holiday tunes— thank you!

Mentor Up Series: We have a date for our first “Lunch and Learn” called ‘SOCIAL MEDIA, AND SO CAN YOU!’  This will be for our members who really need help understanding Facebook and Instagram.  It’s not in depth marketing strategy or instructions on how to increase your social media footprint, it’s for the folks who need help just creating an account (and pressing buttons!) Save the date, February 11, 10am-1pm, at Manpower offices.  Look for the RSVP coming soon!

Committee Opportunities:  One of the best ways to get to know other gals in this chapter is by spending some time and laughs while working on a project.  I am currently updating a “committee description” sheet that will let you know a little more about our committees and how your time and talents could be put to good use.  Get involved, I promise you– it’s where the fun is!

January Chapter Meeting: For those of you who have asked about next month’s Sushi making class, at “Sushi On a Roll” , specifically those of you who do not eat sushi, please note that we will provide another food option as well.  I know this meeting is a little outside the (bento!) box, but I am really proud of our Program Directors, for encouraging us to try something new, and hope you will consider joining us.

January Fundraising: Next month’s fundraising theme will be “Re-Gift Raffle”  If you wind up with wine that’s the ‘wrong color’ or chocolate that ‘doesn’t fit’, bring it in, we will give it a great home, and earn a little money in the process!

Chapter of Excellence:  Every year, EWI Corporate awards Chapters of Excellence.  We are already an outstanding chapter, but it would be great to have that recorded, officially.  There are a few things that we will need to tighten up, but look for an outline of what we are (already) doing (in most cases) to meet the requirements… I think you will be impressed.

Friendly Faces:  Along with some special guests, including ASIST Winner Lisa and her daughter, Anna, Lindi Nale, Darla Fox, Jesse Dozadiaz, Paul Harris and Joe Hitt, we were joined by our long-time friends, Jill Hammons, Emily Rogers, Deb Eck, Stephanie Hitt, Dawn Boese, Candy Cowell and Jan Sabran-Wolfert— it sure was great to see some of our ol’ gang last night


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November Chapter Meeting- Highlights

Speakers: If you are interested in learning a little more about our speakers, please visit: http://www.prisk.com

Chapter Meeting Rates:  Starting with our January Chapter meeting, rates will be $55 for Chapter Members and $48 for Sustaining Members.  We haven’t raised our rates in at least 10 years, so I really appreciate your support for this increase.

Date Change-December Chapter Meeting:  MONDAY, December 12 at Tom Ham’s Restaurant.  Please be sure to update your personal appointment reminders so you don’t miss it.  Look for an email from our Fundraising Directors with some information on how you can make this fundraiser a success.

Food/Can Drive:  Please bring a non perishable item to our December meeting.  In the spirit of Adel Asmer, and the Literacy Award in her namesake, we will donate these items to a food bank for the Holidays.

NEEDED: Website help.  Are you able to join our communications team and help us update and make changes to our website?  *Ahem* Say yes, Maggey…

Social Media:  LIKE us on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/ewisandiego/ and FOLLOW us on Intstagram- https://www.instagram.com/ewisandiego/  If you have any photos, career tips or flyers you would like shared, please send them to: Vanessa@broadwaysd.com

Decembership-Membership Drive: If your referral joins EWI, your next chapter dinner is on us!  (pesky fine print: not available for special prices meeting and must be used within 3 months) 

Special Message from Lourdes:  Please use extra caution when opening unknown emails.  Malware has become very sophisticated and computer attacks are happening at an alarming rate.  If you have any questions about how your company systems can stay safe, email: lnavarro@eironclad.com


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Keep up with EWI of San Diego on Social Media!

Like us on Intstagram: @EWISanDiego: www.instagram.com/ewisandiego

Follow us on Facebook: EWI of San Diego: www.facebook.com/ewisandiego

Posted in: Uncategorized by ewiadmin on January 9, 2017

EWI Celebrates 75 Years!

“To those whose foresight laid our foundation;
To those whose commitment and work brought us to this milestone;
To those who will carry us forward into our next century of service;
We offer this toast:
We celebrate our past with reverence;
We embrace our future with enthusiasm.
To Executive Women International…


EWI of San Diego celebrates milestone with special guest speaker, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis


SAN DIEGO, California, May 1, 2013 – The global women’s organization, Executive Women International (EWI), established in 1938, celebrates its 75th Anniversary on April 29, 2013.  The San Diego Chapter of EWI acknowledged this milestone and honored its member firm executives with a special luncheon held on Tuesday, April 16th at The Westgate Hotel, one of the chapter’s oldest members.  Special guest speaker, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, addressed the member executives and representatives.

EWI of San Diego, established 12 years after the founding of the initial chapter in San Francisco, was honored to have the first woman to serve as District Attorney for San Diego in attendance.  District Attorney Dumanis began her legal career as a clerk-typist in the DA’s office, working her way up to becoming a hard-hitting prosecutor and eventually a Superior Court Judge.  She has earned a national reputation as a law enforcement leader and innovator and she took office as District Attorney in 2003.

EWI is a global women’s organization that focuses equally on Career, Connections and Community.  DA Dumanis’ personal story of rising through ranks of the DA’s office, running for mayor, and becoming a prominent female leader in the city, county and nation, resonated with the mission of EWI and was inspirational to the members of the San Diego chapter.

The next chapter meeting of EWI of San Diego is Tuesday, May 21, 2013.  During this meeting, the chapter will recognize high-achieving member representatives and the Firm of the Year with its annual Chapter Awards Ceremony.  Anyone interested in attending the event or becoming a member of Executive Women International is encouraged to visit the chapter website at www.ewisandiego.com.

Executive Women International (EWI) is a non-profit women’s organization that was founded in 1938 in San Francisco under the name Executive Secretaries, Inc. by Lucille Perkins.  Ms. Perkins recognized the importance and potential of an association that would bring key women together to promote their firms and improve their community.  The organization’s name was changed to Executive Women International in 1977, reflecting the expansion of the organization and recognizing the changing roles of women in business and the diverse careers held by its representatives. With chapters in 65 cities throughout the United States and Canada, Executive Women International (EWI) brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of; promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development, and encouraging community involvement.  www.ewiconnect.com

Photos courtesy of J.Dixx Photography (www.jdixx.com).

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EWI San Diego 60th Anniversary Highlights

In April, 1950, the EWI of San Diego was chartered at the historic El Cortez in the Don Room.  Sixty years later, we returned to the birthplace of our chapter to celebrate our Diamond Anniversary!

 April 29, 2010, was proclaimed EWI Day in San Diego by Mayor Jerry Sanders in recognition of EWI of San Diego’s 60th anniversary.  The proclamation was prominently displayed at the celebration.

 The Don Room was absolutely ‘sparkling’ with excitement and energy – guests smiling and resplendent in their cocktail attire, lively conversation as we greeted friends and associates – old and new; lovely music and vocals by Art Deco, tables covered with shiny silver linens, beautiful white floral centerpieces and engraved crystal diamond shaped paperweights – a unique keepsake for every guest.  Even the iridescent program was adorned with a tiny rhinestone.  The room was lined with display boards filled with memories from each decade of our chapter.  Door prize tickets were a hot commodity – everyone hoping to win one of the seven premium door prizes and the Mystery Prize – valued at $701!

 Chapter President Lourdes Navarro (eIRONclad) welcomed the 100 attendees and introduced one of the longest-serving members of EWI of San Diego to present the Invocation and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance – Adele Asmer – a Life member, Past President and EWI member since 1960. 

 Kathy Trombley (Anheuser-Busch Sales of San Diego), the Chair of the 60th Anniversary Celebration Committee, took the podium and welcomed the 100 guests from as far away as Mississippi and Minnesota as well as the Houston, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Phoenix chapters.  She then introduced our special guest speaker – Corporate President Louise Anderson.  She brought us up to date on EWI in 2010 – the mission of the corporate office to assist the chapters and members and she reaffirmed the many values of EWI membership.

 After a delicious dinner, the executives in attendance were introduced by their representatives.  Their remarks were complimentary, thoughtful and funny!  The executive salute concluded with a tribute to the only current member firm that was present at the El Cortez in 1950 when the San Diego chapter was chartered – Sempra Energy.  Five representatives, past and present – two of which served as chapter president – came to the podium to accept a Certificate of Appreciation.

 Past chapter leaders were recognized with a Salute to Past Presidents.  Sondra Robbins (Ernst & Young) from EWI of Phoenix, introduced the 19 past presidents in attendance.  (EWI of San Diego assisted in the chartering of the Phoenix chapter in 1957.)  A rousing round of applause spoke volumes of appreciation to these women for their years of service to the chapter.

 Time for the champagne toast!  Everyone stood up and raised their glasses of bubbly as Louise Anderson presented an eloquent toast:

Let us stand with glasses raised

To applaud the achievements that your Chapter has made.

Sixty years of service and growth you’ve worked to attain,

Plus a history marked by leadership and fame.

Your accolades are too many to cite,

Your rich history of giving and serving others are what we celebrate for EWI of San Diego tonight!

Happy 60th Anniversary!

 Fundraising directors, Kathy White (Enhancery Jewelers) and Dolores Kelly (Life member) came forward to draw the winning tickets for the exceptional prizes generously donated by our member firms.

The winner of the $701 Mystery Prize was Vanessa Ruiz, a guest from the USS Midway. 

 Lourdes Navarro returned to the podium to thank the 15 members of the 60th Anniversary planning committee who worked so hard for many months to produce such an impressive event.  More applause!

 The stunning centerpieces went to the EWI member at each table who had been an EWI member for the longest time.

 This amazing evening of celebration came to an end, but every guest went home filled with special memories!

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