San Diego Women’s Week
Empowering Female Leaders


Each year, women around the region gather for San Diego Women’s Week. This special event organized by the North San Diego Business Chamber is dedicated to celebrating and empowering women while providing creative solutions for challenges female professionals face in the workplace and in their day-to-day lives. San Diego Women’s Week includes three events: Opening Night, Wine & Women, and the Leadership Conference – each of which will provide opportunities for learning, growth, networking and empowerment. Attendees will hear from notable keynote speakers including Rose Schindler, an Auschwitz survivor who will share her story and speak about what she has learned about perseverance, and how women can apply it to their lives to achieve success.

During the Leadership Conference, attendees will hear wisdom from successful leaders including Daymond John of ABC’s Shark Tank; Romi Neustadt, CEO, author, and speaker (as well as dedicated mother and wife); and Christine Van Loo who has overcome countless challenges to become one of the world’s most renowned aerialists. Linda Cureton, former CIO of NASA, will also speak about leading in a tough environment, while Tina Hay, Founder and CEO of Napkin Finance, will provide a crash course in personal finance. In addition to these speakers, there will be a variety of panels that will provide guidance on topics like pivoting in your career and standing out and speaking up.

The panels will feature inspiring and accomplished speakers such as Michiko Araki Kelley, Vice President, New Business Group and Corporate Marketing for Sony Electronics, Inc. As an accomplished executive with more than 25 years in corporate experience, Michiko has learned to navigate the business world with finesse and takes pride in her ability to impart her knowledge on other women so they can rise to any occasion. “Diversity isn’t a gender or race issue, it’s a business issue. These events provide platforms for leaders of both genders to share life examples and lessons learned, while connecting to a broader audience. Men need to be included in the conversation to enact true change. Sally Ride said, ‘You can’t be what you can’t see.’ We’re moving the needle, but there is work yet to be done,” Michiko shared with GB Magazine.
While San Diego Women’s Week has gone virtual this year due to COVID-19, there is no doubt that this year’s event will be as impactful as ever for women who want to take their career to the next level.

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Esteban Villanueva