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Join The San Diego Women's Foundation and Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties on Wednesday, June 29th for a webinar on advocacy. Learn how advocacy leverages funding's impact, by addressing policies that create disparities and, ultimately, a need for grantmaking.

Register at the link below, no login or payment required!
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Join The San Diego Womens Foundation and Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties on Wednesday, June 29th for a webinar on advocacy. Learn how advocacy leverages fundings impact, by addressing policies that create disparities and, ultimately, a need for grantmaking. 

Register at the link below, no login or payment required!
https://catalystsd.org/event/advocacy-101-sdwf/

Workplace equity drives prosperity for everyone but local action needs local data. The LEAPS Alliance wants your voice to be heard!

Any employee working for a San Diego employer can take the anonymous, 10-minute LEAPS Employee Engagement Survey in English or Spanish. Four participants will be randomly chosen to receive a $50 gas card. The survey is open until 11:59pm on June 30, 2022.

The LEAPS Alliance will use survey results to work with San Diego’s major stakeholder representatives in designing a locally relevant Playbook to accelerate workplace equity. For more information, visit kimcenter.org.

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Workplace equity drives prosperity for everyone but local action needs local data. The LEAPS Alliance wants your voice to be heard!

Any employee working for a San Diego employer can take the anonymous, 10-minute LEAPS Employee Engagement Survey in English or Spanish. Four participants will be randomly chosen to receive a $50 gas card. The survey is open until 11:59pm on June 30, 2022.

The LEAPS Alliance will use survey results to work with San Diego’s major stakeholder representatives in designing a locally relevant Playbook to accelerate workplace equity. For more information, visit kimcenter.org.

https://ucsdextension.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9BSOesf4AIY1sPA

The San Diego Women's Foundation is proud to join the San Diego LEAPS Alliance for Workplace Equity!

If you work for a San Diego employer, you can help by taking an anonymous, 10-minute survey that will generate critical regional data. Click the link below.

ucsdextension.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7QWNh9b4LEXGSOi

#LEAPSinitiative #equitymatters #workforceequity #LEAPSsandiego
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The San Diego Womens Foundation is proud to join the San Diego LEAPS Alliance for Workplace Equity! 

If you work for a San Diego employer, you can help by taking an anonymous, 10-minute survey that will generate critical regional data. Click the link below.

https://ucsdextension.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7QWNh9b4LEXGSOi

#LEAPSinitiative #equitymatters #workforceequity #LEAPSsandiego

Massive thank you to everyone who turned out to support our first Earth Day Beach Cleanup in partnership with The Resmark Companies and San Diego Coastkeeper!

Looking forward to sharing some impact numbers in the coming days.

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Massive thank you to everyone who turned out to support our first  Earth Day Beach Cleanup in partnership with The Resmark Companies and San Diego Coastkeeper! 

Looking forward to sharing some impact numbers in the coming days.

#EarthDay

Next up in our #celebratingchangemakers series is Katie Sawyer, Senior Director of Donor and Community Engagement at The San Diego Foundation!

Katie was nominated by SDWF Board Member Julie McKay, who shared "one of the things that has always stood out to me about Katie is her ability to speak thoughtfully and confidently in public. During her leadership at the Women’s Foundation, she did an amazing job of representing us and what we do in the community. She is very driven and although she has already accomplished so much in her career, I know she will continue on her path to success. Katie’s confidence, passion, professionalism, drive, and courage inspire me very much.”

Click the link below to learn more about Katie and her efforts to advance equitable grantmaking in our region.

www.sdwomensfoundation.org/about-us/chagemakers2022_sawyer/
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Next up in our #celebratingchangemakers series is Katie Sawyer, Senior Director of Donor and Community Engagement at The San Diego Foundation!

Katie was nominated by SDWF Board Member Julie McKay, who shared one of the things that has always stood out to me about Katie is her ability to speak thoughtfully and confidently in public. During her leadership at the Women’s Foundation, she did an amazing job of representing us and what we do in the community. She is very driven and although she has already accomplished so much in her career, I know she will continue on her path to success. Katie’s confidence, passion, professionalism, drive, and courage inspire me very much.”

Click the link below to learn more about Katie and her efforts to advance equitable grantmaking in our region.

https://www.sdwomensfoundation.org/about-us/chagemakers2022_sawyer/

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So true Julie. Thankful to Katie for all that she brought to SDWF!

I TRULY MISS KATIE! Really enjoyed her leadership! Very personable!

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Next up in our #celebratingchangemakers series is Jodie Grenier, Chief Executive Officer of Foundation for Women Warriors!

Jodie was nominated by SDWF Philanthropy Fellowship Member Kelly Wilkinson, who shared that she is inspired by Jodie because she is “is driving change for women veterans across the nation, a group that has long been underserved and overshadowed. A Marine herself, Jodie leads with her personal experience and leverages that influence as she informs programming and advocates for services to help active duty and veterans integrate into the civilian community following their service. Jodie’s unwavering commitment to investing in and empowering women through dignified services & community building is present in everything she touches.”

Click the link below to learn more about Jodie and her efforts to support women veterans in our community and beyond!

www.sdwomensfoundation.org/about-us/chagemakers2022_grenier/

#WomensHistoryMonth #celebratingchangemakers
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Next up in our #celebratingchangemakers series is Jodie Grenier, Chief Executive Officer of Foundation for Women Warriors! 

Jodie was nominated by SDWF Philanthropy Fellowship Member Kelly Wilkinson, who shared that she is inspired by Jodie because she is “is driving change for women veterans across the nation, a group that has long been underserved and overshadowed. A Marine herself, Jodie leads with her personal experience and leverages that influence as she informs programming and advocates for services to help active duty and veterans integrate into the civilian community following their service. Jodie’s unwavering commitment to investing in and empowering women through dignified services & community building is present in everything she touches.”

Click the link below to learn more about Jodie and her efforts to support women veterans in our community and beyond!

https://www.sdwomensfoundation.org/about-us/chagemakers2022_grenier/

#WomensHistoryMonth #celebratingchangemakers

Our next #celebratingchangemakers spotlight is Carrie Bobb, CEO of HelloJenny.

Carrie was nominated by SDWF President Michelle Candland, who shared "I first met Carrie several years ago when she interviewed for her first commercial real estate broker position. She was focused, driven and knew what she wanted. Since then, Carrie has blossomed into the brilliant intelligent compassionate leader she was destined to be."

Click the link below to learn more about Carrie and her courageous fight to make workplaces safer for women!

#WomensHistoryMonth #celebratingchangemakers

www.sdwomensfoundation.org/about-us/chagemakers2022_bobb/
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Our next #celebratingchangemakers spotlight is Carrie Bobb, CEO of HelloJenny. 

Carrie was nominated by SDWF President Michelle Candland, who shared I first met Carrie several years ago when she interviewed for her first commercial real estate broker position. She was focused, driven and knew what she wanted. Since then, Carrie has blossomed into the brilliant intelligent compassionate leader she was destined to be.

Click the link below to learn more about Carrie and her courageous fight to make workplaces safer for women!

#WomensHistoryMonth #celebratingchangemakers

https://www.sdwomensfoundation.org/about-us/chagemakers2022_bobb/

The next spotlight in our #celebratingchangemakers series is Valerie Jacobs, past SDWF President, Board Chair of Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation & Philanthropy Consultant.

Valerie was nominated by SDWF President-Elect Shari Miller, who commented “Valerie has had a huge impact on the San Diego community! Valerie stands out as a SDWF Founder and as a 2-year President during a time of great need for leadership in our organization. Additionally, her vision and leadership with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation has guided the organization to be a nationally recognized community engagement model. I’m sure she has inspired many members in addition to myself with her kindness, sharing and leadership qualities.”

Read Valerie's full profile at the link below!

www.sdwomensfoundation.org/about-us/chagemakers2022_jacobs/

Thank you, Valerie, for everything you’ve done to make our organization and community better!

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The next spotlight in our #celebratingchangemakers series is Valerie Jacobs, past SDWF President, Board Chair of Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation & Philanthropy Consultant. 

Valerie was nominated by SDWF President-Elect Shari Miller, who commented “Valerie has had a huge impact on the San Diego community! Valerie stands out as a SDWF Founder and as a 2-year President during a time of great need for leadership in our organization. Additionally, her vision and leadership with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation has guided the organization to be a nationally recognized community engagement model. I’m sure she has inspired many members in addition to myself with her kindness, sharing and leadership qualities.”

Read Valeries full profile at the link below! 

https://www.sdwomensfoundation.org/about-us/chagemakers2022_jacobs/

Thank you, Valerie, for everything you’ve done to make our organization and community better!

#WomensHistoryMonth #celebratingchangemakers

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Thankful for you Valerie and all you have done for so many!

Congratulations on being uplifted for your invaluable contributions to the San Diego community, Valerie!

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In honor of Women's History Month, we're spotlighting women making a positive impact in our community through a "Celebrating Changemakers" series.

Our first changemaker is Hei-ock Kim, Executive Director of the Kim Center for Social Balance. Dr. Kim was nominated by SDWF Executive Director Stephanie Cook, who shared that she is inspired by Hei-ock's tireless commitment to social justice and workplace equity.

Learn more about Dr. Hei-ock Kim below.

Tell us one fun or surprising fact about you:
I love building things, especially with power tools. My house and yard are full of furniture and “art” that no one else would ever want but that bring me great joy because I made them with my own hands.

What inspires you?
I had a high school intern who used what she learned with the Kim Center to start a discrimination awareness campaign at her school. She is raising awareness that sexist attitudes toward the girls’ uniforms are symptomatic of larger gender discrimination. She’s gotten teachers and parents involved, is bringing in speakers, and has become a cultural changemaker. The fact that I had even a small hand in her story inspires and compels me to keep doing this work.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
My mom always used to say, “Just try and see what happens.” That attitude keeps me forever optimistic that if I just take one step, I might be able to take the next and the next. At the same time, it gives me room to forgive myself if something doesn’t work out…most of the time.

Who are your heroes in real life?
I bow down before all the courageous women who stand up for what they believe in regardless of the consequences - they weather physical, verbal, and psychological hell from the haters and still never back down. And I applaud the quieter heroes - like single mothers who work to the bone at a job AND at home to raise great kids, or all those who overcome violence and/or poverty to become community leaders.

How do you hope to make difference in our community?
I grew up buying into society’s message that a woman has to be exceptional to compete with men. Then I had a moment of clarity driven by pure exhaustion: women deserve appreciation and success without having to work extra hard for it! We must build a new norm because everyone - and I mean every member of our families and communities - benefits when women thrive.

Systemic change is a daunting mantle to take up because it seems so nebulous - until we take a page from medicine. When we address a medical condition, we use universally established levels to baseline our basic functions, implement a targeted treatment plan, and do follow-up tests to benchmark our progress. Many people do this every day!

So, I founded the Kim Center for Social Balance to revolutionize cultural transformation by using exactly the same strategy with one added critical element: locally focused and collaborative action. San Diego is our perfect proving ground for developing this replicable regional model of progress because we have a uniquely diverse landscape, including talented civic and business leadership, an international border, a large refugee population, and all branches of the military.

Thank you Dr. Kim, for all that you do for our community!

If you would like to stay informed about her work, sign up for updates at kimcenter.org, and follow their monthly panel called “Uniting for Workplace Equity” at www.facebook.com/EmployeeRightsCenter/live/ - every third Tuesday at 2pm.

#WomensHistoryMonth #celebratingchangemakers
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In honor of Womens History Month, were spotlighting women making a positive impact in our community through a Celebrating Changemakers series.

Our first changemaker is Hei-ock Kim, Executive Director of the Kim Center for Social Balance. Dr. Kim was nominated by SDWF Executive Director Stephanie Cook, who shared that she is inspired by Hei-ocks tireless commitment to social justice and workplace equity. 

Learn more about Dr. Hei-ock Kim below.

Tell us one fun or surprising fact about you:
I love building things, especially with power tools. My house and yard are full of furniture and “art” that no one else would ever want but that bring me great joy because I made them with my own hands. 

What inspires you? 
I had a high school intern who used what she learned with the Kim Center to start a discrimination awareness campaign at her school. She is raising awareness that sexist attitudes toward the girls’ uniforms are symptomatic of larger gender discrimination. She’s gotten teachers and parents involved, is bringing in speakers, and has become a cultural changemaker. The fact that I had even a small hand in her story inspires and compels me to keep doing this work.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
My mom always used to say, “Just try and see what happens.” That attitude keeps me forever optimistic that if I just take one step, I might be able to take the next and the next. At the same time, it gives me room to forgive myself if something doesn’t work out…most of the time.

Who are your heroes in real life?
I bow down before all the courageous women who stand up for what they believe in regardless of the consequences - they weather physical, verbal, and psychological hell from the haters and still never back down. And I applaud the quieter heroes - like single mothers who work to the bone at a job AND at home to raise great kids, or all those who overcome violence and/or poverty to become community leaders.

How do you hope to make difference in our community?
I grew up buying into society’s message that a woman has to be exceptional to compete with men. Then I had a moment of clarity driven by pure exhaustion: women deserve appreciation and success without having to work extra hard for it! We must build a new norm because everyone - and I mean every member of our families and communities - benefits when women thrive.

Systemic change is a daunting mantle to take up because it seems so nebulous - until we take a page from medicine. When we address a medical condition, we use universally established levels to baseline our basic functions, implement a targeted treatment plan, and do follow-up tests to benchmark our progress. Many people do this every day!

So, I founded the Kim Center for Social Balance to revolutionize cultural transformation by using exactly the same strategy with one added critical element: locally focused and collaborative action. San Diego is our perfect proving ground for developing this replicable regional model of progress because we have a uniquely diverse landscape, including talented civic and business leadership, an international border, a large refugee population, and all branches of the military. 

Thank you Dr. Kim, for all that you do for our community! 

If you would like to stay informed about her work, sign up for updates at kimcenter.org, and follow their monthly panel called “Uniting for Workplace Equity” at https://www.facebook.com/EmployeeRightsCenter/live/ -  every third Tuesday at 2pm.

#WomensHistoryMonth #celebratingchangemakers

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Such great work that Hei-ock Kim is doing. Thanks for highlighting her and The Kim Center!

Congratulations Hei-ock!! A well deserved nomination! Thanks to your efforts you have brought work place equity to the forefront in San Diego!!

Thank you The San Diego Women's Foundation and Stephanie! What an honor to be chosen as a #changemaker by an institution of changemakers! Many thanks to all Kim Center for Social Balance supporters who have been helping us accelerate #WorkplaceEquity over the years. San Diego Commission on the Status of Women

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