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Women's Museum of California

Preserving the Past, Inspiring the Future

14th Annual San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception

What is the event about?

6 Local Women will be honored at the 14th Annual San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception on March 1 at 2 pm at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center.

TICKETS: Individual-$45  Limited Income - $25  Sponsor Table of 10 - $1,000 Student Table Sponsor of 10 - $450.

Payment can be made on-line with credit cards by clicking the link below.

Checks should be made out to WMC and mailed to Women's Museum, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 104, San Diego, CA 92106     For more information please call 619 233-7963



The women chosen represent and reflect the full breadth and depth of the diversity of our community.  They have all selflessly and courageously contributed greatly to San Diego and the world at large” says museum Executive Director Ashley Gardner. “Their lifetime work and achievements have improved the lives of many and have left a lasting impact.  They are the unsung heroes of our time whose stories can be inspiring to all of us.” Awards are granted in the areas of values, empowerment, activism, trailblazing, cultural competency and historical preservation.  The six selected for induction this year are:

Spirit, Lee Ann Kim, was chosen as the Spirit of the Hall of Fame for her on-going endeavors which truly reflect the values and mission of the award founders.  Lee Ann Kim is a first-generation Korean American who was an anchor and general assignment reporter for KGTV Channel 10, the  ABC television affiliate. She worked at KGTV from 1996 to 2008. She is also the executive director of Pacific Arts Movement (formerly the San Diego Asian Film Foundation), which presents the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, an event she founded in 2000 with the Asian American Journalists Association of San Diego. She has been married to Louis Song since 1997, with whom she has two sons.

Activist, Sara Moser, has been an integral part of the pro-choice movement in San Diego since she moved to La Jolla in 1968. She worked with the "Abortion Underground Railroad," helped create Planned Parenthood's Action Fund for electoral activities, and worked to ensure that women have access to a full range of reproductive and sexual health services. Sara joined the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood in 1972 and became an active volunteer leader. She served as Board Chair and headed numerous committees and campaigns, including the capital campaign to raise funds to buy the organization’s first headquarters.  During this decade of activism, Sara also served on the Board of Directors at the La Jolla Shores Association, and the Women’s Bank.

Bridgebuilder, Starla Lewis is a brilliant woman who for the past 40 years has committed herself to bridging, unifying and empowering multi-culturally diverse communities. As a professor of Black Studies, poet, author, and life mastery consultant, Starla Lewis has helped thousands of people recognize their own greatness. She has taught at San Diego Mesa College for over twenty years, where she served as Department Chair for eleven years. Starla is the founder of C.E.L.L (Celebration of Everlasting Love and Life) a human potential consultancy firm, where she has worked for thirty years as a life mastery coach. Through C.E.L.L she teaches people how to utilize love to heal and transform themselves and their communities. Through teaching people how to share compassion, love, mutual respect and understanding, her work has helped to bridge the human family.

Empowerer, Dr. Natasha Josefowitz, has spent her life as an educator. She taught the first course in the U.S. for women in management at the University of New Hampshire, and her book Paths to Power: A Woman’s Guide from First Job to Top Executive became a bestseller. She worked as a consultant to government and profit and non-profit organizations to help women enter male dominated workplaces. Now 88, her latest project focuses on how men and women grieve and heal differently and takes a new approach to the different states of grief. Her latest book, Living Without the One You Cannot Live Without, is a reflection of her research and personal experiences on the subject.

Natasha was a professor of management for thirty years and is an internationally known business consultant and keynote speaker. For ten years she had her own weekly program on public radio and a monthly segment on television. She has also been a guest on numerous radio and TV shows including All Things Considered, the Larry King Show and the Dr. Ruth Show, to name a few. Dr. Josefowitz is the best-selling and award-winning author of twenty business and poetry books. Her articles and poems have been published in over a hundred journals and magazines including the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, the London Times, and most major newspapers in the United States.

Historian, Viviana Enrique Acosta, CEO and Artistic Director of the Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan,
has over forty years of experience as a curator, arts administrator, choreographer, performance artist, dance theatre director, playwright, actor, composer, instructor and culture bearer. She continues on the BFA board her offering of transferring ancient knowledge and wisdom to the next seven generations to bring sacred traditions into fruition, sharing her two spirit vision of a sacred life worldwide. Viviana has the distinction as being one of the youngest California Arts Council Artists in Residence - Artists in Communities awardees for her work in dance.

Trailblazer, Dr. Anita Figueredo, (1916 – 2010) the first female surgeon in San Diego, and friend of Mother Teresa, A fierce proponent of women’s higher education, she was a founding member of the board of trustees of San Diego College for Women, later the University of San Diego, and served in that capacity for forty years.

Dr. Figueredo’s great passion in life, aside from medicine and her family, was humanitarianism, a calling that produced a four-decade-long friendship with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who called her “The Smiling Apostle of Charity.” Dr. Figueredo was among Mother Teresa’s few intimates, and the two women rendezvoused all over the world in service of the poor. It was Dr. Figueredo who lobbied the nun to establish her mission in Tijuana, Mexico, which now serves as the world headquarters for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity Fathers. (“This is the answer to years of prayer,” she told the New York Times.) In 1982, Dr. Figueredo founded a charity of her own, Friends of the Poor, originally devoted to the needy residents of Tijuana and San Diego, and now expanded to three continents.

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Why do we have the event?

Nominations from the community to honor women of accomplishment from our community have flooded the offices of the Women’s Hall of Fame since last June.  From over 200 nominations, the Hall of Fame Selection Committee identified 6 women who have worked to improve the lives of other women and made change in their communities. On March 1, 2015, the life work of these local heroes will be recognized by being inducted into the 14th Annual San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame.