A Message from our Co-Presidents

Dear WGSD Members,

Women Give San Diego and the Lawyers Club of San Diego were honored to host Justice Kruger for an inspirational luncheon. Thank you to our Mentorship leadership team for making it happen. It was a pleasure sharing the event with many of you. Justice Kruger encouraged us to follow our passions and make a difference, regardless of the obstacles along the way. 

With those words of advice in mind we are all encouraged to reflect on our opportunities as Women Give San Diego members. Regardless of your reason for joining, your membership puts you on a path toward educating and empowering yourself to make a difference. Empowering ourselves helps to empower others and eventually empower our community and our region toward systems change. The future of women and girls in San Diego starts with all of us, taking the time to get involved. We hope to see you at our November 2 gathering, and encourage you to continue the process of learning and growing as members through participation in a Women Give leadership team.

All the best,
Morgan Justice Black and Sabrina Martucci Johnson

Upcoming Events
Mix & Mingle - Fall Fling!

Please join us on November 2nd from 5:30 to 7:30pm for a Mix & Mingle at the New American Museum in Liberty Station. Get to know your fellow WGSD members at this Fall fling. We will have some fun icebreakers--by the end of the evening you will have learned something new (and perhaps surprising) about your WGSD colleagues! Please RSVP to the email you received about this event and join us!

Monday, November 2, 2015
5:30 - 7:30pm
New Americans Museum
2825 Dewey Road, Suite 102
San Diego, CA 92106
Nile Sisters Fundraiser
Helping Hands, Healing Hearts.

WGSD Grant Partner, Nile Sisters, has collaborated with La Jolla Presbyterian Church to host the annual brunch and fundraising auction on Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10:30am to 1:00pm.

Themed "Helping Hands, Healing Hearts," the event will include a fun silent auction, delicious brunch, and lively cultural entertainment. Admission is $50 per person.

Proceeds from the event will enable Nile Sisters to provide employment training and facilitation, emergency relief, and family advocacy and education to new refugee and immigrant women in the community.

For tickets and more information, please click HERE.

Team Updates

Thank You Justice Kruger
At 38 years of age, Leondra Kruger was the youngest justice and the only African-American, ever confirmed on the California Supreme Court. In a powerful luncheon hosted by the Mentorship Team of Women Give San Diego and the Lawyer’s Club of San Diego, Justice Kruger shared her motivation to enter law school, her personal skills and challenges, the many roles of mentors, how to get teens civically engaged, and what her life is like now.

Justice Kruger grew up inspired by a mother who was a trailblazer in medicine and committed to service and making the world a better place. With her own passion in writing, she went to law school because she wanted the opportunity to use her pen in greater service. She received a Juris Doctor degree from Yale University in 2001.

She shared that she was very quiet and reserved growing up, and felt awkward seeking help from professors. She believed it was inappropriate, since she saw it as asking for something for nothing. A classmate told to, “Cut it out or people will never know how good you are.” We are all grateful that she took that classmate’s advice!

To read the full article, please click HERE.
Team Meeting Announcements
The Grants Committee kicked off its 2016 Grants Season on September 29th with a great conversation around the upcoming cycle that will launch after the holidays. The team has continued to refine its partnership with the Women's Foundation of California in aligning to their fiscal year and leveraging their ability to give a snapshot of each organization's financial health.

The Grants Team will be reaching out to its previous partners and community organizations next week to ensure they are aware of the process for submitting interest in a Women Give San Diego grant by December 1st. If you have any organizations that you want to be sure know about WGSD grants, please reach out to Amy Bernal by October 19th.

The next Community Engagement Team meeting will be held on Monday, October 19th, 5:30 - 7:00pm.  For location and to RSVP, contact Sheona Som or Courtney Brown.

The next Membership Team meeting will be held Tuesday, October 20th, 5:30- 7:00pm. For location, to RSVP, or to join the team, please contact Joan Friedenberg.

The next Education Team meeting will be held Monday, November 9th, 5:30- 7:00 pm.  For location and to RSVP, please contact Marsha Lubick or Susannah Stokes.
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