The 2018 San Diego Women of Influence Awards recognized me as a final nominee for the Woman To Watch Award.
About The San Diego Women of Influence Awards
Women of Influence of Awards recognizes women business leaders. Additionally, the award ceremony recognizes local companies and men who also champion women leaders.
The San Diego Women of Influence Awards is produced by Connected Women of Influence. Their mission is to empower and strengthen women business owners through networking opportunities. Connected Women of Influence also provides professional support, advocacy, and alliances to foster professional success.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Women of Influence of Awards recognizes women business leaders. Additionally, the awards also recognizes local organizations and individuals who support women leaders.
The Best Part of Being A Nominee
I did not win the award for Woman To Watch. However, I found myself surrounded by women leaders who make a difference despite many pressures and challenges. Being in the room was the most important part of the day for me. Because, for the first time in my professional career, I was publicly recognized for being in the same tier of respected community leaders.
The Challenges of The Working Mother
It takes a lot of effort, energy and focus to be a leader. Let alone a woman leader with a family who depends on your guidance and support. And, because primary caretaker roles are mostly served by women, we carry heavy loads. I felt the weight of the burdens these women carry and yet, they carry on. I marveled in the fact that they managed to dress up and honor their unique and collective efforts,
The ceremony also honored men who play an important role in solidarity advancing women in the world. I know I am grateful for my husband, Franck, who has been a warm supporter of me and my business. Knowing my husband supports me makes a world of difference.
Meeting The Ambassador of Mexico, A San Diego Women of Influence Final Nominee
When I arrived, the tables were already full. Fortunately, the wonderful leaders at the event seated me at the front VIP table. I had the opportunity to sit next to one of the organizers, Karen Zullo, and the Consul General of Mexico and Ambassador, Marcela Celorio. Marcela was also a nominee for the Breaking Boundaries award.
Marcela is an influential woman because she maintains along with many others peaceful relations between Mexico and San Diego during this most recent presidential era. She also lends her influence to raise money for charitable services that empower young women. And, she calls herself the “Cross border consul”.
Marcela did not win an award, either. I personally figured that a woman of such credentials, experience, and contribution did not win an award, then any type of award is of no real consequence to one’s personal legacy.