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Athena Pinnacle Awards 2005 nominees

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The following are nomination bios as submitted by the nominating party.

Corporation

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Airports/Aviation

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is a public enterprise that operates San Diego International Airport and plans for the region's air transportation needs. Thella F. Bowens, president and CEO, manages the authority, their $106.7 million annual budget and its 260 employees. Under her leadership, the authority recently celebrated one year of successful operations as the nation's busiest single-runway commercial service airport. In its first year of independent operations, 15.3 million passengers used the airport in 2003, an increase of 300,000 passengers over 2002. The airport plays a vital economic role in our region, contributing $4.5 billion annually to the regional economy and $1.8 billion in personal income.

CUSO Financial Services LP Financial Services

CUSO Financial Services LP is a securities brokerage firm that services credit unions throughout the country. Founded by two women in 1996, the company has grown to more than 50 employees. In addition to the two original partners, six additional women have been appointed to senior management positions at CUSO within the last five years, comprising 80 percent of the senior staff at the firm. This executive team grew the company in both customers and revenues each year since its inception, surviving market downturns and industry scandal, to reach revenues of $47 million in 2003.

Pfizer, La Jolla Pharmaceutical

From the top down, Pfizer promotes women within the company. Four of the 11 members of the La Jolla Leadership Team are women, including Dr. Catherine Mackey, site director. In 2003, women led three of five Discovery project teams that put potential new drugs into clinical studies. Women currently lead almost half of the drug development projects. Pfizer La Jolla has also introduced programs over the last two years to support and develop its more junior women. Following a successful mentoring program pilot targeting women and minority groups, with 10 mentor-prot?g? pairs, we are expanding the program site-wide.

SkinMedica Inc. Specialty Pharmaceuticals

While the president is male, the two next most senior individuals are female. Largely because of their initiatives, SkinMedica has raised $23 million over three years and closed another $25 million this year. Other female management includes the vice president, marketing; executive director, strategic marketing; director, product development; senior manager sales training; manager, marketing communications; and product manager, cosmeceuticals. In addition, three of five regional sales managers are female. Fifty-five of 79 total employees are female. SkinMedica is nothing short of nectar for high-caliber women.

Claritas Inc. Market Research

Throughout its 33-year history, Claritas Inc., the nation's leading market research firm, has maintained a strong commitment to providing women the opportunity to hold and excel at senior executive/managerial positions. Forty-eight percent of Claritas' female employees are senior executives/managers. Women head two of the company's most important areas: product development and product management, and a woman not only manages the primary research department, but three of its top managers are women. Of the 40-plus women senior executives/managers at Claritas, nearly 40 percent have been either hired or promoted to manager level within the last three years.

Major Hagen & Africa Legal Recruiting

Major Hagen & Africa (MHA) has been named the best legal search firm in the United States by AmLaw and Worldlaw Business. A San Diego office opened in 2001. Two founders are women -- Laura Hagen and Marty Africa -- as are 75 percent of the firm's professionals, including five women board members. MHA's revenues increased by 50 percent last year. In San Diego, MHA has placed senior counsel at the Port Authority, the Regional Airport Authority, SAIC and such major law firms as Gray Cary and Fish & Richardson.

Townsend Inc. Public Relations/Marketing

CEO Townsend

Townsend Inc. took on the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Luncheon for 2004 as the company project with the entire staff working to achieve the financial goal. With the help of President and CEO Jackie Townsend Konstanturos this annual luncheon saw its greatest success. Six hundred attendees raised more than $100,000 for the American Heart Association. Attendees learned that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women and left with tips for saving their own lives and the lives of those they love.

Marsh Risk & Insurance Services Insurance

Today's Marsh Risk & Insurance Services takes pride in protecting the assets and peace of mind of our employees, our clients and our community. We begin internally by providing challenging work, opportunity for advancement and encouraging colleague camaraderie. Marsh provides an office environment where balancing work and family priorities is honored. The corporate philosophy embraces the whole person, providing a myriad of avenues for the personal, professional and technical development of a diverse workforce. Some 68 percent of the firm's officers are women; and 63 percent of those who sit on the executive management team are women.

AMN Healthcare Healthcare

AMN Healthcare, the nation's largest healthcare staffing company, is a leader in the advancement of women in business. Not only are women in supervisory and middle-management positions, but they also drive the business and are part of the primary reason that AMN has been successful in providing critical care staffing solutions to health care facilities across the United States. AMN Healthcare supports and recognizes its corporate employees by fostering a professional work environment and by offering professional development opportunities. AMN Healthcare strives to continue to help women in the company to develop professionally and to contribute to the company's overall success.

Knobbe, Martens, Olson, & Bear LLP Law

Knobbe, Martens, Olson, & Bear LLP is one of the nation's most prominent intellectual property law firms and also has an outstanding record of encouraging and promoting women within the firm. Working mothers appreciate the maternity policy, reduced billing requirements upon return from maternity leave and part-time options. These options enable both male and female attorneys to enjoy more time with their families than at most other law firms. With its solid commitment to diversity, a supportive atmosphere, and respect for all who work there, the firm leads by example in supporting and advancing women in the practice of law.

Education

Karen C. Arden, Ph.D. Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, UCSD School of Medicine Academia

Arden

Karen Arden's efforts balancing career, family and community service is truly inspirational. In addition to her roles as mentor and assistant professor, Arden spends significant amounts of time and energy giving to the San Diego biomedical community. She ardently supports providing young women with the interest and insight into the world of science. As an active member of the Association for Women in Science, Arden has participated as a judge in numerous science fairs for young women and has served as a panelist to members in a Strategies of Successful Women workshop and at the 2003 Expanding Your Horizons conference.

Jodi L. Connolly Fish & Richardson Patent Law

Connolly

A patent specialist by profession, Jodi Connolly also volunteers with the Association of Women in Science in San Diego (AWIS-SD). She has recruited a group of 30 volunteers within AWIS-SD and a broader group of over 100 supporters to reach out to girls at the K-12 level, to encourage them to explore scientific careers. Connolly has led women volunteers to run science activities and career discussions with girls at Expanding Your Horizons, the San Diego Regional Science Fair, Sally Ride Science Club fair in Los Angeles, Hope Elementary School Science Day, BeWise, Girls Matter and the Girl Scouts Career Day.

Sharon Wampler, Ph.D. UCSD Extension University

Wampler

Sharon Wampler is a catalyst for women in the biotech community. She has guided new curriculum development of UCSD Extension's Biosciences Program to advance education in the bioscience industry. She is widely known for building strong networks throughout the San Diego community between UCSD Extension, BIOCOM, Athena, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and the San Diego chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). She was recently elected to the National AWIS board, and is now sharing her strategic vision with women scientists around the country.

Nancy Taylor San Diego County Office of Education K-12 Education

Taylor

As science coordinator for the San Diego County Office of Education, Nancy Taylor advocates and champions expansion of science programs and synergies with innovative programs for science instructional opportunities in the K-12 system. The PISCES program brings inquiry-based science expertise to K-6 teachers, allowing children to see and experience the excitement of science. The BEWiSE program offers intimate science experiences for middle school girls through overnights in scientific institutions and alumni programs. As a board member of the San Diego Science Alliance, Taylor continues to inspire, challenge and coach members to collaborate with educators to enhance science literacy throughout San Diego County.

Roxanne Hunker, CA Teaching Credential The Rhoades School

Hunker

Roxanne Hunker delivers her lessons in fascinating ways and bringing science to life with her animated style. Staying abreast of current research, Hunker maintains strong contacts in the professional community and is a voracious reader of science journals, incorporating new findings into her curriculum. Historically 60 percent of her middle school students selected each year for the County Science Fair are girls. Likewise, 50 percent of her honors geometry students are girls. It is no surprise that she was named San Diego County Science Teacher of the Year (Junior Division) in 2002.

Services

AnneMarie Kaiser Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear LLP Intellectual Property

Kaiser

As the sole female partner in the San Diego office, AnneMarie Kaiser leads by example and has an unparalleled commitment to interview, train, mentor and promote female associates. Kaiser actively participates in the firm's recruiting and formal mentoring programs. She is a strong voice and advocate for women both within the firm and beyond. For example, when Vera Trofimenko, a 2001 Pinnacle Award scholarship winner, mentioned that she was interested in becoming a patent attorney, Kaiser offered her a summer internship. She remains in close contact with Trofimenko as both a mentor and friend.

Jacqueline Townsend Konstanturos Townsend Inc. Integrated Marketing

Townsend

As president and CEO of Townsend Inc., Jacqueline Townsend Konstanturos has four of the top management positions in her agency filled by women. She also currently mentors a female graduate student from Turkey. In 2001, Townsend Konstanturos was recognized by the Association for Strategic Planning for Excellence and Innovation in the Strategic Planning Process. She serves on the advisory board of San Diego State's Entrepreneurial Management Center and is an original founding member of San Diego Mission Ventures.

Linda Rose Rose Business Solutions Technical Services

Rose

K. Linda Rose, founder, has 17 years experience in public and private accounting. For the past 13 years, she has served as CEO of Rose Business Solutions. Rose was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Accounting in 2001. Her organizations are guided by the philosophy of setting appropriate client expectations and delivering accordingly. She balances her drive for success with her passion for always doing the right thing by never compromising her integrity. Two of Rose's organizations have female senior management staff recruited, mentored and advanced by Rose into those leadership positions.

Keith Krzewski Baker & McKenzie Law Firm

Krzewski

Keith Krzewski, chief operating officer of the San Diego office of Baker & McKenzie, is responsible for several national projects for the firm's nine U.S. offices. Four of the eight partners in the San Diego office are women. Three of the women became partners during Krzewski's tenure with his support and careful career counseling. Seven of the 12 associates are women. All of these professionals support Krzewski's Pinnacle nomination wholeheartedly because of his honest, forthright and positive commitment to their careers

Susan Atkins, MA, MBA, APR Atkins + Associates Public Relations

Atkins

As president and CEO of Atkins + Associates, Atkins has worked tirelessly for more than 20 years to promote the biotech industry in San Diego. She volunteers in the community by taking active roles in BIOCOM and the American Heart Association. She promotes San Diego women in the life sciences industry, inspiring more women to enter the field and contribute to the region's economic vitality.

Gigi Birchfield, Esq. Major, Hagen & Africa Legal Recruiting

Birchfield

Gigi Birchfield, Esq., opened Major, Hagen & Africa's Southern California offices in 2000. She has hired eight women: four recruiters (both lawyers), two business developers (both MBAs) and two administrators. She leads by example, inspiring senior members to mentor newer teammates. Birchfield's San Diego team successfully placed general counsel at the Regional Airport Authority and the Unified Port as well as attorneys at SAIC and several prominent San Diego law firms. Birchfield's achievements resulted in her election as a partner of the firm in February 2004.

L. Kay Chandler Cooley Godward LLP Law

Chandler

A partner at Cooley Godward LLP, Chandler counsels some of the region's best-known firms, including Diversa Corp. She plays an active role in the community, working to educate biotech professionals about the impact of new regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley. Last year Chandler co-founded The Women in Science and Technology (TWIST), a group designed to foster mentoring relationships between senior professionals and young women entering the field. Within her firm, she considers mentoring a primary responsibility.

Deborah Jondall Barney & Barney LLC Insurance

Jondall

Deborah Jondall is Barney & Barney's director of marketing/communications, a role she created after convincing the management team that she had the expertise to fulfill Barney & Barney's corporate vision. Jondall has since exceeded our expectations. She single-handedly coordinates all of our marketing, advertising and public relations efforts. She led the company through a complete rebranding effort, generated enthusiasm for our new brand, got us noticed by the press for our expertise in the area of insurance and risk management. In short, to use a portion of the tagline that Jondall has become famous for, she listened to "ensure our success."

Denise Lew, Ph.D. UCSD & The San Diego Foundation Technology Licensing/Philanthropy

Lew

Denise Lew, Ph.D., serves on the board of governors of The San Diego Foundation and chairs its Science & Technology Working Group. She played a key role in the formation of the Middle School Science Education Leadership Initiative, advocating the need to inspire youth and under-represented populations to remain interested in science. Lew is a founding member of the San Diego Women's Foundation and serves on its Education committee. Lew is also a board member of the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women's Health Research.

Margaret Mann, J.D. Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP Law

Mann

Margaret Mann is a participant in firm-wide Women's Initiative at Heller Ehrman and office leader for the program in San Diego. She's a member of Heller Ehrman's editorial board for Women's Initiative and serves on the planning committee, International Women's Insolvency Restructuring Confederation. Mann was named 2003 Mediator of the Year by judges of U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California. She has served as volunteer mediator for the Bankruptcy Court Mediation Panel since the 1980s.

Deborah Robertson, Ph.D. The Robertson Center of Science and Public Policy Life Sciences

Robertson

Robertson established The Robertson Center to provide nonpartisan information, policy solutions and improved public understanding of scientific issues that impact public policy to lawmakers, public interest groups and foundations. The center focuses on eliminating poverty and promoting health and national security in developing nations. A triathlete and avid volunteer, Robertson encourages girls from all backgrounds to enter the sciences. Her work at Epicyte Pharmaceutical, a biotech enabling the production of human antibodies in plants, convinced her of the need for a nonpartisan scientific policy voice.

Geri Dillingham North Island Credit Union Finance

Dillingham

Geri Dillingham is responsible for strategic planning, service management, product development, marketing and public relations for San Diego's third largest credit union -- a $1.3-billion institution serving 130,000 members through 12 branches. She provides a world-class working environment, offering each individual the potential for a career, not just a job, including 42 women in executive or management positions. She has served as legislative advocate for the local chapter of the California Credit Union League and on the advisory committee for a cooperative public relations initiative among local credit unions. She has also been active in re-establishing the credit union cooperative system in Poland since the fall of Communism.

Deborah Lawrence, BA Cox Communications Telecommunications

Lawrence

Deborah Lawrence is vice president and manager of Cox Communications/National Customer Care Center located in San Diego, which serves over 1.2 million customers nationally, representing 10 Cox systems, and employs approximately 1,000 employees in the San Diego region. She currently sits on the board of The San Diego Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Lawrence was honored with the prestigious 2001 Woman of the Year Award for the San Diego Leukemia & Lymphoma. In addition to her community involvement, Lawrence enjoys attending the sporting events of her three children, humbling herself at golf and attempting to exercise.

Faye H. Russell Clifford Chance US LLP Law

Russell

Faye Russell mentors and guides women at Clifford Chance and is instrumental in making sure the female attorneys in the group are assigned to deals, which helps them to stay on the partnership track. Russell opened the San Diego office of Clifford Chance in July 2002, bringing the largest law firm in the world to San Diego. She has opened international legal markets to the firm's San Diego clients. Russell is active in Athena, BIOCOM, San Diego Venture Group and UCSD Connect.

Suzanne Biggs, J.D. Pillsbury Winthrop, LLP Law

Biggs

As a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, Suzanne Biggs has worked hard to hire and promote professional women in her discipline. Over the years she has been involved in hiring not only junior level women, but also, women of senior standing, such as lateral partners. In the past year alone, Biggs help to recruit five women associates and two partners into the San Diego office. Her role in the acquisition of such talent has created one of the most prominent intellectual property law groups in Southern California expanding both the breadth and the depth of the firm's capabilities.

Susan Cornelius, SPHR Morgan Stanley Financial services

Cornelius

As a financial adviser, career adviser or mentor, Susan Cornelius has touched and inspired hundreds of San Diego women directly over the last three years. Cornelius has been a member of Mana, the national Latina organization, for over 20 years as a madrina (or mentor). She also spends Saturdays mentoring Marine Corps' wives at Miramar and Camp Pendleton on economics, financial management and investing techniques. She provides career counseling to students at High Tech High, and she currently chairs the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's search for a new CEO.

Judy Thompson, President Judy Thompson & Associates Financial Executive Recruiting

Thompson

Judy Thompson has been recruiting in the field of accounting and finance for over 26 years, the past 23 as president of her own practice. She has been a frequent speaker for the San Diego and North County chapters of Institute of Management Accountants, the California Society of CPAs, American Women's Society of CPAs, and the American Society of Women Accountants in San Diego. In 2000 Thompson won, the Women Who Mean Business Award.

Stephanie Seidman, Ph.D Fish & Richardson PC Law

Seidman

Stephanie Seidman has built one of the region's most successful intellectual property law practices. Women comprise more than 50 percent of her group in a field dominated by men nationwide. Seidman has recruited a number of promising women scientists with no legal experience as advisors to her practice, encouraged them to attend law school, and supported them through their studies as they developed into accomplished intellectual property attorneys. When Fish & Richardson recently recruited Seidman, her entire practice group -- 24 men and women -- followed her to the new firm.

Thomas Studebaker, BS, MBA Studebaker Biomedical Business Consultants Biomedical

Studebaker

Tom Studebaker has relentlessly pursued the empowerment and promotion of women in the biomedical industry in San Diego. In addition to the San Diego Biotechnology Discussion Group, he also formed Women of Bioscience (WOB). The main purpose of WOB is to promote a collegial environment and facilitate networking among women in the biomedical sciences community. Over 160 women attend on a regular basis. This forum is a tremendous benefit for women whether they are searching for a new job or looking for business contacts. Tom began WOB because he felt strongly that women should have the same opportunities for self-promotion and networking as men.

Maria P. Sendra, JD, MA Clifford Chance US, LLP Law

Sendra

Described by local technology publications as "one of San Diego's best analytical minds," Maria Sendra's most significant effort in promoting the San Diego business community is what she does outside the community to enhance its reputation and influence around the globe. In October 2003, Sendra was chosen to participate in a San Diego delegation of community leaders to China because of her years of experience working closely with technology companies. She now heads Clifford Chance's California technology and China practice initiative.

Deborah Beetson, BS, LEED Accredited DPR Construction Inc. Construction

Beetson

As manager of DPR Construction's Lab Special Project Group, Deborah Beetson has earned both the respect of her firm's top clients and significant new business, bringing in more then $20 million of work in 2003. Beetson serves on the board of directors of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers. Widely perceived as an inspirational leader by her colleagues, she also makes giving back to the community a priority. Service projects have included setting up new lab space for technology students in Mira Costa as well as working as a team member of Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April.

Technology

Magda Marquet Althea Technologies Healthcare

Marquet

Magda Marquet is a long-time leader in San Diego's biotech community, having held key scientific positions at Vical, Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Protein Polymer. Currently, she is founder and co-CEO of Althea Technologies, where 50 percent of employees are women, many of whom hold management positions. Marquet is a strong role model, advocate and constant supporter of women. She is an active member of the San Diego community who serves on the Board of the local YMCA, and is a member of Athena, FEW and the Tech Coast Angels.

Donnell Rustich Cox Communications San Diego Telecommunications

Rustich

Donnell Rustich began her career with Cox Communications San Diego in 1977 as a customer service representative, rising to customer accounts supervisor. In 1986, she made a career change to information technologies as a software analyst. In IT, Rustich managed several system acquisitions, including Cal Video, Jones and Times Mirror. Rustich also managed several system migrations and billing conversions. She was promoted to IT applications manager in 2001. She is recognized as an effective team leader, who is goal-oriented and focused on success. Rustich was the recipient of the Cox Communications Award of Excellence in 1989 and the Cox Leader of the Year Award in 1998.

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Ginger Graham, BS, MBA Amylin Pharmaceuticals Biotechnology

Graham

Ginger Graham is CEO and chairman of the board of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, where of the approximately 545 employees, 300 of them are women. At Guidant, she was instrumental in creating GROW (Guidant Reaches Out to Women) which encouraged 5,000 women of all ages and in diverse positions to advance their careers. She recently was the featured guest at Athena's Bioscience Affinity Group. She serves on the boards of directors for Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, the Advisory Board for the Kellogg Center for Executive Women, the Harvard Business School Health Industry Alumni Advisory Board and the UCSD Health Sciences Advisory Board.

Karin Eastham, MBA, CPA Diversa Corp. Biotechnology

Eastham

Karin Eastham and Kay Chandler formed a group called TWIST (The Women in Science and Technology), a mentoring/networking group for senior level women and aspiring young professionals in life sciences. She is active in the biotech community, participating in Athena Board, Association of Biotech Financial Officers (Founder of ABFO International), BIOCOM/San Diego, and the FEI, San Diego chapter. Eastham serves on the boards of Oncosis Inc./Cyntellect and Tercica Inc. and previously served on the board of Molecular Probes Inc.

Rose M Lochmann, RN, MSN A.L. Wizard Inc. Software

Lochmann

Rose Lochmann, an active leader in nonprofit organizations rendering care to seniors, recognized an opportunity to improve care, decrease errors and render more efficient treatment to residents being cared for in assisted living communities. Lochmann single-handedly raised funds, recruited a stellar board of directors, established strategic partnerships, enlisted volunteer advisors, hired staff and created a successful software company from scratch. Although her company is small, she has hired two women, has mentored them and placed them in positions of authority and opportunity.

Vicki Marion Viadux Inc. Telecommunications

Marion

Vicki Marion joined Viadux Inc. in July 2001 at a critical time when the economy and the telecommunications market was in a downward spiral. Viadux had consistently missed milestones and was running out of cash. Marion accepted the role of CEO, put together a recapitalization and restarted the company with a new strategic vision. Through this process, Marion staffed the executive team with seven highly qualified individuals -- three of whom are women. She raised the percent of women in the company from 0 percent to 17 percent and has strongly encouraged continued employee education.

Nancy Clark, BS WomensMedia.com Internet

Clark

Nancy Clark started a Web site devoted to professional women to provide more in-depth material for working women than what was available on the Internet (www.womensmedia.com). Today, over 25,000 women visit the Web site each month and almost 20 percent are from outside the United States. Clark has been involved in advisory capacities with other women's organizations locally and is an active participant and contributor to San Diego-based professional women's organizations, having presented educational programs and advised such organizations.

June B. Chocheles, BA, MA SAIC Technology Services

Chocheles

June Chocheles passionately supports women in science and technology. She is active in 21st Century Leadership, a mentoring program that prepares employees for career advancement and leadership. Women comprise 46 percent of the program and 56 percent of female prot?g?s experienced at least one increase in salary level following their one-year prot?g? experience. Chocheles is active in Athena and a former San Diego Aerospace Museum Board member. Inspired by her late sister, an electrical engineer who encouraged Chocheles to pursue a career in high-tech, Chocheles initiated the Athena Century Club to increase funding for the Pinnacle Scholarship Awards.

John Thompson, BBA Invitrogen Corp. Life Sciences

Thompson

As the leader for all mergers and acquisition activities within Invitrogen Corp., John Thompson has been instrumental in acquiring over $1 billion worth of high technology enterprises. His leadership is directly responsible for making Invitrogen one of the largest biotech companies in the world, based right here in San Diego.

Judith W. Zyskind, Ph.D. Elitra Pharmaceuticals and director, BioScience Center at SDSU Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology

Zyskind

Judith Zyskind's passion for scientific research extends beyond the limits of corporate biotechnology. She has successfully co-founded Elitra Pharmaceuticals, continued her dedication to higher education as Professor Emeritus of Molecular Biology at San Diego State University, and is director of the recently founded SDSU BioScience Center.

Judi Graham, BA, MLS Computer Science Corp. Information Technology

Graham

Judi Graham supports the people she works with both at CSC and a number of small business opportunity folks. She inspires the best in people by listening, offering suggestions and then getting out of the way to allow people to be the best they can be. Graham is delightful to be around, bringing a great energy to everyone that works with her. She is extremely capable and competent. Graham ensures women working directly for her get fair salaries and opportunities for growth. She is a true mentor and inspiration to anyone fortunate to work with and get to know her.

Karen Dow, JD Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP Law

Dow

Karen Dow has demonstrated leadership, industry expertise and a commitment to mentoring. Her ability to recognize and maximize the abilities of those around her enables me to accomplish the management of Townsend and Townsend and Crew's San Diego office. Dow promotes an atmosphere of balance between work and home life. She has also taken the time to give back to her profession and her community by being involved in a number of local organizations, such as the San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association.

Magda Remillard Zaxis Technologies Inc. Wireless technology

Remillard

Magda Remillard, CEO and founder of Zaxis Technologies Inc., leads by example and has created a company that excels technically and fosters the development of the women and men who work for her. Magda is active in community work and is a leader in the University Community Planning Group, an organization that works with San Diego's Planning Department to manage growth in the University City area. In addition to Athena, Magda is active in TiE, SDSIC and Connect.

Selina Campbell Cox Communications San Diego Telecommunications

Campbell

Selina Campbell joined the Cox San Diego office in 1998 as the video engineering and operations manager, where she was instrumental in the launch of digital video services that has now grown to serve over 200,000 customers. Campbell serves on the board of directors with the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, Walden Family Services, Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT) San Diego Chapter, and People Skills International Foundation Inc. Campbell spends her free time mentoring foster kids and teaching self-esteem classes to underprivileged children. She was recognized in 2003 by the San Diego Metropolitan magazine for her contributions to the community.

Susan Huberman Iomega Corp. Data Storage Solutions

Huberman

As vice president of corporate and emerging technologies marketing, Susan Huberman has a broad range of responsibilities that include driving Iomega's strategic initiatives and providing opportunities for women in leadership positions. She has hired women in over 90 percent of her available manager/director level jobs and women represent over 60 percent of her work force. She has the highest level among all executives of providing promotion and expansion of leadership roles for women. A mother of two, Huberman actively supports and promotes flexible work arrangements providing an environment that allows women to fulfill both their personal and professional goals.

Gina Lombardi Qualcomm Wireless

Lombardi

Gina Lombardi is senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm Internet Services. Lombardi is always willing to share her insights with others about her career and offer her perspective as a woman balancing both a high-profile career with her life outside of the office. Lombardi has led and supported several successful women within the organization by offering guidance and counsel as they have progressed in their careers at Qualcomm. Lombardi holds eight U.S. patents and 17 international patents.

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