The Daily Transcript recognizes local women of influence and inspiration in honor of Women’s History Month.

  • Attorney finds her niche as San Diego's go-to craft beer lawyer

    While studying at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Candace Moon worked as a bartender at Hamilton’s Tavern, a craft beer bar in San Diego’s South Park neighborhood. The job not only helped Moon pay her bills, but also gave her the chance to meet many people in the craft beer industry. But Moon says she wasn’t sure what to do with her law degree until she met a wine lawyer about a year after her 2008 graduation.

  • Deputy fire chief’s career and cancer battle serve as inspiration

    Lorraine Hutchinson, a deputy chief with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, has played the odds in work and life and come out ahead. In a paramilitary fire-rescue department with just a handful of African-American women, she has ascended to one of its highest ranks. And while African-American women have the highest breast cancer mortality rate overall despite a lower incidence rate than white women, Hutchinson is a breast cancer survivor who has served as a spokeswoman for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation’s San Diego affiliate.

  • San Diego's one-woman international trade dynamo

    A coalition of 30-some organizations banded together at the start of March to announce the launch of a GoGlobal San Diego campaign aimed at increasing the region’s exports by $6 billion in five years and actively working to attract foreign direct investment -- two areas that a Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase report found San Diego performed poorly in. The buzz around foreign trade, while welcomed, was nothing new for Lynn Hijar, founder of iBiz247, a San Diego-based website that compiles information and resources on exporting and importing to anyone around the world, and who has had a hand in the international trade market for years.

  • La Jolla financial adviser named one of the top in the nation

    Monica Piepenkotter learned her first major lesson in finance in rural Minnesota at the age of 8, when -- like many young kids -- she asked her parents if she could have a horse someday. “They told me I could have whatever I wanted, as long I could finance it,” she says.

  • First female F-14 pilot translates her story to business world

    Becoming an F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot for the U.S. Navy is no small feat. Logging 1,000 flight hours,132 successful day landings and 45 night landings on aircraft carriers are impressive accomplishments.

  • Pregnant workers backed by U.S. Supreme Court in UPS case

    The U.S. Supreme Court backed the rights of pregnant workers, reviving a lawsuit by a former United Parcel Service Inc. driver who left her job when the company wouldn’t provide the less strenuous work recommended by her doctor.

  • Scripps Health ranks high for women execs

    For the third year in a row, the National Association for Female Executives on recently named San Diego's Scripps Health as one of the top 10 companies for executive women, based on its policies and practices encouraging women's advancement.

  • For business, more women in charge means bigger profits

    LONDON -- When Rohini Anand took over diversity programs at multinational catering company Sodexo in 2002, she had one goal: To prove that it pays for a company to have equal numbers of male and female managers.

  • Wall Street women are heading to Silicon Valley

    Ruth Porat shows how Wall Street could help Silicon Valley solve its woman problem.

  • Magazine publisher Meredith finds success focusing on women

    DES MOINES, Iowa -- The nation's top publisher of magazines and websites for women has its origins in a journal sold door to door featuring tips to help farmers get ahead in the early 1900s.

  • UK study: Women to make up 25 percent of boards by end of 2015

    LONDON -- The percentage of women on the boards of the country's top companies is on track to meet a target of 25 percent by the end of the year, a study tracking female achievement said March 24.

  • Elite Lifestyle Management, the ultimate company perk

    When the job conversation gets around to talking about benefits, applicants and employees know to ask about 401(k) plans and health insurance. But what about 5-star perks like fertility benefit programs, childcare or concierge services? Today’s savviest companies know that providing high-quality perks can help them recruit and retain the very best employees.

  • Facilities Bond Program: Propositions S and Z

    San Diego Unified School District's capital improvements are funded by two General Obligation bond measures -- Propositions S and Z. A board-approved phasing plan for bond projects is being implemented by the district's Facilities Planning and Construction Division.

  • Tina Howe of Bill Howe Plumbing Heating and Air

    It was two years after Bill Howe started his plumbing business in 1980 that Tina Howe arrived from Yorkshire, England, and moved into 974 Thomas Ave., Unit 5, in Pacific Beach. Bill’s office was in Unit 9, downstairs.


  • Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck

    Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck has gone up against some big names, including Apple, Sony and Trump University. The San Diego-based law firm represents employees who are wrongfully terminated, retaliated against, or experience workplace discrimination and harassment. In addition, the firm handles consumer fraud, securities and employment class actions.

  • Sandy Coventry, Wateridge Insurance Services

    Clients of Sandy Coventry would probably be surprised to know that she overcame great shyness as a youngster to become the gregarious, helpful and dedicated employee benefits consultant she is today with Wateridge Insurance Services.

  • Carmen Vann, Turner Construction

    As a young girl interested in architecture and construction, Carmen Vann was fortunate to live in Washington, D.C., an area that provided ample opportunities to get involved in both fields.

  • Anneke Stender, TAG

    It doesn't take long when speaking with Anneke Stender, executive vice president of TAG, to notice her deep-seeded passion for her work. "I never come to work thinking, ‘Oh, I'm going to work,'" she said. "I love what I do".

  • Susanna P. Starcevic, Susanna P. Starcevic Fiduciary Services

    Every time Susanna P. Starcevic takes on a new client, she starts a new journey.

  • Elizabeth Smith Chavez, Smith Chavez Law

    Litigation can be stressful and expensive. Elizabeth Smith-Chavez' passion is resolving disputes before delays and costs of litigation make everyone a loser.

  • Marie Jebavy, The Real Estate Consultants

    When it comes to being knowledgeable about real estate and having the utmost regard for customer service, Marie Jebavy sets the bar. She is an owner, broker and Realtor for The Real Estate Consultants. She covers all of North County with heavy involvement in Oceanside, where she resides.

  • Stephanie L. Seidman, Ph.D., McKenna Long & Aldridge

    If necessity is the mother of invention, there is perhaps no greater necessity than the health of human beings and the eradication of disease, worldwide. To this end, scientists regularly invent drugs to treat a wide range of maladies and bring them to market, hopeful for a multimillion-dollar acquisition by a large pharmaceutical company.

  • Teodora D. Purcell, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP

    Even as a young child, Teodora Purcell was a good person to have on your side.

  • Jolanta Campion, DTZ

    "It happened by surprise," said Jolanta Campion, director of research for DTZ, upon discussing the inception of her career in commercial real estate. "Up until that moment, I didn't know anything about commercial real estate."

  • Patricia Prado Olmos, California State University San Marcos

    As the youngest of five children growing up in a traditional Latino home in El Monte, Calif., Patricia Prado-Olmos was raised in a supportive and nurturing environment and taught the value of a good education. Throughout her career as an educator and in her current position as vice president of the Division of Community Engagement for California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), she has helped create a similar supportive and nurturing environment for students and the conditions to help them succeed in their educational endeavors.

  • Susan Couch, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    Susan Couch, senior vice president and senior client manager for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, is responsible for developing and maintaining business relationships in San Diego, focusing on companies with revenues from $5 million to $50 million.

  • Patricia Trauth, AECOM

    As a young girl growing up in Cincinnati, Patricia Trauth developed a deep appreciation of art from her mother, and nature from her maternal grandfather. Today, as principal landscape architect in the San Diego office of AECOM, a global interdisciplinary architecture, engineering and construction firm, she uses her artistic skills by designing public spaces with natural elements for the betterment of the public.

  • Candace Friedman, Acme Safety and Supply

    Whenever you drive past an orange cone or a detour sign in San Diego, they're very likely the pride and joy of Candace Friedman, who has been providing safety products from her National City company, Acme Safety and Supply, since 1999.

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Women of Influence - 2014

The Daily Transcript recognizes local women of influence and inspiration in honor of Women’s History Month.

Women of Influence - 2013

The Daily Transcript recognizes local women of influence and inspiration in honor of Women’s History Month.