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  • Four decades ago, a coup for women’s rights at the Grant Grill

    The Grant Grill in downtown San Diego’s US Grant hotel has long been a place where powerbrokers lunched. In the 1950s and the 1960s, the dark mahogany booths were the conclaves of politicians, lawyers, bankers and journalists. Anyone with a craving for conversation or mock turtle soup could partake.

  • Jonah Toleno, Shustak Frost & Partners, P.C.

    Jonah Toleno keeps a small plaque at her desk with the following quote by Mark Twain: “Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.” Toleno, a partner with downtown San Diego law firm Shustak Frost & Partners, P.C., focuses her practice on financial and securities law, business litigation and employment disputes. In her world, twists and turns pervade her cases, and the Twain quote is a reminder to stay on her toes.

  • Pam Gaffen, Gafcon and SharePoint360

    It started at the kitchen table with her husband and business partner, Yehudi Gaffen, back in 1987. Today, with nearly 150 employees and a rapidly-growing sister company, Pam Gaffen is preparing to celebrate Gafcon's 25th anniversary.

  • Becky Quinn, PHR, Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc.

    Becky Quinn is a Professional Certified Human Resources (PHR) executive with over 20 years of comprehensive human resource experience.

  • Aldrica Lattimore, Accurate Engineering Integrated Construction Services

    Aldrica has a B.A. in Education, B.A. in Social Work, and M.B.A. in Public Policy & Administration starting her career as a Teacher in the most challenging New York school districts by choice -- "I always felt that children in dire communities needed the best teachers, and I was one of the best!" Aldrica went on to administrate both public and private educational and human service agencies for over a decade.

  • Becky Kahn, AMN Healthcare

    Becky Kahn, AMN Healthcare’s Senior Vice President of Client Sales and Services, still finds the work rewarding and challenging.

  • Beth Machado, AMN Healthcare

    Beth Machado, Senior Vice President of Recruitment, joined AMN Healthcare nearly 25 years ago and has been a fundamental part of the leadership.

  • Julie Fletcher, AMN Healthcare

    Julie Fletcher is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and in that role provides leadership for attracting and supporting talent for the AMN Healthcare corporate staff.

  • Wendy Newman, AMN Healthcare

    For more than 25 years Wendy Newman has been a leader in creating innovative pathways for healthcare businesses and non-profits.

  • Marcia Faller, Ph.D., R.N., AMN Healthcare

    Since joining AMN Healthcare in 1989, as Vice President of Nursing, Marcia Faller, PhD, RN, has consistently re-invented her role within the organization as it grew and prospered.

  • Denise Jackson, AMN Healthcare

    Denise Jackson serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for AMN Healthcare where she is an integral member of the Executive Management team providing a competitive combination of legal insight with a distinguishing business instinct.

  • Susan Salka, AMN Healthcare

    Susan Salka is an active industry spokesperson in the health care and investment community and has been one of the driving forces behind the company’s strategic and operational success since joining the company in 1990. Under her leadership, AMN has become known as the innovator in healthcare workforce solutions and the largest and most diversified healthcare staffing company in the nation.

  • Japan's gender inequity could affect GDP by 15%

    In the year since Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, the nation’s many deficits have been cast in stark relief.

  • More women obtaining patents, trademarks in recent years

    WASHINGTON — The number of women awarded patents has soared over the last several decades far beyond previously reported figures, and the percentage of trademarks granted to women has more than doubled, according to a new study commissioned by the National Women’s Business Council.

  • 11th annual San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame induction

    Ingrid Croce was honored as the Spirit of the 2012 San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony at Liberty Station on March 10, 2012.

  • Brazil state passes law on offensive songs

    BRASILIA, Brazil -- A Brazilian state has approved a law banning the use of public funds to pay for events where songs that offend women and gays are played.

  • Bundesbank study shows women, youth boost bank risk-taking

    Board changes that increase the proportion of female executives at banks also spur more risk- taking by the institution, according to a Bundesbank study that flouts the image of women as safer investment managers.

  • Dems, GOP woo unmarried women voters

    STERLING, Va. -- Democrats and Republicans are racing to woo single women, sign them up to vote and inspire them to cast a ballot on Election Day.

  • Self-advocacy and equity

    Despite the fact that women are occupying more spots in undergraduate and graduate school — and in some cases, even more than men — there is a dizzying array of statistics that tell us we aren’t earning the same amount of money, getting the same access to opportunities, or holding our share of leadership roles compared to our male counterparts.

  • Women-owned businesses on the rise in 2012

    One of the unintended consequences of a recession is the rapid development of small businesses owned by people who by choice or circumstance find themselves going out on their own. And no group has embraced the situation like women-owned businesses.

  • Successful broker runs 'small but mighty' firm

    Athena Harman calls her property management, leasing and brokerage firm “small but mighty.”

  • Women-owned business is booming, American Express study shows

    The closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday was rung by Andrea Jung, CEO of Avon Products Inc. The company was acknowledging “125 Years of Empowering Women.”