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

  • Festa Della Donna at CUCINA urbana

    On March 8, 2013, we're saluting solidarity sisters. With political roots dating back to women’s liberation in Italy in the 19th century, Festa Della Donna is a movement celebrating all things female.

  • 12th annual Women's Hall of Fame

    On March 16, 2013, hundreds of guests will gather at the University of California, San Diego’s Price Center East Ballroom to honor and acknowledge the community work of five San Diego women.

  • More women executives, but still few CEOs

    A seasoned executive with a long history in startup companies recently mentored a female executive through Athena San Diego, the networking/mentoring organization for female executives.

  • Chair of port commissioners envisions 'A Port for All'

    When land-use attorney Ann Moore was sworn in as 2013 chair of the Unified Port of San Diego’s board of port commissioners, she was tasked with conveying a theme for her yearlong post. How would she like the port commissioners, the port’s member cities and its various stakeholders to work together in the coming year?

  • USS Sampson’s future commanding officer's routine anything but typical

    Commander Teresa Elders says she’s like the No. 2 person on the starship USS Enterprise on "Star Trek." Her warship -- the five-year-old USS Sampson -- is actually stationed at Naval Base San Diego, not in space.

  • News anchor, women's health advocate, mother

    Barbara-Lee Edwards exudes happiness. Who can blame her? After all, the KFMB-TV news anchor has her dream job, works with people she really likes, and lives with her husband and two children in a city her heart has desired since she first visited here as a child.

  • Mediator wants to be known for work, not gender

    Denise Asher knows a thing or two about conflict resolution.

  • Paycheck Fairness Act seeks to end gender gap

    Legislators are taking another crack at ending gender wage discrimination with the Paycheck Fairness Act.

  • Ellen C. Revelle made a better San Diego for all

    Ellen Virginia Clark Revelle was a dedicated San Diegan who, until her death in May 2009, used her considerable resources of mind, wit and fortune to make San Diego a better place for all.

  • Daimler picks former Avon CEO for board

    Daimler AG, the world’s third-biggest maker of luxury cars, nominated former Avon Products Inc. (NYSE: AVP) Chief Executive Officer Andrea Jung to the supervisory board in an effort to increase female representation.

  • 'Makers' shows women's place is in US history

    LOS ANGELES -- The fight for women's equality first had to argue that it was a fight worth having.

  • Wal-Mart sued for gender discrimination

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), the world’s largest retailer, was sued by five Wisconsin women who claim the company denied them and other female employees equal pay and equal opportunities.

  • Women trail in US employment gains as governments cut jobs

    After eight years as a guidance counselor at Scotts Valley High School and more than 14 years with the district in Santa Cruz County, Calif., Kimberly Frey says she lost her job in June as part of budget cuts.

  • Par Electric's Adams serving as first female NECA board member in a decade

    It's been quite a while since a woman last held a seat on the board of directors at the National Electrical Contractors Association -- 10 years, to be precise, since Diane Keltner of Santee’s Synergy Electric Co. did.

  • Youngest American woman billionaire unwrapped with In-N-Out

    Lunchtime at the flagship In-N-Out Burger restaurant in Baldwin Park, Calif., is a study in efficiency. As the order line swells, smiling workers swoop in to operate empty cash registers. Another staffer cleans tables, asking customers if they’re enjoying their hamburger. Outside, a woman armed with a hand-held ordering machine speeds up the drive-through line.

  • 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.


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  • Tamara Badkerhanian-Ganev, BSE Engineering

    When she was growing up, Tamara Badkerhanian-Ganev had very little doubt her career would be in engineering.

  • Kathy Pennington, Radiant Technologies

    Kathy Pennington gets companies off the ground and spends some time in the air herself.

  • Lee Anne Davis, PromoVentures Inc.

    Lee Anne Davis has made quite a name for herself as CEO of PromoVentures, Inc. by putting the names of her customers' companies on a wide array of promotional items, such as T-shirts, polos, hats, pens, ice scrapers and even bar stools.

  • Linda Kitchens, Hokanson Associates

    As co-founder of one of San Diego's best-known family-wealth management firms, Linda Kitchens could have been satisfied being an owner and leader in a successful business. But her concern for success extends beyond the business to her clients and co-workers — and they're glad to be along for the ride.

  • Jacqueline Bell, Dowling & Yahnke LLC

    Ask Jacqueline Bell what she loves the most and she'll tell you without hesitation: dancing, the Bird Rock community she lives in, and helping clients with financial planning.

  • Carolyn Kling, Kling Partners

    Fair warning to any would-be Bernie Madoffs or other Ponzi schemers out there: Be sure your targets aren't clients of Carolyn Kling. Her radar is on high alert for anyone who wants to abuse their monetary well-being.

  • Amanda McPhail, Creative Affairs Inc.

    If Amanda McPhail had a theme song, it might be titled "Take Me Up to the Ball Game." Because that's exactly what she does for clients of her event-planning firm, Creative Affairs Inc.

  • Alana Asmussen, Dowling & Yahnke LLC

    Alana Asmussen likes making positive changes for people of all backgrounds and ages — including herself. A native of Dubuque, Iowa, she decided early in life to move to a bigger city with a different climate and new adventures.

  • Natasha Sandrock Arthur, CaVU Consulting Inc.

    Growing up overseas as the daughter of a U.S. serviceman, Natasha Sandrock Arthur learned young how to deal with different people in different cultures. Later in life, those experiences would not only serve her well in her chosen profession of human resources, but also help her overcome personal tragedy and put her on the path to spiritual healing.

  • Myra Fleischer, Fleischer & Associates

    Before she became a family law attorney, Myra Fleischer had to attend to some family matters of her own.

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