San Diego Business Journal’s annual Women Who Mean Business awards ceremony took place yesterday at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center. In it’s 22nd year, this award recognizes San Diego’s most powerful women business leaders and role models. At the event, our Vice President, Amber, was honored as a finalist during the ceremony, which was emceed by Pat Brown and Susan Taylor. Awards of Distinction were presented to Arline Fisch, Magda Marquet, and Joan Embry for their leadership and community service.
The award ceremony is San Diego Business Journal's biggest annual event, drawing in thousands of business leaders for an inspiring and motivational luncheon. After some time mingling in the lobby, guests passed by a large sign listing the finalists to be honored and into the San Diego Room, which was beautifully decorated and lighted.
“Out of the 2,001 nominees, I am deeply honored to be selected as a finalist for Women Who Mean Business,” shared Amber. “Yesterday, I was in the company of San Diego’s most dynamic and influential women. I’m proud to call several of you my friends and am humbled by the impressive contributions each of you is making in our community.”
This is Amber’s second consecutive year as a Women Who Mean Business finalist. She was also recently named a Woman of the Year finalist for San Diego Magazine. As a life-long animal lover, Amber once served as the Marketing Manager for Seattle Humane Society where she was responsible for reinventing the website, starting a blog, and showcasing adoptable pets on the morning news and radio shows.
After graduating Beta Gamma Sigma (highest honors) with her Masters in Business Administration, Amber continued her work in nonprofits as the Director of Communications for Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the rights of American consumers. Amber made significant contributions to the nonprofit by designing the creation of an online, interactive portal for consumers and by producing the nonprofit’s first YouTube content, six short films directed by then-soon-to-be major motions movie producer, Theo Davies.
Now, Amber runs all the business operations here at SKY, in addition to remaining heavily involved within the community. In 2010, she co-founded a new nonprofit in Los Angeles that resulted in the city's first "shelter shop" to showcase adoptable animals from the city shelters. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, is an active member of the Auxilary's Del Mar Unit, and is co-chair of the 55th Annual Heard it through the Grapevine charity fundraiser for the hospital.
A big congratulations to Amber, her fellow finalists, and the 2015 winners!