JLSD’s 7th Annual Impact Forum

Junior League of San Diego’s 7th Annual Impact Forum – EMPOWERED: Advancing Civic Leadership in 2020 and Beyond

Over 200 professional women gathered on November 12th, 2019 at the Liberty Station Conference Center to learn from an inspiring moderated panel that included:

  • Yolanda Clarke, CEO Powder River Industries–Army Intelligence Officer, Army Reserves, Military Spouse
  • Lindsey Lupo, PhD, Professor of Political Science; Chair, Department of History and Political Science; Director, Institute of Politics and Public Service, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Janette Piankoff, PhD, Sempra Energy-Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development
  • Teresa Jacques, Partner-Major Executive Search and 2020 Women on Boards Campaign Co-Chair, San Diego

These women provided real world wisdom and practical steps for how women can become empowered leaders in our communities. A resounding takeaway from the event was that women need to be each other’s champions in order for women to reach equal representation on boards, managerial positions, in elected office, and various other civic leadership roles. One tangible way to accomplish this is to dismiss the idea that there can only be a few women at the top, but rather believe that we ALL should and CAN reach leadership positions of worth and impact threw recognizing and lauding other women’s accomplishments.

The evening ended with an energy full of hope for the future and that in years to come hopefully we will no longer need panels such as these because equal representation of women in leadership will no longer be a dream but our reality. But today, we will fearlessly be the leaders we needed to see as young girls!

Thank You – JLSD Gala

Two hundred and fifty guests attended our Junior League of San Diego’s annual gala at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park in October. The masquerade ball raised $60,000 through silent and live auctions, while guests enjoyed an evening of dining, music, and dancing amongst the museums artifacts.

Funds raised at the gala will be used to support JLSD’s mission-based programs for San Diego’s foster youth community, to assist partners in reducing human trafficking, and help train women to become effective community leaders and advocates for social change. Dr. Jamie Gates was recognized with the JLSD Spirit of Community Award for his work exposing human trafficking in San Diego. Our Masquerade Gala at the Natural History Museum of San Diego was a huge success. It’s because of your support that JLSD are able to create lasting partnerships to end human trafficking, and continue training programs that help develop successful women to be change agents in our community.

Through your generous donations we are able to support the league and its mission-based community projects to support transition-age foster youth in San Diego though programs like Band of Brothers and Solutions Summit.

Our members are part of JLSD’s success story and we thank you.

We would like to offer a sincere thank you to all of our amazing vendors, donors, and corporate sponsors who played a role in making this such a successful event.

Our cup is overflowing with gratitude for you and the change you are helping us to make in the community.

JLSD Day At City Hall

On October 21, the Junior League of San Diego’s (JLSD) State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) team hosted the annual Day at City Hall event. Eighteen JLSD members attended this all-day event, which featured city officials speaking about their role in local government and culminated with sitting in on a City Council session.

The speaker roster included City Attorney Mara Elliott, City Councilman Scott Sherman, City Councilman Mark Kersey, City Councilman Chris Cate, City Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry, and City Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell. City Officials spoke about their journey to serving in local government, how to get elected to public office, and the ways in which their work impacts JLSD’s focus areas of human trafficking awareness and transition age foster youth.

Additionally, a hot topic of conversation was homelessness in San Diego and what is being done in local government to help. The City Council meeting focused on the debate over the use of electric scooters downtown, and Senior SPAC Delegate CC Nall publicly addressed the City Council thanking them for supporting so many of Junior League’s initiatives.

Giving Tuesday – JLSD Annual Fund

December 3rd is Giving Tuesday 2019Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday begins the charitable season. #GivingTuesday is a global day for giving to those less fortunate.

We ask that you consider donating to the Junior League of San Diego to help us continue our work in the community. Click here to donate now and don’t forget to tell your friends why you’re supporting the Junior League of San Diego! Challenge 5 friends to match your donation and be a part of something BIG!

JLSD 4th Annual Gala – Sneak Peek

Get ready for a night of fun & philanthropy supporting the Junior League of San Diego.

In preparation for Saturday here are five fast facts about this years event:

1.THE VENUE: The Natural History Museum Image result for san diego natural history museum








The San Diego Natural History Museum, affectionately referred to as “The Nat”, is a one of the flagship museums of Balboa Park. Featuring the natural history and unique biodiversity of our binational region the museum was founded in 1874 as the San Diego Society of Natural History and moved to the current building in 1933.


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Dr. Jamie Gates, cultural anthropologist and director of Point Loma Nazarene University’s Center for Justice & Reconciliation, co-leads the groundbreaking research project “Measuring the Extent and Nature of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in the San Diego/Tijuana Border Region” (2013-16). He co-chairs the Research and Data Committee of the San Diego County Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and CSEC. He founded and directs the Human Trafficking Research and Data Advisory Roundtable (HT-RADAR) for San Diego County. He led the university in establishing the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund for survivors of human trafficking to get their college degree. He leads an effort to design and implement a drama-based peer-to-peer human trafficking awareness training in San Diego’s middle and high schools. He serves as an expert witness on human trafficking legislation. He also serves as a faith-based organizer with regional and national faith-based organizations. His work through the CJR reveals the core of his calling, which is, in the words of the prophet Micah, to “…act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.” Dr. Gates feels called to a life that reflects the justice and reconciliation that flows from the love of God in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the words of the CJR’s mission statement, he is called to study poverty and oppression and to teach Christian means of social engagement. We do justice when we “let the oppressed go free, share our food with the hungry, bring the homeless poor into our homes, clothe the naked, and satisfy the needs of the afflicted.” (Isaiah 58).


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Come ready to bid on these amazing experiences!

#1. Sisters Pizza:

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Up to 10 people will enjoy a champagne toast, 3 large pizzas, 2 bottles of wine or pitchers of beer and unlimited soft drinks! Value: Priceless


#2. Downtown Staycation: 

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One night stay at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina; 10 – inch Black Forest Cake from Extraordinary Desserts; $150 gift card to Juniper & Ivy ; $50 Gift Certificate to the Cohn Restaurant Group; Bottle Vueve Clicquot champagne & 2 branded glasses compliments of Batta Fulkerson Law Group; Brunch or dinner for two & a chocolate bar from Eclipse Chocolate; Family four-pack of guest passes to the New Children’s Museum. Value: $900

#3 Board Dinner:


Dinner for 6, with a wine pairing, in the newly restored JLSD Headquarters at 210 Maple. Hors d’oeuvres at the Chef’s Table in the newly renovated gourmet kitchen with formal dinner to follow in the dining room, all served by the JLSD Board of Directors. Value: Priceless (donate to the 210 Maple campaign HERE)

#4 Hacienda Tres Rios:

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An all inclusive 5 days & 4 night vacation at Hacienda Tres Rios Resort, Spa & Nature Reserve for up to two Adults and two Children. Located in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico Value: $10,000

#5. San Diego Fire Department Dinner:

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Dinner for 8 people at San Diego City Fire Station #14in North Park. Value: Priceless

#6. Mayor of Coronado for a Day

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Up to 4 people will join Mayor Richard Bailey in experiencing what it’s like to be Mayor of Coronado! The day includes: A tour of Coronado City Hall, Lunch at The Henry Restaurant, Private tour of the Hotel Del Coronado, Beach cruiser rentals to further explore Coronado. Value: Priceless


Did you know that in San Diego we have approximately 6,500 youth in the foster care system? At the age of 18, they are emancipated. Nearly 50% leave the system without a high school diploma. Within 18 months, about half will become homeless and 35% will become incarcerated. 42% will become parents in the first 2-5 years after emancipation and often their children end up in the foster care system. The majority of Transition Aged Foster Youth (TAY) answer, “YES, I want to attend college,” but statistics show only 10% will attend and only 3% will graduate. JLSD is determined to change these statistics.

Your donation helps support our following programs:

SOLUTIONS SUMMIT: Convening key community partners to create strategic solutions that will make a significant impact on the transition age youth through an innovative, multi-day workshop.

BRAND OF BROTHERS: Providing free business attire, resources, haircuts, lunch, and entertainment for at-risk men, ages 16-24, through this one-of-a-kind outreach event for TAY men in our community.

MENTORING: Matching JLSD mentors to provide individualized support of women’s personal, educational and professional growth.

ADVOCACY: Raising awareness as we bring together top local and state leaders to speak on significant issues in the areas of foster youth, human trafficking and homelessness.

See you Saturday!

*Tickets to the event are now sold out. If you would like to make a donation to the Junior League of San Diego, please click HERE.

2019 JLSD Solutions Summit

The Junior League of San Diego’s (JLSD) annual Solutions Summit event took place on Thursday, September 12th at the Marina Village Conference Center in Mission Bay.

Solutions Summit is a collaborative conference that addresses some of the most pressing challenges facing the Transition-Age Foster Youth (TAY) population in San Diego. From its inception in 2015, our Solutions Summit conference has brought together over 40 local organizations for discussion and active problem-solving.

JLSD’s Solutions Summit helps our community partners determine a collective roadmap to move forward in key areas affecting the success of TAY. With the continued participation of Solution Summit attendees, these community roadmaps will be further developed, assessed, and implemented in phases over an appropriate timeline.  Members of the Junior League of San Diego work with each team through our TAY Task Forces Committee, to focus solely on advancing these roadmaps and building from the active problem-solving developed at Solutions Summit.

JLSD has spent several years looking at various challenges that youth face while in care and decided, in collaboration with members of our Steering Committee, to look specifically at the unique obstacles that are present once a youth separates from care. This year attendees selected from three topic areas: Education, Employment/Job Readiness and Adulting 101.  Each team was comprised of dedicated professionals and Junior League volunteers.

Some of the community partners represented at our 2019 event were Promises2Kids, Just in Time for Foster Youth, Voices for Children, Casey Family Programs, Walden Family Services, Children’s Advocacy Institute, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Youth Services, and the Center for Community Solutions. Just in Time provided a trauma informed care workshop to start the morning and a youth speaker also offered his unique perspective on the issues facing TAY within our three topic areas.  During the final afternoon session each team was given ten minutes to present their “solution” to the entire group, leaving everyone feeling refreshed and inspired to work together to make change for foster youth in our community as our day of creative collaboration came to a close.

JLSD President Emily Lake said “Solutions Summit is the premiere ‘think tank’ for organizations and individuals dedicated to assisting underserved youth, particularly those exiting the foster care system. This year participants came up with highly creative solutions with tons of potential. We are excited to move forward with several of the plans born at the Summit and look forward to the solutions for San Diego’s youth in need that they will generate!”

We look forward to sharing progress updates with you as our resulting Task Forces take up the challenge of putting ideas into action in the months ahead.

The Junior League of San Diego would like to recognize Kind Snacks and Halo Branded Solutions for their generous donations to the event, and our partners Epic Catering and Marina Village Conference Center.