Bridging the Gender gap: Equipping Women for the C-Suite - Event Details

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Bridging the Gender gap: Equipping Women for the C-Suite

October 28, 2019
2 pm Eastern, 1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific

Missed the national conference?  Or maybe just the workshop on Bridging the Gender Gap?  Be sure to join us for a condensed version of the workshop on Equipping Women for the C-Suite.

Two years ago, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce launched Advance, a course specifically designed to empower and elevate women in the workplace. It was the Chamber’s way of addressing the gender gap in the C-suite and boardroom by providing emerging women leaders with the skills and confidence needed to break through to the executive level. Now under Chamber affiliate LEAD San Diego, Advance is a critical component in LEAD’s suite of five leadership programs, and has added new options for women participating in LEAD’s flagship programs who want to take their personal leadership to the highest levels.


Adina Veen

Adina Veen

Director of Leadership Programs, LEAD San Diego
Adina Veen

Adina Veen Details

Adina has worked in the non-profit sector for the majority of her career in volunteer management, fundraising and leadership development. At Girl Scouts San Diego, she focused on her passion for developing girls into leaders. There she managed neighbor volunteer boards, major events and oversaw advocacy and government relations. At United Way of San Diego County she managed the community and volunteer engagement program, and also ran their Women’s Leadership Council, a giving circled focused on empowering women in the workplace and philanthropic support on community initiatives. She has also dedicated many years to volunteer service with the Junior League of San Diego, Women Give San Diego, and now focuses her volunteer hours with her daughter’s soccer league and supports fundraising for the PTA.
Currently, Adina is the Director of Leadership Programs for LEAD San Diego, where she oversees a suite of leadership development programs that meet the needs of the entire career spectrum, from young leaders, to c-level executives. Including Advance, a program designed to empower and elevate women in the workplace.
Adina is a graduate of LEAD San Diego’s flagship program, Impact and a graduate of Advance. Adina has a huge heart for LEAD San Diego and the impact it has on shaping the leadership of San Diego.

Elizabeth Fitzsimons

Elizabeth Fitzsimons

Vice President - Leadership and Engagement, LEAD San Diego
Elizabeth Fitzsimons

Elizabeth Fitzsimons Details

As Vice President, Leadership & Engagement, Elizabeth is responsible for the development and implementation of the five leadership development programs offered through Chamber affiliate LEAD San Diego.
She works in partnership with the President and Board of Directors to achieve LEAD’s goal of educating, inspiring, and connecting people through high-caliber programming, thereby creating a pipeline of developed leaders who elevate themselves and their organizations, and positively transform the San Diego region.
Elizabeth also leads the Chamber’s strategic marketing communications efforts. She ensures that all outreach aligns with and supports the organization’s strategic direction as it fights to make San Diego the most business-friendly region in California.
Elizabeth and team are responsible for developing strategy and tactics to create interest, demand, and recognition for the Chamber and LEAD through media relations; web, social, and print communications; advertising; strategic relationships; direct and online marketing; and more than 60 events a year.
Previously, Elizabeth was Senior Director of Marketing & Communications at Rady Children’s Hospital. There, she oversaw a repositioning initiative; media relations; web, video and social media; internal communications; and strategic communications planning for the hospital and its foundation.
Prior to Rady Children’s, Elizabeth worked at the County of San Diego in media and public relations and internal communications. She started her career in San Diego as a journalist at The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Elizabeth is a 2013 graduate of LEAD’s Impact program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth serves on the Board of Library Commissioners for the City of San Diego, and as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. She lives in the San Diego neighborhood of Del Cerro with her husband, daughter, and twin sons.

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