Women In Leadership Luncheon: The WILL to Succeed

Every fall for the last 14 years The East County Chamber of Commerce celebrates businesswomen and community leaders from all over San Diego County for their contributions and achievements in their industry and fields. Nominees are San Diego County residents who have demonstrated exemplary character, integrity, and outstanding leadership, not only in their eld but in their community. Previous awardees include Gaslamp Quarter entrepreneur Ingrid Croce; District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis; prominent San Diego businesswoman, Patti Roscoe; CEO of Girl Scouts San Diego, Jo Dee Jacob; and San Diego’s former First Lady, Rana Sampson. The East County Chamber of Commerce is a strong pillar for its business community through services that address relocating, tourism, business roundtables, local politics, government relations, and business support.

The luncheon, focused entirely on women in business from mom-and-pop to large corporations, is an opportunity to move the needle in our circle of influence towards equality and securing our future. In the wake of the #metoo movement that has led to a wave of negative press for and against women, with women rights at constant risk from certain political ideologists, it is even more important to counteract all that negativity with efforts such as The WILL to Succeed. These empowering events shed light on the amazing work that women do, the challenges they overcome and perhaps most importantly, how as women we always come together to support and uplift each other.

This year our very own Publisher Fanny Miller was honored to be deliver the keynote presentation, and she absolutely raised the bar and impacted the more than 500 attendees. Fanny Miller shared some of her most intimate experiences paired with some throwback photography that captivated the audience as only Fanny can.

No doubt many of us can relate to some of her challenges, after all, we are more alike than we tend to believe, and watching the women connect with her was a very special moment that reected that we are all in this together. She also shared the nature of publishing with strong data on how Latinas, in particular, are affected, and how the male-driven industry was both a challenge and a blessing in her journey. She spoke of the importance of having good mentors when she founded El Latino in 1988 at the tender age of 21. She saw the need to provide news and information to the San Diego Hispanic Community in their language, something that stands true today. El Latino has more than 806,000 monthly readers and is a trusted brand that continues to contribute to the success and well being of Hispanics in San Diego County. Fanny has been recognized numerous times by the community and national organizations for her achievement in Hispanic publishing and business including the Hispanic Heritage Award in the Business category from Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber; Women Who Mean Business by the San Diego Business Journal; Entrepreneur of the Year by San Diego Magazine; and the Hispanic Marketing Lifetime Achievement Award by San Diego AD.

very fall for the last 14 years The East County Chamber of Commerce celebrates business

women and community leaders from all over San Diego County for their contributions and achievements
in their industry and elds. Nominees are San Diego County residents who have demonstrated exemplary character, integrity and outstanding leadership, not only in their eld, but in their community. Previous awardees include Gaslamp Quarter entrepreneur Ingrid

Croce; District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis; prominent San Diego businesswoman, Patti Roscoe; CEO of Girl Scouts San Diego, Jo Dee Jacob; and San Diego’s former First Lady, Rana Sampson. The East County Chamber of Commerce

is a strong pillar for its business community through services
that address relocating, tourism, business roundtables, local politics, government relations, and business support.

The luncheon, focused entirely on women in business from mom-and-pop to large corporations, is an opportunity to move the needle in our circle of inuence towards equality and securing our future. In the wake of the #metoo movement that has led to a wave of negative press for and against women, with women rights at constant risk from certain political ideologists, it is ever more important to counteract all that negativity with eorts such as The WILL to Succeed. These empowering events shed light on the amazing work that women do, the challenges they overcome and perhaps most importantly, how as women we always come together to support and uplift each other.

This year our very own Publisher Fanny Miller was honored to be deliver the keynote presentation, and she absolutely raised the bar
and impacted the more than 500 attendees. Fanny Miller shared some of her most intimate experiences paired with some throwback photography that captivated the audience as only Fanny can. No doubt many of us can relate to some of her challenges, after all we are more alike than we tend to believe, and watching the women connect with her was a very special moment that reected that we are all in this together. She also shared the nature of publishing with strong data on how Latinas, in particular, are affected, and how the male-driven industry was both a challenge and a blessing in her journey. She spoke of the importance of having good mentors when she

founded El Latino in 1988 at the tender age of 21. She saw the need to provide news and information to the San Diego Hispanic Community in their language, something that stands true today. El Latino has more than 806,000 monthly readers and is a trusted brand that continues to contribute to the success and well being of Hispanics in San Diego County. Fanny has been recognized numerous times by the community and national organizations for her achievement in Hispanic publishing and business including the Hispanic Heritage Award in the Business category from Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber; Women Who Mean Business by the San Diego Business Journal; Entrepreneur of the Year by San Diego Magazine; and the Hispanic Marketing Lifetime Achievement Award by San Diego AD.