2018 Winners 

INDIVIDUAL IN LIFE SCIENCES
Dr. Ciara Kennedy
President and CEO 
Amplyx Pharmaceuticals   

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Dr. Katherine Kantardjieff 
Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
California State University, San Marcos   

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Kathy Herring Hayashi 
Senior Staff Engineer 
Qualcomm 

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICE
Amy Bergen 
Vice President, Business Development
The Leadership Edge 

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION
Intuit

STARTUP LIFE SCIENCES/TECHNOLOGY
Daré Bioscience 

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2017 Winners 

INDIVIDUAL IN LIFE SCIENCES
Sabrina Johnson
CEO & Founder
Daré Bioscience 

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Pamela Cosman, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
UC San Diego
 

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Nina Smith
Executive VP/General Manager, Casualty Solutions
Mitchell International
 

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICE
Nancy Hong, Ph.D.
Managing Director
RiverVest Venture Partners
 

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION
Mitchell International
 

LIFE SCIENCE START-UP
AristaMD
 

TECHNOLOGY START-UP
Coin Up
 

2016 Winners 

INDIVIDUAL IN LIFE SCIENCES
Camille Newton, MD
President | PureWick  

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Lauren Lek
Head of School | Academy of Our Lady of Peace  

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Tricia Ward 
Senior Associate | Booz Allen Hamilton  

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICES
Elizabeth Altman
Managing Partner | KPMG LLP 

2015 Winners 

INDIVIDUAL IN LIFE SCIENCES
Allison Alberts, Ph.D.
Chief Conservation and Research Officer |San Diego Zoo Global 

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Erika Aranguré
Project Coordinator | San Diego Workforce Partnership 

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Navrina Singh
Head of Qualcomm ImpaQt | Qualcomm Labs, Inc. 

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICES
Silvia Mah, Ph.D.
Co-Founder/CEO | Hera Labs 

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION
Barney & Barney Insurance Services LLC, a division of Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC 

2014 Winners  

INDIVIDUAL IN LIFE SCIENCES
Saundra Pelletier
CEO | WomanCare Global 

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Karen Overklift
Program Director | San Diego Science Alliance – BE WiSE 

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Georgia Griffiths
President/CEO | G2 Software Systems, Inc. 

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICES
Shavon Lindley
Co-Founder/CEO | Women Evolution 

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION
UCSD, mystartupxx 

2013 Winners 

INDIVIDUAL IN LIFE SCIENCES
Connie Matsui
Retired | Biogen Idec 

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Saura Naderi
Founder, myLab, Calit2 | UC San Diego 

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Barbara Noerenberg
VP, Corporate Research & Development | Qualcomm 

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICES
Gaylene Xanthopoulos
President | The Leadership Edge 

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION
Sanford Rose Associates – San Diego 

2012 Winners  

INDIVIDUAL IN LIFE SCIENCE
Marcea Bland Lloyd, J.D.
Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel  
Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Gabriele Wienhausen, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Education | UC San Diego 

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Adriana Vela
Founder & President | NanoTecNexus 

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICES
Tamera Weisser, Ph.D., J.D.
Of Counsel | Jones Day 

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION
PwC 

2011 Winners 

INDIVIDUAL IN LIFE SCIENCES
June Komar
Corporate Executive Vice President of Strategy & Administration | Scripps Health 

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Barbara Sawrey
Assoc. Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Education, Academic Affairs | UCSD 

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Aurelia Flores
Senior Counsel | SAIC 

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICES
Trindl Reeves
Chief Sales Officer/Principal | Barney & Barney LLC 

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION
Sony Electronics, Inc. 

2010 Winners

INDIVIDUAL IN LIFE SCIENCES
Rhonda Rhyne
Assoc. for Innovative Cardiovascular Advancements

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION

Dr. Jacqueline Trischman

CSU San Marcos 

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Nancy Aitkenhead
SAIC

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICES
Teresa Young
Deloitte LLP

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION
Qualcomm

2009 Winners

INDIVIDUAL IN LIFE SCIENCES

Brenda Gebler
AMN Healthcare

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Nancy Taylor
SD County Office Ed 

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Pamela Surko
UCSD Global Connect

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICES
Karen Hernandez
Cooley

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Cooley

2008 Winners

INDIVIDUAL IN LIFE SCIENCES
Wendy Johnson
President & CEO
Aires Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Jo Moss
Retired Director
Tech Trek Science Camp for Girls (held at UCSD)

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Arlene Harris
Founder, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer
Jitterbug

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICES
Ellen Morgan
President & CEO
Synteract

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION
Amylin Pharmaceuticals

2007 Winners

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Jeanne Ferrante

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Karin Eastham

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICES
Lynne Friedmann

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION
AMN Healthcare, Inc. 

2006 Winners 

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Theresa Gilly
High-Tech High School

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Ginger Graham
President & CEO
Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICES
Vicky Carlson
Office Pavillion

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION
Althea Technologies, Inc. 

2005 Winners

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Andrea Cook
Science Teacher
High-Tech High School

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Madga Marquet
Co-President & Co-Chief Executive Officer
Althea Technologies, Inc. 

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICES
Theresa Drew
Managing Partner
Deloitte & Touche LLP

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION
AWIS

2004 Winners

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Nancy Taylor
Science Coordinator
San Diego Country Office of Education

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
June Chocheles
SAIC
Corporate Vice President, Advanced Technology Program

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICES
Kay Chandler
Partner
Cooley Godward LLP

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION
Pfizer La Jolla

2003 Winners

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Barbara Depass
Monarch School

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Martha Dennis, Ph.D
Windward Ventures

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICES
Lisa Haile, J.D., Ph.D.
Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, LLP

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION
ProfitLine, Inc. 

2002 Winners 

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Ginger Hovenic, Ed.D. 
President/CEO
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation-Business Roundtable for Education

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Sandra L. Schmid
Professor and Chairman, Department of Cell Biology
The Scripps Research Institute 

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICES
Cathryn Campbell
Managing Partner
Campbell & Flores, LLP

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION
Deloitte & Touche LLP-San Diego Practice
Managing Partner
Theresa Drew

 2001 Winners

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Patricia Winter
San Diego Science Alliance

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Tina S. Nova, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
GenOptix, Incorporated

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICES
Susan Howell Ten Eyck
Senior Vice President
City National Bank

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION
TEAL Electronics
HR Manager

2000 Winners

INDIVIDUAL IN EDUCATION
Autumn Chapman
Oceanside High School

INDIVIDUAL IN TECHNOLOGY
Janice Dehesh
Qualcomm

INDIVIDUAL IN SERVICES
Abby Silverman
Baker & McKenzie

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION
Women First Healthcare, Inc.