Moment Us: Women Who Change The Game Awards Celebration 2018
11:30 AM11:30

Moment Us: Women Who Change The Game Awards Celebration 2018

Jacob Center, Southeast San Diego


What is the Women Who Change The Game Awards Celebration?

The annual event is seated, plated luncheon and awards banquet to honor the women driving the progressive movement in San Diego. This banquet gathers the individuals and organizations who support the women of the progressive movement to celebrate their achievements and collective power.



Flip the Script:The Future Is Female is a new podcast hosted by Nicole Capretz of Climate Action Campaign (CAC) and Ismahan Abdullahi of the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA). Nicole and Ismahan engage in conversations with cutting-edge thought leaders and agents of change who share their ideas for how we can move forward as an inclusive, progressive, and equitable San Diego.



Climate Action Campaign has a simple mission: to stop climate change. The only way to achieve this goal is to fight change from the ground up as part of one movement for social, economic, racial and environmental justice. We need experienced advocates and trained community members at the local, state, and national levels promoting relevant, achievable, and legally binding climate policies. Learn more at

Led by the communities it serves, The Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA) amplifies refugee voices in San Diego County to increase their visibility and impact. PANA is building a more powerful community of former refugee and newcomer families better equipped to take on rising authoritarianism and inequity, including heightened anti-refugee sentiments and renewed attacks against refugee communities, immigrants, Muslims, blacks, Latinos and women. Learn more at


Following the devastating and racially charged election results at the federal level, PANA’s Ramla Sahid knew she needed reinvigorate her community and bolster San Diego residents for the bigger fight to come, as well as broaden and strengthen the partnerships with non-traditional allies.

That’s when Nicole Capretz, Executive Director of Climate Action Campaign, approached Ramla and Ismahan Abdullahi at PANA with an idea to grow a new partnership focused on highlighting the women — particularly women of color — as fearless leaders taking on the traditional power brokers and transforming outdated institutions and systems in San Diego and beyond.  The podcast is meant to tell the personal stories of the women breaking barriers and helping to inspire other women to step into their power to affect change.

Your fearless co-hosts, Ismahan Abdullahi (PANA) and Nicole Capretz (CAC)

Your fearless co-hosts, Ismahan Abdullahi (PANA) and Nicole Capretz (CAC)



We are thrilled to welcome global game-changer Ibtihaj Muhammad to feature at our 2nd annual awards celebration!

She is not only the first female Muslim-American athlete to earn an Olympic medal, but also an author and entrepreneur, and the inspiration for the first Barbie in hijab.

Copies of Ibtihaj Muhammad’s latest book, Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream will be on sale at the event!


Thank you to our generous sponsors!


2018 Host Committee

Hon. Barbara Bry

Council President Pro Tem (San Diego District 1)

Anita Busquets

President, Biotechnology Management Consultants

Gabriela Dow

Mora Dow Consulting

Alreen Haeggquist

Haeggquist & Eck, LLP

Johanna Hester

Assistant Executive Director, UDW/AFSCME Local 3930

Darrah Johnson

President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest

Rachel Zahn

Executive Director, Angels Foster Family Network

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Women Who Change The Game: Awards Celebration
11:30 AM11:30

Women Who Change The Game: Awards Celebration


Join Flip the Script on November 2, 2017 at Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation to honor the bold and brave women of San Diego who are driving the progressive agenda forward and leading us toward a brighter future.



2017 Women Who Change the Game Honorees

Thank you to all the people who nominated a script-flipping, game-changing powerhouse woman for the awards celebration! We are proud to announce our 2017 Women Who Change the Game honorees:


Mover and Shaker Award

Alreen Haeggquist, co-founder and managing partner at Haeggquist & Eck LLP, is committed to advancing human rights and giving voice to the underrepresented. She has successfully represented employees in cases involving wrongful termination, retaliation, wage theft, contract violations, sexual harassment, and all types of discrimination. She is currently representing two female senior scientists in a gender discrimination lawsuit against the Salk Institute. Her firm also served as class counsel in the consumer fraud litigation against Donald Trump and Trump University, which settled for a staggering $25 million. The firm litigated the case, which they worked on for seven years, on a pro bono basis.

Truth to Power Award: Trish Martinez

Trish Martinez is a Diegueño and Yaqui Native American and is a citizen of the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians of San Diego County in California. She is a trailblazer both within and beyond her tribal communities as an advocate for the disenfranchised, abused and forgotten. As as the Native Liaison for the San Diego Human Trafficking Advisory Council, Martinez is a leader among the movement to end human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children. She recently addressed the United Nations 61st Commission on the Status of Women on Human Trafficking in Native Country.  Trish Martinez is an example of how individuals can help mobilize others to become filled with renewed hope, addressing human rights violations happening in their communities, region, and nation.

Mighty Pen Award: Kelly Davis

Kelly Davis is a freelance journalist who is being honored for her unparalleled coverage of the criminal justice system, homelessness and civil rights issues in San Diego. Davis focuses on telling the stories of people who are otherwise overlook, giving a voice and a human face to the marginalized and most vulnerable people in our communities. Through thorough investigative journalism, her mighty pen has elevated the discussion around our region’s responsibility in dismantling structural injustices, helping prompt improvements within our local mental health and criminal justice systems.

True Grit: Kelly Harvey

Kelly Harvey is co-founder of Justice4SD33, a coalition organized to support families impacted by gang laws.The coalition was started in 2015 in response to the application of Penal Code 182.5, which was used to arrest community members in Southeast San Diego based on presumed association with and benefit from gang crimes. She successfully advocated for her sons and other community members to be freed from jail and reunited with their families. She is a powerful and nurturing leader who has helped bring forth a deeper understanding of the systems that impact her community.

Individual tickets are now on sale and may be purchased on this Eventbrite page. Click on the link below become a sponsor of the 1st Annual Women Who Change the Game awards celebration. This event will sell out!


Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor


Future Is Female Sponsors

Power to the People Sponsors


Community Partners

In-Kind Sponsors

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