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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the women — particularly women of color — as fearless leaders taking on the traditional power brokers and transforming outdated institutions and systems in San Diego and beyond.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