By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
San Diego Women’s Week tickets will soon start selling out for some events predict organizers.
The fourth annual event, slated for March 11-15, is expected to attract women from throughout Southern California who can purchase tickets for one or more of the four sessions. Tickets are available at www.sdwomensweek.com or 858-487-1767.
Debra Rosen, president and CEO of Women’s Week organizer San Diego North Chamber of Commerce, said the 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 session at Hewlett-Packard, 16399 W. Bernardo Drive in Rancho Bernardo, might have its 250 tickets reserved by early next week. That event is free to SDNCC and $35 for non-members. No tickets will be available at the door.
The speaker that night will be Tina Mickelson, a PGA golf professional working to increase women’s participation in the sport.
The 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 15 empowerment conference at the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa, 1 Ponto Road in Carlsbad, is getting close to selling-out, Rosen said. As of Monday, fewer than 80 of the conference’s 425 tickets were left. Tickets are $99 in advance and $150 at the door, if available. It includes a luncheon.
Rosen said tickets started selling months ago once it was announced Dr. Deepak Chopra would headline the conference by speaking about spiritual solutions. He is an internist, endocrinologist, New York Times bestselling author, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-chairman of the Carlsbad-based Chopra Center for Wellbeing.
Another big draw, Rosen said, is the appearance of Kim Coles, an actress, author and playwright who tries to empower others through the G.I.F.T.S. transformational program.
Several more prominent women in various professions are scheduled to speak, including marketing expert and author Liz Goodgold, who it was announced this week would present “Your Visual Brand.”
Recently three more joined the Game Changers panel, bringing participants to five. The panel, Rosen said, will feature “women who made a difference in a male dominated environment and exceeded the challenges they faced when climbing the corporate ladder, playing the game and working with male counterparts to be successful.”
Panelists will be Cynthia Curiel, sector vice president of communications at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems; Karen Hewitt, a former U.S. Attorney who led the San Diego office and is now in private practice; Judy Jones-Cone, owner and president of the Judith A. Jones-Cone Automotive Group; former San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price; and Lea Sutton, a former Navy fighter pilot who is now the military reporter for NBC 7 San Diego News.
The week’s other sessions will be:
• 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 11 at Bernardo Winery, 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo. It will include wine tasting, networking, inspirational speakers and shopping. Tickets are $20.
• 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at Sharp Rees-Stealy Sorrento Mesa, 10243 Genetic Center Drive, San Diego. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, if available. Attendees can receive a Marie Chavez bracelet as a gift. Activities will include cholesterol and glucose testing, blood pressure checks, body mass index screening, and opportunities to speak one-on-one physicians and health experts, and sample meal replacement products. Talks will focus on screenings all women need, prevention and treatment of common sports injuries, ways to lose weight and keep it off, and bladder problems.
Rosen said plenty of the 500 tickets for the Monday and Thursday sessions are available. However, the chamber will discontinue the $169 week pass once one of the four events sells out.