Summit on Advancing Gender Equity

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018
9:00am - 2:00pm PDT
Great Hall, International House, University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093
$50.00 - Members $50.00 - Non-Member Funders
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Thank you for joining us for this program.

Please see the program materials and speaker presentations here.

Current events, combined with long standing gender inequality, have highlighted the need to advance gender equity in all segments of our society. The half-day summit provided a space to learn with fellow funders and thought leaders about the most pressing gender equity issues that are facing our region and strategies that have been developed to balance the playing field. The summit was an opportunity to learn and share with peers about how to make philanthropy work even better for our most vulnerable communities.  


  • Increase awareness and understanding of the intersection of gender and a range of challenges facing the region.
  • Create a forum for robust discussion between SDG members and between members and subject matter experts.
  • Provide a suite of tools necessary for action internally (within organizations) and externally (through grantmaking and investing strategies).

Who May Attend

This summit is designed for staff, trustees, and donors of philanthropic organizations, individual philanthropists, and investors. All event registrations are reviewed to determine eligibility. We respectfully request that attendees refrain from engaging in fundraising and other development activities at all SDG events.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018 | 4PM – 5:30PM
Mama's Kitchen | 3960 Home Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105 | REGISTER!

As part of our Summit on Advancing Gender Equity, San Diego Grantmakers is pleased to partner with the Fieldstone Leadership Network in presenting Gender Norms: A Key to Improving Outcomes among Youth of Color. This learning opportunity is offered to leaders of nonprofit organizations, as well as funders who aren't able to attend SDG's Summit on Advancing Gender Equity.

Riki Wilchins, Executive Director of TrueChild, will discuss the need for nonprofits to consider gender and gender norms as essential lens for their program strategy. The discussion will call for us to reconnect race, class, and gender in an “intersectional” approach that would dramatically improve the socioeconomic outcomes for youth of color.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018 | 6PM - 7:30PM
Fairweather Bar | 793 J St. San Diego, CA 92101

San Diego Grantmakers is collaborating with The Women’s Foundation of California, Women Give San Diego, Fieldstone Leadership Network, and gender justice champions in San Diego for a happy hour!

About San Diego Grantmakers

San Diego Grantmakers is an association of over 120 philanthropic and impact investing organizations, networks, and individuals. It connects and activates them to learn, lead and invest in our community. Our vision is an equitable, collaborative, and impactful social change ecosystem that improves the lives of all residents in the San Diego region.

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Saru Jayaraman

Co-Founder and President of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

Surina Khan

Executive Director, the Women’s Foundation of California (WFC)

Susan M. Armstrong

Senior Vice President of Engineering, Qualcomm, Inc

Dr. Kyra Greene

Executive Director of the Center on Policy Initiatives

Caroline (Cara) Dessert, Esq

Chief Executive Officer, The San Diego LGBT Community Center

Riki Wilchins

Executive Director of TrueChild

Hei-ock Kim

Founder and Executive Director of The Kim Center for Social Balance

Ebony Jones

Sex Trafficking Survivor and Speaker

Marci Bair

President & Founder of Bair Financial Planning

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8:30am  Registration and light breakfast

9:00am  Welcome Remarks by Nancy Jamison, President and CEO of San Diego Grantmakers

9:20am  Opening Plenary: Advancing gender equity through systems change

10:00am Plenary: Gender, gender equity, gender norms

10:30am Lightning talks

  • Census 2020 and funding for gender-based programs
  • Workplace Gender Equity: San Diego as a Model of Prosperity
  • Advancing LGBT issues
  • Improving life outcomes for youth of color
  • Sex trafficking
  • Girls and women in STEAM
  • Gender lens investing

11:45am Morning break

12:00pm Fireside chats (Round 1)

12:35pm Fireside chats (Round 2)

1:05pm  Lunch

1:25pm Closing Plenary: A roadmap for advancing gender equity: Intersecting race, class and gender

1:55pm Closing remarks

2:00pm  Networking

LUNAFEST: Short Films By Women

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Digital Gym Cinema
2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
$10.00 - Members $10.00 - Non-Member Funders
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"There are 2.13 male short-film directors for every 1 female director. 2.13 male voices to every 1 female heard. 2.13 male stories to every 1 not yet told."  

As part of the lead up to the San Diego Grantmakers’ Summit on Advancing Gender Equity, we hosted LUNAFEST screening films that amplify the voices of strong women.  The six films (below) celebrate the unique, touching and inspirational roles of women. To begin, short films by young filmmakers from Digital Gym’s Teen Filmmaking Camp in San Diego were also shown. A Q&A discussion was held with the student filmmakers as well as Uttera Singh from LA.

See photos here.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018  at Digital Gym Cinema
including pre-film reception, program and Q&A with filmmakers 

Q&A with LA Film Director Uttera Singh
Director of the award-winning film, Fanny Pack

A tribute to the highest-paid silent film director at Universal Studios in 1916.

A young Pakistani women who grew up in a conservative Muslim neighborhood in the Middle East helps middle school girls in Silicon Valley realize their dream of designing their own video game.

In 2014, the extremist organization, Boko Haram, kidnapped 276 teenage girls from a town in northeastern Nigeria. WAITING FOR HASSANA is a harrowing first-person account of one girl’s escape from captivity and a heart-wrenching lament for her closest friend Hassana — one of the many girls still unaccounted for.

A comedy about a young Indian-American woman who wants to follow her dreams and a fanny pack-clad Indian father who chases his daughter through an airport hoping that she will follow his.

In 1930s farm country, a father wants a son, but he gets a little girl. He tries to toughen her up by giving her toys intended for boys. His efforts backfire when she proves a little too capable for comfort.

Jesselyn “Jesszilla” Silva is serious about boxing, and at 10 years old trains seriously with dreams of becoming a professional fighter. Her father, Pedro, finds himself caught in between supporting her dream and worrying about her future as she tries to master a combat sport.


Watch the trailer!

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