Summit on Advancing Gender Equity

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 | 9am - 2pm 

Great Hall, International House, University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093

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 provides a space to learn with your fellow funders, community, 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.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn and share your thinking with you peers about how you can make your 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).

Keynote Speakers

Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and President of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley.

She was listed in CNN’s “Top10 Visionary Women” and recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014, and a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2015.

In January 2018, she attended the Golden Globes as the guest of actor Amy Poehler, where she brought widespread attention to the issue of sexual harassment in the restaurant industry. Saru was one of eight women activists who attended the Globes as part of the #TimesUp initiative. Saru authored Behind the Kitchen Door (Cornell University Press, 2013), a national bestseller, and Forked: A New Standard for American Dining (Oxford University Press, 2016). She has appeared on CNN with Soledad O’Brien, Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, Melissa Harris Perry and UP with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, the Today Show, and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

Surina Khan, Executive Director, the Women’s Foundation of California (WFC). Surina oversees the WFC’s strategic direction which is focused on building community-based power through investing in effective community-based organizations, training community leaders in policy advocacy, connecting key partners, and mobilizing significant financial resources. Prior to becoming WFC’s CEO, Surina was at Ford Foundation, helped design and launch Ford’s LGBT Rights Initiative and went on to become a Director in the Democracy Rights and Justice Program where she shaped more than $30 million in annual grantmaking around the world to expand rights for women, LGBT people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and in the areas of strengthening democratic participation and governance. As WFC’s CEO since 2014, she is dedicated to engaging more people to join the Foundation and its partners to support those who are most impacted by the problems in their community to develop solutions to advance gender, racial, and economic justice.

Susan M. Armstrong, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Qualcomm, Inc. was a pioneer in bringing internet protocols to the cellular industry, resulting in the first web surfing on a cellular phone in 1997, and Qualcomm’s commercialization of packet data in 1998. Since then she has held various leadership positions, first responsible for the development and commercialization of the all of the software that drives Qualcomm's chipsets, and then as the head of worldwide Customer Engineering, the group who integrates and commercializes the company’s products in phones and other wireless devices. In addition to her work on Qualcomm's inventions and new technologies, she has worked extensively with base station makers, carriers, phone and device makers in the US, Asia and Europe to bring those technologies to market.


Topics Covered

  • Gender equity in the workplace
  • Advancing LGBT issues
  • Improving educational outcomes for Black boys and men
  • Sex trafficking
  • Girls and women in STEM
  • Gender lens investing

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.

RSVP for the Summit on Advancing Gender Equity here!



Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | 5:00pm - 7:30pm 

Digital Gym Cinema
2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
Price: $10 per person

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 invite you to join us for LUNAFEST, a national film festival that seeks to amplify the voices of strong women everywhere.  These films celebrate the unique, touching and inspirational roles of women in our local, national and international communities. We will also be screening short films by young filmmakers from San Diego from the Digital Gym’s Teen Filmmaking Camp, showcasing stories that are close to home.

At the end of the screening, we will hear from selected filmmakers about their films and their experiences creating those films.

Pre-film reception starts at 5:00pm | Program begins at 5:30pm | Q&A with filmmakers starts at 7:00pm

RSVP or learn more about the films that will be showing here.