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Empowering Me

Saturday, Sept. 18
10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Register by Tuesday, Sept. 14
A Virtual Conference for Cadettes-Ambassadors

At Girl Scouts San Diego, we understand that our Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors have been hit with the reality of planning for a future. We all know this can be overwhelming at times, induce stress, and give a feeling of being lost, behind, or not good enough. That’s why we have put together Empowering Me: Older Girl Conference. The goal of this event is for Girl Scouts to empower themselves by engaging with women from a variety of backgrounds to gain insight on health and wellness, self-determination, and civic engagement.

Plus, chat with Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Carol Dedrich!

10:30 a.m. Welcome
10:45 a.m. Break
11 a.m. Session 1
11:45 a.m. Break 
Noon Session 2
12:45 p.m. Break
1 p.m. Lunch break or optional session 3
1:45 p.m. Break
2 p.m. Session 4
2:45 p.m. Break
3 p.m. Closing
Meet Our Presenters

Ashley Nell Tipton
Winner of Project Runway, season 14
Body positive activist/influencer

Ashley is from San Diego and earned her degree in Fashion Design at Fashion Careers of California. She is the winner of the fashion design competition Project Runway Season 14 and is the first plus-size designer for JCPenney. She has an online retail business and is a body positive activist/influencer with her own YouTube show called the Love “YOU” Show.

Fun Fact: She loves anything Disney!


Dr. Divya Kakaiya
Clinical Psychologist and Neuroscientist

Dr. Kakaiya is the Clinical Director and Founder of Healthy Within treatment program in San Diego, California. She has been treating brain/psychological conditions since 1983 and in 2019 was awarded Fellow Status with the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback for her significant contributions to Neuroscience. Her passion for empowering young women has translated into the extensive prevention work she conducts including outreach efforts in the high school/middle school community, life skills workshops, serving on youth committees with her Rotary Club, presenting at numerous conferences, community programs, and symposiums, and so much more! Dr. Kakaiya has received numerous awards for her service to the community and truly lives up to her Rotarian motto of “Service Above Self.”

Fun Fact: She presented a TED Talk on the topic “Dare to Love Your Body.”


Loretta Turner
Leadership and Mindfulness Coach

Loretta is a New Jersey bred, San Diego based, certified mindfulness and leadership coach, 500-HR yoga teacher, and nonprofit consultant. She is an active member of her nonprofit community, both as a seasoned professional and a devout volunteer. She has always worked within human service organizations, emphasizing mindfulness and compassion in her leadership roles. Loretta strongly believes that “it only works if you do,” and she’ll always encourage you to put the work in!

Fun Fact: She is originally from New Jersey and grew up dancing professionally and competitively.


Sara Beth Nunes
AVID Center Lead Project Coordinator

Sara Beth was born and raised in San Diego, loves her community, and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else! She loves to help others in her career and everyday life. At the AVID Center, Sara Beth supports over 700 Staff Developers in delivering professional learning to teachers across the country who in turn help their students pursue their college and career goals. Sara was an AVID student in high school and working for an organization that inspired her to make her college dreams a reality, makes every day special. In her personal life, Sara Beth volunteers with different organizations; phone banking, attending community association meetings, and volunteering as a poll worker during election season. In her down time, she loves spending time with her husband Jake, and son Rocco!

Fun Fact: When she was 16, she taught herself how to whistle really, really loud!


Lia Cociorva
Gold Award Girl Scout

Lia is a freshman at New York University, studying Integrated Design and Media in the Tandon School of Engineering. Her academic interests lie within computer science and the visual arts, but outside of school she loves to cook. Since learning traditional Romanian recipes passed down in her family, she has found a passion in developing her own recipes and learning about nutrition and health. Aside from food, Lia has a strong interest in art, and grew up reading comic books and graphic novels regularly. As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she furthered her interest in these topics by creating a comic book for kids and preteens, guiding them through what makes up a healthy diet and how to get started in the kitchen. She also held a series of workshops, which explore tips on being in tune with your body as well as maintaining a healthy diet with as much or as little access to a kitchen that you have.

Fun Fact: She has an orange cat named Edgar.

Meet Our Panelists
Marni von Wilpert, Councilmember, District 5
Karen Higareda, South Bay Community Services, LEAD Board of Directors
Luisa McCarthy, Executive Director, La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary 
Tamara Craver, President & CEO, Reality Changers
Whitney Hodges, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Thank you to our sponsor, San Diego Rotary Club 33!
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