July 7, 2006

Girl Scouts Names San Diego’s 10 Coolest Women of 2006

La Mesa woman recognized as a Cool Woman

Lidia Martinez of La Mesa was named to San Diego’s 10 Cool Women of 2006 during Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council’s Volunteer Celebration and Annual Meeting, held at USD’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Center. San Diego’s 10 Cool Women of 2006 serve as inspiring role-models for girls and young women. This year’s Cool Women represent fields ranging from the arts and sciences to education and philanthropy. San Diego’s 10 Cool Women balance work, family, friends and service—all while giving back to the San Diego community.

As Southwest Airlines’ West Coast regional manager for Hispanic community affairs, Martinez reaches her personal and professional goal to make a difference in San Diego’s Latino Community. Her dedication to the Latino community doesn’t stop at work, Martinez sits on the board of the National Hispanic Media Coalition; for two years she has served as vice chair for the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board of directors; and sitting on its national board of directors, Martinez also supports San Diego MANA, a Latina organization that fosters leadership development, community action and advocacy.

Lidia Martinez (center) flanked by Girl Scouts’ Board President Marla Blom (L) and CEO Jo Dee Jacob (R). Cadette Girl Scouts Flora Wilds (far left) and Dakota Davis (far right) bestowed the honor.

Joining Martinez on the list of 2006 Cool Women are Tina Mickelson (GOLF Channel commentator and professional golf instructor); Georgia Sadler, BSN, MBA, PhD (Clinical Professor of Surgery, UCSD); Elizabeth Yamada (former teacher and community leader); Doris Howell, MD (Pediatric Oncologist); Cheryl Fisher (Director of the Office of Diversity and Equity, SDSU); Abby Silverman (Attorney, Baker & McKenzie LLP); Anne Evans (Chairman, Evans Hotels); Karen Keltner (Conductor, San Diego Opera); and Katie Sullivan (Community Volunteer and Girl Scout leader).

Each year, Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council gathers to recognize contributing organizations like these, along with volunteers and community members like San Diego’s 10 Cool Women, whose accomplishments support the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. There are more than 10,000 adult members in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

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