Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council recently unveiled its fifth list of “San Diego’s 10 Coolest Women” and honored its top volunteers at the council’s 2005 Volunteer Celebration and Annual Meeting.
The event celebrated “Cool Women,” role models who balance work, family, friends, and service, raising the bar of excellence in their communities. From entrepreneurs to artists, athletes to scholars, these women shape the future of San Diego and inspire others to serve.
Through her service to others, a “Cool Woman” exemplifies the ideals of the Girl Scout Law: “I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.”
Beatriz Barraza was among the 10 Cool Women of 2005. Barraza is director of health promotion for the San Diego Colaborativo SABER project, which provides integrated, multi-dimensional health and human services. Barraza currently serves on the Child Health Protection Advisory Committee of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and she is a Child Health Advisor to the Tri National Commission on Environmental Cooperation.
With her extensive background in economic development and maternal, child and community health, Barraza has worked on a variety of health promotion projects benefiting San Diego’s communities. Her credits include the San Diego County Health Department’s Tobacco Free Work Place project and S.A.L.T.A., a project of the Environmental Health Coalition. She was also instrumental in Por La Vida Project, a health promotion/risk reduction program at San Diego State University, where she has taught international health.
The other 10 Cool Women of 2005 were Constance Carroll (Chancellor, San Diego Community College District); Julia Brown (Advisor to the CEO, Amylin Pharmaceuticals); Theresa Drew (Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP); Joyce Gattas (Dean, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, San Diego State University); Kathy Hansen (CMC, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)); Connie Matsui (Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Communication, Idec Pharmaceuticals); Regina Petty (Attorney, Wilson Petty Kosmo & Turner LLP); Phyllis Schwartz (President and General Manager, NBC 7/39 San Diego); and Fran Styles (Girl Scout volunteer and for-mer athletic director at Francis Parker School).