Virginia Nelson ...

Girl Scouts San Diego honored Coronado resident Virginia Nelson during its Cool Women of 2019 luncheon and ceremony on Friday, March 29, at the Kona Kai Resort. Proceeds from the 19th annual event support programs that help girls use their voices, develop a strong sense of self, step outside their comfort zones, and build resilience.

Members of the Cool Women Class of 2019 were selected for the personal and professional achievements that make them consummate role models for girls.

Nelson is an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. The Girl Scout alum has served on USD’s Board of Visitors since 1990. As a trial attorney, Nelson headed her own litigation firm for over 30 years. She is a former president of the San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego Inn of Court, and the Enright American Inn of Court. Nelson is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She has been listed in Best Lawyers of America for 24 years, was selected America’s Finest City Legal Professional of the Year, as well as a Top Ten Southern California-San Diego Super Lawyer 2007-2017.

Nelson is one of five 2019 Cool Women honorees. The others are: Dawn Barry, president and co-founder of LunaPBC; Gema Deleon, president of WISE (Women in Sports and Events) San Diego; Nancy Jamison, who recently retired from San Diego Grantmakers after 13 years as president and CEO; Coreen Petti, member of a four-generation Girl Scout family, and the University of San Diego’s associate vice president of advancement marketing and strategic partnerships.

“Girl Scouts is the best place for girls, wholly devoted to preparing them for a lifetime of leadership, from the wilderness to the boardroom,” said Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Carol M. Dedrich. “By shining a spotlight on these extraordinary Cool Women, we are inspiring today’s Girl Scouts to reach their own potential.”

KUSI News Anchor Sandra Maas emceed the Cool Women event. Angie Lasagna of Mission Federal Credit Union co-chaired with Joyce Glazer of San Diego Magazine, the media sponsor.

SDG&E—Girl Scouts San Diego’s “Champion STEM Supporter”—is the event’s top sponsor, and Southwest Airlines is the Leader Sponsor.

Girl Scouts San Diego also presented its 2019 Emerging Leader Girl Scouts. The 43 teens were selected for their potential and the outstanding achievements that are already making the world a better place. A morning mentoring session provided the Girl Scouts with an opportunity to hear about careers, education pathways, and overcoming challenges.

During the luncheon, Emerging Leaders Candace Dobias, Anna Ensberg, Alina Ho, Serena Ingram, and Destiny Wilcox each introduced a Cool Women, using information gained during a one-on-one meeting with that honoree. Wilcox will introduce Nelson.

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