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2019 Annual Dinner

May 3, 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended San Diego Regional EDC's 53rd Annual Dinner, underwritten by Point Loma Nazarene University

At the event on May 2, 2019, we honored Dr. Karen Haynes, president of CSU San Marcos, with the Herb Klein Civic Leadership Award presented by Sony Electronics and ResMed with the Duane Roth Renaissance Award, presented by UC San Diego. Plus, we welcomed 10 new directors and two newly appointed trustees to our board. 

And the annual celebration was finished off with some inspiring remarks from our chair Janice Brown. She talked about how we're creating a more inclusive economy and climbing the second mountain. But this requires collaboration.

As we launch Advancing San Diego, - an effort to strengthen our local workforce by connecting all San Diegans with jobs - we will need your help. Fill out the form below, and we'll be in touch once the program is underway.

*Join us in Advancing San Diego.*

Also, check out the video of drone startup Planck Aerosystems that premiered last night. Whether you are a longstanding EDC investor, board member, partner, or a new friend, each and every one of you has helped us create a stronger San Diego, one company at a time. 

Building a stronger San Diego with Planck Aerospace from San Diego Regional EDC on Vimeo.

April 12, 2019

Each year, San Diego Regional EDC honors an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership by addressing challenges and making significant contributions to improve our region. For 2019, we are thrilled to award Dr. Karen Haynes with the Herb Klein Civic Leadership Award, presented by SONY. 

Karen Haynes has served as President of CSU San Marcos since 2004 and is the longest-tenured president in the university’s history. Under her leadership, the school’s population has grown from 7,000 students to 17,000, while also overseeing the addition of 15 new buildings, more than 100 academic programs, and a new satellite campus in Temecula. 

Aside from fulfilling the duties as university president, Dr. Haynes has gone above and beyond to address the needs of underrepresented students. She has a passion for helping every student achieve their academic potential by removing barriers to access. CSUSM serves the highest per-capita numbers of both military veterans and Native American students in the CSU system and more former foster youth per capita than any institution of higher education in the United States. 
 
In addition to the new award she'll be receiving, Dr. Haynes carries a long list of notable awards and accolades, including:

  • In 2016, Dr. Haynes became the senior president in the 23-campus CSU system—the first woman to ever serve in that role. 
  • 2017 Social Work Pioneer Award by the National Association of Social Workers, for contributions to the evolution and enrichment of the profession.
  • 2015 Woman of the Year Award from San Diego Magazine for her commitment to creating positive change in the region.
  • 2015 President of the Year Award from the California State Student Association, which represents all 460,000 CSU students, for outstanding commitment to CSU students.
  • Named a Power Broker of 2015 by the San Diego Business Journal for being a “catalyst for change and a champion for the underserved” in her leadership of Cal State San Marcos.

Please join us on May 2 at Sea World, where will be recognizing Dr. Haynes for great achievements. 
More information & tickets are available: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edcs-annual-dinner-tickets-55729391109