Women of the Partnership

In 2016, the Downtown San Diego Partnership convened a dynamic group of industry leaders to engage in thoughtful conversations and purposeful actions to empower women to take on leadership roles in both the workplace and community. Through this action, the Women of the Partnership initiative was formed.

The Women of the Partnership is a group of industry leaders working to promote collaboration, foster professional growth, and inspire women to build strong relationships within the Downtown Partnership and our San Diego community.


Marjorie Burchett, Partner, CGS3 Law Firm & Cynthia Morgan Reed, CEO & Partner, Vanst Law

American women trail considerably behind men when it comes to their representation in leadership positions, according to recent studies by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In a vast array of fields, the presence of women in top leadership roles – such as equity law partners and corporate executive officers – remains stuck between 10 to 20 percent, despite the fact that women make up 49 percent of the college-educated workforce.

Creating a network of support is crucial in the pursuit of a more balanced representation of women in leadership positions. At the Downtown San Diego Partnership, we believe that gender parity among top decision-makers will promote more prosperous, diverse, and meaningful business opportunities throughout San Diego’s urban core and across the entire region.

Interest Form

If you are interested in learning more and participating in this initiative please contact, Kaitlin –

Recent programming:

Hosted a Women of the Partnership Forum on Friday, October 16 to discuss the critical need to add woman and underrepresented minority groups to Corporate Boards headquartered in California as it is now mandated due to recently passed state legislation. To view the forum recording and resources, click here.

Additional resources: 

How Women Lead – Your Board Pitch Session & Corporate Board Readiness Workshop: January Series


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