Rancho Santa Fe resident Pauline Foster among Girl Scouts’ ‘10 Cool Women of 2013’


Rancho Santa Fe resident Pauline Foster was honored at the San Diego’s 10 Cool Women of 2013 luncheon recently held by Girl Scouts San Diego.

This is the 13th year the nonprofit has recognized women whose personal and professional achievements, leadership and service to the community make them consummate role models for girls.

“Like Girl Scouts, our 2013 Cool Women make the world a better place,” said Jo Dee C. Jacob, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts San Diego. “We’re proud to honor these 10 exceptional women.”

Foster was raised in San Diego and has volunteered her time for many organizations, including the Governor’s Committee to Promote Trade Between California and Israel, United Way of San Diego, the San Diego Cancer Crusade, and a Beth Israel interracial summer camp. In addition to serving on the boards of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Sanford Burnham Institute and Stanley Foster Construction Academy, Foster is a council member for UCSD’s Rady School of Management. Her philanthropic efforts and community leadership have garnered her many awards.

Rancho Santa Fe resident Connie Matsui — a Cool Woman of 2005 and past president of Girl Scouts of the USA — presented the first-ever “Cool Girl” award to Snigdha Nandipati, Scripps National Spelling Bee 2012 champion. Matsui also granted Snigdha a one-year membership in Girl Scouts.

The other Cool Women of 2013 are Voices for Children founder Kathryn Ashworth, businesswoman Joye Blount, “First Lady of Wireless” Arlene Harris, children’s and labor activist Dolores Huerta, Pacific Arts Movement founder Lee Ann Kim, immigration reform advocate Rosibel Mancillas-Lopez, San Diego Unified School District superintendant Cindy Marten, fashion and textile designer Zandra Rhodes, and attorney Ellen Whelan.

Honorees were introduced by Cool Women from prior years, including Barbara Bry, Irma Castro, Ronne Froman, Jeanne Jones, Linda Katz, Karen Keltner, Gail Levin, Susan Mallory and Rana Sampson. In addition to an etched crystal vase from Girl Scouts San Diego, honorees received an engraved Nambé picture frame, courtesy of Bloomingdale’s.

Madeleine Pickens, a 2010 Cool Woman, and the Del Mar Country Club hosted the luncheon and awards program. Event proceeds of $27,000 will help keep Girl Scouting available and affordable for 31,000 local girls.

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