Women's Philanthropy Flies High

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, wait... It's the Women's Philanthropy Board flying through the air!  Friday, September 18, was a memorable day for this group as the women participated in the UCSD high ropes course for their annual retreat. It was a truly unique and amazing experience that encouraged teamwork and trust among all the participants, as well as pushing personal limits with the support of peers. Everyone was able to take something new away from this experience, from the group’s most ardent thrill-seekers to those who prefer their feet firmly planted on the ground!

New member, Sara Zolott, expressed her solidarity beautifully by making one of the photos from the day her screen-saver to remind her of the importance and fortitude of friendship. Karen Deicas DePodesta commented, “There is nothing like getting a group of strong and dedicated women to walk across a high rope with nothing but a harness, a blindfold, and some teamwork. We made it through!"

This program was followed by an inspiring session with Heather Wolfson, Sr. Director of Community Partnerships. Heather gave an overview of the Federation's initiatives, with a special focus on the Shalom San Diego initiative, which aims to connect new residents, interfaith families, and unengaged Jews to a multitude of pathways to Jewish life here in San Diego. She also led the participants in an activity to identify their personal qualities, skills, and goals that help to make the group so dynamic.

It was the perfect way for the new board to start off their year. Meg Mandel, one of the board’s leadership development chairs, reflected, “The retreat was a day filled with camaraderie and team-building. It was a lot of fun and we all came away inspired and energized.” 

Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy Board had the chance to recognize (literally) that the sky is the limit!


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