SDBJ Business Women of the Year Awards this November 13

SDBJ Business Women of the Year Awards this November 13

Roscoe and her partner, Jim Tiffany, live in Bankers Hill. The couple enjoys walking and hiking in central San Diego. Her favorite quiet pastime is reading. Roscoe is reading “She Said” by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey as well as “The Penguin Lessons” by Tom Michell.

‘Best Job in the World’

In her keynote speech, Carrie Stone will offer thoughts on getting more women onto boards. Stone has served on numerous boards and has worked in private equity as well as for large, consumer-facing companies. Her executive search practice is now 15 years old.

Stone said she plans to tailor her remarks for a wide audience, from the person just entering the workforce to more experienced executive. Going for a board job takes planning and marketing. Stone will discuss developing one’s “board superpowers” — that is, skills, strengths and experience. For example, she said, building a career in finance and public accounting may be one of the easiest paths to a board seat.

Stone is a North County resident who works with foster youth and has held board positions with the Young Presidents’ Organization, or YPO.

“I have the best job in the world,” she said recently about her executive search practice. “I get to add value to companies and the candidates that we recruit for the companies.” For candidates, she added, it is frequently a life-changing experience.



Chief Executive Officer, Athena

Holly Smithson is Athena’s Chief Executive Officer. Athena is a women’s empowerment organization that fast tracks women in STEM through leadership development. She previously served as VP, Business Strategy at the California Life Sciences Association, the industry’s largest statewide advocacy organization. Smithson also served as President and COO at Cleantech San Diego. She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Leadership Program and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast communications from East Carolina University.


Jane Finley

Senior Vice President & Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente

Jane Finley is Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Kaiser Permanente Health Plan and Hospitals in San Diego , including Kaiser Permanente’s two acute care hospitals. Jane joined Kaiser Permanente in 1984 at the Southern California Regional Offices in the Program Planning Department. Since that time she has held a variety of positions including, Director of Planning, Business Strategy & Finance Leader Tri-Central, Director of Hospital Operations Panorama City, and Service Area Manager of the Valleys Service Area.