Mary Lindenstein Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at UC San Diego, is among a group of distinguished San Diegans who will be honored by LEAD San Diego at the civic group’s 12th annual Visionary Awards.
Set for Thursday, May 22, 5 pm to 8 pm, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the event continues LEAD San Diego’s tradition of paying tribute to outstanding local leaders who work to improve the San Diego/Northern Baja California region
Walshok will receive the Charles Nathanson Memorial Award for Cross-Border Region Building, recognizing her on-going efforts to solve border issues and unite San Diego with Baja California for a common future.
“I am very pleased that our collective efforts to maximize the potential of the border will be recognized,” said Walshok. “LEAD San Diego continues to be a valuable partner in helping forge a closer binational partnership.”
A co-founder of San Diego Dialogue, a program focused on opportunities in the San Diego-Tijuana region, Dean Walshok is an industrial sociologist who’s currently engaged in research on the dynamics of binational innovation.
Walshok is the co-author of “Invention & Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy,” a newly published book (Stanford University Press) that analyzes San Diego’s ever-changing sociological, political and economic trends.
This year’s LEAD San Diego honorees also include:
- Genomic pioneer J. Craig Venter: Economic Opportunity Award
- Padres owner Ron Fowler: Neil Morgan Award for Lifetime Achievement
- Judith Harris, Mel Katz and Katie Sullivan: Ronald Kendrick Memorial Award for Regional Collaboration
“Part of our mission is to inspire leadership and civic engagement on regional issues affecting our entire region,” said Vicky Carlson, president/CEO of LEAD San Diego. “We are pleased to recognize leaders who give selflessly of their time and talent to make a difference in our community.”