Women Who Inspire Us
"I am a Woman Phenomenally. A Phenomenal Woman.That's Me."
Steph Johnson is a musician and activist based in San Diego, CA. Steph was a 2011 San Diego Music Awards Best Jazz Artist nominee and winner of the 2010 San Diego Music Award for Best Jazz Album, as well as the winner of the inaugural SD Magazine Songwriting competition. One of the most gifted vocalists and guitarists in San Diego today, Steph recently released her new album Music is Art.
What inspires us most, however, is Steph's recent project: Voices of our City. This San Diego based choir was developed to provide individuals living in homelessness with an opportunity to join together in a musical community. The choir has brought invaluable attention to the San Diego homeless crisis, and spurred meaningful discussions about addressing the crisis among San Diego officials.
Veronica May is a San Diego based singer-songwriter, author and mental health advocate. She has lived with Bipolar 1 disorder since 2008, and uses her platform to challenge the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Veronica is not only an incredible performer, moving audiences with her vulnerability and honesty, she is also a well-received speaker. She has spoken to various groups about living with bipolar 1, acceptance, self-identity and resilience. Through her multi-modal career, Veronica has brought hope to people of all ages and walks of life.
Dilkhwaz Ahmed is an immigrant woman from the Kurdistan region of Iraq. She has pioneered programs for incarcerated women, to provide them with important life and transition skills. Since being granted asylum in the United States in 2002, Dilkhwaz has been a source of support and knowledge for other immigrants. She developed License to Freedom, a non-profit, community based organization that promotes nonviolence through community eduction, self-sufficiency and advocacy for refugee and immigrant survivors of domestic abuse.
Mel Grove is the Founder and President of Rock n'Roll Camp for Girls San Diego. This incredible program provides girls aged 8-18 an opportunity to, in one week, learn a new instrument, develop a band, and perform.
Mel believes deeply in building a community that encourages girls to embrace their uniqueness an become advocates not only for themselves, but for others. She is a source of unyielding optimism, innovation and energy, and uses her many gifts to support girls as they find their voices.