Del Mar residents to be honored at 12th Annual Visionary Awards

Mary Lindenstein Walshok, Ph.D.

Del Mar residents Mel Katz and Mary Lindenstein Walshok, Ph.D. are among those who will be honored at the 12th Annual Visionary Awards, Southern California’s premier leadership recognition event, on Thursday, May 22, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Katz and Walshok will be honored for the following:

Judith Harris, Mel Katz and Katie Sullivan

The Ronald Kendrick Memorial Award for Regional Collaboration

Named for the late banking executive and community leader, the award is presented in recognition of visionary leadership as demonstrated through coalescing diverse communities, focusing on collaborative approaches to shared resources, synergies and problem-solving skills for positive regional outcomes.

This year, the Kendrick Award will be presented to Judith Harris, Mel Katz and Katie Sullivan, in recognition of their collaboration in advocacy and fundraising for the newly established Central Library in downtown San Diego.

Mel Katz

Mel Katz, executive officer of Manpower-San Diego and a resident of Del Mar, has chaired numerous community organizations including the Public Library Commission, the Library Foundation, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego Convention Center Corporation. He currently chairs the board of the new charter high school located in the Central Library,

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Mary Lindenstein Walshok, Ph.D.

The Charles Nathanson Memorial Award for Cross-Border Region Building

The Charles Nathanson award is named for the late champion of cross-border communication and development and recognizes visionary leadership demonstrated in addressing joint solutions to cross-border issues, further uniting San Diego and Baja California for a common future. This year, the award will be presented to Mary Lindenstein Walshok, Ph. D., an author, educator, researcher and associate vice chancellor for public programs and dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego.

Walshok, a Del Mar resident, is an industrial sociologist studying the dynamics of regional economic transformation, with a particular focus on how globalization and rapid changes in technology are affecting social dynamics and economic challenges of various regions. She is currently engaged in research on binational innovation dynamics. A co-founder of San Diego Dialogue in the late 1990s, a program focused on opportunities in the San Diego-Tijuana region, Walshok currently serves on the boards of CONNECT (which she helped found in 1985), the United States-Mexico Foundation for Science, International Community Foundation, La Jolla Playhouse, Olivewood Gardens and the Girard Foundation.

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