Did You Know?

Our 2021 Pathways to Financial Power conference is coming up this Saturday, September 18! This year’s theme is “Empower State of Mind” and volunteers, community leaders, and employers are coming together to empower and inspire 40 JIT participants to achieve their personal, professional, and financial goals.

This year’s conference at Junior Achievement of San Diego County will feature keynote speaker Allen Maxwell, President & CEO of Omni2Max; kick-off speaker, San Diego County Supervisor Nora Vargas; professional head shots; a Career/Passion exploration fair with over 20 ready-to-hire employers; networking opportunities; and our fourth annual JIT Shark Tank competition, where three aspiring young entrepreneurs will face off for a $3,000 investment in their business idea!



Meet Our Finalists

This year, 14 hopeful JIT participants submitted business ideas for our fourth annual JIT Shark Tank competition. Six semifinalists were chosen to work with coaches, all professionals from around San Diego, to develop their ideas into actionable business plans. Those six business plans were reviewed blindly by our JIT Shark Tank Review Committee, which selected a top three. Meet our finalists below, who will be presenting their business pitches live at this Saturday’s Pathways to Financial Power Conference for a chance at the grand prize of a $3,000 investment in their idea! We’ll share our winner in next week’s Wrap-Up!

Margen Dishmon – Rare & Radiant

Coach: Margo Turner

A mobile spray tan business that makes tanning accessible and convenient anywhere at any time. With a highly-trained spray tan artist, Rare & Radiant will provide 100% organic, all-natural spray tans infused with vitamins so clients can reach their fullest radiant potential with a natural looking, beautiful, sun-kissed glow.

Stephany Gomez – sxoboutique

Coach: Ugochi Iwuaba

A Latina-owned online clothing retailer that provides fashionable, affordable clothing for women of every size. Sxoboutique is dedicated to empowering women of all shapes to embrace not only their physical beauty, but also their internal beauty and the adversities they have overcome.

STephen Thomas – Insure +

Coaches: Bob Freund & Neil Senturia

A company that creates immersive virtual replicas of properties through 3D technology. INSURE + produces a visual inventory of a space, creating a substantial record of assets that can be provided as documentation in insurance claims in the event of a fire, earthquake, theft, or other disaster.

Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors!


Alliance Healthcare Foundation
Alta Company, LLC & The Grant Family
Andrus Family Fund
Pat & Paula Donahue
Gifts of the Magi Fund at Rancho Santa Fe Foundation
Lola & Walter Green
Jenny & Tony Hsu
Charlie Joyce
Lily Lai Foundation
Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation
Conrad Prebys Foundation
The John M. Sachs Family
San Diego County Board of Supervisors
Satterberg Foundation
May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
The Swette Family
Rhona Thompson
Tomlinson Foundation
Vicki & Jeff Winkelman
Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation 


Del Mar Highlands Town Center
Jody & Lee Gorran
Sue & Jay Lichter
RWM Home Loans
Louarn & Alan Sorkin
Tina & David Thomas
Tuffli Family Foundation
U.S. Bank


Diane & David Archambault
Diane Cox & Don Wells
Inez Branca Family Foundation
Jeanette Day
Marty Goodman
SBPC Foster Hope Ministry
Mark Schmidt
State Farm Enterprise Philanthropy
Jean & Rod Stewart
JoAnn & Steve Wilson



Mary Ann Blair
Nancy Cannon O’Connell & Tom O’Connell
CIT Bank
Farmers Insurance
HP, Inc
Plaza Home Mortgage
Red Door Interactive
SDG&E, A Sempra Energy Utility
Lisa & Jim Silverwood
Spire 100
Ellen & Bob Svatos
Christopher Weil & Company, Inc.



Ausgar Technologies
Monica Cannon
Dell Corporation
NextLevel Internet
Greg Olafson & Clinton Selfridge
Procopio LLP
Barb & Dale Robinette
U.S. Navy
Joellyn & Ron Zollman


William Denby
Steve Dillaway
Endeavor Bank
Roni Hicks Clemens
Claudia & Arthur Schwartz
Susan & Hon. Ron Styn
Sean Vent

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