Pathways to Financial Power Conference

September 9, 2023 

Pathways to Financial Power is an individualized, integrated service that helps transition age foster youth move toward financial security by identifying and achieving goals focused on employment and money management.

The service culminates with an annual Pathways to Financial Power conference in September. On this power-packed day, many community leaders, employers, and volunteers come together to empower up to 50 youth to own their economic success through networking, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

The Pathways Conference features:

  • • Professional speakers
  • • A Career Exploration Fair to connect participants with entry-level jobs and internships
  • • A Networking hour focused on exposing youth to professionals and leaders in their respective industries.
  • • A JIT Shark Tank competition for our young entrepreneurs to showcase their business ideas
  • • And the skills, resources, and connections every young person needs to succeed!

During the conference, each participant is paired with a volunteer coach to help establish an individualized plan with concrete next steps and assist in navigating obstacles they may face in achieving their goals.


The impact of Pathways to Financial Power has been significant. After our 2019 conference:

  • 97% of youth reported they are now part of a supportive community that will help them reach their goals
  • 97% of participants reported they now feel confident they can overcome obstacles as they arise
  • More than 90% of youth reported they now feel confident preparing for a job interview
  • Over 90% of participants reported they feel confident they can make their professional goals a reality
  • Over 77% of youth reported having increased their assets over the past year
  • More than 71% of participants with credit card debt reported they had reduced their debt since their involvement with Pathways


Pathways 2021 Major Sponsors

Power 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

Presenting Sponsors

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

Gold Sponsors

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

Silver Sponsors

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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