Meet Our Team of Experienced Professionals

The skilled staff of the San Diego & Imperial Women’s Business Center are dedicated to empowering woman-owned small businesses. Our team of experienced professionals covers a wide breadth of entrepreneurship and industry expertise. Each member also brings unique qualities to best connect with women entrepreneurs and support these small business owners.

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Katty Ibarra – Director

Katty Ibarra, Director of the San Diego & Imperial WBC

Katty Ibarra is the Director of the San Diego & Imperial Women’s Business Center, hosted by Southwestern College. Katty is a bilingual small business owner excited to empower female entrepreneurs by leading the WBC, creating programs, providing business advising, and training to secure women’s economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities. Katty holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from the Universidad del Valle de Mexico and a Master’s of Science in Marketing from National University, with extensive branding, marketing, and social media experience. Katty owns a binational marketing firm and has more than 15 years of experience in small business and marketing strategies.

Spanish and English

Marketing, Email Marketing

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Aly Lawson – Marketing Coordinator

Aly has a BA in mass communication, emphasizing journalism and public relations, and a MBA in marketing. She has worked as a reporter and marketer in various industries and overseas. At the San Diego & Imperial Women’s Business Center, she helps manage and execute the center’s marketing and communication efforts including website management, social media planning, newsletters, and media writing. Her husband is a Navy helicopter pilot and they have two young children.

English

Marketing Communications

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Advisors

Esther Carrillo – Advisor

Esther Carrillo  Business Advisor for the Women’s Business Center, I have over 25 years experience assisting Small Business Clients in the San Diego Market.

English and Spanish

New Business Start-up, Strategy, Access to Capital, Credit, Business Planning and Projections

Sandra Fernandez Lara Naylor – Advisor

Sandra is one of the first business advisors of the Women’s Business Center in San Diego. She has been helping small business owners start and grow their businesses for over ten years, a passion she developed in her native country of Mexico.

Being an immigrant herself, has helped Sandra be more understanding and empathetic towards her clients who have come to this country seeking to achieve their dreams. Sandra works with her clients and their businesses in a holistic way, so that they can integrate their values into their businesses and stay committed for the long haul.

As a business advisor, Sandra helps clients in various areas of entrepreneurship including required permits and licenses, business plans, access to capital and how to resolve internal conflicts. Additionally, Sandra has designed and launched an innovative childcare business accelerator program in collaboration with the Women’s Business Center and Southwestern College.

Spanish and English

Small Business Start-up, Childcare

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Stephanie Garcia – Advisor

Stephanie Garcia has 10 years of marketing, sales, business development, strategy and new business start-up experience combined. Since the pandemic, she’s assisted over 100’s of women entrepreneurs launch their businesses and or provided strategic advise.  In 2019, she started her own boutique consulting business focusing on small to mid-size businesses; both profit and non-profit. She is the partner/co-owner of G-West Express LLC, a trucking company operating nationwide.

She was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, where she attended the University of Southern California and studied Business Administration. Upon graduating from undergrad she moved to beautiful San Diego where she still resides with her 4 month old daughter and significant other.

English and Spanish

Marketing, Business Development, Sales, Strategy and New Business Start-up

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Jeníca Ganem – Advisor

Jeníca is an accomplished marketing professional with experience in creative problem solving and a keen attention to detail. With an extensive record of designing and executing strategies that ensure brand clarity and visibility, Jeníca is effective at engaging customers and optimizing their business processes. From the psychology of branding to the fine detail of supporting graphics, from the design of simple systems to the creation of comprehensive social media campaigns, she lends her careful attention to creating a coherent relationship between business and owner, maximizing the potential for success.

Over the past 20 years, Jeníca has worked with small businesses and entrepreneurs to assist them in establishing and broadening their reach and success. Her work has been featured at Capital Hill, in the Federal Department of Education; in school districts across California; and the University of California, Los Angeles.

English and Spanish

Marketing, Graphic Design, Web design, Social Media, Business Development, Strategy, CEO Mindset

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Cally Ingebritson – Advisor

Cally is an experienced Business Advisor, who has been with the Women’s Business Center since 2018. Driven by the passion to see small business owners succeed, she takes pride in providing the best support possible. As a Business Advisor, Cally helps new business owners file the the necessary paperwork to launch new businesses, leads workshops and business accelerators. Originally from Minnesota, Cally lived in Mexico, Colombia and Spain before moving to San Diego and is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.  Outside of her role at the Women’s Business Center, Cally has her own small business as a financial coach.

English and Spanish

Small Business Start-up, Credit Repair, Small Business Taxes, Bookkeeping, Google My Business, Mindset Coaching

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Our mission is to help women entrepreneurs start or grow their business. We offer one-on-one business counseling, as wells as online training in both English and Spanish. Our team of business advisors are looking forward to working with you.

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