The AAUW (American Association of University Women) is one of the foremost advocacy organizations in Washington DC, taking action on behalf of women on a broad range of economic and social issues that affect us every day. The mission statement of this group is "To advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research." And that is exactly what they do.
The Cabrillo-Diego Branch raises enough funds each year to send several middle-school girls to attend a week-long science summer camp at UCSD. As a UCSD alumnus (twice!) I am thrilled at the opportunity to do my small part to help pay it forward with this organization.
On April 16, my husband has generously offered up his restaurant as the forum for the Cabrillo-Diego Branch to hold their meeting, where I am honored to be the guest speaker. I'll be speaking about my education, my day job, and how the course of my career has led to the exciting and rewarding research I do by day AND the side benefit of writing and publishing novels. I hope that I can demonstrate to the audience the importance that education has had in my life and how it has given me so many choices and so many opportunities.
This is a free event, but if you purchase a book or stay for lunch, I will donate 20% of proceeds from book sales to the organization, and my husband will donate 20% of sales from the restaurant.
For anyone who is not local to San Diego but would like to hear more about AAUW or contribute to their cause, you may do so by visiting the group's website or contacting Janet Lipp, Program VP, at email@example.com or (858) 455-5292. If you'd like to take advantage of the opportunity to purchase a Kristen Elise novel while donating 20% of the sale, please purchase the book directly on my website. Click "add to cart" to purchase with credit card or Paypal, and make the notation "AAUW" in your shopping cart.
But if you're local, I hope to see you there!
Sincerely, Kristen Elise
Saturday, April 16, 2016
10:30 am to 12:00 noon
4705 Clairemont Drive
San Diego, CA 92117