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On April 1, Geena will host the 2017 Girls Empowerment Conference. This event is something she has envisioned for YEARS now. It has always been her vision to put together a day of inspiration, motivation, support, and love for teen girls here in San Diego. Last year, Geena was a keynote speaker at the Girls Empowerment Conference at Mt. Miguel High School as well as at the Girls Force USA Leadership Summit. After speaking at these two conferences, it made perfect sense to combine forces to create the ultimate conference for teen girls in San Diego, thus the 2017 Girls Empowerment Conference was born! This year's theme is Confidence and we are so excited to bring you an amazing day of awesome speakers, workshops, and overall positive influence on teen girls here in San Diego.
Thank you to all our sponsors for believing in the project and thank you to everyone involved who has helped make this day happen. Thank you to the speakers and volunteers who have generously donated their time to this special day. And a special thank you to the girls from Mt. Miguel High School who are heavily involved in planning the event, spreading the word to other high schools girls, and making sure we are covering topics/issues that are relevant to teen girls right now.
About Geena: Originally from Los Angeles, now residing in San Diego, Geena the Latina has been a staple on San Diego’s #1 Hit Music Station Channel 933 for 11 years now. Arguably one of the most recognized and beloved radio personalities in San Diego, Geena is currently the female co-host of the “Kramer and Geena” morning radio show. In the summer of 2015, she served as a fill-in for Ellen K on the nationally syndicated “Ryan Seacrest” show on 102.7 KIIS FM Los Angeles. Prior to her current show, Geena served as the co-host of the “Frankie and Geena” morning radio show for five years and before that served as the female co-host on the “AJ in the Morning Show” on KMYI Star 94.1 San Diego and female co-host on KHTS Channel 933 San Diego’s “AJ’s Playhouse.” Geena has quickly become one of the most well-known, recognized radio on-air hosts, being named the “Best Radio Personality in San Diego” in 2014 Ranch and Coast Magazine’s Best of San Diego issue. Her quick-witted, fun-loving personality yet real and brutally honest opinion has quickly made her a fan favorite.
Geena is the go-to girl in San Diego for everything entertainment and pop-culture. She is frequently used by local TV stations as an expert on breaking entertainment stories as well as the go-to expert for local events going on in and around San Diego. On top of her radio duties, Geena has delivered weekly TV segments on “Good Morning San Diego” on KUSI news Channel 9, Fox 5 San Diego, NBC 7 San Diego, and San Diego 6 CW. She has also filmed various TV segments for Nationally Syndicated Talk show The Fab Life as well as for MTVtr3s, NBC LA, LATV, and SITV. Geena has also hosted live red-carpet U-streams for 102.7 KIIS FM Los Angeles Wango Tango and Jingle Ball concerts and has written columns for magazines such as San Diego Magazine, Pacific Magazine, Rego Magazine, and University Connection magazine. In August of 2010, Geena was a semi-finalist in the “Regis and Kelly” search for a co-host “Women in Radio” contest. In September of 2010 and 2013, Geena was a finalist in San Diego Magazine’s annual “Woman of the Year” Awards where they honor women who are highly active in the San Diego community. Geena was also voted as one of the “50 hottest girls in radio” by the popular website popcrunch.com years 2009- 2013 and placed #4 in 2011. She has also been featured in 944 Magazine and Discoversd.com’s “Local Style Spotlight” article.
Before coming to San Diego Geena worked at 102.7 KIIS FM Los Angeles where she served as the red-carpet reporter for “The JoJo on the Radio Show.” At the same time Geena worked for the “Friday Night Party Show” with former Lighter Shade of Brown member ODM. Geena also did “on-site reporting” and “call-ins” for “The Valentine Show” and “The Ryan Seacrest Show.” Geena started her radio career as an intern at 102.7 KIIS FM. She soon got hired on the street team and was eventually discovered by Program Director John Ivey who offered Geena a chance to do on-air content for the station.
Geena has been through more than most in her young life, having had two teenage brothers killed due to gang violence, which is why she has such a strong passion for the inner city youth of her community. She spends her free time visiting local middle schools and high schools inspiring them to become more than what is expected of them. Geena was the first in her family to graduate from a 4 year university and was also the founding president of the first ever Latina-based sorority Sigma Lambda Gamma at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she also received a softball scholarship. She has been a member of the National Latina Business Women’s Association, served as an honorary board member for the MANA organization San Diego Chapter and has participated in numerous local charities such as The Boys and Girls Clubs of San Diego, Girls Force USA, The Live Well Project, The San Diego Teen Latina Empowerment Conference, After School All-Stars, AJ’s Kids, Rady’s Children’s Hospital, City of Hope, HBSA SDSU, Swimming Upstream, Jeans for Justice, SDCHC, Mack’s Miracles, San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation, the Lupus Foundation, and many more. She truly loves life and appreciates everything that she has been blessed with.