Rady School Supporters Jan Tuttleman and Julia Brown Win Prestigious Community Awards

Jan Tuttleman

Rady School alumna and supporter Jan Tuttleman won the “Women Who Mean Business” award from the San Diego Business Journal for her work as president and founder of Women Give San Diego, a newly formed donor circle of the Women’s Foundation of California, and for becoming chair of the board of the Jewish Federation of San Diego County.

The skills Tuttleman learned earning her MBA at the Rady School of Management helped her lead these organizations.

“My MBA gave me skills in finance, business planning and business acumen, which I have been able to transfer to my work for nonprofit organizations. Rady gave me the level of confidence and financial understanding I needed to lead a nonprofit.”

Tuttleman founded Women Give San Diego because she saw a need to help the larger community after working for years on women’s issues in the Jewish community. The organization focuses its efforts on girls aging out of the foster system, women refugees and aspiring women entrepreneurs among others.

Another Rady supporter, Julia R. Brown recently received CONNECT’s "Distinguished Contribution" award, which recognizes individuals who have supported innovation and the advancement of local life science and technology entrepreneurs. Brown was recognized for her long service to the life science industry.

The award was presented at the annual Most Innovative Products luncheon, one of CONNECT’s signature recognition events. It honors the companies and people advancing the most innovative and new products in San Diego’s high-technology cluster.

Julia Brown

“I am a passionate believer in the power of the life sciences to positively affect our lives and have spent my entire career working to advance that goal,” Brown said after the event. “The opportunities have never been greater — whether in human health, agriculture or in industrial applications. San Diego is a powerhouse of life science research. We need to be as good at turning innovation into products as we are at research.”

Brown is a longtime advocate of student support at UC San Diego. She is a donor of undergraduate scholarships and is a fellowship donor at the Rady School of Management.

“Quite simply, it is an investment in talent,” Brown said. “We have incredible opportunities and we need to be grooming the next generation of leaders and innovators to be able to capitalize on them.”

“San Diego is well positioned to provide leadership in several important areas that promise to be great growth industries of tomorrow. There are some big problems in the world today. Solving them will create an opportunity for great jobs, great careers, and huge benefits to society and to our economy.”