by Marie Tahan Daniels
Yolanda Walther-Meade & Yolanda S. Walther Meade
Dream teams exist in every industry and we usually associate them with devoted, no fear partners with a common goal to succeed through innovation and a healthy dose of gumption. San Diego / Tijuana region has a bevy of examples to choose from. In the competitive environment of this big “small town” city, we have bred a unique culture that combines a laid back atmosphere with incredible drive and achievement. Over the last decade, the mother-daughter team sometimes referred to as the Yolanda’s, have exemplified this very quality with grace and seeming ease. They have been a dedicated force behind several organization such as Boys & Girls Club of Mexico, University of San Diego, International Community Foundation, San Diego Latino Film Festival and San Diego Natural History Museum.
“The SDNHM is thrilled to recognize Yolanda Walther-Meade and her daughter Yolanda S. Walther-Meade as the 2011 Dos Aguilas/Two Eagles Honorees. These two dedicated women have selflessly given of their time, talent and treasure for many local binational organizations. In particular, “The Yolandas” have co-chaired the Museum’s signature gala for eight years. It’s time now, to honor them, as we cross the $1M threshold in dollars raised through this wonderful binational event.” ~ Michael W. Hager, Ph.D. (President & CEO of SD Natural History Museum)
This year the legendary pair have been chosen as honorees for the very San Diego Natural History Museum celebration they have chaired together since 2000, Dos Aguilas (Two Eagles). They are joined by previous esteemed honorees as Richard Kiy, Alejandra and Gastón Luken, Deborah Szekely, Christy Walton, Jose and Socorro Fimbres and Joan and Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow.