September 19, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Avila Bay Club · 6699 BAY LAUREL PLACE, AVILA BEACH,CA93424

Come join us for an evening with Lila Reyna and support our local non-profit Central Coast Freedom Network


Presenter: Lila Reyna, The Art of Self Defense: Empowered, Intuitive, Aware Learn more about Lila -

Lila Reyna is the creator of Action Awareness Training, a personal defense and self-empowerment program, and the award-winning author of several books, one of which, Street Sense: Smart Self-Defense for Children, landed on the USA Best Books list and won a 2016 Parent’s Choice Award from Parents’ Resource Guide. Her newest title, Living Life for You: In Letting Your Kids Go and Be Grown You Can Rediscover You, was released earlier this year.

Lila first started training in the martial art of Kuk Sool Won™ over 20 years ago, and today holds the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt. She is currently testing for her Masters degree. Lila is also a practitioner of Frequency Energy Medicine™, a unique healing technique that uses specialized skills of intuition and empathy and is comprised of three major aspects: the mind, the body, and the spirit.

Based on the foundational wisdoms and practices of both of these traditions, Lila created Action Awareness Training to help others improve their safety, quality of life, and greater selves. Action Awareness Training workshops and seminars help develop powerful life skills, like the ability to confront limiting habits of behavior and thought in order to attain greater awareness.


Local Non-Profit: Central Coast Freedom Network Learn more here -

We believe that every person, neighborhood, business, and organization can contribute to ending human trafficking. Education is the first step to equipping our community to make a difference. Over the past few years we have been honored to conduct presentations for service providers, educators, probation officers, medical personnel, advocates, social workers, foster parents, youth groups, parent groups, faith based groups, service groups, and students.

May 22, 2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM 

Avila Bay Club · 6699 BAY LAUREL PLACE,AVILA BEACH,CA93424

We all gathered for an evening with Chief Deanna Cantrell, City of San Luis Obispo Police Department

Chief Cantrell’s BIO


Presenter: Chief Deanna Cantrell

It was a night to remember with Chief of Police, Deanna Cantrell, introducing us all to the Aspire Academy for at risk teens in SLO County. The photos capture the essence of the evening. On behalf of the GGG team (missing our sweet Jen!) we want to extend our biggest THANK YOU to all of those who attended our last meeting. Together, we raised $13,150 for Chief Cantrell’s Aspire Academy.  This would not have been possible without all of you. Thank you to our many participants and Christina Shea, our gracious photographer, together we are Girls Going Greater and making a difference. It was extremely moving!

Deanna started with the San Luis Obispo Police Department as the new Chief of Police on January 4 th, 2016. The San Luis Obispo Police Department serves a city of 47,000 people on the Central Coast of California and is home to California Polytechnic University. Prior to this appointment, she was with the Mesa, Arizona Police Department for 21 years with her last assignment as the Assistant Chief of the Administrative Services Bureau where she oversaw Fiscal, Supply, Fleet, Police Information Technology, Communications, Records and the Forensics Lab. Deanna served as the Deputy Chief of Special Operations, Patrol Commander, Internal Affairs Lieutenant and Sergeant, Gang and Patrol Lieutenant, and many other positions within the police department including time spent as a Motor officer in Traffic, and several Special Operations positions.


Aspire Academy, Police and Fire 2020. More details and instructions for the opportunity to donate towards this groundbreaking program for San Luis Obispo County will be updated soon.

February 21, 2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM


Avila Bay Club

We raised awareness and support for a local Non-Profit called Cancer Well-Fit, that operates right out of Avila Bay Athletic Club.

Another amazing event took place and together we raised $3,1750.50 for Cancer Well-Fit. We thank you for your ongoing support for Girls Going Greater and the non-profit organizations in our community!

Extraordinary Women gathered and it was an exceptional evening at the Avila Bay Club!

Our inspiring evening began with a Social Commons with wine and complimentary appetizers.  Cancer Well-fit, our sponsored, local non profit organization, informed us all about the work they do and the lives they touch. We learned how they provide free, supervised small-group exercise programs designed to support cancer survivors.  There was a panel of experts and survivors to educate us and answer our questions, we were able to learn about the intimate impact they have on so many lives in our community. In addition, New Life K9’s provided us with an update on the developments within their program that have been made possible from your past, generous contributions.

The Girls Going Greater Family also witnessed the unveiling of our new logo. Watch for future developments with merchandise and more.

There were fabulous gift baskets raffled. Items like Pampering/Self-Care, Home Interiors, Health and Wellness, Spontaneous Adventure and Date Night!  We were thrilled to see you all and thank you again for making a difference for Cancer Well-Fit.

Save the date for our next event scheduled for Wednesday, May 22nd at The Avila Bay Club. See you all then!


Girls Going Greater Execs...Kelly, Jen, Diana, Peggy, Mely, Myriam, Katie, Ariana and Leanne!

     Event #13

           September 13, 2018  6:00-8:00 PM               

Avila Bay Athletic Club

 6699 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach, CA  93424


We'll be supporting, local nonprofit, New Life K9's check them out at 

This evening is one you will not want to miss! We will have delicious appetizers, drink California wine (or water) and mingle with new/old friends in a picturesque and relaxing setting.  

We are offering a unique program, so that you will learn what is involved in training puppies to become "life enhancers" for our local Veterans and First Responders!  These puppies are being trained, right here in San Luis Obispo County!  Come and listen to four professionals (including a recipient and his dog) as they being interviewed on a panel and how their involvement and knowledge makes a difference in the lives around us.  Absolutely miraculous stories!  

We will be supporting and learning more about the local nonprofit, NEW LIFE K9's.  If you have a love for dogs OR a heart for helping veterans and First Responders, this evening will blow your socks off...really!  Be prepared to be touched, moved and inspired!   

Bring your BFF, Mom,Daughter, Neighbor or someone!  We have room for a lot of women!  We are excited to celebrate our 13th event with you!   

Remember, this evening is free of charge!  We love introducing you to an evening out .... to learn, meet new women, and contribute to the community if you choose!   

Love, Girls Going Greater Execs 

Kelly, Jen, Peg, Katie, Diana, Mely and Myriam

And PLEASE LIKE our Facebook Page and share with your friends:

We are excited for our FUTURE event and look forward to seeing you there!!

All Our Best, Girls Going Greater!!!! Kelly, Jennifer, Diana, Mely, Peggy, Katie and Myriam

WOW Girls Going Greater family:

We raised a whopping $12,000 dollars for New Life K9’s!

Thank you all for your support!

We want you to know that we appreciate those of you who donated to New Life K9s on Thursday, Sept. 9th, 2018. Because of your contribution, $12,000.00 was raised to support Veterans and First Responders in San Luis Obispo County who suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder! The Executives at Girls Going Greater are grateful for your contribution! 

Kelly, Jen, Diana, Peggy, Katie, Mely, Myriam (and our new execs, Leann Standish and Ariana Lovato).


May 10, 2018
6:00 PM-8:00 PM


We raised $1,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters at this event by sponsoring a 40/40/20 raffle


Presenter: Caitlin Johnson, RD, CLT

Caitlin Johnson is a integrative and functional medicine dietitian. What does that mean? She believes in a holistic, personalized approach to health and healing. Being in a state of good health is not just the absence of disease but requires a positive vitality. When working with clients the entire individual is considered. Everything from lifestyle, medical history, lab work, physiology, genetics and biomarkers. She firmly believes in the power of food as medicine. Healthy in = Healthy out. Food has the power to positively effect how we feel, how much energy we have and even prevent, treat and reverse many chronic illnesses. She focuses on social and emotional connections to health and not just food. Feeding your mind and soul assists you in feeding your body the best food. Let's choose pomegranates and pears over prescriptions.

Presenter: Camille Chabot, Cal Poly Graduate

Camille Chabot was diagnosed at 19 years old with Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma. She had no obvious symptoms before the diagnosis, only a small lump near her throat discovered at age 18 which had inconclusive needle biopsy results. In fall 2014 Camille was forced to drop out of her sophomore year at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo just 2 weeks before her move in date so that she could immediately begin an aggressive chemotherapy treatment. After 12 rounds of IBVD, and believed to be cured, the cancer returned. A 6cm mass was found in her chest in summer 2015 and Camille had to again return from San Luis Obispo for a trial study at Stanford. On May 9th 2016 Camille had a Stem Cell Transplant at the Bone Marrow Transplant Center of Stanford Medical Oncology. The CamilleStrong hashtag has been seen in photos around the globe. And more recently, on World Cancer Awareness Day 2015, President Obama tweeted his support for our girl. Recently, Camille Chabot has received her Bachelor of Science and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Cal Poly SLO.  She plans to become an elementary school teacher.

Let's all be #camillestrong and pay it forward.


Big Brothers Big Sisters, SLO

Our non-profit for this event was Big Brothers Big Sisters, SLO.  Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving:

• Higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships 

• Avoidance of risky behaviors 

• Educational success 

Thanks to your support we were able to raise $1,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters!


                         A special thank you to Scott and Dana Milstead and his staff at Filipponi Ranch Winery for donating their time and perfect location.  

Congratulations to Connie Wood, the winner of our 40/40/20 raffle.


February 7, 2018
6:00 PM-8:00 PM · 6985 ONTARIO RD, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA 93405

We raised money for Dream Makers at this event by sponsoring a 50/50 raffle with opportunities to win many items including the Grand Prize of a 7 night stay on the Big Island of Hawaii. 


Presenter: Dr. Ronda Beaman

Ronda lives in San Luis Obispo.  She is an extraordinary human being who is an internationally recognized expert on leadership, resilience, fitness, education, life coaching and more.  She is the author of award-winning books, Founder of Dream Makers SLO and she is a TED-X speaker.  This was such an exciting event!  Ronda is truly an inspiration to us all, making a difference in our community.

Dr. Erin Lindvall, board member with Dream Makers, is a Marriage and Family Psychotherapist specializing in grief and trauma.  She introduced us to the organization and spoke about the contributions and heartfelt work that grants wishes to the terminally ill.


Dream Makers

Dream Makers are San Luis Obispo community members who volunteer their energy, support and talent to bring light and joy to terminally ill adults and their families by making dreams come true.


Thanks to your support we were able to raise $3500 for Dream Makers!


A special thank you to Steve Kroener and his staff of Silver Horse Winery for donating their time and location, Christina Shea for donating her photography services and the many volunteers that contributed to this event.  

Thank you to our many generous sponsors for our raffle items: Dan and Jennifer Thompson of Interior Motives, Myriam Olaizola of Black Sheep Bar & Grill, Cynthia Ratzinger of Patrick J's, Jules DeRocher of Jules D, Leslie Bosch and Zara Khan of Green Goods, Alex Evans of Alex Evans Makeup Artist, Deborah Fogg of Finders Keepers, Linda McCormick of Essential Health Solutions, Fluid Bloom,  French Touch Parisian, Melissa Parker of Kendela, MZR Fitness, Diana Dennis of Keller Williams Realty, Diane Diresto and Sandra Bishop of Avila Bay Athletic Club, Kelly Young, Peggy McCain and Katie Robinson.



September 21, 2017
5:30 PM-8:00 PM


Filipponi Ranch · 1850 Calle Joaquin · San Luis Obispo, CA 93405


We had a FANTASTIC evening at  Filipponi Ranch Winery in the sycamore trees and wildlife in the most intimate outdoor setting!  THEME: TRANSFORMATION...BEAUTY INSIDE AND OUT!  We were educated in the areas of how to look your best AND how you can choose to BE your best! 

We witnessed the beauty transformation (hair and make-up) of 2 women, makeup by Alex Evans and Jen Hix of Team Hair and Makeup, hair by Angie Logan of Shift Hair and an extraordinary presentation from Kelsie Elliott and Kristin Alexander who shared their journey in expanding their lives. They knocked our socks off in a way that left us feeling inspired and excited about OUR lives! 


We raised $3,000 for the local non-profit Tolosa Children's Dental Center which was developed to address what was identified as the greatest unmet health need in San Luis Obispo County—the need for access to affordable children’s dentistry for low-income families. We were emotionally touched by learning about the incredible work that is being performed by this group in this county!



A special thank you to Scott and Dana Milstead of Filippqoni Ranch Winery for donating their time and location, Christina Shea for donating her photography services and the many volunteers that contributed to this event.  

Thank you to our many generous sponsors for our raffle items: Jennifer Thompson and Debbie Manville of Interior Motives, Randy Fuller of California Custom Wood Design,  Jillian Jacoby of Jillian's Permanent Makeup and Eyelash Extensions,  Avila Bay Athletic Club & Spa and their personal trainer Kristin Alexander, Kelly Metcalf of Harmony House Yoga, Robin Barnes of Storybook Photography, Lauren Jurgens, Angie Logan and Mark Asmus of Shift Hair, Tippy Toes Salon, Pattea Torrence of Old Edna, Lydia Heinbockel of Lydia's World Boutique,  Jordan Bishop of Ink Dynasty, Elizabeth Kahans of Total Lifestyle Consulting, Stacia Zirpolo of Virt Juice Shop, Pamela Thoring of Pacific Naturopathic Medical Center & Advance Skin Care, Sophie Boban-Doering of Fromagerie Sophie, Scott and Dana Milstead of Filipponi Ranch Winery, Romp Shoes, Mike and Kathleen Wilson, Myriam Olaizola of Black Sheep Bar & Grill, Kayak Shop, Mountain Air & Brown Butter Cooking Company, Ralph Gordon of Just Look Gallery by Ralph Gordon,  Linda McCormick, Melissa Parker of Health and Wellness Advocate, Barb Morrow of Stella & Dot and The Dolphin Bay Spa.

We look forward to our next event scheduled March 2018. Details to follow. 


The 3G's....Kelly Stukey, Lydia Heinbockel, Diana Dennis, Jennifer Thompson, Kathleen Wilson , Mely Parker and Peggy McCain

Thanks to your support we were able to raise $3,000
for Tolosa Children's Dental Center!


May 4, 2017
6–8 p.m.

Silver Horse Winery

Biz link · 6985 Ontario Road, San Luis Obispo, CA  93405



Our 2nd meeting of the 2017 was a huge success!  This evening we CELEBRATED the eve of Cinco de Mayo! We experienced a personal, self-discovery presentation of a Spanish Journey followed by flamboyant, festive dancing!  

Grace Sanchez was our special speaker, sharing her own personal experience of self-discovery while walking her pilgrimage on the El Camino de Santiago trail in Spain.  We were alll be inspired and amazed by her story!

Raul Salas, is a Latin Dancer and lives locally,  performs in major cities and also teaches dance classes in private and public locations. Tonight he enticed us with his own moves and a dance lesson for one of our bold guests.  


Our local nonprofit to support was CASA of San Luis Obispo.  CASA trains volunteers to advocate on behalf of children who are under direction of juvenile court. Learn more about what CASA is offering the Central Coast.



Thanks to your support we were able to raise $2,000 for CASA of San Luis Obispo County


February 9, 2017


Chef Jose' Dahan, our local, SLO French Chef from Toulouse France, demonstrated how to prepare a Belgium Chocolate Mousse.  Judy Bohen with Captive Hearts shared the contribution her organization makes in our community along with a heartwarming testimonial.  Kelly Metcalf with Harmony House Yoga spoke about love, community and contribution.


Our community contribution will be supporting Captive Hearts—a non-profit organization dedicated to providing practical and spiritual training to rehabilitate broken men and women. Their goal is to prepare these individuals to return to their families and communities, healed from the chains of addiction.

Thanks to your support we were able to raise $2,200 for Captive Hearts!

September 15, 2016
6–8 p.m.


Old Edna - 1655 Old Price Canyon Road - San Luis Obispo, CA  93449

San Luis Obispo, CA  93449

We are raising money at this event by sponsoring a 50/50 raffle with opportunities to win many items. 

June 23, 2016
6–8 p.m.


SLO Provisions · 1255 B Monterey Street · San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

We are raising money at this event by sponsoring a 50/50 raffle with opportunities to win many items. 


Two local entrepreneurs, Kendra Aronson, author of the newly published San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market Cookbook  and Jensen Lorensen, former Chef of Cass House and founder of The Larder Meat Co. are presenting on how their passion and purpose is influencing the lives of folks on the Central Coast!


Our community contribution will be supporting RISE, a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention and treatment services to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and their loved ones.

March 9, 2016


A pre-spring fashion show by Lydia’s World Boutique and Jules D. with cheese and wine parings by Fromagerie Sophie!


Our community contribution will be supporting SLO Womenade—a non-profit organization serving San Luis Obispo County in California, is a network of community members that donates items, time, and money to meet essential needs of County residents. All funds collected go directly to support those in crisis. Referrals come from schools, medical professionals, county health departments, and organizations such as Family Care Network, Women’s Shelter, CAPSLO, and Prado Day Center.

Thanks to your support we were able to raise $1,400 for SLO Womenade!

Girls Going Greater meets every quarter,
and we'd love for you to join us at our next event on September 19, 2019


Our mission is to continue to create and expand in our potential to support local women and organizations on the Central Coast.


We kicked off our first gathering in the homes of the original participants. Since then, we have grown to public venues. Every event is an opportunity to learn something new so that it can be shared with other people in our lives. Each event includes an evening of wonderful presentations by guests speakers on a variety of topics; we focus our fundraising efforts by selecting one non-profit organization per event.