10 QUESTIONS: Natasha Josefowitz enters San Diego Women's Hall of Fame

Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D., of La Jolla is one of six women being inducted into the Women of San Diego County Hall of Fame, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Ave. She will be honored with the Empowerer Award for her life as an educator and advocate for women in business.

Josefowitz was a professor of management for 30 years and is an internationally known business consultant and keynote speaker. For 10 years, she had a weekly program on public radio and a monthly television segment. She’s been a guest on many radio and TV shows, including “All Things Considered,” “The Larry King Show” and “The Dr. Ruth Show.”

She is a best-selling author and award-winning poet of 20 business and poetry books. Her work has been published in more than 100 journals, newspapers and magazines, including the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today and London Times. She is also a regular blogger on Huffington Post. Her 20th book, “Living Without the One You Cannot Live Without: Hope and Healing after Loss,” was named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2013.

What brought you to town?

I came for the winter with my husband on a sabbatical leave from the University of New Hampshire. A friend was letting us stay in her house. We never went home. They were hiring at SDSU, and he and I became the first people to share a faculty position.

What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

I would improve sidewalks, especially for the growing older population with wheelchairs and walkers. I’d also install railings wherever there are stairs. Other goals would be to decrease traffic and add parking spaces.

Who or what inspires you?

I’m inspired by conversations that challenge my assumptions and build on another’s ideas.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

  1. Attila the Hun

  2. Genghis Khan

  3. Hannibal

  4. Julius Caesar

  5. Alexander the Great

  6. Napoleon

  7. Hitler

  8. Stalin

What made them tick?

What are your five favorite movies?

“The Lives of a Bengal Lancer” (the first movie I ever saw), “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” “On Golden Pond,” “Gentleman’s Agreement,” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”

What is it that you most dislike?

Feeling stupid trying to understand new technology.

What is your most-prized possession?

My computer back-up device because my whole life is on it including photos, my 20 books, my columns from the past 30 years, and e-mails from family and friends.

What do you do for fun?

I like making people laugh, needlepoint, and writing. I like the challenge of recasting common ideas in unexpected ways in my columns and poems.

What is your philosophy of life?

Identify the fear and then go there. Not everything worth doing is worth doing well.

What are your favorite comfort foods?

Petit pain au chocolat: Bread and chocolate together like I had every day in France as a little girl.

Editor’s Note: In addition to Natasha Josefowitz, the 14th annual San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame Ceremony will also honor these five women nominated by the public in recognition of their life’s work: Sara Moser of La Jolla will receive the Activist award for her role in the pro-choice movement. Broadcaster Lee Ann Kim will receive the Spirit award for her work as an Asian-American journalist and founder of the San Diego Asian Film Festival. The late Dr. Anita Figueredo of La Jolla will be honored with the Trailblazer award as San Diego’s first female surgeon and fierce proponent of women’s higher education. In 1982, Dr. Figueredo founded Friends of the Poor, originally devoted to poor residents of Tijuana and San Diego, and now expanded to three continents. Mesa College professor Starla Lewis will receive the Bridge Builder award; and Viviana Enrique Acosta, the Historian award for her work as CEO/artistic director of Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan. For details on the event, call (619) 233-7963 or e-mail info@womenshalloffamesd.org

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