Cool Women

Del Mar resident Darcy C. Bingham and Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D. of Solana Beach were among luminaries honored during Girl Scouts San Diego’s Cool Women of 2016 celebration. The awards luncheon and ceremony took place at Coasterra on Harbor Island, where various women and Girl Scout alumni were honored for their impact as role models for young girls. “Our Cool Womens’ personal and professional lives make them consummate role models for girls,” said Jo Dee C. Jacob, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts San Diego. “We’re proud to honor these exemplary women for their extraordinary leadership and community service.”

Darcy is a self-defined “philanthropreneur” who empowers young people to access college education. She serves as trustee and Student Foundation chair for UCSD, and is on the board of various local foundations. Darcy also co-founded San Diego Social Venture Partners and the San Diego Women’s Foundation.

Erica is a structural biologist with The Scripps Research Institute who studies the proteins that spur the development of deadly fevers, such as Ebola. She received a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering. Her work has taken her to Gabon, northern Thailand, and Sierra Leone.

Proceeds from the luncheon will help support program outreach for girls in schools in low-income neighborhoods, homeless shelters, and the Girls Rehabilitation Facility. To learn more about Girl Scouts San Diego, including opportunities for local girls and adult volunteers, visit or contact Blanca Santos at or 619-610-0757.