Choose Your Own Adventure (Fall 2022)

Tue & Thu, Oct 11 & 13 
3:30pm – 9pm(ish)

Sessions range from the adventurous with kayaking or a catamaran ride, to innovative with Nostalgia Coffee, a woman-owned roaster that’s mindfully changing the way the industry does business.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • All sessions come with dinner (no $$ required by members)
  • Tue, Sep 27 is the deadline to register your session preferences (you rank your top 3)
  • Each session is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis
  • While we try to give you a break after the day’s meetings, more sessions than usual are departing early on account of the early sunset this time of year. Please make note of the lobby departure times when making your choice.
  • Because we are split into two cohorts, there are fewer people as a whole to spread across these adventures. If the demand for an adventure is too small, we may end up canceling that adventure and assigning you to one of your other choices.
  • Details below

NOTE: CYOA assignments in process – should be sent on Tue, Oct 4.

Registration – CLOSED
Cohort A (Mon-Wed meetings): register here!
Cohort B (Wed-Fri meetings): register here!
(If unsure, please refer to the email we sent you!)

Spouse or Significant Other Joining?
Since many of you have taken our recommendation and are bringing your significant other, we wanted to give an opportunity for them to participate in some of the CYOAs. Naturally, there is a small fee associated with this to cover the cost but we’d love to have them join along! 

If you’re bringing your significant other, please fill out the Sig Other/Spouse registration (it will be counted for both of you): Register here!

Sunset Cruise on The Adventuress Catamaran

Capacity: 35
Dinner: Fajita bar, beer & wine hosted aboard

Step out of the hotel and onto a private catamaran. Members will enjoy the fresh ocean breeze as the catamaran sails the San Diego Bay. While sailing, members will see the rugged cliffs and historic lighthouses of Point Loma, the stunning skyline of Downtown, the charming Seaport Village, historic ships at the Maritime Museum, the stunning Coronado Bridge and the famous Hotel Del Coronado.

And of course, keep your eyes out for local marine life: sea lions, dolphins, and occasionally a whale. This adventure will include onboard libations and a fajita bar to make things festive!

Note, this session will start earlier than other adventures, with the group meeting in the hotel lobby at 4:00pm. Come ready to kick things off w/ popcorn networking on the bus ride to the marina!

Coffee Cupping with Nostalgia

Capacity: 8
Dinner: Chilanga Mexican Food, onsite

For a world-class coffee experience that will get your innovative java juices flowing *and* tug at your heartstrings, spend your evening with Nostalgia, a woman-owned coffee roastery based in San Diego.

A portfolio company of both Gaingels and Ad Astra Ventures, Nostalgia was introduced to us by our very own CG moderator and partner of Ad Astra Ventures, Vidya Dinamani. Not only does the award-winning team at Nostalgia offer incredible coffee (some of which are rated 95pts by Coffee Review….in other words, some of the best coffee in the WORLD) they also care deeply about people and are systemically changing the coffee industry.

Delicious coffee? Check. Innovation — think coffee in a tea bag, but better! Check. A big-hearted team? Check, check, check. It’s the perfect blend!

Leaves from the hotel lobby at 4:15pm.

Hike Torrey Pines

Capacity: 6
Dinner: Picnic on the Beach

If you’re looking for one of the most beautiful places to hike in San Diego, Torrey Pines is the place for you! You’ll enjoy the stunning coastal views, golden cliffs, and a sandy beach below.

For this adventure, you’ll be hiking the Guy Fleming Trail. This easy-to-moderate hike is about 1 mile long and offers scenic overlooks with panoramic views. The trail also offers the greatest variety of wildflowers, ferns, cacti, and habitat diversity in the reserve. And of course — the Torrey Pine, one of the rarest and most endangered pine trees in the world.

This adventure will wrap with a scenic picnic dinner on the beach as the sun sets. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

Note, this session will start earlier than other adventures. Come in hiking-appropriate attire, with water in hand, and be ready to leave from the hotel lobby at 3:30pm.

Sea cave kayak

Capacity: 10
Dinner: Shore Rider

This fully guided kayak tour takes you through the Ecological Reserve and along the La Jolla Sea Caves — some of San Diego’s most famous attractions. The La Jolla Ecological Reserve and Underwater Park is a marine protected area that’s a famous destination for snorkelers, divers, and kayakers alike. Home to leopard sharks, Garibaldi (California’s state marine fish!), lush kelp beds, sea lions, and even the occasional pod of dolphins!

Experienced guides from La Jolla Kayak will share fun facts and history about La Jolla, safely guide you along the sea caves, and even lead you through one (ocean conditions permitting). No kayaking experience is necessary!

Afterward, enjoy dinner at Shore Rider Bar — a breezy outdoor eatery with a delicious menu, craft beer & casual, surf-inspired decor.

Note, this session will start earlier than other adventures, with the group leaving from the hotel lobby at 3:30pm.

‘SweatShop Overlord’ at the La Jolla Playhouse

NO LONGER OFFERED – We did not reach necessary sign-ups.

Capacity: 8
Dinner:  TBD

La Jolla Playhouse is where artists and audiences come together to create what’s new and next in American Theatre. For this adventure, you’ll see Kristina Wong’s Sweatshop Overlord, an incredible show born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and a Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Drama.

On Day 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristina Wong began sewing masks out of old bedsheets and bra straps on her Hello Kitty sewing machine. Before long, she was leading the Auntie Sewing Squad, a work-from-home sweatshop of hundreds of volunteers—including children and her own mother—to fix the U.S. public healthcare system while in quarantine. It was a feminist care utopia forming in the midst of crisis. Or was it a mutual aid doomsday cult? With hilarity and boundless generosity, she invites the audience in on her work building community in isolation, while reflecting on what we’d been through and imagining what we wanted to become.

Note, this session meets in the hotel lobby at 5:00pm on Tuesday, and 5:30pm on Thursday, and will start with dinner before the show (location TBD).

Speed Mentoring with SDSU

Now only available for Cohort A

Capacity: 10
Dinner: On campus

Speed Mentoring is a fun and fast-paced event at which you’ll have the opportunity to meet with students from San Diego State University in a series of short conversations. Mentors will talk about their work experiences, while students will share their future plans and have the opportunity to get useful career advice. They will come prepared with their own questions.

Cohort A:  You’ll be meeting with members of SDSU’s ZIP Launchpad program — an on-campus incubator to help SDSU students, faculty, and researchers launch a startup from an early stage idea. The majority of these individuals are full-time undergraduate students, many of whom are first-generation college students. These mentees are eager for an opportunity to meet, network with, and discuss their startup ideas with you.

Members & students will then enjoy dinner on campus.

This CYOA will depart from the hotel lobby at 4:00pm. 

Cohort B (no longer available as we did not reach necessary sign-up numbers):  You’ll be meeting with MBA students from the Knauss School of Business at USD, particularly those who are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation.
These students are excited to get career advice, while also picking your brain on topics like advanced strategic management, business analytics, corporate entrepreneurship, sustainable innovation management, and much more.

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