Deborah Szekely
Fellow of the Wellness Hall of Fame

Deborah Szekely


Award Order of the Aztec Eagle
Awarded by The government of Mexico
Year 2012

About The Order of the Aztec Eagle is Mexico's highest honour bestowed on non-Mexicans. It was presented to Deborah by Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan in Washington DC on September 19, 2012.
Details: Government of Mexico Government of Mexico
Award Living a Well Life award
Awarded by The Global Wellness Institute
Year 2017
Details The Global Wellness Summit
Award Inductee
Awarded by San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame
Year 2014
Award Inaugural inductee
Awarded by The Wellness Hall of Fame
Year 2022
Details The Wellness Hall of Fame

Awards for Community Service

Deborah Szekely's most recent fundraising campaign has focused on the new Mission Hills Library, San Diego, for which she has been head of fundraising and a major donor.

The Emily Brightwood Reading Room there is named in honour of her late granddaughter.

Other awards

Award Doctor of Humane Letters
Awarded by San Diego State University
Year 2007
Award Honorary Doctor of Letters
Awarded by California School of Professional Psychology
Year 1979
Award Mrs San Diego
Awarded by San Diego Rotary
Year 2002


Deborah Szekely was the first woman to be so honoured. The San Diego Union-Tribune, in reprinting her speech, acknowledged the honour, titling her a 'San Diego Icon'.

Award The League of Women Voters Civic Award
Awarded by The League of Women Voters


The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, grassroots organisation working to protect and expand voting rights.

Award The Committee of 200 Luminary Award for Philanthropy
Awarded by The Committee of 200


C200s purpose is to change the face of business, one woman at a time, by advancing its members and women in business.

Award Neil Morgan Award for Community Service
Awarded by LEAD San Diego


LEAD San Diego aims to create a network of leaders equipped with the skills, insight, and passion needed to work collaboratively across industries and issues to positively transform their communities and country.

As the nonpartisan, leadership development arm of the San Diego Regional Chamber, LEAD San Diego offers a diverse suite of programs designed to mobilize leaders by enhancing knowledge of key regional issues, strengthening personal leadership skills and establishing strong community connections.

Award Humanitarian of the Year
Awarded by The National Conference for Community and Justice


The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) is a human relations organization that promotes inclusion and acceptance by providing education and advocacy while building communities that are respectful and just for all.

Celebrating the diversity of races, religions, cultures, genders, abilities & sexual orientations.

Award Philanthropist of the Year
Awarded by The San Diego Chapter of the National Society of Fundraising Executives
Award Advocacy Award
Year 2010
Awarded by California Rural Legal Assistance

Service and Honors Within the Spa/Hospitality Industry

Visionary Award, SpaFinder magazine

Humanitarian Award, International Spa Association (ISPA)

Founding Member, ISPA and Honorary Board Member for life

Inner IDEA Inspiration Award, IDEA Health and Fitness Association

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