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Brenda Yee, Chief Executive Officer, Chinese Hospital


Chief Executive Officer
Chinese Hospital

CEDAW Award for Health

Brenda Yee, RN, MSN, Chief Executive Officer of Chinese Hospital and Chinese Community Health Plan, began her successful health care career some 30 years ago, resulting in her current leadership position of CEO of Chinese Hospital in Y2000 with the addition of Chinese Community Health Plan in 2008 in San Francisco. Her executive role has been instrumental in showcasing Chinese Hospital as a financially sound organization, surviving as the last freestanding hospital in the entire city. Unlike the many other hospitals forced to merge or join large hospital corporations out of a need for survival, Chinese Hospital under Ms. Yee has flourished.

The development of satellite clinics, association and integration with its own health plan and an independent physician group, all combine to provide a truly integrated delivery system benefiting the community, the patients and medical staff.  While growth has been continual and successful, her emphasis still is to provide comprehensive, culturally sensitive, quality care for the Chinese Community with open doors to all.

Deloitte / Teresa Briggs, Managing Partner
Managing Partner

CEDAW Award for
Corporate Leadership

Teresa Briggs is the Managing Partner for Deloitte LLP’s Bay Area practice, with offices located in San Jose and San Francisco.  This practice currently includes 2700 people serving Bay companies with competencies including consulting, accounting and auditing, tax and financial advisory. 

Teresa has more than 30 years of experience in local and national roles. She was a Mergers & Acquisitions partner serving one of the largest U.S.-based private equity investors, spent six years as the lead audit partner for a Fortune 50 company and currently is responsible for Deloitte’s consultative services to several high profile Bay Area companies.

Fabiola Kramsky, Morning News Anchor, Univision Television Group

Morning News Anchor
Univision Television Group

CEDAW Award for Media

Born and raised in Mexico City, Fabiola is a journalist with twenty years of experience in TV, radio and online newscasts. Her ability to resolve complex on and off-the-air situations has allowed her to work at the most recognized News organizations in Mexico and Latin America such as Televisa, Radiorama and Abc radio.

As a compelling storyteller and skillful interviewer, Fabiola was recruited by Univision Los Angeles to anchor the evening newscast. Soon after she joined the company in 2005, her station became the ‘number one in the nation’ thanks to the high ratings that she and her team were able to achieve.

For her work with building bridges between two cultures, Fabiola was awarded with the ‘Premio Nacional de Periodismo’, the highest recognition given to journalists in Mexico.

In 2010 she arrived to San Francisco to join her husband, former Chief of Police and current District Attorney, George Gascón.

Her impacting yet easy to follow news delivery, prompted Univision San Francisco to recruit her for its morning show, the first of its kind in Spanish, in the Bay Area.

This past June The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored Fabiola with the “Emmy Award” for her Oustanding Achievement as On-Camera Talent Host/Moderator.

Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen, Convener, Millionth Circle
Millionth Circle

CEDAW Global Award  

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker. She is the author of The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don't Whine and Urgent Message from Mother, with over eighty foreign translations.

She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the International Transpersonal Association. She was a recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing's "Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award", and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

She was in two acclaimed documentaries, the Academy-Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film WomenundefinedFor America, For the World, and the Canadian Film Board's Goddess Remembered. The Millionth Circle Initiative ( was inspired by her book and led to her involvement at the UN. She is the initiator and the leading advocate for a UN 5th World Conference on Women (, which was supported by the Secretary General and the President of the General Assembly on March 8, 2012.  Website:

Weili Dai, Co-Founder, Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
Marvell Technology Group Ltd.

CEDAW Award for Technology  

Weili Dai is one of the most successful women entrepreneurs in the world today. Widely considered a technology visionary, she is the only woman co-founder of a global semiconductor company, and since it began in 1995, she has helped Marvell's rise to become one of the top semiconductor companies in the world. Ms. Dai's business acumen, strategic thinking, product leadership, endless passion and personal network have contributed greatly to Marvell's fast rise to success. Her close relationship with her customers and the foundation of the trust shared with them has given her a strong reputation for professionalism and integrity throughout the technology industry. Ms. Dai has served a pivotal role in creating some of the Company's most important strategic partnerships and under her leadership Marvell's technology has become an integral component of many of the world's most important products in enterprise, communications, mobile computing, consumer and emerging markets. She has also become a driving force in expanding access to technology in the developing world and an ambassador of opportunity between the US and China, particularly in the arenas of education and green technology.

Ms. Dai has become a powerful advocate for the better use of technology to improve the human condition. For her contributions to technology and society, Newsweek named Ms. Dai one of the "150 Women Who Shake the World" and was recently profiled by CNN International for the Leading Women Series: Leading the Female Tech Charge, Leading Women Principles Fair and Care,Educating for Future Success, and Leading Women Inspire Others.

Ms. Dai has held a number of significant positions within Marvell since she co-founded the Company: she has served as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and General Manager of the Communications Business Group. She has also been a Director of Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and Corporate Secretary of the Board. Prior to co-founding Marvell, Ms. Dai was involved in software development and project management at Canon Research Center America, Inc. Ms. Dai holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Ms. Dai is an active philanthropist, leading Marvell's global civic engagements, including major partnership with the One Laptop Per Child program (OLPC). She is a member of the executive committee for TechNet and Bay Area Council; sits on the board of the disaster relief organization, Give2Asia; and was named to the prestigious Committee of 100, an organization representing the most-influential Chinese Americans. In recognition of their generosity, Sutardja Dai Hall at her alma mater UC Berkeley was named for Ms. Dai along with her husband Sehat Sutardja, CEO of Marvell and Pantas Sutardja, CTO of Marvell. Sutardja Dai Hall is home to the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). Celebrated as the glue behind her company, family and community, Ms. Dai is the proud mother of two Electrical Engineering students at UC Berkeley; Nicholas an undergraduate and Christopher a PhD. candidate.

Ms. Dai was selected as the first woman commencement speaker at the University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering graduation ceremony on May 12, 2012.

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Christine Bronstein, Chief Executive Officer, A Band of Wives


Chief Executive Officer
A Band of Wives

CEDAW Award for
Community Building

Christine Bronstein is the founder of, a social network and information website for women. She is an editor of the forthcoming anthology Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God: 51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection.

She was CEO of one of the few female run venture-backed health and fitness companies in the nation for 8 years and president of a child-welfare foundation for 3 years. She is a graduate of the Columbia/UC-Berkeley executive MBA program and a member of the honor society Beta Gamma Sigma. Chris is married to Center For Investigative Reporting Executive Chair Phil Bronstein and mother of three.

Esta Soler, Founder and President, Futures Without Violence

Founder and President
Futures Without Violence

Claire Joyce Tempongko
Memorial Award

One of the world’s foremost experts on violence against women and children, Esta Soler is a pioneer who founded Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, 30 years ago and made it one of the world’s leading violence prevention agencies. With offices in San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C., and partners around the world, Futures Without Violence develops innovative strategies to prevent domestic, dating and sexual violence, stalking and child abuse.

Under Soler’s direction, Futures Without Violence, then Family Violence Prevention Fund, was a driving force behind passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 – the nation’s first comprehensive federal response to the violence that plagues families and communities. Congress reauthorized and expanded the law in 2000 and 2005. She is spearheading efforts to pass the International Violence Against Women Act.

Soler has led Futures Without Violence as it developed trailblazing public education campaigns that have reached millions of people, and innovative policies, advocacy, prevention, education and training programs that help lawmakers, health care providers, judges, employers and others stop violence and help victims. Futures Without Violence programs have been replicated in all 50 states and around the world. Funded by some of the nation’s leading philanthropies and corporations, recent Futures Without Violence initiatives include the “Coaching Boys Into Men,” “Give RESPECT” and “That’s Not Cool” campaigns, which are inviting men to teach boys that violence against women and children is always wrong, promoting respect in relationships, and helping teens safely navigate new technologies.

An Advisory Board member to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and a board member of The Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, Soler was until recently a trustee for the Blue Shield of California Foundation. She has been a consultant and advisor to numerous public and private agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Soros Justice Fellowship Program, the Ford Foundation/Harvard University Innovations in American Government initiative, and the Aspen Institute.

Soler’s many awards include a 2010 Woman of the Year honor from a California legislator, a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship, a Koret Israel Prize, and a University of California, Public Health Heroes Award. In 2004, the Center for the Advancement of Women honored her for advancing the power of women worldwide. She has been honored by the Asian Women’s Shelter, California Governor’s Office and Women in Communications, among others. She has an honorary doctorate from Simmons College, a Leadership Award from the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, the Mathew O. Tobriner Public Service Award for pioneering work on behalf of women and children from the Employment Law Center in San Francisco, and honors from the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, and the Humanitarian Award from Peace Over Violence. Soler’s leadership has brought Futures Without Violence awards from the Sara Lee Foundation and the State Justice Institute, among others.

Soler is co-author of Ending Domestic Violence: Changing Public Perceptions/Halting the Epidemic. She has one daughter, Marjorie.

Janet Reilly Co-Founder and President of the Board of Directors Clinic by the Bay, a Volunteers in M
Co-Founder and President
of the Board of Directors
Clinic by the Bay,
a Volunteers in Medicine clinic

CEDAW Award for Philanthropy

Janet Reilly is the President of the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.  Janet was first appointed to the board in 2003 and was elected president by her board colleagues in 2010.  Earlier this year, the Golden Gate Bridge celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a spectacular civic celebration, where Janet presided as president.
Janet is also the co-founder and president of the Board of Directors of Clinic by the Bay.  Clinic by the Bay is a Volunteers in Medicine clinic in the Excelsior District of San Francisco.  The clinic, which does not rely on taxpayer dollars, engages retired doctors and nurses to provide free primary care health services to the working uninsured for San Francisco and Daly City families.
In 2012, Janet was honored by the League of Women Voters as "A Woman Who Could Be President," and by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the City's "Most Influential Women in Business."
Janet has twice run for public office.  In 2006, she ran an upstart campaign for the California State Assembly and in 2010; she was a candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Over the last decade, Janet's philanthropic work has been widespread, including years of Board of Director service on the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Film Society.  Along with her husband, Clint, Janet co-founded the Loaves and Fishes Dinner, a major fundraiser, benefiting Catholic Charities-CYO.
Professionally, Janet served as the Manager of Public Relations for Mervyn's department stores - a chain of 264 stores with a presence in 14 states.  She also worked as an aide to Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and was an anchorwoman-reporter for a CBS affiliate in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Janet graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Mass Media Communications from UCLA and earned a Masters degree in Journalism from Medill at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Janet lives with her husband, Clint, and daughters Jill (13) and Ava (11) in San Francisco.    

Neesha Hathi, Senior Vice President of Advisor Technology Solutions, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Senior Vice President
of Advisor Technology Solutions
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

CEDAW Award for Leadership

Neesha Hathi is Senior Vice President of Advisor Technology Solutions at Charles Schwab and a member of the senior leadership team for Schwab Advisor Services.  In her role, Neesha is responsible for defining and developing Schwab’s technology offering for registered investment advisors and other institutional clients at Schwab.  Neesha also oversees Schwab Performance Technologies®, a subsidiary of Charles Schwab and a leading provider of portfolio management and accounting solutions to nearly 3,500 independent advisors and investment managers.  Prior to her current role, Neesha was responsible for corporate strategy for Schwab’s institutional lines of businesses, including enterprises focusing on registered independent advisors, retirement plan sponsors, third-party administrators and other corporate clients.
Prior to joining Schwab in 2004, Neesha led strategy, marketing and finance for various start-ups, including Enuvis, a developer of GPS technology for wireless devices and Kibu, a media company targeting the teen girl market.  Neesha began her career in the field of investment banking, supporting the execution of initial and secondary public offerings and M&A transactions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and EVEREN Securities.
Neesha earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and a Master's of Business Administration from the Anderson School at the University of California Los Angeles.  She holds the 7 and 24 licenses.

Hon. Willie L. Brown, Jr., former Mayor of San Francisco
former Mayor of San Francisco

CEDAW Legacy Award

Two-term Mayor of San Francisco, legendary Speaker of the California State Assembly, and widely regarded as the most influential African-American politician of the late twentieth century, Willie L. Brown, Jr., has been at the center of California politics, government, and civic life for an astonishing four decades.  His career spans the American Presidency from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush, and he’s worked with every California Governor from Pat Brown to Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

From civil rights to education reform, tax policy, economic development, health care, international trade, domestic partnerships, and affirmative action, he’s left his imprimatur on every aspect of politics and public policy in the Golden State.  As Mayor of California’s most cosmopolitan city, he refurbished and rebuilt the nation’s busiest transit system, pioneered the use of bond measures to build affordable housing, created a model juvenile justice system, and paved the way for a second campus of the University of California, San Francisco, to serve as the anchor of a new development that will position the City as a center for the burgeoning field of biotechnology. 

Today, he heads the Willie L. Brown, Jr., Institute on Politics and Public Service, where this acknowledged master of the art of politics shares his knowledge and skills with a new generation of California leaders.

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