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Our renowned Annual Women of Achievement Awards Dinner, entering its 19th year, showcases the most successful and influential women in the Bay Area community in law, business and public service - positioning them as role models for all our nation’s women and girls - while also giving them, their friends and colleagues an opportunity to "pay it forward". And we honor our Men of Distinction, recognized for their leadership in championing the rights of women and girls, so that more men are encouraged to do the same. 

Past Women of Achievement Awards Recipients


Kristin Sverchek President, Lyft Wanji Walcott Chief Legal & Business Affairs Officer, Pinterest Sarita A. Mohanty, MD, MPH, MBA President & CEO, The SCAN Foundation - Public Service Honoree David Kelly Chief Legal Officer, Golden State Warriors & Chief Business Officer, Golden State Entertainment - Man of Distinction


Monique Limón California State Senator Kerry McLean Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Intuit Eileen Ridley Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP Chris Kelly Co-Owner, NBA Sacramento Kings - Man of Distinction


Amy Abernethy MD PhD President, Clinical Studies Platforms, Verily Connie Brenton VP, Strategy & Operations, NetApp, Inc. Shelly Kapoor Collins Venture Capitalist, Partner, Sway Ventures - Founder, Shatter Fund June Lee, MD Board of Directors, Tenaya Therapeutics, CinCor Pharma, Eledon Pharmaceuticals & GenEdit, Founder & Former CEO, Esker Therapeutics (Alumis) Manita Rawat Partner, Duane Morris LLP Brian E. Cabrera Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Quantum Corporation - Man of Distinction


The Honorable Rosemarie Aquilina 30th Circuit Court Judge, Ingham County, Michigan Julia Collins Founder & CEO, Planet FWD Catharina Min Partner, Covington & Burling LLP Phuong Phillips Chief Legal Officer, Zynga Sarita Venkat Head of IP Transactions, Apple Matthew Fawcett Senior Vice President & General Counsel, NetApp - Man of Distinction


Betty Chen Principal, Fish & Richardson, P.C. Kristen Go Managing Editor, USA Today The Honorable Connie M. Leyva California State Senator Kathleen M. O’Sullivan Firmwide Litigation Chair, Perkins Coie LLP Analea Patterson Chief Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary, California Governor Gavin Newsom Tony West Chief Legal Officer, Uber - Man of Distinction


Aimee Allison President, Democracy in Color, Founder, She the People Julie Gruber EVP, Global General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, Gap Inc. Jan Kang Chief Legal Officer, Chronicle LLC - Founder, Women’s General Counsel Network Cassandra Knight Vice President & Chief Litigation Counsel, PayPal, Inc. Mansi H. Shah Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Julie Wainwright Founder & CEO, The RealReal


Esha Bandyopadhyay Head of Litigation, Silicon Valley Winston & Strawn LLP Ashlie Beringer Vice-President & Deputy General Counsel, Facebook Natasha Innocenti Partner, Mlegal Group Michelle Leetham Chief Legal Officer & Secretary, Rodan + Fields Sonja Perkins Managing Director, The Perkins Fund The Honorable Michelle K. Lee Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Director, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


Mary A. Francis Corporate Secretary & Chief Governance Officer, Chevron Corporation Susan Marsch Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Flex Ltd. Michele Coleman Mayes Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, The New York Public Library Mary O'Hara Chief Human Resources Officer & Senior Vice President, Internal Communications, Blue Shield of California Jennifer Pileggi Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Zuora, Inc. Caren Ulrich Stacy Chief Executive Officer, Diversity Lab & OnRamp Fellowship


Meena Ellliot Senior Vice President, Chief Legal & Administrative Officer, Corporate Secretary, Aviat Networks, Inc. Patty Fleischmann Co-Founder & President, StolenYouth Mary McCutcheon Partner & Department Chair Insurance Recovery Practice, Farella Braun + Martel LLP Kelly McGinnis Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, Levi Strauss & Co. Anne Wojcicki Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, 23andMe, Inc. Kathy Hibbs Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer, 23andMe, Inc. Salle Yoo General Counsel, Uber


Connie Collingsworth General Counsel & Secretary, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Marie Oh Huber Senior Vice President, General Counsel, RA/QA & Corporate Relations, Agilent Technologies The Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel Former Federal Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Mary Quazzo Vice President, Principal Counsel & Manager of Corporate Legal, Bechtel Group, Inc. Emily Ward Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, eBay Catherine Zinn Senior National Relationships Executive, DLA Piper LLP Debra Zumwalt Vice President & General Counsel, Stanford University 


Adriane Brown President & Chief Operating Officer, Intellectual Ventures Van Dang Vice President, Law & Deputy General Counsel, Cisco Systems, Inc. Carrie Dwyer Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Charles Schwab Kerry Francis Partner, Deloitte Lucy Lee Helm Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Starbucks Mary Murphy Managing Partner, San Francisco Office, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Lauren Seeger Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, McKesson Corporation


Lydia I. Beebe Corporate Secretary & Chief Governance Officer, Chevron Corporation Bavan Holloway Vice President Corporate Audit, The Boeing Company Karen M. King Managing Director & Chief Legal Officer, Silver Lake Drucilla Ramey Professor of Law, Golden Gate University Judith Joan Sullivan Shareholder & Chair - International Business Department, Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C.


Michelle Banks EVP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, Gap Inc. Shelley Doran Senior Vice President, Webcor Builders Carol C. Lam Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Qualcomm Inc. Diane Winokur Board Advisor, ALS Treatment & Research Center, UC San Francisco


Hilary Krane Vice President & General Counsel, Nike Inc. Kelly Dermody Partner, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein LLP Kavita Ramdas Senior Advisor, President & CEO (1996 - 2010), Global Fund for Women Loretta Walker Vice President, External Affairs - Bay Area, AT&T California John Chiang Controller of the State of California, Inaugural Recipient of the Man of Distinction Award


Leona Bridges Managing Director, Barclays Global Investors Julia T. Brown Director, Community Development, Western Region, Charles Schwab Nancy McFadden Senior Vice President & Senior Advisor to the Chairman & CEO, PG&E Corporation Therese M. Stewart Chief Deputy City Attorney, City & County of San Francisco Roselyne Chroman Swig Community Activist


Heather J. Fong Chief of Police, San Francisco Police Department Mary Huss Publisher, San Francisco Business Times Lynn M. Sedway Executive Managing Director, CB Richard Ellis


Katherine August-DeWilde First Republic Bank Anne Halsted Commissioner, Metropolitan Transportation Commission Laura Stein Executive Vice President & General Counsel, The Clorox Company Katherine Vidal Silicon Valley Managing Partner & Patent Litigator, Winston & Strawn LLP Catherine Yanni Mediator & Arbitrator, JAMS


Mary B. Cranston Firm Senior Partner, Immediate Past Chair, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Evelyn Dilsaver Executive Vice President, Charles Schwab Myrtle Potter President, Chapman Properties & Co-Founder, Chapman Family of Businesses Joanne Hayes-White Chief, San Francisco Fire Department


The Honorable Kamala D. Harris District Attorney of San Francisco Brenda Wright Senior Vice President & Regional Director of Community Development, Wells Fargo Lauri M. Shanahan Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Gap Inc. Elizabeth J. Cabraser Founding Partner, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP