Join Us at the LWVSF “Women Who Could Be President” Gala

Gala InvitationLeague of Women Voters of San Francisco 2014 Gala Reception

Celebrating 94 years, League of Women Voters of San Francisco cordially invites you to the “Women Who Could Be President” 2014 Gala Reception.

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  • Gala Mistress of Ceremonies: Cheryl Jennings, News Anchor KGO – Channel 7
  • Where: The Historic City Club of San Francisco / 155 Sansome Street / San Francisco
  • When: 6 p.m., Thursday, March 20
  • Sponsorship Information: Find details below.

Honorees

Katie Albright pictureKatie Albright, Esq. is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. Her prior experiences include San Francisco Deputy City Attorney, San Francisco Education Fund Policy Director, and Preschool California Co-Director of Policy & Outreach. She co-founded and taught in the Kayole-Gitau Nursery School and Community Center in Nairobi, Kenya. Katie actively serves on local and national non-profit and government boards and commissions. She is an Ascend Fellow with The Aspen Institute. Katie graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and with honors from Williams College. Katie, her husband, and two children live in San Francisco.

Denise Bradley-TysonDenise Bradley-Tyson is a certified LBE as designated by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and also serves as Vice President of the San Francisco Film Commission. She developed and presented the first African-themed merchandising program on television home shopping (QVC) and oversaw the marketing strategy for the largest exhibition of contemporary African art, “Africa Remix”, on behalf of London’s Southbank Centre at its Hayward gallery. She also oversaw and led the 2005 launch of the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Bradley-Tyson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Sandy Close PicSandy Close has been a pioneer in diversifying American journalism for over 40 years. A graduate of UC Berkeley, she began reporting on China and Vietnam in the mid-1960s and founded an inner-city newspaper in Oakland, California, before becoming editor of Pacific News Service in 1974. In the 1980’s she began developing communications programs with at-risk youth, and in 1996 she founded New America Media, the country’s first association of ethnic media organizations. Her work received a MacArthur Award, an Academy Award and a Polk Award for Career Achievement.

Susan SutherlandSusan A. Sutherland is Senior Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, with responsibility for the Bank’s Diversity & Inclusion, Equal Employment Opportunity, Human Resources, and Statistics functions, and is the Seattle Branch Manager, responsible for oversight of the Branch’s Board of Directors. In addition to her Bank responsibilities, Susan chairs the Board of Directors of United Way of the Bay Area. She also chairs the Alumni-Elected Trustee Nominating Committee for Wesleyan University, and serves on the Board of Visitors of the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. Susan is a graduate of Wesleyan University and has a Master of Science degree in organizational development from Pepperdine University.

Sponsor the Gala and Support LWVSF

For Corporate & Individual donations to the “Women Who Could Be President” Gala, March 20, 2014, we would like to offer the following: Presidential Sponsor: $10,000 Donation Ten complimentary tickets to the “Election Meet & Greet” and to the “Women Who Could Be President” Gala.

  • In the early fall, volunteers from the League of Women Voters will spend several targeted hours registering your employees and clients at your place of business or headquarters.
  • The League will also match the amount of time at the site of a nonprofit in an underserved community registering voters. This can be a nonprofit of the company’s choice, or one suggested by the League.
  • The League will offer comprehensive media outreach showcasing your company’s promotion of civic engagement. This includes local media tweeting coverage of these voter registration activities at your site, as well as linking it to Official Facebook Pages, giving special recognition to your company as the sponsor, and to other major San Francisco Print and Online Media Outlets. Historically, Cheryl Jennings of KGO-TV, and Pam Moore of KTVU-2 TV have covered these activities, including tweeting!
  • Your listing and logo will be in our “Meet & Greet” Publications, Gala Invitation and Gala Program
  • Public Appreciation during both events, and on our website, recognizing your company for underwriting League Educational Programs, and for promoting Voter Registration of employees and those in underserved communities.

Cabinet Sponsor: $5,000 Donation Five complimentary tickets to the “Election Meet & Greet” and to the “Women Who Could Be President” Gala.

  • In the early fall, volunteers from the League of Women Voters will spend several targeted hours registering your employees and clients at your place of business or headquarters.
  • The League will also match the amount of time at the site of a nonprofit in an underserved community registering voters. This can be a nonprofit of the company’s choice, or one suggested by the League.
  • Your listing and logo will be in our “Election Meet & Greet” Publications, Gala Invitation and Gala Program
  • Public Appreciation during both events, and on our website, recognizing your company for underwriting League Educational Programs, and for promoting Voter Registration of employees and those in underserved communities.

Supreme Court Sponsor: $2500 Donation Two complimentary tickets to “Candidate Meet and Greet”, and to the “Women Who Could Be President” Gala.

  • Recognition as a Sponsor in the program book, and in both event invitations and publicity materials.

Congressional Sponsor: $1000 Donation Two complimentary tickets to the “Candidate Meet and Greet” and to the “Women Who Could Be President” Gala.

  • Recognition as Sponsor in both event invitations and publicity materials.

History of the “Women Who Could Be President” Awards

The League of Women Voters of San Francisco initiated the Women Who Could Be President awards in 1992 under the leadership of League President Susan Sutherland and presented the awards to women community leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area who excelled in the areas of communications, law, politics, and philanthropy at a luncheon.

The aspirational name of the awards was chosen to both highlight the fact that we have never elected a woman President here in the United States and that there are many very well qualified women in leadership who would certainly be able to lead any nation in the world.

The qualifications for the awards are not literally the same as for the President of the United States, but in principle the nominees have one thing in common: demonstrated leadership. The annual awards luncheon was held from 1992 to 2003. Then there was a 5-year hiatus when the League’s fundraising focus was on grants and membership appeals.

In 2007, the League’s first African American President, Karen Clopton, resurrected the concept and targeted the exciting presidential election year of 2008 to bring back the awards celebration and fundraiser in a new format. Instead of a luncheon, the awards would be presented at an evening reception at the historic City Club and would also celebrate the birthday of the League.

In 2009, the gala reception included a tribute to the bicentennial of President Lincoln’s birth on February 12, 1809. As a result, a birthday cake and a champagne toast are a memorable and tasty part of the reinvigorated celebration.

In 2011, the League celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the state of California, the sixth state in the nation to win women the right to vote. The gala reception and fundraiser was dedicated to educating the San Francisco Bay Area about the importance of this historic milestone and to generate much needed funds for the League’s voter education programs. The educational program provides lectures at local universities, articles in local papers and state law reviews, and several centennial events throughout the year about women’s suffrage.

In 2014, the Women Who Could Be President awards will celebrate four exceptional women leaders. We hope to inspire women leaders to consider seeking elected office in our nation and also to raise much needed funding for the League’s non-partisan voter education and outreach programs. The event has gained a reputation in the community as a wonderful networking opportunity and fun evening celebrating women leaders and the League of Women Voters of San Francisco.

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