Women Who Could Be President 2015 Gala

Thank You for an Amazing Women Who Could be President Gala!


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Celebrating 95 years, League of Women Voters of San Francisco cordially invites you to the “Women Who Could Be President” 2015 Gala Reception.

  • 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 19, 2015
  • Tickets: Tickets on Eventbrite are now sold out. Thank you for attending!

2015 Honorees

PATRICIA BOVAN photo for LWV  Patricia Bovan is a technology and commercial transactions lawyer with deep experience in acquiring, protecting and commercializing intellectual property.  Her career includes roles at Fortune 500 and emerging growth companies.  She has a passion for community outreach, and works to raise awareness of domestic violence, human trafficking and issues of gender equality as a Board member of the Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women.    Patricia led an award-winning program mentoring youth in the San Francisco Juvenile Hall, and is currently mentoring women from the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa, under the US State Department sponsored TechWomen program.

Nadine Burke Harris Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a pediatrician and is founder and CEO of Center for Youth Wellness. She has earned international attention for her work demonstrating that it’s time to reassess the relationship between poverty, child development and health.  Nadine is the founding physician of CPMC Bayview Child Health Center where she maintains her clinical practice. Her areas of interest are in health disparities, child trauma, nutrition and asthma. Particularly, her focus is serving communities where issues of poverty and race present challenges to conventional healthcare and education.


Judy Huret Judy Huret is the Vice Chairman of Huret, Rothenberg, and Co., a private investment company in San Francisco.  She provides advice on strategy, growth and operational excellence to CEOs, management teams, and executives in transition. During her career at Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson), she managed the employee rewards practice in eight offices in the Western U.S. and led large global engagements that enabled clients to align their corporate and human resources strategy.  She also led the firm’s national compensation practice for colleges and universities. Her Board service includes Fluid, Inc., Smithsonian Institution, Cornell University, Emerson College, and World Learning.

Yvette Hollingsworth 
Yvette Hollingsworth is Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at Wells Fargo. She joined Wells Fargo after four years at Barclays Corporate & Investment Bank. Prior to Barclays Yvette was a Managing Director in risk management with Citigroup and a regulator with the Federal Reserve System, with roles at the Federal Reserve Banks of San Francisco and New York as well as the Board of Governors. She earned an MBA from Syracuse University and B.S. from the State University of New York Institute of Technology. Yvette is currently a national board member of INROADS.



New in 2015: The Spirit of the League Award!
The Spirit of the League Award will be presented to longtime League member Adele Fasick. Adele has tirelessly represented the League on the San Francisco Ballot Simplification Committee – working in public meetings to prepare a fair and impartial summary of each local ballot measure in simple language.



Past honorees

See the League of Women Voters of San Francisco’s 2014 honorees here

Thank You to Our 2015 Sponsors


Presidential Sponsor

Wells Fargo

Cabinet Sponsor

Judy Huret

Supreme Court Sponsor

Emerson College

Shelby and Frederick Gans

Kathy and Rich Kimball

Congressional Sponsor

Schwab Charitable Fund

Rochelle Albert and Steven Greenwald

Harbinder Sikka

Susan Sutherland and David Mustelier

Diane B. Wilsey




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 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 2015, 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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