August 31, 2011

Hi Friends & Supporters,

As you may know, 3,000 delegates of the 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) will be in San Francisco September 11 -25 for Senior Officials Meetings in the lead-up to the APEC Leaders Meeting hosted by President Barack Obama in Honolulu in November.

The Senior Officials Meeting is designed for Foreign Ministers, government trade and economic officials, and invited representatives from the private sector.

As part of these meetings, Secretary Hillary Clinton is convening, for the first time, the Women and the Economy Summit, September 14-16 to address 4 key themes: Access to Capital, Access to Markets, Skills and Capacity Building, and Women’s Leadership.

The Summit will attract 800 delegates, including luminaries such as
Michelle Bachelet – UN Under Secretary General and Executive Director, UN Women
Tina Brown – Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Beast and Newsweek
Weili Dai – Co-Founder, Marvell
Lorraine Hariton – Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Robert D. Hormats – Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agriculture Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Valerie Jarrett – Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls
Jeni Klugman – Director, Gender and Development, The World Bank
Karen Kornbluh – U.S. Ambassador of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Marissa Mayer – Vice President of Location and Local Services, Google
Melody Meyer – President, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company
Karen Mills – Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Marty Natalegawa – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia
Barbara Orser – Founding Chair of the Canadian Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth, Canada
Mari Pangestu – Minister of Trade, Indonesia
Hekia Parata – Minister of Women’s Affairs and Acting Energy Minister, New Zealand
Sheryl Sandberg – Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
CarolinaSchmidt – Minister of Women’s Affairs, Chile
Senator Shahrizat Abdul Jalil – Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia
Megan Smith – Vice President of New Business Development, Google
Haslina Taib – Chief Executive Officer, BAG Network, Public Private Partnership between Accenture and Brunei Government IT consulting, ABAC Advisor, Brunei
Tina Tchen – Executive Director, White House Council on Women and Girls, and Chief of Staff to the First Lady of the United States
Su-Mei Thompson – Executive Director, The Women’s Foundation, Hong Kong
Claire Tomlin – Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California Berkeley
Melanne Verveer – Ambassador-at-Large of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State
Sheryl WuDunn – Co-Author, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Meng Xiaosi– Vice President, All-China Women’s Federation
*Complete listing of confirmed speakers available at

We at the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women warmly invite you to 4 upcoming events related to the Women and the Economy Summit. See below for details. These events are being offered in partnership with the Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Women’s Intercultural Network, and Global Arts and Education. We hope that you can join us for one, if not all of these exciting events!


Emily M. Murase, PhD
Executive Director
Department on the Status of Women

Meet the Delegates of the APEC* 2011 Women and the Economy Summit!

A Discussion, Reception, and Film Screening of “Miss Representation”

Women. Create. Change.

Achieving Gender Equality
Eliminating Violence
Challenging Media Portrayals
Planning for the 5th UN World Conference on Women

Miss Representation– a documentary written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, features interviews with teenage girls, professors, Hollywood stars (Geena Davis, Jane Fonda), politicians (Senator Dianne Feinstein, House Leader Nancy Pelosi), journalists (Rachel Maddow, Jan Yanehiro).  This film examines how American women are portrayed in the media.

Hear about San Francisco’s innovative approaches to achieve gender equality, end violence against women, and its efforts to host the 5th UN World Conference on Women in 2015.
Meet local leaders engaged in groundbreaking work to improve working conditions for women, eliminate family violence and human trafficking, and challenge media portrayals of women.

See an award-winning documentary film written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom challenging how American women are portrayed in the media.

Monday, September 12, 2011, 5 pm – 9 pm
One Leidesdorff
344 Pine Street, between Montgomery & Sansome Sts.
, San FranciscoRSVP required:

Early Bird Special
Please register by Sept 6 @ Midnight for a $10 Discount!

Limited to the first 150 delegates and 150 members of the public to register.

To become a sponsor, please contact Marily Mondejar:  
415.77.WOMEN (415.779.6636);

Honorary Hosts:
Assemblymember Fiona Ma
First Lady of San Francisco Anita Lee
Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland
Supervisor Carmen Chu

With support from Janet & Clint Reilly, Lee Hecht Harrison, Symantec Corporation.

About the APEC Women and the Economy Summit: San Francisco will host this landmark summit, convened by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that will bring together over 800 delegates representing the 21 APEC Member Economies, September 13-16, 2011.
*APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum)


invites you to


Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Lorraine Hansberry Theater
Union Square- 450 Post Street, San Francisco, 94102
Rose Aguilar, Host of ‘Your Call Radio’ on KALW, 91.7 will moderate the second of four Roundtables with a stellar panel:
Arcelia Hurtado, Ethel Long-Scott, Kaki Rusmore and Special Guest Jean Shinoda Bolen
followed by an interactive Q&A with YOU, the audience, for action plans on priority issues addressed at the SF International Women’s Day Summit and California Women’s Agenda.
Come meet women from Asian countries attending the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation’s  Women in the  Economy Summit in SF.
FOOD BY BIA’S Restaurant in the Haight and OTHERS
Follow our Facebook and e-news for Panelist’s Bios and more reception and program information
Public $35, WIN and CAWA Members $20, Students $10 or all you can donate to give women and girls a larger, louder, smarter voice. No one will be turned away!

Co-Sponsored by

The Lorraine Hansberry Theater
Friends of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women
The Doris Foster Foundation



In collaboration with the Bay Area Council and The Commonwealth Club Join the Dialogue: Women and the Economy Summit

Live simulcast of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Keynote Address “Some Leaders Are Born Women”

followed by Policy Dialogues with local leaders

Watcha live simulcast of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s keynote address to the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum) Women and the Economy Summit entitled “Some Leaders Are Born Women”.
Joinin engaging policy discussions with local leaders on:
Women & Green Jobs
Success Through Financial Inclusion
Creating Empowering Environments
Tech Women: Closing the Gap
Craftpolicy recommendations to the APEC Leaders
Friday, September 16, 2011, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Commonwealth Club
595 Market St. @ 2nd St., 2nd Floor
, San FranciscoRSVP required:

To become a sponsor, please contact Marily Mondejar:  
415.77.WOMEN (415.779.6636);

About the APEC Women and the Economy Summit:San Francisco will host this landmark summit, convened by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that will bring together over 800 delegates representing the 21 APEC Member Economies, September 13-16. Recommendations from this Summit will be delivered to the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in November in Hawaii.

*APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum)

“Inspiring An Equal Future”

Awards Ceremony and Celebration of the

2011 CEDAW Women’s Human Rights Honorees
Mistress of Ceremonies: Janet Reilly

*CEDAW, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, is an international bill of rights for women.  In 1998, San Francisco became the first city in the world to adopt a local CEDAW Ordinance.

The CEDAW Women’s Human Rights Awards distinguish leaders and organizations who use their public roles to advance the rights of women.  Awards are given for leadership demonstrated in multiple sectors of the community, including education, entrepreneurship, government, health, labor, media and philanthropy which represent the CEDAW principles.
Honorees for 2011:

  • Barbara Garcia, Director, San Francisco Department Public Health (CEDAW: Health)
  • Charlene Harvey, Trustee, Presidio Trust (CEDAW: Environment)
  • Dorka Keehn, Journalist and Social Entrepreneur (CEDAW: Claire Joyce Tempongko Memorial Award)
  • Drucilla Ramey, Dean, Golden Gate University School of Law (CEDAW: Education)
  • JaMel Perkins, Founder, Partners Ending Domestic Abuse (CEDAW: Community Building)
  • Julianne Cartwright Traylor, Associate Director of International Programs, USF School of Law (CEDAW: Legacy)
  • Kamala Harris, California’s Attorney General (CEDAW: Government) invited
  • Karen Kai, Japanese classical dancer and Taiko drummer (CEDAW: Culture)
  • Lydia Beebe, Corporate Secretary, Chevron (CEDAW: Corporate)
  • Nosheen Hashemi, President and co-Founder, The Hand Foundation (CEDAW: Philanthropy)
  • Pam Hemann, Executive Director, Leadership California (CEDAW: Leadership)
  • Roselyne Swig, Founder, Partners Ending Domestic Abuse (CEDAW: Community Building)

Monday, October 17, 2011, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Julia Morgan Ballroom @ the Merchants Exchange Bldg.
465 California St. @ Montgomery,
San Francisco

RSVP required:
To become a sponsor, please contact  
Paula March:

Previous CEDAW Awardees: 

  • Adrienne Pon,Executive Director, San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs
  • Belva Davis,Host, “This Week in Northern California” (KQED); Board Member, Museum of the African Diaspora,
  • The Hon. Barbara Boxer, United States Senate
  • Barbara Krumsiek, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chair,  Calvert Group Ltd.;  Director and Chair of Acacia Life Insurance Company
  • Barbara Kaufman, Director, San Francisco Regional Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Beverly Upton, Executive Director, Domestic Violence Consortium
  • Cecily Joseph, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Symantec Corporation
  • David Assmann, Deputy Director, San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • The Hon. Dianne Feinstein, United StatesSenate
  • Donna Burke, Regional Vice President, Constituency Relations, AT&T
  • Julie Castro Abrams, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Initiative
  • Gwen Chan, Acting Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District
  • Luz Vega-Marquis, President & CEO, Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • Meg Vassey, Executive Director, Tradeswomen, Inc.
  • The Hon. Nancy Pelosi, United States House of Representatives
  • Olga Talamante, Executive Director, Chicana/Latina Foundation
  • Sherri Burke,MBA, RN, Founder/Board Member, Professional Healthcare at Home
  • Susie Tompkins Buell,Founder, Susie Tompkins Buell Foundation




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