We couldn't be more excited for this year's Susan B. Anthony "Women of Achievement" Awards on Sunday, April 19. We are honoring some amazing women: California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins; State Controller Betty Yee; Manager of the Alameda County/Oakland Planned Parenthood Mar Monte health centers Donna McNichol; and Haley Broder, Sofie Kasarek and Meghan Warner, student leaders at UC Berkeley.
Please join us to honor these leaders. Event details, including ticket and sponsorship information, can be found on our website.
Legislator of the Year
The Honorable Toni G. Atkins, Speaker of the California State Assembly
Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins has served in the California State Assembly since 2010, and was elevated to the top leadership post in 2014, when her colleagues unanimously elected her 69th Speaker in the history.
Speaker Atkins proudly represents the people of coastal San Diego, from Imperial Beach, along the Mexican border, north to Solana Beach, and most of central San Diego. She previously served eight years on the San Diego City Council, and became a stabilizing force during a tumultuous period in 2005, stepping in as Acting Mayor after the resignation of the mayor.
Speaker Atkins is a coalition-builder who believes government policies can improve people’s lives. She is a leading voice for affordable housing, a powerful advocate for women, and champion for veterans and homeless people.
Read more about Speaker Atkins here.
Elected Leader of the Year
The Honorable Betty Yee, California State Controller
State Controller Betty T. Yee was elected in November 2014, following two terms of service on the Board of Equalization. As Controller, she continues to serve the Board as its fifth voting member.
Ms. Yee was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 2006 where she represented 21 counties in northern and central California. She was elected to her second four-year term in 2010.
Ms. Yee has over 30 years of experience in public service, specializing in state and local finance and tax policy. Ms. Yee previously served as Chief Deputy Director for Budget with the California Department of Finance where she led the development of the Governor’s Budget, negotiations with the Legislature and key budget stakeholders, and fiscal analyses of legislation on behalf of the Administration. Prior to this, she served in senior staff positions for several fiscal and policy committees in both houses of the California State Legislature.
Read more about State Controller Yee here.
‘Jerrie Meadows’ Advocate of the Year
Donna McNichol, Manager, Alameda County/Oakland Planned Parenthood Mar Monte health centers
Donna McNichol possesses more than twenty-two years professional experience in non-profits and the healthcare industry. She is currently the Manager of the Alameda County/Oakland Planned Parenthood Mar Monte health centers which include the West Oakland site, the community partnership site with Alameda County Public Health at the WIC/Eastmont Town Center, and the most recent opening of the Coliseum site in East Oakland. She is known for her exceptional leadership skills and cooperative management style to motivate, direct, and manage her staff and volunteers. Her positional priorities include developing full service health centers, partnership Satellite sites, funding opportunities, working cooperatively with other community organizations, and partnering with educational services for Planned Parenthood’s clientele. Ms. McNichol has developed and implemented systems to increase analytical data to increase center productivity and facilitate systems when opening new sites. Through the Alameda County Public Health Office of AIDS Administration, she has applied for and was granted HIV Increase Testing and Integration into services using an “opt out” service model for all sites developed in Alameda County. Her customer service-focused approach has won her the respect of her professional team at all levels. She has served on a variety of Boards and committees including the Reproductive Justice Workgroup and the Fremont Resource Center. More importantly, both in a personal and professional capacity she had provided tireless efforts and dedication to developing health center services in Alameda County as a part of the network of safety net providers which advocates for the medical care of unserved and underserved.
Emerging Leaders Award
Haley Broder, Sofie Karasek, Meghan Warner
Student leaders at UC Berkeley who took the courageous step of asking the U.S. Department of Education to investigate the University’s handling of sexual assault complaints.
Sofie Karasek is an anti-sexual violence activist and co-founder of the national organization End Rape on Campus. She spearheaded the submission of two 31-person federal complaints against the University of California, Berkeley, where she is currently a senior studying Political Economy. Karasek has also been a leading advocate for California's groundbreaking affirmative consent law, is a subject in the new documentary The Hunting Ground, and has been featured in national and international media including The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, CNN, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Marie Claire.
Meghan Warner is a 3rd year Sociology major and intended Gender and Women's Studies minor at the University of California, Berkeley. She serves as the Director of the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) Sexual Assault Commission, which puts on the Cal Consent Campaign. Warner has also served as the co-chair of Greeks Against Sexual Assault (GASA) for the past year. She helped file the Title IX complaint against UC Berkeley a year ago and advocated for the affirmative consent bill, SB 967, which was signed into law this year. She is currently the director of ASUC Senator Haley Broder's sexual assault division and is the Sexual Assault Policy Manager for the ASUC External Affairs Vice President.
Haley Broder is a third year at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in American Studies with a concentration in Environmental Politics and Gender Policy. She is a Senator in the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) where she advocates for environmental and food justice and support for survivors of sexual violence, including working to end rape culture. When not studying or advocating for institutional change, Haley can be found dancing, running, or making homemade ice cream.