The 1st Annual “Making A Difference Awards” from the Institute for Women’s Leadership
Riane Eisler – Recipient of the 2013 Pioneer Award
“Gender relationships, which are tough for people to deal with, are key to whether a society orients to domination or partnership in all its relations.”
The Pioneer Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated decades of commitment and achievement in leading change to bring about the full and equal partnership of women and men within our society. Riane Eisler, J.D., is an icon not only in the many waves of the women’s movement, but in making a case for the partnership of men and women as a global economic imperative.
Riane is founder and president of the Center for Partnership Studies. She is internationally renowned for her groundbreaking contributions as a systems scientist, an attorney working for the human rights of women and children, and the author of The Chalice and the Blade and The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking.”
A child refugee from Nazi Europe, she grew up in the industrial slums of Havana and later obtained degrees in sociology and law from the University of California, taught at UCLA, and now teaches in the leadership graduate program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Riane is founder and president of the Center for Partnership Studies, dedicated to research, education, and public policy. She has been a leader in the movements for peace, environmental sustainability, economic equity, and human rights. Her work is widely applied in many organizations, and she consults for business and governments on practical applications of the partnership model introduced in her work. She lectures worldwide, with venues including the United Nation, the U.S. Congress and the Department of State.
She is one of 20 leaders for world peace profiled in the award-winning book Great Peacemakers, along with Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King.
Michael Kaufmann – Recipient of the 2013 Guys Who Get It Award
The Guys Who Get It Award is given to an executive who has demonstrated exceptional courage and creativity in leading their enterprise towards full gender partnership. Mike Kaufmann started with his own transformation and rapidly led other men and women within Cardinal Health to see gender partnership as not only the right and ethical thing to do but as a competitive advantage for his company.
Mike is the CEO of the Pharmaceutical Segment of Cardinal Health, a top Fortune 100 company that delivers some 25% of all medications prescribed in the U.S. each day. The nearly $98 billion Pharmaceutical Segment is comprised of 16 businesses that offer a range of services across the entire healthcare supply chain. At the core, these businesses ensure that branded, generic and specialty pharmaceuticals are delivered to retail pharmacies, mail order facilities, hospitals, doctors offices and many other points of care. Additionally, these businesses provide a range of critical services such as inventory management, marketing, nuclear compounding, drug manufacturing, reimbursement consulting, FDA consulting, clinical pathways programs and third-party logistics allowing customers to focus on what matters most.
Mike joined Cardinal Health in 1990 as a controller and has held a number of senior operational, sales and finance roles since that time. Mike serves as executive sponsor of the Cardinal Health Women’s Initiative Network, an employee resource group whose goal is to foster a culture of partnerships that make Cardinal Health a great place for women to work and grow their careers.
His support of women leaders in healthcare led to the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association naming Mike as its “2012 Honorable Mentor.” He is a member of the executive board of the Healthcare Distribution Management Association and of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Mike also serves as a trustee at Ohio Northern University.
Brenda Wright, V.P., Wells Fargo Bank - Recipient of the 2013 Community Empowerment Award
The Community Leadership Award is given to an alumni of Institute for Women’s Leadership who has shown extraordinary leadership in using the power of their corporation to make a difference in the lives of their customers and communities in which they work. For more than 28 years, Brenda Wright has helped bridge relationships and resources with Wells Fargo, it’s employees and customers across the U.S.
Brenda is a senior vice president at Wells Fargo and the manager of their Community Relations West. In this role, she oversees the development and implementation of community development and philanthropy strategies and programs supporting economic development for housing, workforce development and small business.
A native of Missouri and a, 28 year veteran with the company, Brenda’s previous roles at Wells Fargo include managing 81 portfolio managers in Northern California, with $4.5 billion in deposits and investments. She was also responsible for 30 store managers with deposits ranging from $65 to $300 million as the Market Area Manager in San Francisco.
Brenda is an active leader and founding member of many community-based organizations and committees throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Among other positions, she serves on the Board of the Women’s Foundation of California. In 2004, then San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom declared June 17 to be Brenda Wright Day in recognition of her support for diversity and community commitment. She has been named to the San Francisco Business Times’ list of 100 Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area seven times.
Most recently, Brenda was recognized in October 2013 by Senator Diane Feinstein with the U.S. Certificate of Commendation for her participation and service to the community and to the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
Cecilia Zamora, Executive Director, Latino Council - Recipient of the 2013 Leadership Across Boundaries Award
The Unsung Hero Award is given to an alumni of the Institute for Women’s Leadership who demonstrates in everyday life that when you have a vision, a passion and committed action, one person can make a difference. Cecilia Zamora has spent her life creating and leading organizations that promote social justice, economic security, and cross-sector engagement for women and Hispanic communities throughout America.
Cecilia is the executive director of the Latino Council (formerly the Latin Council of Marin), a community-based organization that assists nonprofits, government agencies, community organizations and businesses in building their organizational and cultural capacity to better serve the Latino community. Under Cecilia’s guidance, the council provides leadership in the areas of strategic planning, organizational development, board diversity, resource development, public policy development, and program planning & implementation.
Cecilia is currently serving her 3rd year as President of the National Association of Commissions for Women (NACW), a membership association of government-appointed commissions throughout the U.S. and its territories. In 2007, she represented Marin County and Region 9 on an NACW panel presentation at the United Nations on “Institutional Empowerment for Women and Girls.” Cecilia has served locally on the Marin Women’s Commission (MWC) since 1995 and chaired the Commission in 2003 and 2004. Currently, she chairs the Leadership Committee.
Cecilia is President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin and is on the Board of Directors of the Marin General Hospital Foundation and the Workforce Investment Board of Marin. Cecilia serves on the Advisory Boards of Bank of Marin, Latina Breast Cancer Agency, Marin Senior Advisory Council, and Marin Asian Advocacy Project
Cecilia is chair of the San Rafael Leadership Institute, a position she has held since 1997. She is a Fellow of the California Women’s Foundation’s Women’s Policy Institute, and a charter member of the Bay Area WEDOC (Women Executive Directors of Color).
She has received numerous recognitions and awards including, Rep. Lynn Woolsey’s “Community Diversity Award” and “Spirit of Marin Award,” and is featured in the book 100 Faces of Marin. She received the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award in 2009, and the Hero of Marin Award in 2013.
Cecilia has lived in Marin County since 1986 and currently resides in San Anselmo. She has a consulting firm, Zamora Associates, which specializes in leadership development, diversity training, and multicultural strategic planning.