The Power of Voice Benefit

March 04, 2020 6:30 - 9:30 pm

SF War Memorial; The Green Room, 401 Van Ness Avenue, SF, CA

An Evening To Celebrate the Power of Voice 

Join Girls Leadership for our 11th Anniversary to celebrate the impact of honorees Lateefah Simon, Julie Castro Abrams , and Dr. Sarita A. Mohanty. These honorees will thank the people who showed them how to step into their voice, and their power. 

Join us! 

6:30PM-7:30PM Cocktails and Heavy Hors d'oeuvre

7:30PM-8:30PM Honorees and Program

8:30PM-9:30PM Mingling 

Festive Attire

Banner image photo credit: Ruthie Ridley


Lateefah Simon


Lateefah Simon is the President of Akonadi Foundation, which nurtures movement building to advance racial justice in Oakland. A nationally recognized advocate for civil rights, Lateefah brings over 20 years of executive experience advancing opportunities for communities of color and low-income communities in the Bay Area. Before joining Akonadi, she was Program Director for the San Francisco-based Rosenberg Foundation

Lateefah has received numerous awards for her work, including the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, the Jefferson Award for extraordinary public service, and in 2017 'Most Promising New Foundation President' by Inside Philanthropy. Lateefah was elected to the BART Board of Directors and Gov. Jerry Brown appointed her to the California State University's Board of Trustees in 2016. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Tipping Point.

Julie Castro Abrams


Julie strengthens organizations, boards, and small businesses, enabling them to achieve their growth goals and breakthrough results. She is an experienced CEO and director, a sought-after speaker, and widely recognized for her ability to connect people and facilitate rich conversations that result in real impact.

Through her consulting, Julie creates high performance boards, high impact brands, and high production, multicultural teams. Julie is also the CEO and Chair of How Women Lead, a robust network of women dedicated to promoting diverse women's voices and propelling women's leadership forward.

Dr. Sarita A. Mohanty


Dr. Sarita A. Mohanty is the Vice President, Care Coordination of Medicaid and Vulnerable Populations for Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Mohanty directs efforts at a national level to identify leading care coordination and care delivery models and facilitate the spread of those models across KP's portfolio for Medicaid and vulnerable members in all regions and states. She serves as the accountable executive for the development and implementation of Thrive Local, an enterprise-wide program to connect health care and social services providers to address the pressing social needs including housing, food, safety, utilities and more for millions of people across the United States. Prior to this role, Dr. Mohanty was the Regional Executive Director, Medi-Cal Strategy and Operations for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Northern California

Dr. Mohanty currently practices as an internal medicine physician at the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Adult Medicine clinic.

The San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center

The Green Room is located on the second floor of the Veterans Building with a balcony facing City Hall.





Chef Deuki Hong was named to both Zagat and Forbes 30 Under 30 List, Hong is the Owner and chef at Sunday Bird in San Francisco, and also the author of his own cookbook, Koreatown. In partnership with the Boba Guys, he oversees Sunday at the Museum - the Asian Art Museum's deliciously transformed cafe experience.


Thank You To Our Sponsors

Our sponsors are dedicated to equipping girls with the skills to exercise the power of their voice. To sponsor this event, download and complete our sponsorship form and return it to Leisel Whitlock Petersen at [email protected] or feel free to call 866-744-9102 x704.






Thank You To Our In-Kind Sponsors






Host Committee

Julie Keshmiry

Ayrie Aranda-Mori
Lauren Babb
Christina Babbits
Tracey Briones
Danielle Conkling
Michele Gerus
Allison Guillen-Capo
Catherine Holton
Alicia Jabbar
Devon McAllister Rothwell
Katie Purchase
Katharine Schmidtke
Valerie Williamson


Event Planner

Amanda Cox



Ronald Tyler

Professor, Stanford Law School

California Regional Board

Julie Keshmiry, Board Chair

Ayrie Aranda-Mori
Lauren Babb
Tracey Briones
Danielle Conkling
Allison Guillen-Capo
Alicia Jabbar
Devon McAllister Rothwell
Katharine Schmidtke

National Board of Directors


Amie Thuener, Board Co-Chair

Coni Frezzo, Board Co-Chair

Jason Baeten
Karina Cabrera
Resa Caivano
Darolyn Davis
Gina Hubbell
Julie Keshmiry
Maria Kiskis
Regina Manzana-Sawhney
Danielle Merida
Emily Pillars
Mala Singh-Force

Girls Leadership Team


Simone Marean

Dillan Arrick
Anne Lee
Jordan Elizabeth
Janene Goodman
Sybil Henry
Ja'Nay Jenkins
Catherine MacDonald
Julia Nickerson
Kim O' Malley
Iris Perkins
Leisel Whitlock Petersen
Dorothy Ponton
Sherese Reed
Susan Ruszala
Nancy Sauder
Lesley Stevens
Maria Temporal
Takai Tyler
Marissa Viray
Jennifer Wert
Patricia Yee

Hosted By

Girls Leadership
Questions? Please contact Leisel Whitlock Petersen, CA Regional Director.


SF War Memorial; The Green Room, 401 Van Ness Avenue, SF, CA

Share With Others

Help us spread the word!