CEDAW Corporate Award
AT&T / KEN McNEELY
President - California
Ken McNeely is President of AT&T California, where he leads a workforce of more than 36,000 employees. Ken has led AT&T's efforts in California as it transitions from a residential phone company to one of the world's largest wireless and broadband companies.
He was appointed to his current position in November 2005, following the close of the historic merger between SBC communications Inc. and AT&T Corp.
He earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his juris doctor from Howard University School of Law.
Ken is a board member of the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Business Roundtable, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and Bay Area Council, where he Chairs the Education Committee.
In 2010, Ken was named one of the 50 Top African Americans in Technology.
CEDAW Award for Government
CATHERINE DODD, Ph.D.
San Francisco Health Service System
Dr. Dodd’s commitment to women’s health began nearly 40 years ago when she was a teen peer counselor at Planned Parenthood. She is an alumnus of the University of California School of Nursing, receiving her Baccalaureate degree in 1979, her Master’s degree in 1983 and her PhD in Sociology in 2007.
She began her nursing career providing physical exams to farm workers on a mobile health unit throughout California where she saw first hand the immediate health effects of exposure to pesticides, an issue not yet on the public health agenda. She also worked as a high-risk peri-natal nurse and as Director of Women’s Health at San Francisco General Hospital. During the last 30 years her work has been largely in the areas of health and public policy. Her roles have included: Staff to a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Director of Government Relations for the California American Nurses Association, member of the Clinton-Gore National Health Campaign, Director for the California Network for Women's and Children's Health, Executive Director of ANA\California, Director of Government and Community Relations for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, appointee of President Clinton as Regional Director for the United States Department of Health and Human Services for Secretary Donna Shalala, District Director to Congresswoman (now Leader) Nancy Pelosi, and Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Gavin Newsom. Currently she is the Director of the San Francisco Health Service System which provides health benefits for 110,000 City & County, School District, Community College District employees, retirees and their dependents where she has reduced the cost of health premiums and implemented a Wellness program. Dr. Dodd takes serving the members of HSS very seriously. When she learned that the SF Women Firefighters had abnormally high breast cancer, she pulled together advocates and researchers to meet with them, resulting in the first national longitudinal study of female fire fighters and chemical exposures.
Dr. Dodd has been active in the American Nurses Association at the local, state and national level and Chaired the ANA Political Action Committee.
She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a member of Adaptive Business Leaders in Health.
Her civic and community involvement includes chairing SF NOW in the 1980s and serving on the California NOW board.
She has served on several nonprofit boards, among them, the Board of the Homeless Prenatal Program, the Board of Trustees of the Glide Foundation, the Board of Zen Hospice Project and Board of the Breast Cancer Fund. She was elected to the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee for a decade and she was an appointee to the SF Health Commission.
She is an Advisory Board member of Emerge. She will become the chair of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare in November. She reminds people frequently that without Social Security 50% of women over 65 would live in poverty and 80% of minorities. Her favorite quote is from Margaret Sanger who said, “to truly live one must put one’s convictions into action.” So Catherine urges people who complain to get involved.
CEDAW Award for Health
NANCY MILLIKEN, M.D.
UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health
Nancy Milliken, MD is the Founding and Current Director of UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is Vice Dean Emerita of the UCSF School of Medicine and Professor Emerita, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.
In 1996, Dr. Milliken led a multidisciplinary team in successfully competing for one of the first National Centers of Excellence in Women's Health designations by the federal government. Under her leadership, the Center for Excellence has developed partnerships within UCSF and with the communities it serves. The Center has galvanized support for initiatives with impact locally, nationally and globally. Success has included advancing research in women's health; implementing models of comprehensive women-focused clinical care; promoting partnerships with individual women and their communities on relevant health and wellness issues; designing women's health curricula for the training of the next generation of researchers and clinicians; and developing leadership potential and opportunities for women. In recognition of her important contributions to women and women's health, Dr. Milliken received the UCSF Chancellor's Award for the Advancement of Women.
Dr. Milliken is passionate about the mentoring of women contemplating or pursuing careers in the health professions. She has supported widespread improvements in leadership development for women at UCSF and in the community. She initiated a mentorship program to encourage young women to enter the field of women's health and co-founded an annual SF Young Women's Health Conference with Jackie Speier in 2000.
Dr. Milliken has long sought to improve the health of women by increasing their knowledge and their participation in decisions regarding their health. As a Robert Woof Johnson Fellow, she explored the ethical issues involved in reproductive decision-making and participated nationally in the debate regarding "maternal-fetal conflict" and forced treatment of pregnant women. Another area in which she has published, taught, and influenced policies in physician patient sexual misconduct.
Since 1993, Dr. Milliken has led the UCSF effort to develop comprehensive clinical services for women across their lifespan. Today this exists as UCSF Women's Health, a network of women-focused practices many of which are co-located in an eight-story building at Mount Zion. In February 2015, after a decade of planning, the new Betty Irene Moore Women's Hospital opens at Mission Bay and will provide specialty services for a lifetime of reproductive health.
Dr. Milliken has received local and national recognition for her efforts including: UCSF Award for Exceptional Leadership and Achievements in Establishing Innovative Women's Healthcare Models; UCSF Diversity Champion; Blue Cross of California Community Service Award; and Women's Warrior in Building Healthy Communities for Young Women from Hunters Point Family. Dr. Milliken has been selected to receive the 2015 Bernadine Healey Award for Visionary Leadership in Women's Health at the 23rd Congress on Women's Health in Washington D.C.
CEDAW Award for Community Building
RITA R. SEMEL
Ms. Semel has been an active member of the community for over 60 years and is the Founder and past Chair of the San Francisco Interfaith Council. She serves on numerous boards including the Interfaith Council at Presidio, Board of the Clinic By the Bay, Board in IHSS Public Authority, Regional Board - New Israel Fund, Board of Grace Cathedral, and is also Emeritus Board Member of the Graduate Theological Union and the Catholic Charities CYO. She also serves as a Commissioner for the Human Services Commission.
Ms. Semel has received many awards and recognitions over the years. Recently she was honored with Faith in Action Award by the Catholic Charities CYO in 2014, and Community Leadership Award from the San Francisco Foundation in 2012.
She holds a BA from Barnard College and an Honorary Ph.D. from the University of San Francisco.
CEDAW Award for Law
Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye is the 28th chief justice of the State of California. She was sworn into office on January 3, 2011, and is the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as the state’s chief justice.
HON. JUSTICE TANI G.
Chief Justice of California
After former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated her as Chief Justice on July 22, 2010, the California State Bar Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission rated her as exceptionally well qualified for the position. At a public hearing on August 25, 2010, she was unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, and in a general election on November 2, 2010, an overwhelming majority of voters elected her to that position.
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye chairs the Judicial Council of California, the administrative policymaking body of state courts, and the Commission on Judicial Appointments. She has served for more than 20 years on California appellate and trial courts, and has been appointed or elevated to higher office by three governors. In 1990, Governor George Deukmejian appointed her to the Sacramento Municipal Court and in 1997, Governor Pete Wilson elevated her to the Superior Court of Sacramento County. On the superior court, she presided over both criminal and civil assignments. In 1997, she established and presided over the first court in Sacramento dedicated solely to domestic violence issues. In addition, then-Judge Cantil-Sakauye chaired the court’s criminal law committee and was a member of the presiding judge’s task force on domestic violence and the Home Court committee. In 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger nominated her to the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District.
Chief Justice Ronald M. George appointed her to the Judicial Council of California in September 2008. She has also served as chair of the council’s Advisory Committee on Financial Accountability and Efficiency for the Judicial Branch, a member of the Domestic Violence Practice and Procedure Task Force and chaired its Best Practices Domestic Violence subcommittee, vice-chair of the Executive and Planning Committee, vice-chair of the Rules and Projects Committee, co-chair of the Judicial Recruitment and Retention Working Group, and as a member of the Commission for Impartial Courts Implementation Committee.
The Chief Justice was a Special Master, selected by the Supreme Court of California to hear disciplinary proceedings before the Commission on Judicial Performance. She was president of the Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court, an organization dedicated to promoting civility, ethics, and professionalism in the practice of law. And was a member of the national Conference of Chief Justices Board of Directors.
Born in 1959 in Sacramento, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye attended C. K. McClatchy High School (1977) and Sacramento City College (1978) before receiving her BA from the University of California, Davis, graduating with honors in 1980. After taking a year off to visit her ancestral homeland, the Philippines, the Chief Justice entered the UC Davis, Martin Luther King, Jr., School of Law in 1981. After receiving her JD in 1984, she worked as a deputy district attorney for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted a variety of criminal offenses. In 1988, she served on the senior staff of Governor Deukmejian in two capacities: as deputy legal affairs secretary and as a deputy legislative secretary.
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye is a former board member of several nonprofit organizations and has been active in numerous professional community organizations, including membership in the California Judges Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the Sacramento Asian Bar Association, and received the Filipina of the Year Award. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Conference of Chief Justices, the Board of Visitors for UC Davis, an Advisory Board member of the Sacramento Federal Judicial Library and Learning Center Foundation, an honorary member of the Foundation for Democracy and Justice, a private nonprofit organization devoted to civics education, and is actively engaged in a civic learning initiative Your Constitution: The Power of Democracy.
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye is married to Mark Sakauye, a retired police lieutenant, and they have two daughters.