CEDAW Award for Corporate Leadership
President, Chief Executive Officer and Chair, Calvert Group Ltd
Director and Chair of Acacia Life Insurance Company
Barbara J. Krumsiek is Chair, CEO and President of Calvert Group, Ltd., a leading investment management firm headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Calvert manages over $14 billion in assets in approximately 50 portfolios, including award-winning fixed income portfolios and a full family of sustainable and responsible equity mutual funds. Ms. Krumsiek is Director and Chair of Acacia Life Insurance Company.
At Calvert, she has presided over a period of strong growth and increased visibility both within the sustainable investment sector and in the financial services industry as a whole. Calvert’s presence among individual investors, financial advisors and retirement plans has expanded dramatically.
During her tenure at Calvert, Ms. Krumsiek has worked at the forefront in the socially-responsible investment arena. She has taken a particularly strong interest in such areas as board diversity and gender inclusiveness. Under her leadership in 2004, her firm developed the Calvert Women’s Principles, the first global code of corporate conduct focused exclusively on empowering, advancing and investing in women worldwide. These initiatives were recognized in June 2007 when Ms. Krumsiek accepted the Concern Worldwide “Women of Concern” award for ‘developing innovative and precedent setting initiatives that strive to empower women globally.’
In 2009, Calvert collaborated with Verité, the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), and gender advocacy and human rights experts to update and extend the original Principles. The revised code addresses emerging issues, and incorporates some of the most progressive contemporary policies and best practices. In 2009, these Calvert Women’s Principles were used as a baseline for the newly developed Women’s Empowerment Principles, the product of collaboration between UNIFEM and the UN Global Compact, and the Gender Equality Principles, a partnership among the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, Calvert Group, Ltd., and Verité.
CEDAW Award for Entrepreneurship
SHERRI BURKE, MBA, RN
Professional Healthcare at Home
While working as a Critical Care nurse at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco in the early eighties, Sherri envisioned an opportunity to fill a shortage for temp nurses and nursing attendants in hospitals. This vision became a reality in 1984 when she founded Nurse Providers Inc which has since evolved and expanded into a Private Equity-backed, multimillion dollar home health company, Professional Healthcare. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Professional Health.
Passionate for care giving and elderly care, Sherri continues to touch the lives of thousands of seniors not only professionally but also through her active support for non-profit community organizations such as Peninsula Volunteers Inc, Seton Medical Foundation and Meals on Wheels, among others. Sherri never forgets where she came from and continues to give back to the country that helped her reach the American dream. She is actively involved and on the Board of Trustees of Ayala Foundation, USA – a California-based nonprofit organization committed to supporting social development of Filipinos in the Philippines.
CEDAW Award for Labor
Meg Vasey is the Executive Director of Tradeswomen, Inc. Meg has been a construction electrician for 30 years. She is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 302, Martinez, California, and represents Local 302’s members as a retirement plan trustee. In 1998, Meg put down her tools to attend Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, graduating and passing the California State Bar in 2001. Using her legal and construction background, Meg worked with the East Bay Community Law Center and subsequently with the Port of Oakland to assist in the development and implementation of the Port’s project labor agreement with its ground-breaking social justice program. At the Port, Meg focused on assisting a dynamic coalition of local contractors, community groups, construction trade unions and Port staff to increase the participation of local residents on Port construction projects. She has served as a consultant with owners, community groups and labor to promote sustainable job opportunities in the construction industry. Meg also serves on the Board for the Cypress Mandela Training Center, a nationally recognized non-profit pre-apprenticeship training provider located in Oakland, California. As Executive Director of Tradeswomen, Inc., Meg remains committed to furthering women’s opportunities in the non-traditional trades.
CEDAW Legacy Award
San Francisco Regional Office
of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Barbara Kaufman was appointed Director of the San Francisco Regional Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in November, 2004.
Ms. Kaufman returns to public service after serving in city government since 1992, when she was elected to San Francisco Board of Supervisors. In her eight years on the Board, she had many legislative achievements, including numerous fiscal reforms, promotion of job growth through New Jobs Tax Credits, and the creation of the Department of Neighborhood Services. She is most known for re-writing the City’s Charter, which was overwhelming approved by the voters in 1995. It was during her second bid for the Board of Supervisors that she was the top vote-getter city wide, automatically making her the President of the Board of Supervisors.
Prior to taking public office, Ms. Kaufman was the founder and co-director of KCBS radio’s Call for Action, an all volunteer run consumer advocacy public service. This off-air “action line” helped consumers solve problems with their automobiles, housing, insurance, banks, warranties, taxes and more. KCBS management subsequently created a broadcast that became Ms. Kaufman’s own hour-long, live daily call-in show that eventually became the top-rated program at KCBS.
During this period at KCBS, she served on the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council. Additionally, Mrs. Kaufman is the author of two consumer books, Barbara Kaufman’s Consumer Action Guide: Your Right from A to Z (NOLO Press, 1991).and a Pocket Guide to Consumer Rights, (NOLO Press, 1994).
Ms. Kaufman most recently served as the Chairwoman of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and was a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).
The San Francisco Business Times has recognized Ms. Kaufman as a leader; she has been the recipient of the “San Francisco’s Most Influential Women in San Francisco” award for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Ms. Kaufman has a B.S. from the University of San Francisco. She is married to Ron Kaufman and is the mother of three children and four grandchildren.
CEDAW Legacy Award
Director of Corporate Responsibility
Cecily Joseph is Director of Corporate Responsibility at Symantec Corporation, the fourth-largest independent software company in the world. Cecily oversees Symantec’s global corporate responsibility program, which includes environmental, social, and governance program development, integration, and alignment. As the company spokesperson on matters related to corporate responsibility, Cecily responds to stake-holder questions and concerns and oversees the company’s reporting and communication efforts. Cecily manages the company’s community investment efforts and sits on Symantec’s executive diversity steering committee. Cecily’s responsibilities also include coordination and design of Symantec’s corporate-wide global climate-change program. This program addresses a new go-to-market strategy around Green IT and includes internal and external communication, work with nonprofit organizations, and initiatives to reduce Symantec’s environmental footprint.
Cecily joined Symantec after twelve years with VERITAS Software, where she managed the company’s legal affairs and served as Executive Director of the VERITAS Foundation. Currently, Cecily co-manages the US Network of the United Nations Global Compact. She also currently serves as a director on several non profit boards including The Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, Abode Services, and Emergency Shelter Program.