CEDAW Award for
Chief Executive Officer
A Band of Wives
Christine Bronstein is the founder of ABandOfWives.com, a social network and information website for women. She is an editor of the forthcoming anthology Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God: 51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection
She was CEO of one of the few female run venture-backed health and fitness companies in the nation for 8 years and president of a child-welfare foundation for 3 years. She is a graduate of the Columbia/UC-Berkeley executive MBA program and a member of the honor society Beta Gamma Sigma. Chris is married to Center For Investigative Reporting Executive Chair Phil Bronstein and mother of three.
Claire Joyce Tempongko
Founder and President
Futures Without Violence
One of the world’s foremost experts on violence against women and children, Esta Soler is a pioneer who founded Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, 30 years ago and made it one of the world’s leading violence prevention agencies. With offices in San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C., and partners around the world, Futures Without Violence develops innovative strategies to prevent domestic, dating and sexual violence, stalking and child abuse.
Under Soler’s direction, Futures Without Violence, then Family Violence Prevention Fund, was a driving force behind passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 – the nation’s first comprehensive federal response to the violence that plagues families and communities. Congress reauthorized and expanded the law in 2000 and 2005. She is spearheading efforts to pass the International Violence Against Women Act.
Soler has led Futures Without Violence as it developed trailblazing public education campaigns that have reached millions of people, and innovative policies, advocacy, prevention, education and training programs that help lawmakers, health care providers, judges, employers and others stop violence and help victims. Futures Without Violence programs have been replicated in all 50 states and around the world. Funded by some of the nation’s leading philanthropies and corporations, recent Futures Without Violence initiatives include the “Coaching Boys Into Men,” “Give RESPECT” and “That’s Not Cool” campaigns, which are inviting men to teach boys that violence against women and children is always wrong, promoting respect in relationships, and helping teens safely navigate new technologies.
An Advisory Board member to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and a board member of The Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, Soler was until recently a trustee for the Blue Shield of California Foundation. She has been a consultant and advisor to numerous public and private agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Soros Justice Fellowship Program, the Ford Foundation/Harvard University Innovations in American Government initiative, and the Aspen Institute.
Soler’s many awards include a 2010 Woman of the Year honor from a California legislator, a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship, a Koret Israel Prize, and a University of California, Public Health Heroes Award. In 2004, the Center for the Advancement of Women honored her for advancing the power of women worldwide. She has been honored by the Asian Women’s Shelter, California Governor’s Office and Women in Communications, among others. She has an honorary doctorate from Simmons College, a Leadership Award from the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, the Mathew O. Tobriner Public Service Award for pioneering work on behalf of women and children from the Employment Law Center in San Francisco, and honors from the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, and the Humanitarian Award from Peace Over Violence. Soler’s leadership has brought Futures Without Violence awards from the Sara Lee Foundation and the State Justice Institute, among others.
Soler is co-author of Ending Domestic Violence: Changing Public Perceptions/Halting the Epidemic. She has one daughter, Marjorie.
CEDAW Award for Philanthropy
Co-Founder and President
of the Board of Directors
Clinic by the Bay,
a Volunteers in Medicine clinic
Janet Reilly is the President of the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. Janet was first appointed to the board in 2003 and was elected president by her board colleagues in 2010. Earlier this year, the Golden Gate Bridge celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a spectacular civic celebration, where Janet presided as president.
Janet is also the co-founder and president of the Board of Directors of Clinic by the Bay. Clinic by the Bay is a Volunteers in Medicine clinic in the Excelsior District of San Francisco. The clinic, which does not rely on taxpayer dollars, engages retired doctors and nurses to provide free primary care health services to the working uninsured for San Francisco and Daly City families.
In 2012, Janet was honored by the League of Women Voters as "A Woman Who Could Be President," and by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the City's "Most Influential Women in Business."
Janet has twice run for public office. In 2006, she ran an upstart campaign for the California State Assembly and in 2010; she was a candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Over the last decade, Janet's philanthropic work has been widespread, including years of Board of Director service on the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Film Society. Along with her husband, Clint, Janet co-founded the Loaves and Fishes Dinner, a major fundraiser, benefiting Catholic Charities-CYO.
Professionally, Janet served as the Manager of Public Relations for Mervyn's department stores - a chain of 264 stores with a presence in 14 states. She also worked as an aide to Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and was an anchorwoman-reporter for a CBS affiliate in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Janet graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Mass Media Communications from UCLA and earned a Masters degree in Journalism from Medill at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Janet lives with her husband, Clint, and daughters Jill (13) and Ava (11) in San Francisco.
CEDAW Award for Leadership
Senior Vice President
of Advisor Technology Solutions
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Neesha Hathi is Senior Vice President of Advisor Technology Solutions at Charles Schwab and a member of the senior leadership team for Schwab Advisor Services. In her role, Neesha is responsible for defining and developing Schwab’s technology offering for registered investment advisors and other institutional clients at Schwab. Neesha also oversees Schwab Performance Technologies®, a subsidiary of Charles Schwab and a leading provider of portfolio management and accounting solutions to nearly 3,500 independent advisors and investment managers. Prior to her current role, Neesha was responsible for corporate strategy for Schwab’s institutional lines of businesses, including enterprises focusing on registered independent advisors, retirement plan sponsors, third-party administrators and other corporate clients.
Prior to joining Schwab in 2004, Neesha led strategy, marketing and finance for various start-ups, including Enuvis, a developer of GPS technology for wireless devices and Kibu, a media company targeting the teen girl market. Neesha began her career in the field of investment banking, supporting the execution of initial and secondary public offerings and M&A transactions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and EVEREN Securities.
Neesha earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and a Master's of Business Administration from the Anderson School at the University of California Los Angeles. She holds the 7 and 24 licenses.
CEDAW Legacy Award
HON. WILLIE L. BROWN, JR.
former Mayor of San Francisco
Two-term Mayor of San Francisco, legendary Speaker of the California State Assembly, and widely regarded as the most influential African-American politician of the late twentieth century, Willie L. Brown, Jr., has been at the center of California politics, government, and civic life for an astonishing four decades. His career spans the American Presidency from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush, and he’s worked with every California Governor from Pat Brown to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
From civil rights to education reform, tax policy, economic development, health care, international trade, domestic partnerships, and affirmative action, he’s left his imprimatur on every aspect of politics and public policy in the Golden State. As Mayor of California’s most cosmopolitan city, he refurbished and rebuilt the nation’s busiest transit system, pioneered the use of bond measures to build affordable housing, created a model juvenile justice system, and paved the way for a second campus of the University of California, San Francisco, to serve as the anchor of a new development that will position the City as a center for the burgeoning field of biotechnology.
Today, he heads the Willie L. Brown, Jr., Institute on Politics and Public Service, where this acknowledged master of the art of politics shares his knowledge and skills with a new generation of California leaders.