Alliance for Girls' 5th Annual Conference, Together We Rise, is shaping up to be our best conference yet! From actresses to legislators, activists to funders to girl leaders, we are convening the mavericks of the girls' movement to engage in critical conversations and illuminate a path forward that will lead us toward a brighter future for all!
Today it gives me great pleasure to announce our lineup of keynote speakers.
Kalisha Dessources is the Director of the National Collaborative of Young Women's Initiatives for Prosperity Together, a national collaboration of women's foundations that has committed $100 million to women and girls of color in the US. Previous to leading this initiative, Dessources was the Policy Advisor to the Obama White House Council on Women and Girls.
Mayor Libby Schaaf is the 50th mayor of Oakland, California. A former City Council member, Council chief of staff and top mayoral aide to Jerry Brown, Mayor Schaaf has two decades of public service experience that began while she was a young attorney leading volunteer efforts in Oakland, her hometown. As an Emerge California alumnae, Mayor Schaaf is committed to helping the next generation of women get elected to public office.
Thuy Vu is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has reported for KQED, ABC7 News, CBS and NPR. In 2010, she was named Outstanding Reporter/Correspondent by the National Alliance for Women in Media. In 2011, Thuy's series on the devastating legacy of Agent Orange sprayed during the Vietnam War won nine awards, including National Headliner and the Edward R. Murrow award. Thuy has also received four national awards from the Asian American Journalists Association and four awards from the Associated Press West Coast Mark Twain competition.
Genevieve Angelson is an American actress and writer best known for her role as Patti Robinson in Good Girls Revolt, a critically acclaimed Amazon Original series based on the true story of 46 female employees who brought a discrimination case against Newsweek in 1970, based on wage discrimination and denied opportunities to become reporters. This case comprised the first class action lawsuit against a major media company.
Zahra Billoo is the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area and was a speaker at the Women's March on Washington. Her work has been highlighted in media outlets including the Christian Science Monitor, KTVU, MSNBC, NPR, and the San Jose Mercury News. Zahra is a 2014 recipient of the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter's Unsung Hero Award and a 2013 recipient of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California's Trailblazer Award.