By Jessie Brooks
Judge Glenda Hatchett will give the keynote speech at the 13th Annual Madam C. J. Walker Business and Community Recognition Awards luncheon March 4 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in San Francisco.
Madam C. J. Walker was the first African-American female self-made millionaire and business leader. Judge Hatchett’s television court show is noted for its creative sentencing practices and its intervention and mentoring strategies in which those who are guilty “do time” with community leaders and others, rather than in jail.
The Oakland-Bay Area Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) is the luncheon host. The luncheon raises funds to support NCBW’s programs such as, “Positive Steps Mentoring Program”, a program targeting teenage girls. And their highly visible and effective campaign, “Sistahs getting real about HIV/AIDS”, begins its 11th year. AIDS is the No. 1 cause of death for Black women ages 25 to 44.
This year’s award recipients include: Pioneer Award: Dezie Woods Jones State President, Black Women organized for Political Action and CEO/President, The Training Institute for Leadership Enrichment, Entrepreneur Award: Feysan Jefferson Lodde, Founder and Owner of MV Transportation, Corporate Award: Yvette Radford, Vice President, External and Community Affairs Kaiser Foundation Health plan, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Advocacy Award: Mary King General Manager, AC Transit, 2011 Positive Steps Essay Winner: Teyani Odom. Renel Brooks-Moon, San Francisco Giants Public Address Announcer, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.
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