The National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Oakland Bay Area Chapter recently hosted its 16th Annual Madame C.J. Walker Luncheon at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis and featured a keynote address from the Honorable Judge Glenda Hatchett.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., Oakland Bay Area Chapter, a local non-profit organization, offers a variety of programs and services that enrich the lives of women, young girls and families. One of the signature programs is “Positive Steps”, a program developed to support and nurture leadership in young girls aged 12 –17.
TheC. J. Walker luncheon serves as the major fundraiser for the Oakland Bay Area Chapter of NCBW that supports notable programs such as “Sistahs Getting Real about HIV/AIDS” an initiative promoting HIV/AIDS education resulting in increased public awareness, and the Young Scholars and Working Women scholarships which are awarded to deserving students interested in continuing their education.
Dr. Brenda Wade, creator and founder of the Love, Money & Seva Seminars, served as the mistress of ceremonies.
Judge Hatchett addressed the crowd and reminisced on her Aunt Frances, who did not have formal education, but motivated her to get through law school. She then dared the audience to “embrace grace”.
“There are some things you didn’t earn but you got any way through God’s grace,” she reminded.
The night concluded with honoring women who have made tremendous contributions in the community. Gloria Lockett, Executive Director and Founder of CAL-PEP was presented the Advocacy Award; and Kimberly Bryant, Founder, Black Girls Code was given the Entrepreneurship Award.
Mills College President Alecia Decoudreaux was presented the Pioneering Award; and, Kim Winston, Senior Manager of Government Affairs for Starbucks received the Corporate Award.
“These four women we honored today exemplify the spirit of Madam C.J. Walker in their respective careers,” said Chapter Founder Cathy Adams.