Hayward Honors Local Women


The City of Hayward will honor four local women at the third “Hayward Honors Women” event on Thursday, March 26, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall, 777 B Street in Hayward.

Former Hayward City Councilmember Mark Salinas founded the event in 2012.


This year’s program will celebrate the history of American women and also examine issues of gender equality with a panel discussion moderated by Janet Reilly, host of “The Mix,” a news magazine show on NBC Bay Area.


These women represent different generations, backgrounds and professions, and each will offer her unique perspective on historic women’s issues while discussing the challenges that women continue to face.


Gail Steele
Gail Steele

Panelists include Gail Steele, former Hayward City Councilmember and long-time Alameda County Supervisor; Cecily Joseph, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer for Symantec Corporation; Farima Pour-Khorshid, a third-year Ph.D. student and part-time kindergarten bilingual teacher; and Ana Rangel, a recent UC Berkeley graduate and former participant in outreach programs such as Puente and Upward Bound. Rangel now works as a college adviser for YEAH Programs at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.


“We’ve assembled a truly remarkable group of Hayward women for this year’s event,” said Mayor Barbara Halliday.


Farima Pour-Khorshid
Farima Pour-Khorshid

“They reflect the city’s unparalleled diversity, and each one of them brings a completely different, incredibly valuable voice to the discussion. This should be an interesting and engaging event that will appeal to individuals of all ages.”


The event is free and light refreshments will be provided. A networking reception will follow the panel discussion and Q&A session.


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