Oakland’s Black Chamber of Commerce Honors 8 Women Leaders

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Chairwoman Shonda Scott (l) and honorees: Gay Cobb, Alameda County Superintendent Karen Monroe, Coun¬cilmember Lynette McElhaney, Dr. Donna Carey, Obai Rambo, representative from the office of Sen. Kamala Har¬ris; Hon. Dezie Woods-Jones, Tatyana Kalinga , representative from the office of U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee and Donna Ziegler, Alameda County General Counsel. Photo by Carmichael Images.

The Oakland African Amer­ican Chamber of Commerce honored eight Black women leaders who have broken the glass ceiling in various areas in the community on July 17, 2019, at the Impact Hub in Oakland.

“All of us on the stage rep­resent the Chamber’s vast membership and business community: we are doctors, lawyers, elected officials, educators and entrepreneurs,” said Shonda Scott, herself OAACC’s first woman leader. “Collectively, we are more powerful, coming together and each representing our strength in the community.”

Scott was also serenaded by musical guest Grammy award-winner D’Wayne Wiggins of R&B group Tony Toni Tone.

More than 200 people at­tended, among them Alameda County supervisors Nate Mi­ley and Keith Carson; Oakland City Council members Lynette McElhaney, Nikki Fortunato Bas and Loren Taylor and representatives of the offices of Mayor Libby Schaaf, Vice Mayor Larry Reid, Congress­woman Barbara Lee and Sena­tor Kamala Harris.

The event’s presenting sponsor was Kaiser Perman­ente and title sponsors were Lane Partners, JP Morgan Chase, CoMerica, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the Golden State Warriors and the Oak­land Athletics.

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