Bay Area Women's Summit

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Event Details

When women succeed, the world moves forward


Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco and Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland hosted the first ever Bay Area Women’s Summit in June 2016. The Summit featured regional and national leaders and was an action-oriented and policy solution-focused event. More than 1000 people attended the sold out and live-streamed Summit at San Francisco’s Moscone Center for a day of inspiration, ideas, and commitments to action.

Topics Included

  • Economic Empowerment
  • Workplace Benefits and Policies
  • Working Families and Childcare
  • Women in Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education and STEM
  • Mentorship and Networking


A Glimpse of the Day

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Mayor Ed Lee signing pledge
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Mayor Libby Schaaf speaking

Pledge Summaries

Over 450 pledges were made by attendees of the Bay Area Women’s Summit.

Mayor Lee made the following pledges:

  • To allocate $6 million dollars over the next two years to maintain and increase subsidized child care spaces for low-income families in San Francisco. The funds are also intended to support wage increases for child care workers, who are predominantly women.
  • To implement online implicit bias training and sexual harassment training for City and County of San Francisco employees, prioritizing Department of Human Resources employees, hiring managers, and public facing employees, and to implement in-person implicit bias training for all San Francisco Police Department employees over the next two years.
  • To continue to prioritize funding for the prevention and intervention of violence against women and to invest $11.8 million over the next 2 years in programs that fund 38 community-based programs and serve over 24,000 individuals, primarily women survivors of violence, with over 31,000 hours of supportive services annually.

Mayor Schaaf made the following pledges:

  • To support 1,500 low income mothers of new babies in the next three years through the Brilliant Bay Program by opening college savings accounts for their babies with seed funding of $500 each.
  • To host a series of film festivals throughout the city of Oakland that focus on encouraging and empowering girls. In partnership with Girls, Inc. they will raise awareness of issues that face girls in Oakland and beyond.
  • To reduce the demand for buying sex by 1000 buyers and uplift and support the work of the DA’s office and Oakland CEASE to crack down on repeat offenders and deter new buyers.

Cisco made the following pledges:

  • Cisco designed a pay parity framework to expand their ability to achieve the goal that all employees are paid fairly and equitably. Based on an inclusive holistic approach that takes into consideration both gender and ethnicity, the framework introduces powerful new analytics and targeted strategies to:
    • Identify critical factors and root causes influencing pay parity
    • Validate parity through regular testing, using findings to enhance Cisco’s already-existing guidelines on pay parity
    • Proactively monitor, intervene, and minimize disparities over time
  • Cisco’s pay parity strategies include regular reviews of their comprehensive data and monitoring of their environment.

PG&E made the following pledges:

  • Over the past year, PG&E has added more than 60 mothers’ rooms at its facilities – each equipped with hospital-grade pumps and refrigerators for use by nursing moms.
  • PG&E has increased spending with women-owned suppliers by 41% over the past 5 years.
  • To redesign PG&E’s benefit packages to offer paid parental leave benefits
  • To spend $1.7 million in 2016, on California education and workforce development programs through the Better Together Giving Program, to ensure PG&E’s workforce reflects the communities they serve.

Kaiser Permanente made the following pledge:

  • To make the Bay Area one of the healthiest regions in the Nation by focusing on one of the key social determinants of health – wealth and income for women on the region. To do this, Kaiser Permanente will donate $100K to KIVA ZIP for loans to support women entrepreneurs.

And many more attendees made their own personal and professional pledges to address issues women face in their homes, their places of work, and their communities.

Highlighted Speakers

valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama

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Rosie Rios

Rosie Rios Treasurer of the United States

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Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter President & CEO, New America

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Ai-jen Poo

Ai-jen Poo Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

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Angela Glover Blackwell

Angela Glover Blackwell President & CEO, PolicyLink

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Lori Nishiura MacKenzie

Lori Nishiura MacKenzie Executive Director, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford

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Joshua Levs

Joshua Levs Author, Journalist & Speaker

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Julie Hanna

Julie Hanna Executive Chair of the Board, Kiva

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Media & Reports

Highlighted Press


Empowerment Sponsors

  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kilroy

Equity Leaders

  • Chevron
  • Cisco
  • Comcast NBC Universal
  • Microsoft
  • PG&E
  • United Airlines

Opportunity Partners

  • AT&T
  • AutoDesk
  • Diane Wilsey
  • Uber

Corporate Leaders

  • Bank of America
  • Charles Schwab
  • Genentech
  • Recology

Community Leaders

  • California Healthcare Foundation
  • Gap Inc.
  • Google
  • Lennar Urban
  • San Francisco Giants
  • Shorenstein
  • Webcore Builders
  • Wells Fargo


  • Blue Sheild of California
  • Duane Morris

Community Partners

  • Bartable
  • San Francisco Department of Technology
  • Eventbrite
  • Golden Gate Restaurant Association
  • Park Central Hotel
  • San Francisco Arts Commission
  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
  • San Francisco Water Power Sewer
  • Urbansitter
  • Wente Wine