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Equal Rights Advocates proudly recognizes long-time supporter Kelly M. Dermody as a 2017 Gender Justice Honoree for her decades-long commitment to civil rights and role as a post-election galvanizer of the progressive legal community to support vulnerable communities. This award is given each year to civil rights champions who have contributed to the movement for gender equality.

Kelly is Managing Partner at the San Francisco office of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and chair of the firm’s employment practice group. She has led groundbreaking class and collective action cases on behalf of workers and consumers, and helped millions of women in the process. She’s received just about every legal award there is in recognition of her tremendous intellect and skills, including being named one of the top 100 attorneys in California by The Daily Journal, and top 75 labor and employment lawyers in the state. In 2006, California Lawyer magazine awarded her its prestigious California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award for her successful prosecution of several class action lawsuits against California’s main hospital chains for charging the uninsured exorbitant and unconscionable prices for medical care.

She has been an inspirational leader in law for over two decades, over which time she has earned tremendous respect and credibility in the legal community. But her incredible dedication to social justice also transcends the courtroom. She has not only served with distinction as a board member for many non-profit organizations, she has been a tremendous force for collective action among us post-election. She spearheaded the high-impact Good Ally Conference in January, gathering over 1,000 members of the legal community to coordinate support for communities affected by policy changes after the election. We thank Kelly and other organizers of this gathering, at which Equal Rights Advocates and the Family Violence Law Center kicked off planning for the Network to Stop School Sexual Violence.

“ERA has always been a fierce champion for women and girls, and understands the critical need for an intersectional, inclusive justice movement,” said Kelly. “I am honored to support and work with ERA in its fight for dignity and equity for all.”

This award will be given on June 14, 2017 at ERA’s annual gala luncheon.

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Equal Rights Advocates proudly recognizes long-time supporter and former board chair Ghada Saliba-Malouf as a 2017 Gender Justice Honoree. This award is given each year to civil rights champions who have contributed to the movement for gender equality, and whose support and partnership have made ERA stronger.

“We are thrilled to honor Ghada Saliba-Malouf as a Gender Justice Honoree. She is one of the most cherished leaders in the movement and legal profession who brings grace, passion, and an impressive intellect to all her endeavors,” said ERA executive director Noreen Farrell.

Ghada Saliba-Malouf is Senior Vice President & Managing Counsel in the Law Department at Wells Fargo Bank.  She is based in San Francisco and leads a team of attorneys that provide legal counsel and advice to the Investment & Fiduciary Services business line of the Wealth, Brokerage and Retirement division at Wells Fargo. Throughout her tenure at Wells Fargo, Ghada has been a leader on issues involving team member development, diversity and inclusion, and the mentorship of young women. Ghada currently chairs the Department’s Talent Management Committee.   Previously, Ghada served as the Executive Advisor of the Middle East Team Member Network, was a member of the Wells Fargo Enterprise Diversity Council, and co-chaired the Law Department inaugural Diversity Council.  Her involvement in the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives earned Ghada the General Counsel’s Award for Diversity in 2012.

In the San Francisco community, Ghada has been active in various civic and community organizations.  Ghada recently concluded six years of service on the Board of Directors ERA.  She was board chair from 2013 to 2016 and played a significant role in the organization’s Finance and Development committees, as well as the organization’s 40th Anniversary Campaign. Ghada, an immigrant from Lebanon, was recently featured in an ERA blog celebrating immigrant women on International Women’s Day. Ghada also serves on the Advisory Board of the Arab Film Festival.

Previously, Ghada served as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission for eight consecutive years. She was originally appointed by Mayor Frank Jordan in 1995 and re-appointed by Mayor Willie L. Brown in 1996. She was Chair of the Commission from 1999-2003.  Her work on the Commission involved the initiation of a legislative agenda which promoted a number of civil rights initiatives including the city’s Minority, Women and Local Business Enterprise Ordinance.

Ghada received her BA in Legal Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and her JD from Golden Gate University. In 2016, Ghada was named Alumni of the Year by Golden Gate University. She resides in San Mateo with her husband and daughter.

“As an immigrant, I am passionate about ERA’s advocacy on behalf of immigrant women, girls, and their families, remedying the wrongs that befall them and allowing them access to legal services when they suffer injustice,” said Ghada. “For me, organizations like ERA are a great equalizer in a democratic society’s path to opportunity, opening doors and paving the way for access and economic security.”

This award will be given on June 14, 2017 at ERA’s annual gala luncheon.

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Equal Rights Advocates proudly recognizes the U.C. Berkley Women’s Field Hockey Team and their coach, Shellie Onstead, as 2017 Gender Justice Honorees. This award is given each year to civil rights champions who have contributed to the movement for gender equality.

ERA has been proud to stand alongside these brave women in their courageous pursuit of equitable playing facilities at U.C. Berkeley. Their four-year quest for equitable playing fields was led by inspirational team members, including Emily Catan; Courtney Hendrickson; Kristen Lee; Monica Marrazzo; Jamie Stankiewiz; and Michaela Swensen.  

Coach Onstead has been a staunch advocate for her team and the sport of women’s field hockey. A California Hall of Fame inductee and former USA National Field Hockey Team player, she has coached at UC Berkeley since 1995. Coach Onstead is a five-time NorPac Conference Coach of the Year and guided the Bears to 7 NCAA appearances. She has advanced the sport at the national and international levels through her work with USA Field Hockey and as an assistant coach to the U.S. women's team at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.

“The UC Berkeley Women’s Field Hockey Team and the coach Shellie Onstead are an inspiration to young women across the country continuing the fight for equality on the playing fields and beyond,” said Noreen Farrell, ERA executive director.

“The experience championing sports equity at Cal with ERA has helped me, and the young women I work with, overcome a very difficult time and opened our eyes to basic rights, advocacy and what it means to stand up,” said Shellie. “To say it has been life-changing is an understatement. The ERA team has been incredibly inspiring and empowering. Thank you from all of us.”

This award will be given on June 14, 2017 at ERA’s annual gala luncheon.

 

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Equal Rights Advocates proudly recognizes partner organization, Alliance for Girls (AFG), and its founding director, Emma Mayerson, as 2017 Gender Justice Honorees. This award is given each year to civil rights champions who have contributed to the movement for gender equality, and whose support and partnership have made ERA stronger.

AFG is a membership association of more than 150 organizations and individuals serving more than 300,000 girls in the Bay Area. Under Emma’s leadership, AFG has become the largest alliance of girls’ organizations and champions in the nation, working collectively to ensure girl-serving organizations are more connected, more effective, and better able to prepare the girls of today to be the leaders of tomorrow.

In partnership with Oakland Unified School District, AFG and Equal Rights Advocates and other AFG members have collaborated to drive groundbreaking changes to better support girls of color and others at the margins. Through the process, AFG has prioritized fostering girls as leaders in district reform in what will be a model for school districts across the country.

“Equal Rights Advocates thanks Emma Mayerson and Alliance for Girls for inspiring collaboration and high-impact reforms benefiting thousands of girls,” stated Equal Rights Advocates Executive Director Noreen Farrell.

“Alliance for Girls is honored to receive this recognition from Equal Rights Advocates - a long-time member of the Alliance whose legal expertise and contributions to grassroots, community-based organizations has enabled deep systemic change across the Bay Area, including our recent successful partnership with Oakland Unified School District to combat sexual harassment in schools,” said Emma. “Thank you ERA for this honor, and for your partnership!”

This award will be given on June 14, 2017 at ERA’s annual gala luncheon.

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Kelly is Managing Partner at the San Francisco office of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and chair of the firm’s employment practice group. She has led groundbreaking class and collective action cases on behalf of workers and consumers, and helped millions of women in the process. She’s received just about every legal award there is in recognition of her tremendous intellect and skills, including being named one of the top 100 attorneys in California by The Daily Journal, and top 75 labor and employment lawyers in the state. In 2006, California Lawyer magazine awarded her its prestigious California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award for her successful prosecution of several class action lawsuits against California’s main hospital chains for charging the uninsured exorbitant and unconscionable prices for medical care.

She has been an inspirational leader in law for over two decades, over which time she has earned tremendous respect and credibility in the legal community. But her incredible dedication to social justice also transcends the courtroom. She has not only served with distinction as a board member for many non-profit organizations, she has been a tremendous force for collective action among us post-election. She spearheaded the high-impact Good Ally Conference in January, gathering over 1,000 members of the legal community to coordinate support for communities affected by policy changes after the election. We thank Kelly and other organizers of this gathering, at which Equal Rights Advocates and the Family Violence Law Center kicked off planning for the Network to Stop School Sexual Violence.

“ERA has always been a fierce champion for women and girls, and understands the critical need for an intersectional, inclusive justice movement,” said Kelly. “I am honored to support and work with ERA in its fight for dignity and equity for all.”

This award will be given on June 14, 2017 at ERA’s annual gala luncheon.

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Kelly Dermody – 2017 Gender Justice Honoree

June 9, 2017 | by

Equal Rights Advocates proudly recognizes long-time supporter Kelly M. Dermody as a 2017 Gender Justice Honoree for her decades-long commitment to civil rights and role as a post-election galvanizer...
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Ghada Saliba-Malouf – 2017 Gender Justice Honoree

June 9, 2017 | by

Equal Rights Advocates proudly recognizes long-time supporter and former board chair Ghada Saliba-Malouf as a 2017 Gender Justice Honoree. This award is given each year to civil rights champions who...
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Shellie Onstead and the UC Berkeley Women’s Field Hockey Team – 2017 Gender Justice Honoree

June 9, 2017 | by

Equal Rights Advocates proudly recognizes the U.C. Berkley Women’s Field Hockey Team and their coach, Shellie Onstead, as 2017 Gender Justice Honorees. This award is given each year to civil rights...
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Emma Mayerson and Alliance for Girls – 2017 Gender Justice Honoree

June 8, 2017 | by

Equal Rights Advocates proudly recognizes partner organization, Alliance for Girls (AFG), and its founding director, Emma Mayerson, as 2017 Gender Justice Honorees. This award is given each year to...
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