5:00 PM17:00

How Women Lead: Annual Spotlight Awards for Women Leading in Social Justice, Philanthropy and Film

The Spotlight Awards is an initiative of How Women Lead. The Spotlight Awards were created to honor those courageous leaders reshaping the landscape for women and girls. Join us on Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at the Merchant Exchange Club in San Francisco. This is an award ceremony and film screening event honoring:

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar - Si Se Puede Award

Aimee Allison - Setting the Scene Pacesetter Award

Norah Shapiro - Changing the Narrative Award

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4:30 PM16:30

People Get Ready II

Our great conference committee is working hard to put together an empowering space and sharp program for People Get Ready II! Building on the 2017 conference, People Get Ready II will feature penetrating analysis of the current political landscape and the balance of power, along with exploration of effective strategies and tactics for beating back the Trumpist assault, advancing the work of grassroots movements, and building a more united and influential Left.

Our power comes from working and learning together to fight for a better world, so join us for People Get Ready II on November 17th, 2018.

We are still finalizing our program, but to give you a preview we are in the last stages of putting together discussions covering some of the following:

  • militarism and war

  • gains and setbacks in the wake of the midterm elections

  • working conditions and worker organizing

  • fighting against fascist and authoritarian movements growing in the US and abroad

  • fights for land and against displacement

  • anti-capitalism and the socialist project

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2:00 PM14:00

UC Berkeley Lecture: #Metoo: Women & Work Law & Policy Seminar

The explosive #metoo global movement has elevated the conversation about gender equity, sexual harassment, and policies that advance working conditions for women. This course will examine current legal and policy debates on gender pay equity, sexual harassment, paid sick leave and paid family leave, scheduling issues, and intersectional race and gender equity for women of color in the workplace. Students in the three-unit seminar will be invited to participate in an additional one-unit practicum that allows them to work on current legal and policy efforts to advance conditions for women in the workplace.

Class # 15464

Class Type: Lec Section #011

Location: GSPP 355

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10:00 AM10:00

She The People Summit

It is time to celebrate and usher in a new era in American politics. On Thursday, September 20, 2018 in San Francisco, the inaugural She the People Summit—an unprecedented national gathering of women of color transforming U.S. politics—will mark this moment in history of our rise. Founded and led by Aimee Allison, president of Democracy in Color and host of the "Democracy in Color" podcast, the summit will convene leading changemakers in national progressive politics. We are coming together to strengthen our collective bonds, to organize our common efforts, and to realize the political power of women of color in 2018, 2020, and beyond. shethepeople.org

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12:30 PM12:30

Netroots Nation - “Hidden Figures” Panel & Keynote

Hear remarks from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris and candidate Deb Haaland. Plus, join us for “Hidden Figures: How Women of Color are Making History in the Midterms,” a panel discussion featuring women of color who are leading the way to progressive victories in key states.

Women of color lead the most vibrant movements of our day and are the nation’s often-unacknowledged strongest progressives at the polls. The turnout and the numbers tell the story: Women of color are the critical swing vote leading wins at the polls in 2018, 2020 and beyond. The most underrepresented group, women of color are poised to make history this year; but this transformational moment requires progressives to invest deeply in the leadership and vision of women of color. We’ll hear from the nation’s “hidden figures”—strategists who are women of color, who have demonstrated the power of electoral strategies that leverage deep knowledge of community priorities and networks and prioritize the new American majority framework to win elections in Alabama, Virginia, Texas, Georgia and beyond. These strategists are creating new possibilities for progressive victories, in areas where Republicans and moderate Democrats have dominated the agenda.

Moderator - Aimee Allison

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4:30 PM16:30

Netroots Nation - Brown Is the New White: 2018 and the New American Majority

  • Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (map)
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Democrats have a tremendous opportunity to win big in 2018. But they will need to abandon the myth of the “white swing-voter” and build transformative campaigns capable of expanding the electorate and tapping the New American Majority: the multiracial, multicultural, and progressive coalition of voters consisting of people of color and progressive whites. This panel will discuss strategies for 2018 and feature candidates whose campaigns have demonstrated the power of mobilizing this majority and building a truly reflective democracy.

Led by: Aimee Allison

Panelists: Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, Annie Weinberg

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1:00 PM13:00


Panel: For the Culture: Harnessing the Power of Black Women to Transform America

Sponsors: Collective PAC, Color of Change, Democracy in Color, Higher Heights and MoveOn

The event will consist of two panels. One will focus on cultural change and the other will focus on political change. Both panels will feature a mix of Black women cultural producers and political leaders. After the panels, we’ll have a wine reception.

The event will be livestreamed on Facebook.

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7:00 PM19:00

KQED Newsroom

Guest: Aimee Allison. This weekly news series features award-winning journalists Thuy Vu and Scott Shafer. It includes engaging roundtable discussions, in-depth reporting and analysis from all KQED News sources, and interviews with newsmakers and Bay Area innovators. It premieres Fridays at 7pm on KQED Public Television 9, repeats over the weekend on several KQED TV channels. 

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6:00 PM18:00

UC Berkeley Salon Gala

Event Schedule 

6-7 PM Cocktail hour

7-7:30 PM Brandt and Anderson Awards Presentation

7:30-8:30 PM A Coalition of the Center featuring featuring William Galston and William Kristol, in conversation with Aimee Allison



This year, registration will take place upstairs at the entrance of the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Please proceed directly to the 15th floor upon entering the building. The IGS Event Staff will assist with event check-in. 

Dress Code

The dress code for the IGS Salon Gala is business casual.

Parking and Transportation 


Starting at 5:30 pm complimentary valet parking services will be provided to all guests, curbside at 465 California Street.


The nearest public parking garages are located at:

  • St. Mary's Square Parking Garage, 433 Kearny Street @ California
  • Portsmouth Square Garage, 733 Kearny Street @ Clay

Public Transportation

The Montgomery BART station will provide the nearest access to the Julia Morgan Ballroom.  Upon exiting the station, proceed 4 blocks north until reaching California Street, and turn right. The Ballroom is located mid-block on the right side facing Market Street.

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10:45 AM10:45

Healing our Divided Society: Investing in America Fifty Years After the Kerner Report

  • 800 21st Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20052 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Full Event from 8:30am to 11:45pm.

Fifty years ago this March, the Kerner Commission, appointed by President Lyndon Johnson, issued a seminal report on racial division and disparities in the United States. The report was produced in response to civil unrest that raged across the country. In the 1968 report, the commission concluded that, “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.” Today, many of the same issues plague the country, and concerns over civil rights, racial division, and racial disparities are, in many ways, more pressing than ever.

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Power Rising Summit


The Power Rising Summit provides a space for Black women, from coast to coast, to come together as one.

Every election season, the sophistication of voter engagement efforts increases and becomes more dynamic. Therefore, it's important for organizers and community leaders to understand new methods for reaching voters - both in-person and digitally - and how they can maximize their work to effectively increase turnout at the polls. 


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8:00 PM20:00

Black Women in San Francisco Politics Panel

This discussion, "Democracy Rescued: The Challenges and Opportunities Facing Black Women in Politics,” will explore some of the challenges Black women face when navigating the political space and the ways that we can do more to make room for Black women to lead.

Featuring: Aimee Allison, Hon. Malia Cohen, Kimberly Ellis, Christine Johnson, and Meena Harris (moderator)

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8:00 PM20:00

Women's March San Francisco

Aimee is speaking around 12:30 p.m. on the main stage!

The Women's March Bay Area will unite in San Jose and San Francisco to reaffirm our commitment to building a positive and just future for all, and to celebrate the spirit of resistance efforts over the past year. This rally is designed to engage and empower all people to support women's rights, human rights, social and environmental justice, and to encourage participation in 2018 midterm elections.

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