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Women in Leadership Conference Going Virtual

Women in Leadership: Changing the World 

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Mission College's fourth Women in Leadership: Changing the World will go virtual on Friday, March 6, with a 30-minute broadcast on Facebook Live and YouTube at 1 p.m.

This year's event will honor three dynamic women-- Palo Alto University Chief Financial Officer Dr. June Klein, California Highway Patrol Commissioner Amanda Ray, and Women's Rights without Frontiers Founder Reggie Littlejohn.

Klein has been the CFO at Palo Alto University for the past 19 years, overseeing business affairs for the private university of 1100 students focused on psychology and counseling. She has been honored as CFO of the Year for non-profits by both the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the Financial Executives International. A graduate of Cal for her MBA, her Ed.D dissertation was on "Cultural Intelligence of Students in an Undergraduate Multicultural Studies Course." Klein is also a part of the Santa Clara County Board of Health.

Ray has been the commissioner of the CHP since March 2020, becoming the Department's first woman in that position in the CHP's 91-year history. Ray began her career in 1990 and has risen the ranks ever since. She served as incident commander for several high-profile events including civil unrest and wildfires. In one of those incidents, she and fellow officers met with protesters and stressed the importance of expanding diversity in the CHP. She was the first woman to be the Team Tactical Commander during Super Bowl 50, down the road from Mission College, at Levi's Stadium. She is a graduate of Cal as well.

Littlejohn leads an international coalition to expose and oppose forced abortion, gendercide, and sexual slavery through her organization, Women's Rights Without Frontiers. It is a left-right human rights and humanitarian coalition. An expert on China's One-Child Policy, she has testified before Congress, as well as Parliaments in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland, and briefs members of the State Department, the White House, and the Vatican. Littlejohn is a graduate of Yale Law School and has represented Chinese refugees seeking political asylum.

The event will be broadcast on Mission College's social media channels: YouTube/go2missionSC and facebook.com/missioncollegesantaclara.


Previous Honorees

2020

  • Pediatrician Nadera Varamini
  • Oneva CEO Anita Darden Gardyne
  • Stanford MediaX Executive Director Martha Russell

2019

  • Apple/Ford Motors Joy Mountford
  • Tetra Tech/U.S. Foreign Affairs Nilmini Rubin
  • San Jose Councilwoman Devora Davis
  • Stanford Biomedical Data's Suzanna Tamang

2018

  • People Centered Internet Founder Mei Lin Fung
  • EP3 Foundation CEO Marsali Hancock