YWCA Silicon Valley 24th Annual Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: Geena Davis
Academy Award and Golden Globe winner
Founder, Geena Davis Institution on Gender in Media

Thursday, October 9, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Social Networking
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Lunch and Program
Santa Clara Convention Center

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Academy Award winner Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks.  Earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, Ms. Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show Commander in Chief.

In 1989, Ms. Davis received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the offbeat dog trainer Muriel Pritchett in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist.  She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance as Thelma in Ridley Scott’s Thelma and Louise, in which she co-starred with Susan Sarandon. Read more


The Annual YWCA Luncheon has earned its reputation as the most powerful non-profit event in the Silicon Valley. It also serves as the YWCA's largest annual fundraiser. Funds are used to support the organization's community programs and services that annually serve more than 18,000 women and families.

Over 40 companies and individuals sponsor the annual luncheon and more than 80 community volunteers serve as Table Captains, inviting friends, family, and business associates to the luncheon. Total attendance for the event is expected to be over 1,500 people. This is a non-ticketed fundraising event; guests attend as an individual or sponsored guest. A donation appeal will be made during the event, requesting a donation of $150.00 or more to support the on-going programs and services of the YWCA Silicon Valley. To attend or sponsor, contact events@ywca-sv.org, or call (408) 295-4011 ext. 216.


Past Keynote Speakers

2013 - Jane Goodall, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

2012 - Jackie Joyner-Kersee - Six-time Olympic Medalist, Motivational Speaker, Founder, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation

2011 - Dee Dee Myers, White House Press Secretary, 1993-1994

2010 - Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian

2009 - Sonia Manzano, award winning TV star, script writer, and author of children's books

2008 - Alfre Woodard, accomplished actress and advocate for civil rights in South Africa

Earlier speakers