Portland, May 15th, 2014. The Women Who Lead Luncheon honors women who improve opportunities and expanded political and social participation for underrepresented communities. At the event, Aimee Santos-Lyons and Moira Bowman gathered with friends. The Luncheon at the Nines Hotel was created in 2012 by the Equity Foundation. This year, Jeana Frazzini (Basic Rights Oregon) and Melanie Davis (PQ Monthly/El Hispanic News) were awarded the Women Who Lead Leadership Award, and Kathleen Saadat was the recipient of the Women Who Lead Lifetime Achievement Award. The purpose and mission of the Equity Foundation is to “leverage resources to create social, economic, and political equity for the LGBTQ community”.
From the Equity Foundation:
This Luncheon is our chance to gather together to celebrate and award women who use their voices and their actions to advance equality for the LGBTQ community. They are thinkers and doers—women who pursue their vision with determination and a focus on impact. This award recognizes their commitment to social justice, activism and passion for community-led solutions. It celebrates two high-powered women who are making a difference—leaders who have changed the face of business, education, women’s health, sports and more. These two individuals represent the courage, commitment, and innovative thinking of all the remarkable people who work on the frontlines of social change. Through their extraordinary vision and courageous work, these women are improving the lives of all people in our community.