Patricia A. Ford is the founder and principal of DeElla & Associates, LLC. Founded in 2007, DeElla & Associates is a political strategy and labor relations consulting firm that provides campaign strategy, political and public relations services to an array of clients.
Ford’s new endeavor encompasses her passion for justice and equality for all people. She was elected International Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in 1996 and reelected in 2000. She was one of the highest-ranking African Americans in a North American union and among the most influential black women in the labor movement. Ford headed SEIU’s government affairs program and coordinated its international affairs and civil and human rights activities.
Ford began her career as a union activist while working as a clerical worker at Alameda County’s Highland Hospital, where she led a successful effort to affiliate the union with SEIU as Local 616. During her tenure, SEIU expanded their local union state councils from 6 states to 21 states.
Patricia A. Ford has one son, Andre, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Barbara Williams | Mistress of Ceremonies
Barbara Williams is a connector, citizen of the world and award-winning leader with a global mindset. She develops high-level relationship alliances that foster collaboration and commitment in order to align diversity strategies with business objectives which drive innovation and organizational success.
Barbara is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Oracle. She has been recognized for her strategic planning ability, her talent for developing and cultivating high-performing teams and her keen business acumen.
Prior to Oracle, Barbara worked at Sun Microsystems were she focused on creating innovative strategic programs and partnerships.
She is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist on a variety of leadership topics for corporate leadership summits and organizations including German Marshall Fund, Value of a Veteran Recruiting Conference, Diversity Best Practices, Fountain Blue When She Speaks, Women of Color STEM Conference, Powerful Women of the Bay and the Hispanic IT Executive Council.
Barbara completed her Bachelor of Science degree and Master’s Degree at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Shellye Archambeau | 2014 Honoree
Ms. Archambeau is the CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based, Governance, Risk, Compliance (GRC) and Quality Management software company that helps companies around the world improve their business performance. Under Ms. Archambeau’s leadership, MetricStream has grown into a recognized global market leader with over 1000 employees around the world.
As a member of the board of directors for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Ms. Archambeau has led initiatives and Washington, DC delegations to address regulatory compliance and improve governance. She served on the Board of Directors, and the Audit and Technology committees for media research company, Arbitron, Inc. [NYSE: ARB] from 2005 until acquired by Nielsen in 2013. She currently serves on the board of directors of Verizon Communications Inc. [NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ].
Ms. Archambeau is frequently quoted in top-tier media including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Compliance Week, Silicon Valley Business Journal, and currently pens a column on leadership and entrepreneurship for Xconomy.
In April 2013, Ms. Archambeau was named the “#2 Most Influential African American in Technology” by Business Insider.
Suzanne Lee Chan | 2014 Honoree
Suzanne “Sue” Lee Chan, is the daughter of immigrant parents from China. She was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, at a time when ethnic diversity was essentially non-existent.
Sue earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Immunology with Honors at Cal State Los Angeles. She has been a clinical bacteriologist, researcher at the National Institute of Health and adjunct professor at number of Bay Area Colleges.
A long time community activist and leader, Sue was elected to the Fremont City Council in 2008, Sue proudly represents her Asian Pacific Islander community with passion and heart that has led to leadership positions on local, county, state, and national levels. She currently chairs the League of California Cities API Diversity Caucus and the National League of Cities Asian Pacific American Municipal Officers.
A strong advocate for ethnic diversity, affordable housing, access to health, senior services, and veterans affairs, Sue continues to fight for those less fortunate and in need.
Sue and husband, Dr. Steven Chan are the proud parents of two grown sons, Scott and Tracy.
Dale Marie Golden | 2014 Honoree
Dale Marie has been in banking over twenty years. During her 14 years at Wells Fargo Bank she was awarded for her achievements in Customer Service, Sales and Leadership. She was part of a team that opened a new community bank in Oakland named Alta Alliance Bank which now is Torrey Pines Bank. She opened the Piedmont branch in February of 2007 and is now back at the headquarters in Oakland.
She currently serves as Vice President and the Head of Women’s Business and Non Profit Banking Program.
She is a founding member and former Co-chair of East Bay Women In Business Roundtable. She is a founding member, former President and current Growth Coordinator of Visions of Exchange. She is a member and Vice President of East Bay Women In Business. She currently serves on the Women’s Initiative Board and is on the Steering Committee for the Oakland Symphony and the League of Women Voters.
In 2012 she graduated from the Leadership Class and is currently serving as the Treasurer to the newly formed Leadership Oakland Alumni Association. Dale Marie graduated from Colby College in Maine and Pomona College in CA with a Major in American History and a Minor in Education. She went to graduate school for English at the University of Rochester in NY.
Linda Harrison | 2014 Honoree
Linda Harrison is the Chief Executive Officer for the Museum of the African Diaspora in addition to being the founder of The Harrison Team at Sotheby’s International Real Estate, San Francisco. In this role she is responsible for the sales and development of investment and marketing strategies for properties in San Francisco Bay Area and International Communities. She is currently recognized for facilitating the highest sales in Luxury Apartment Building, asking $16M for an undisclosed record price, a clear result of her vast experience, strong negotiating skills and professionalism.
Linda is frequently an Instructor Speaker - speaking frequently on Real Estate Trends, business growth, communications, impact of Technology in Real Estate, including keynotes at GMAC Sales Conference, Pacific Union New Sales Team Training, Frameline International Film Festival.
She is currently Board of Directors Vice-Chair, Public Policy Forum -California Association of Realtors, has held several key leadership Chair positions within the California Association of Realtors. Board of Directors Chair, Housing Opportunities Committee - San Francisco Association of Realtors, had held several key leadership Chair positions within the San Francisco Association of Realtors.
Lisa Lambert | 2014 Honoree
Lisa Lambert is a vice-president of Intel Capital and managing director focused on Services, Open Source, & Machine to Machine Software investments. Lisa is a voting member of Intel Capital’s investment committee. Lisa joined Intel Capital in 1999.
Prior to that, she held a Product Marketing Management position with Intel’s Desktop Products Group with responsibility for the Pentium II, III processor family. Lisa has invested in and managed exits from VMware (IPO), MySQL (acquired by Sun), Endeca (acquired by Oracle), DATAllegro (acquired by Microsoft), JBoss (acquired by Red Hat), Financial Engines (IPO), Gaikai (acquired by Sony), DynamicOps (acquired by VMware), Accertify (acquired by AMEX), OpenFeint (acquired by Gree), Jajah (acquired by Telefonica), Kingsoft (IPO), Enjoyor (IPO), Tobesoft (IPO), Perceptive Pixel (acquired by Microsoft), Joulex (acquired by CISCO), and CPower (acquired by Constellation Energy), to name a few.
Lisa is founder and executive director of UPWARD (www.upwardwomen.org), a professional non-profit organization focused on accelerating careers of senior professional women. Lisa has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS/MIS from Pennsylvania State University.
Malia Cohen | 2014 Honoree
Supervisor Malia Cohen was elected in November 2010 to represent the residents of San Francisco’s 10th District, including the Bayview Hunters Point, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods. Supervisor Cohen serves as Chair of the Transportation Authority Finance Committee, Chair of the Government, Audit and Oversight Committee, member of the Rules Committee.
Since being elected Supervisor for San Francisco’s tenth district, Supervisor Malia Cohen has prioritized developing policies and legislation that keeps the residents of San Francisco’s Southeastern neighborhoods working, healthy and safe.
She also serves as Vice Chair of the San Francisco Retirement System (SFRS), member of the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board and member of First 5 Commission of San Francisco. Since being elected Supervisor for San Francisco’s tenth district in 2010, Supervisor Malia Cohen has prioritized developing policies and legislation that keeps the residents of San Francisco’s Southeastern neighborhoods working, healthy and safe.
Supervisor Cohen was born and raised in San Francisco. She earned a BA in Political Science from Fisk University and a MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Teresa Deloach Reed | 2014 Honoree
Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed began her fire service career as a firefighter when she joined the San Jose Fire Department October 6, 1986. Chief Deloach Reed served a broad range of ranks in the Fire Service and has a wide range of professional skill sets. As she rose through the ranks, she held the positions of Fire Engineer, Fire Inspector, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Chief.
Chief Deloach Reed has shared her professional expertise on a regional level by serving as a voting member of the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative, where she worked to advance the implementation of accountability and transparency of the UASI management team.
Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed was recently appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the State Fire Service Board which advises the State Fire Marshal and advances the training and development of fire personnel.
Fire Chief Deloach Reed holds an AA Degree from Evergreen Valley College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
Melanie M. Shelby | 2014 C. DIANE HOWELL ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Melanie M. Shelby is an award winning professional with a 20-plus year track record of accelerating business objectives for top tier brands such as AEG, Allstate, California Department of Insurance, Comcast, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, State Farm and others. She resides on the dynamic leadership team at Gray, Greer, Shelby & Vaughn LLC, a certified minority and woman owned public affairs firm.
GGSV specializes in 21st century solutions that empower businesses. The firm leverages their platinum relationships to influence decision makers, mobilize constituencies and shape public dialogue to increase financial, political and social capital for organizations. Most recently, GGSV was instrumental in the passage of Assembly Bill 53, game changing legislation for the Insurance Industry in California. The bill requires insurance carriers that write premiums of $100 million plus to biennially report goods and services procured from firms owned by disabled veterans, minorities and women to California’s statewide elected Insurance Commissioner.
Melanie holds a degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.