Activist, Musician, Physician: Women Who Inspire

Mar 8, 2010

Making a difference in countless lives around the globe, the three women being honored at the Women of the World Awards on the afternoon of Saturday, March 13 bring compassion, ingenuity, energy and vision to their work. Organizers hope that those who come to hear and honor the stories of these outstanding women will be inspired to make a difference with their own lives — and beyond. Sponsored by the United Nations Association, Pasadena and the Foothills and the Fifty-Fifty Leadership Association, the Awards go to:

Riane Eisler, attorney, social scientist and leader in the movement for peace, sustainability and economic equity, fled the Nazis as a child. Author of The Chalice and the Blade, she is included in the award-winning book Great Peacemakers as one of 20 leaders for world peace, along with Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Dr. Martin Luther King.

Whitney Kroenke Burditt co-founded Playing for Change, the global effort to connect kids with music education that has become an internet phenomenon while quietly accomplishing its mission of building music schools for communities around the world.

Shilpa Sayana, the angelic-looking curly-locked MD gazing down from billboards throughout Los Angeles, is a renowned HIV expert. Originally from Botswana and educated in the U.S., she specializes in guidance and training for AIDS treatment centers in locations around the world.

Even the location of the awards, Mijares Mexican Restaurant in Pasadena, resonates: Jesucita Mijares was a Hometown Pasadena heroine who escaped a war to build the restaurant more than 80 years ago.

Women of the World Awards
Saturday March 13, 3-6 p.m.
Mijares Restaurant, 145 Palmetto Dr., Pasadena
$35 general admission; $15 students or 818.243.2322



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