Virtual 27th Annual Awards Luncheon
Featuring keynote speaker: Stephanie Ruhle
With special guests: Jane Fonda, Cecile Richards, and Kim Foxx
Honoring: Bryan Howard, Heather Booth, and Toi Hutchinson
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | Pre-Luncheon Events: 11:00 AM | Luncheon Program: Noon
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Stephanie Ruhle anchors “MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle” and appears across all NBC News and MSNBC platforms as NBC News’ Senior Business Correspondent. Ruhle has interviewed titans in politics, business, entertainment and sports. As a Wall Street veteran, she is known for bringing her business acumen and hard-hitting style to high profile interviews and original reporting. Ruhle is also the host of the podcast, “Modern Ruhles: Compelling Conversations During Culturally Complicated Times” with the goal of understanding and respecting ideas that conflict with our own. Ruhle plays an active role in women’s leadership development, having founded the Corporate Investment Bank Women’s Network and co-chaired Women on Wall Street. Ruhle is a member of the board of trustees for Girls Inc. NYC and in 2016 was honored as one of their Women of the Year.
Heather Booth is a civil rights activist, feminist, and political strategist who founded Chicago’s Jane Collective. Her organizing work started with the civil rights movement, anti-Vietnam War efforts, and women’s movements of the 1960s. Heather is the founding Director and now President of the Midwest Academy—an organization training social change leaders and organizers. She has directed and worked on numerous national campaigns, including the 2000 NAACP National Voter Fund, the Health Care Campaign, Americans for Financial Reform, the Alliance for Citizenship, and many others.
The Jane Collective was an underground Chicago-based organization run by a group of women who put themselves at risk to help women obtain (then, illegal) abortions from 1969 until abortions became legal in 1973. It’s estimated the group performed more than 11,000 abortions. We Are All Jane!
Bryan Howard is the President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona. He is also the current Board Chair of Rewire.News. Bryan served various roles at Planned Parenthood Illinois for more than ten years prior to his current position. In his decades of nonprofit leadership, Bryan has tirelessly worked to expand access to healthcare and education with the goal of ensuring all people have the resources they need to make their own choices regarding their lives and reproductive health.
Toi Hutchinson is the Senior Adviser to Governor Pritzker on Cannabis Control. Toi was previously the State Senator of Illinois’ 40th District for a decade where she fought for justice and equity by fiercely advocating for working families, quality education, job creation, and public safety. A pro-choice hero, Toi was a co-sponsor of the 2019 Reproductive Health Act (RHA). She was also the past President of the National Conference of State Legislatures.