Notre Dame’s Women of Impact luncheon spotlights the role women have played in history, recognizes and celebrates those making significant contributions to society today and showcases the regional and global impact of developing meaningful and integrated learning programs for young women.
The oldest high school for girls in the western United States, Notre Dame has been educating the women of Santa Clara Valley since 1851. Supporting the discovery of each young woman’s voice and leadership capabilities, we have been preparing women for lives of distinction ever since.
Funds raised through Women of Impact directly impacts opportunities for young women to benefit from leadership programs in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM) at Notre Dame High School.
Meet our 2017 Honorees
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini - Youth Advocate & Philanthropic Leader
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini serves as board president of the Sobrato Family Foundation, which she established in 1996 as a vehicle for multiple generations of the Sobrato family to unify their philanthropic giving for maximum impact. Under her leadership, the Sobrato Family Foundation has grown tenfold in both assets and annual giving. For over 25 years, Lisa has been a strong advocate for the rights of disadvantaged youth in both the educational and foster care systems. She also works passionately as a catalyst for civic engagement among many of the rising leaders in Silicon Valley.
The Sobrato Family Foundation strives to make Silicon Valley a place of opportunity for all of its residents by promoting access to high-quality education, career pathways and essential human services. Lisa currently serves on the governing boards of KIPP Bay Area Schools, Silicon Schools, Silicon Valley Children’s Fund and American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley. Past honors include the John W. Gardner Leadership Award from ALF Silicon Valley and Humanitarian of the Year from Hidden Villa. She is also a San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee. Lisa received a JD degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley and a BA in communication studies from UCLA.
Kelly Powell '88 Bruno - Heath Care Advocate & Non-Profit Leader
Kelly Powell ’88 Bruno is president and CEO of the National Health Foundation. An experienced social service and health care executive with 20 years of service in the non-profit sector, Kelly leads a team of motivated professionals to address community needs by developing and implementing innovative and systemic solutions to gaps in the healthcare delivery system. She is passionate about designing and implementing programs that focus on healthcare system delivery change and insuring the uninsured population.
In addition to her career in the nonprofit industry, Ms. Bruno has committed much of her personal time to serving on volunteer boards for other nonprofit organizations such as Tierra del Sol Foundation, Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project, Accredited Home Health Foundation and Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Center.
After graduating from Notre Dame High School in 1988, Ms. Bruno attended Azusa Pacific University, where she earned a BA in social work, and California State University, Long Beach, where she earned a Master in Social Work (MSW) degree. In August of 2014, Bruno completed Stanford University’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders, a selective residential program designed to further the professional development of leaders in the nonprofit sector.
Women of Impact 2009-2016
Ann "Rooney" Pfaff '56 Blach
Geralynn Patellaro '74
Lily Sanchez '51 Tenes
Mary Quilici '75 Aumack
Shirley Minardi '50 Lewis
Julie Riera Matsushima
Marie Mackey '67 Huhtala
Sister Simone Campbell
Marilyn Orlando '60 Dorsa
Judge LaDoris Cordell
Rose Pierro '63 Simmons