Notre Dame High School in downtown San Jose celebrated its 11th annual Women of Impact luncheon on October 23rd. The luncheon recognizes and celebrates the role women have played in history, showcasing their contributions and leadership in business and the community. Developed to spotlight women who have made significant contributions to society, the event also generates awareness of the need to provide opportunities for young women outside the scope of traditional education. This year’s event honored Kim Rivera, president, strategy and business and chief legal officer for HP, and Rita Beamish ’70, journalist, author and editor. In conjunction with the event, Notre Dame also recognized 30 alumnae under 30 who were nominated and selected by their peers for significant contributions they have made in their professional and/or personal lives.
At the luncheon, both honorees spoke about the women who had influenced their lives and the journey they have undertaken as women of impact. At a special assembly earlier in the day, the entire student body was able to hear words of advice and encouragement as they begin their own journey. The sold-out event, attended by more than 750 guests, featured student-created place settings depicting the lives and accomplishments of women throughout history. Guests also enjoyed a performance by Notre Dame's choir and musical ensemble.
The oldest high school for girls in the western United States, Notre Dame began educating the women of the valley in 1851 and has been preparing young women for leadership, global citizenship and socially-just entrepreneurship for 168 years. The proceeds from the event, which has sold out the last several years, will be used to continue that mission.
You can read more about the 30 under 30 here.