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.

Thank you to our 2018 event partners:


Meet our 2018 Honorees

Teveia Barnes
Teveia Barnes

Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown, Teveia has served as executive director of IBank (California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank) since 2013 where she oversees a 34 billion dollar budget.  She is also the founder and president of Lawyers for One America, developed in response to President Clinton's call to action, which promotes diversity in the legal profession and provides civil pro bono legal services to underserved communities.

Shirlee Schiro
Shirlee DiNapoli '46 Schiro

A longtime supporter of the arts, Shirlee was instrumental in the revitalization of San Jose’s downtown art scene and the growth and prosperity of Children’s Musical Theater.  Shirlee’s dedication and contributions to the arts complemented the long legacy of the DiNapoli family in the local canning and real estate industries.




Women of Impact 2009-2016

Martha Kanter
Ann "Rooney" Pfaff '56 Blach

Charmaine Warmenhoven
Geralynn Patellaro '74

Carol Bartz
Lily Sanchez '51 Tenes

Irene Dalis
Mary Quilici '75 Aumack

Belva Davis
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

Lisa Sobrato Sonsini
Kelly Powell '88 Bruno