The Grand Finale of The Women’s Conference, featuring the inspirational 2010 Minerva Awards ceremony, was a celebratory evening honoring five extraordinary women on Tuesday, October 26 from 5 – 7pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. The Grand Finale culminated with a special musical performance.
Click on a winner's photo for biographical and other info.
Created by California First Lady Maria Shriver in 2004, The Minerva Awards has become the country’s most prestigious awards given to women “who serve on the front-lines of humanity,” celebrating their extraordinary legacies of service and contributions to California, the nation and the world.
“This year's Minerva Award honorees are women who live with a deep sense of purpose and who are passionately dedicated to serving others,” said Maria Shriver. “These Minervas all identified problems and unmet needs in their communities and have worked tirelessly to solve them. By honoring them, we hope to inspire others to be Architects of Change just like them.” Each winner has received a statuette designed and created by California artist, Michael De Medina. The Women’s Conference has also given each winner a Minerva Prize to continue their remarkable work.
The achievements of The Minerva Award winners are chronicled in a permanent, Conference-funded exhibit at the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts in Sacramento and have become part of California’s official archive.
Named for the Roman goddess Minerva who graces the California State Seal, the awards have annually honored remarkable women who, in the spirit of Minerva, changed California and the nation with their courage, strength and wisdom. Minerva Award recipients have made extraordinary contributions in the areas of the Arts, Health and Sciences, Community Activism, Human Rights, Business and Technology, Motherhood, Innovation, Education and Finance. The Minerva Award winners have also received $25,000 grants from the Conference to further their work.
Click on a name to view the achievements of our past winners:
2009 Minerva Award Winners
Agnes Stevens, Helen Waukazoo, Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Kathy Hull
2008 Minerva Award Winners
Betty Chinn, Billie Jean King, Gloria Steinem, Ivelise Markovits, Louise Hay
2007 Minerva Award Winners
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Sweet Alice Harris, The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Commander Maureen Pennington, Christy Porter
2006 Minerva Awards Winners
Dr. Sally Ride, Jane Alexander, Marilyn Hamilton, WEAVE: Ramona Delgado, WEAVE: Sandra Orozco Stapleton, WEAVE: Jennie Hernandez Gin
2005 Minerva Award Winners
Former First Lady Betty Ford, Anita L. DeFrantz, Jennie Lechtenberg, Janice Mirikitani
2004 Minerva Award Winners
Dr. Helene Brown, Ana Deutsch, Mimi Silbert, Lula Washington
Artist Michael De Medina, sculptor, jeweler, and craftsman, has designed the Minerva Award statuette since 2007. In addition to his work for The Women's Conference, he has designed and produced sculptures and gifts for corporations such as GM, Max Factor, Sperry Rand, Phillip Morris, AT&T, 20th Century Insurance CO., Mattel Toys and Fluor Corp. His pieces range from jewelry in precious metals to architectual scultptures, to life-size bronze portraits. Michael was commissioned to produce the 14k gold pins that were worn by President Reagan and Chairman Gorbachev at the 1987 Washington, D.C. Summit. Mr. Medina has also designed and created scultptures and movie props for such films as Ghostbusters, Dead Ringers, and countless television shows and commercials. For more information visit the artist's official website.
We are extremely grateful to Target, Presenting Sponsor of The Minerva Awards ceremony at The Women’s Conference for the seventh year.
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