September 05, 2012 14:47 ET

Cecile Richards to Receive INFORUM's 21st Century Visionary Award

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 5, 2012) - Cecile Richards, the nation's celebrated paragon of women's rights, will receive INFORUM's 21st Century Visionary Award on Oct. 10th at The Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

The 21st Century Visionary Award is bestowed in recognition of special achievement, innovation and distinguished public service. Past honorees include YouTube founders' Chad Hurley and Steven Chen, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Van Jones, and most recently, novelist and philanthropist, Dave Eggers. Cecile's revolutionary work advocating for both women and the next generation makes her a worthy candidate to join this impressive list.

"It's an honor and a pleasure to host Ms. Cecile Richards, an individual who continues to shine brightly as a leading voice for women of all ages around the world," said Nish Nadaraja, 21st Century Visionary Award Chair on the Board of INFORUM. "Richards has mastered the seeming oxymoron of a gentle revolutionary, which this award recognizes, as she continues her lifelong fight to inspire women and the next generation."

Richards has served as the president of Planned Parenthood since 2006. She has earned respect for her poised leadership amidst controversy, braving congressional budget debates and forcefully advocating for equal access to health care and women's reproductive rights. Her initiatives extend far beyond the gender sector, and include promoting leadership programs for today's youth and leading national health-based educational campaigns.

Prior to leading Planned Parenthood, Richards founded two activist networks, America Votes and The Texas Freedom Network. Richards also served as deputy chief of staff for House Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi, and worked at The Turner Foundation, an organization dedicated to philanthropic grants in environment and population. She was recently named to the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees, received the 2010 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship and was named to the 2012 Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

INFORUM will honor Richards with its 21st Century Visionary Award on Oct. 10th for a high-profile evening at The Castro Theatre, in partnership with The National Association of Women Business Owners - San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, The Global Fund for Women and the League of Women Voters of San Francisco. Prior to the live on stage conversation with Richards at 7 p.m., INFORUM is hosting a VIP reception with hors d'oeuvres, wine, music and an appearance by Richards.

"[Cecile Richards] is also my advocate and that of every woman in America, as I learned firsthand when I was publicly disparaged for speaking out on an issue she has been working on every day for years," wrote Sandra Fluke, law student and women's health advocate, in her feature on Cecile for The 2012 Time 100 Most Influential People in the World.

"We are living at a moment in history where the world has changed, fundamentally and for even the most hard-bitten political junkie, it is a marvelous to be part of this change," reflected Cecile Richards.

Join us to celebrate the extraordinary undertakings of this distinguished activist.

The program takes place at The Castro Theatre in San Francisco on Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. PT. For more information and to register for tickets, call (415) 597-6705 or register online at

Media interested in attending should please RSVP to:
Caroline Moriarity Sacks,
INFORUM Director, (415) 597-6719,
Enies Burton, INFORUM Public Relations Chair,
Please bring a business card to the event.


The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum -- since 2002, INFORUM, a division of The Club created by and for people in their 20s and 30s, has spent the past decade stirring things up with a mission to inspire debate around civic issues. INFORUM has played host to a variety of ingenious speakers, with upcoming guests like Van Jones and Rachel Maddow, and has reached beyond the traditional model, presenting events that range anywhere from spirits tasting to an exploration of the revolutionary music scene with the founder of Burning Man.

Contact Information

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    INFORUM Director
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