Powerful Women's Panel Discussion
Join us for the 4th Annual Women's Week "Powerful Women's Panel Discussion. We ask the hard questions to get behind the truth of how being a woman has shaped each panelist's career and the hurdles they have had to overcome. The personal experiences these women share are meant to educate, engage and empower women of all age, race, religion and status.
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The 2020 Powerful Women Panelists are:
Superior Court Judge (Ret), Rise Jones Pichon
Judge Pichon was appointed to the Judicial Council of California by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas and served from 1994 to 1997. She served as a Superior Court Judge of the County of Santa Clara from 1998 until her retirement on April 18, 2019. In May, she was presented with the 2019 Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2018, Judge Pichon was inducted into the Black Legends Hall of Fame of Silicon Valley Santa Clara honoring Black Pioneers of Silicon Valley. Today, she is a panelist with JAMS, Inc. (Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services), a private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. She is a member of the Santa Clara University Board of Regents and currently serves as its Vice President, the Santa Clara University Law School Advisory Board and the Santa Clara University Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Advisory Board. She is also the 2019-2020 Santa Clara University Law School Distinguished Jurist in Residence. Judge Pichon has been married to Ulysses Pichon for 45 years. In her spare time, Judge Pichon enjoys beading and shopping.
State Senate 15 Candidate, Ann Ravel
Ann was Santa Clara County Counsel for many years where she was recognized as California Attorney of the Year as well as Public Attorney of the year for her groundbreaking work. President Obama appointed her twice, as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and as Chair of the Federal Election Commission. Governor Brown appointed her as Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Ann grew up in Chile, moving to San Jose when she was 11, and today loves going on walks with her Wheaten Terrier “Harpo!”
General Director of Opera San Jose, Khori Dastoor
Khori oversees all aspects of artistic planning and business operations for Opera SJ. She is one of only six women, and the only woman of color, leading a major opera company in the U.S. Among her missions are renewing Opera San José’s commitment to developing and curating emerging talent and elevating the company as a vibrant artistic incubator in the heart of Silicon Valley. During her seven-year tenure with Opera San José, she has prioritized role debuts, creating opportunities for its audiences to hear exciting new artists, and has produced some of the biggest successes in the company’s history, including the American premiere of Alma Deutcher’s Cinderella, and the critically-acclaimed new production of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick. She previously served as Associate Director of the Packard Humanities Institute, responsible for arts, music, and archaeology initiatives, and as Director of the San Francisco District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Ms. Dastoor received her Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory and completed doctoral studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, earning the Dean’s Award for the School of Arts and Architecture.
Owner of Maria Cid Agency- Farmers Insurance, President of Poppy Jasper Inc & Community Advocate, Maria Cid
Maria is a born and raised Californian, daughter of one immigrant parent from Mexico and a Texan mother from Yaki decent who has overcome many struggles both as a Mexican American and a woman. Maria has moved her way up from working in the agriculture industry, to graduating college to now being the successful business owner of Maria Cid Insurance Agency and the Director for VIP Hospitality events at Mithos-USA. Maria serves as a Board Director for Youth Alliance, an advocate for the Edward Boss Prado Foundation, is the President of the PJIFF Board of Directors and was a founding committee member for the #GILROYSTRONG movement dedicated to raising money, awareness, and healing for the victims and families of the Gilroy Garlic Festival Tragedy. As a woman, Maria is an exemplary role model to aspiring woman entrepreneurs coaching and mentoring young adults to accomplish their dreams. Some of her most unforgettable memories are participating in the Laguna Seca Raceway and Cota of the Americas alongside actors like John Hensley, Keanu Reeves, and Taylor Kinney.