The 2010 Fairness Award Honoree Ela Bhatt, the Founder of the Self Employed Women's Association.
2014 Honorees and Presenters
2014 Grasstops Honoree
Mr. Robert Zoellick
Robert B. Zoellick is the Chairman of Goldman Sachs’ International Advisors. He serves on the boards of Temasek, Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, and Laureate International Universities, as well as on the international advisory board of Rolls Royce. Zoellick is also a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the board of the Congressionally-created National Endowment for Democracy and the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
Mr. Zoellick was the President of the World Bank Group from 2007-2012. He served in President George W. Bush's cabinet as U.S. Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005 and as Deputy Secretary of State from 2005 to 2006. From 1985 to 1993, Zoellick worked at the Treasury and State departments in various capacities, including as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury and Under Secretary of State, as well as briefly in the White House as Deputy Chief of Staff. He was the lead U.S. negotiator in the 2 + 4 process for Germany’s unification, serving under Secretary James A. Baker III. The German Government awarded Zoellick the Knight Commanders Cross for his work on unification. The Mexican and Chilean Governments presented him their highest honors for non-citizens the Aztec Eagle and the Order of Merit, respectively. Zoellick holds a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor's degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from Swarthmore College.
2014 Grasstops Honoree
Mr. Karl-Johan Persson
Mr. Karl-Johan Persson is President and Chief Executive Officer of H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB, an international fashion company based in Sweden.
Prior to taking over as CEO in 2009, Mr. Persson held an operational role within H&M from 2005, including working as H&M’s Managing Director, Head of expansion, business development, brand and new business and COS. Since 2000 Karl-Johan Persson has been a member of the boards of H&M’s subsidiaries in Denmark, Germany, the US and the UK and from 2006 to 2009 he was also a member of the Board of H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB. Under Mr. Persson’s leadership, H&M this year launched its first products made with recycled fibers from collected clothes. And because of his vision that all textile workers should be able to live on their wage, H&M also launched its Fair Living Wage roadmap, marking an important contribution towards fair living wages in the textile industry.
Mr. Persson is a member of the H&M Conscious Foundation and his current external board assignments are the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the UK and the GoodCause foundation. Mr. Persson is a graduate of the European Business School in London where he earned his degree in Business Administration.
2014 Grassroots Honoree
Ms. Nani Zulminarni
Nani Zulminarni has been working on women empowerment at the grass root level since 1987, when her career began as a field worker and community organizer at The Center for Women’s Resources Development (PPSW). In 1995, she was appointed as the director of PPSW and currently sits on their advisory board. In 2001, with the support of PPSW and as part of the National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan), Ms. Zulminarni created PEKKA, which organizes poor women heads of households in post conflict areas with the goal of economic empowerment and leadership development of the grass-roots women. Currently PEKKA works in 19 Provinces of Indonesia, facilitating the growth of more than 1,200 organizations. PEKKA delivers a wide set of services such as village-level capacity building trainings, savings and loan schemes, and education, but economic empowerment is the pillar of the organization.
Ms. Zulminarni is also the founder of ASPPUK; a National Network of NGOs working on Women in Economic issues, and served as the chairperson of the executive committee from 1995-2001. She was elected executive council member of The Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) for two terms (2000-2008). She is currently chairing the executive committee of SEAPCP (South East Asia popular Communication Program) and is the regional advisor of JASS-SEA. Ms. Zulminarni has also recently become a member of the International Advisory Group of MUSAWAH and a member of ALIMAT; a following initiative of MUSAWAH in Indonesia.
In 2007, she was the recipient of the ASHOKA Fellowship and in August 2010, she received the Saparinah Sadli Award. At the beginning of this year, Ms. Zulminarni also received the Lotus Leadership Award from The Asia Foundation and Lotus Circle.
Ms. Barbara Shailor
Barbara Shailor is internationally recognized for her lifelong work to secure economic, social, and political rights for workers in the United States and throughout the world.
Ms. Shailor served as the Special Representative for International Labor Affairs at the Department of State from 2010-2014. She lead the Department’s effort to promote workers’ rights, liaises with the global labor movement, and focus on strengthening the labor function at our embassies. She was responsible for issues involving international labor affairs and the impact of American foreign policy and programs on international labor rights and living standards.
Prior to her appointment, Ms Shailor was the Director of the International Department of the AFL-CIO and served as senior advisor to President Richard Trumka and John Sweeney on foreign and international policy issues.
She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on the Board of Directors of the American Center for International Solidarity, the German Marshall Fund, the International Rescue Committee, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, the Global Reporting Initiative, as well as numerous labor and foreign policy advisory committees prior to coming to the State Department.
She continues to speak, advise and consult on international labor issues.
She is married to Robert Borosage. They have three grown children, Alex, Gregory and Frances and a grand child, Jackson. She holds a Master of Science Degree from American University.
Ms. Reema Nanavaty
Ms. Reema Nanavaty is the Secretary-General of the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) working to empower SEWA's poor women members. She has assisted in the development of women, and Water and Work campaign, which made women central to regional water decisions. Since joining SEWA, Ms. Nanavaty has expanded SEWA's membership to over 1,000,000, making it the largest union of informal workers in India. She now manages SEWA’s activities through a federation of 100 cooperatives, nine district associations, and a direct outlet of 12,000 artisans. In 2011, she participated in the Women and Agriculture: A Conversation and Improving Global Food Security event that was moderated by New York Times columnist. Likewise, her life and her work continuously make women’s voices and contributions central to world trade decisions.
Ms. Cathy Novelli
Catherine A. Novelli was sworn in as Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment on February 18, 2014. Prior to assuming her current duties, she was Vice President, Worldwide Government Affairs at Apple, Inc, acted as a partner in the Washington office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP and served in the Office of General Counsel at the Department of Commerce.
Formerly Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe & the Mediterranean, Ms. Novelli coordinated U.S. trade and investment policy for the over 65 countries of Western Europe, Central Europe, Russia, the NIS, the Middle East and Northern Africa. She has taken a leading role in many of the most important U.S. trade negotiations in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Ms. Novelli led free trade agreement negotiations with Jordan, Morocco and Bahrain, Oman and United Arab Emirates. She chaired the Trade and Investment Framework Councils with a number of countries in the region, including Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Algeria, and worked on other broad-based, public-private initiatives in the region.
Ms. Novelli has also played a critical role for the United States in Central Europe, Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia. As the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, she negotiated most of the bilateral trade and investment agreements that underpin our economic relationship in that region.
2014 Special Guest: Mistress of Ceremonies
Ms. Andrea Roane
Ms. Andrea Roane joined WUSA 9 in August of 1981 as the Sunday evening and 6:30 a.m. weekday anchor. Andrea is best known to viewers for her passionate reporting on breast health issues and promoting the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer. In 2006, Andrea was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s “Washingtonians of the Year” for her continued work on breast cancer awareness. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Andrea earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Education and a Master of Arts degree in Drama and Communications from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, now the University of New Orleans.
2014 Musical Guest: Special Performance
Ms. Darlene Love
Through the years, Darlene Love has continued to captivate audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and sensational performances. Since the early sixties, as part of Phil Spector's wall of sound hit factory, this great lady has done it all...from major motion pictures like the highly successful Lethal Weapon series to Broadway hits like Hairspray and Grease. She even starred as herself in Leader Of The Pack, credited as Broadway’s first ‘jukebox musical.’ Darlene has appeared on numerous television programs, running the gamut from her weekly appearances on Shindig to a recent guest spot on the PBS special entitled Women Who Rock. An autobiographical film is currently on the drawing board and another recent film that prominently features Darlene just landed a distribution deal at the Sundance Festival.
Darlene’s background vocals for The Blossoms, The Crystals, The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis Presley (to name but a few) set the stage for her emergence as a star in her own right. Her Billboard hits include: He’s A Rebel, The Boy I’m Gonna Marry, Da Doo Ron Ron, Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home, He’s Sure the Boy I Love and the #1 holiday classic Christmas Baby Please Come Home, a song that she performs annually with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Symphony Orchestra on The Late Show With David Letterman (December marks her 27th appearance).
In 2011, Darlene Love received her industry’s highest award when Better Midler, a great fan of her work, inducted her into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the celebration, the two ladies enjoyed performing “He’s A Rebel” together. As part of the festivities, Darlene also sang “He’s A Fine, Fine Boy" backed by another distinguished fan, Bruce Springsteen.
Rolling Stone Magazine has proclaimed Darlene Love to be "one of the greatest singers of all time” and that certainly rings true, but perhaps Paul Shaffer says it even more concisely: “Darlene Love is Rock N’ Roll!”