Women’s History Month Benefit
Sunday, March 26 @ 11AM PT
Lilly LedbetterFair Pay Activist
Lilly Ledbetter served as a manager at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. plant in Gadsden, Alabama, for nineteen plus years, where she…
Lilly Ledbetter served as a manager at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. plant in Gadsden, Alabama, for nineteen plus years, where she received the top performance award and was one of four area managers, and the only woman, selected to initiate the light truck production at the Gadsden Plant. After learning, over the course of her career, that she had been paid significantly less than her male colleagues, Ms. Ledbetter filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. In 2007, Ms. Ledbetter’s legal battle came to an end with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear, which overturned her original jury award on a statute of limitations basis.
Although she saw no monetary awards for her fight against pay discrimination, her story led to the introduction of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007, which passed the House and Senate in January 2009. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill signed by President Obama. Ms. Ledbetter testified before Congress in support of the legislation and continues to be an advocate for pay equity.
Prior to her tenure at Goodyear, Ms. Ledbetter worked as a District Manager for H & R Block, Inc. and as an assistant Financial Aid Director at Jacksonville State University. She was the first female president of the Anniston Area Management Association, she is a past Director of District Two of the Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs, served a six year term on the Alabama Board for License of Private Schools, is active in her church and community, and is a national winner of ballroom dancing.
In 2011, Ms. Ledbetter was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame located in Seneca Falls, New York.
Melinda WhiteCEO Transit Wireless
Melinda White is an experienced CEO and corporate board member. She is known throughout the industry for successful corporate…
Melinda White is an experienced CEO and corporate board member. She is known throughout the industry for successful corporate transformations and growth, with a proven track record of small to significant organizational restructuring, strategic growth, and operational scale. Her experience includes start-up to Fortune 500, with over $3B in P&L responsibility leading teams and initiatives that drive profitable growth and shareholder value. Melinda delivers strategic and operational results in corporate turnarounds, organizational restructuring, and cultural transformations.
Melinda is CEO of Transit Wireless, a subsidiary of CPPIB majority- owned BAI Communications, the global industry leading designers, builders, and operators of 5G communications infrastructure to connect people, improve communities and advance economies. Transit Wireless works with state and local governments providing transportation connectivity needs, mobile network operators’ 5G deployment, and large venue network infrastructure. Recently, the Metro Transportation Authority (MTA) of New York City announced a transformational 30-year license with Transit Wireless, to build and operate mobile and Wi-Fi networks across all New York City Subway properties. This is the largest network build of its kind in North America.
Prior to joining Transit Wireless as CEO, Melinda gained more than 25 years of senior leadership experience in the wireless, technology, and telecommunications industry building expertise in P&L growth management, product solutions and go-to-market strategies and operations across 4G/5G, public-private partnerships, and network design and implementation.
A recognized industry leader, Melinda was recently named to the 2022 Transportation Power 100, recognized as a top business executive in New York. She is named a 2021 NYC Telecommunications Power 50. In addition, she has been acknowledged for her talent sponsorship in gender and ethnic
diverse, LGBTQ+, and other under-represented communities, drawing from her own experience as a Korean American.
Jyoti SardaGuest Speaker
Jyoti Sarda brings twenty plus years experience as a senior-level global marketing executive with major studios and blue chip brands to…
Jyoti Sarda brings twenty plus years experience as a senior-level global marketing executive with major studios and blue chip brands to creating socially relevant content.
She is currently Producer on the feature film LILLY about the remarkable life of fair pay icon, Lilly Ledbetter. Prior credits include Producer of the 2020 docuseries AND SHE COULD BE NEXT, co-Executive Producer on the feature documentaries EQUAL MEANS EQUAL and SIRENS.
Until 2016, Jyoti was Vice President of Marketing at Paramount where she led all facets of global marketing operations for Paramount home media partner brands including Dreamworks, Marvel, Lucasfilm, CBS, Showtime, MTV & Nickelodeon. Prior, she worked at Twentieth Century Fox with stints running TV on DVD and international home video releases of high profile franchises (Avatar, X-Men) and specialty titles from Fox Searchlight. Jyoti began her journey in advertising at Ogilvy & Mather and J. Walter Thompson. She graduated from USC and received her EMBA from UCLA, making her a rare Bruin/Trojan although she declines to take sides.
You’re invited to join Look What SHE Did! for our highly anticipated annual fundraiser featuring guest speakers, awards, film premieres and lively conversation celebrating women past and present. 2023 Women’s History Month Honoree, Lilly Ledbetter (namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act of 2009) will be joined by our inaugural Trailblazer Awardee, Melinda White (CEO Transit Wireless, Founding Chair of Look What SHE Did!). Following the program, we’re hosting a brunch reception for our sponsors, special guests and speakers. We hope you’ll join us.
Sunday, March 26 @ 11am PT
In-person event to be held at the Ebell of Los Angeles
Livestream access available as well
$250 for in-person attendance, and you’ll be included as an Event Sponsor
$100 for virtual access, and you’ll be included as a Virtual Event Sponsor
Event sponsorships start at just $100. Sponsor levels and thank-you benefits are listed here.