Women Who Dare 2021

22nd Annual Women Who Dare Celebration
View a recording of the event!

Women Who Dare 2021 logo

The 2021 Women Who Dare Celebration was streamed Live on YouTube on March 20, 2021 and proved to be just as fabulous and compelling as our in-person events!

To quote from a fierce and passionate presenter, Rita Moreno: “We must absolutely empower young women to be the leaders they know they are. Let this be your moment of awakening. You are powerful beyond measure. Go get ‘em, girls.

We are beyond grateful to everyone who participated in so many ways to make this special evening a success: Our extraordinary Women Who Dare awardees and the people who introduced them, featured speakers, sponsors, donors, raffle participants, in-kind supporters, and everyone who attended. Thank you so very much!

A special shout-out to our spectacular emcee, DawnMarie Kotsonis, and the amazing production team at MVT Productions, especially George Ayrouth and Soon Lee. We simply could not have done this program without these exceptional professionals.

Please make sure to support the wonderful businesses who sponsored Women Who Dare. Their logos appear below. Huge thanks also to Shaun Daniels at Castaway Creative for producing the great videos shot locally in Alameda.

And…Congratulations to the winners of our Backyard Makeover Raffle: Darliene and Lester Davenport.

Congratulations to our Awardees!
Learn more about our 2021 Awardees
or view a list of past Women Who Dare awardees

WWD 2021 Awardee LeeBarbara Lee
Honorary Award
Congresswoman for the 13th District of California

WWD 2021 Awardee HellerMarielle Heller
Award-Winning Director, Writer, Actor, and Producer

WWD 2021 Awardee WilliamsRaquel Williams
Alameda High School

Thanks again and see you next year!

Thank you to our generous sponsors!


Friend of Girls Inc. of he Island City


Felts Family Foundationlogo Shum FinancialKaiser Permanente


Alameda HospitalAlameda Pediatric DentistryEdward Jones - Jane WatsonKM Compass logoCynthia & Bill Schaff


A.T. Weber logologo Beneficial State Banklogo Setchko ConstructionSquare logo

Dorie & Herb BehrstockJohn L. Lipp & Peter Lunny


Al Fresco Landscaping logologo Excel GraphicsOutdoor Supply Hardware logologo Red Tie PrintingScary Bear logoTarget logo

Proceeds benefit Girls Inc. of the Island City’s engaging,
empowering, and transformative programs.