This year we have welcomed five outstanding women leaders from the community to share their unique stories and perspectives with ICA students. Jean Rhea, a former educator and corporate business woman, shared a powerful story of how a random act of violence changed her life and eventually led her to become an advocate for other survivors of violence and abuse. She now serves as the Clinical Director of the St. Vincent de Paul society, one of San Francisco’s largest non-profits. Beverly Bailey, CEO and President of Stronghold Engineering, spoke to ICA students about her bold choice to start her own business in the male-dominated construction industry and how her hard work has made her company successful. Cara Peck, Executive VP at Wells Fargo, came to campus to present the Burning Platform scholarship essay for ICA seniors to earn up to $3,500 to help defray the cost of college expenses. Pam Duffy (pictured), partner of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP, visited ICA in March to connect personally with the students her firm has sponsored since the Cristo Rey program began at ICA in 2009. Duffy engaged students with her inspiring story of escaping a damaging home and her determination to rise above her circumstances. And in April, Dani Fisherman from The Representation Project came to speak about issues of gender stereotypes and inequality which her organization seeks to change through exposure and education especially in the media. We are very excited to have these members of our community getting involved at ICA and challenging our students in new ways.