CWSP Hosts Inspirational Women



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. 

Alumnae Luncheon

Phone calls and e-mails of gratitude for the wonderful time that was shared by 136 "Spartans" at the Annual Alumnae Luncheon have been coming into ICA. Classes celebrated special decades. Class representatives spoke and reminisced about their days at ICA.   The Class of 1964 (pictured) chose to celebrate their 50 year Reunion with us and sang their class song led by Susan Fox. It was a beautiful day to honor many graduates as we look to the future by continuing to support our ICA that has been on the corner of 24th and Guerrero for 131 Years! Be proud of your Alma Mater! 

App, App & Away!

The ICA Technovation team visited Inkling to pitch their apps.


Valeria Varela-Romo '15:  

"Technovation has meant a lot to me, it has been a way for me to share my ideas that turn into real apps.  This is my 2nd year involved with Technovation and honestly it feels great knowing that young women have an opportunity to participate in the technology industry. I hope to continue to be involved in something that helps girls feel a part of something that men usually do."


Upcoming Events

June 3:  ICA Senior Breakfast hosted by the Alumnae Association

June 5:  Baccalaureate Mass at St. James Church 11:30 am

June 6: Graduation, St. Mary's Cathedral

Save the Dates

June 4: ICS (Italian Community Services) & ICA Golf Tournament, Harding Park

October 30: 7th Annual "Education That Works" Gala

Grand Hyatt Union Square