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    Dr. Raye Mitchell Named 2012 Women’s History Month “Local Hero”


    Women’s History Month Celebration & Local Hero Awards Ceremony March 22nd
    Practicing attorney-turned-social entrepreneur Dr. Raye Mitchell is excited to announce KQED and its long-time partner Wells Fargo have selected her as a “Local Hero,” identifying Mitchell as one who has demonstrated leadership and strong commitment to community service in the Bay Area. Dr. Raye is founder of The New Reality Foundation, and founder and CEO of the acclaimed G.U.R.L.S. ROCK Leadership Program.  
    As KQED proudly celebrates the richness and diversity of the greater San Francisco Bay Area heritage, in March, it commemorates Women’s History Month. From 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2011, KQED and Wells Fargo will host a Women’s History Month celebration and Local Hero awards ceremony at KQED studios, 2601 Mariposa Street in San Francisco. The program is free and open to the public.  Individuals who plan to attend the celebratory affair are asked to RSVP by March 19th to whnrsvp@kqed.org or (415) 553-3330.
    “I am deeply honored by this award and delighted to be included in the company of such amazing women who are pioneers and change leaders,” said Dr. Mitchell. “I thank KQED and Wells Fargo for their commitment to our community and their support for diversity and championing positive change for girls and women.”
    Also named among KQED’s 2012 Women’s History Month Local Heroes are: Rhodessa Jones, Co-artistic Director of Cultural Odyssey; Marily Mondejar, President of the Filipina Women’s Network; and Kemba Shakur, Executive Director of Urban Releaf.
    Throughout the month of March, KQED Public TV 9 and Public Radio 88.5 FM have scheduled a special lineup of programs focused on themes and issues related to women.


    Founded in 2010 by practicing attorney-turned-social entrepreneur Dr. Raye Mitchell, G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Program is a global leadership-training initiative of The Making a New Reality Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. As a social entrepreneur program celebrating the importance of girls and girls of color as the next generation of global leaders, Oakland, California-based G.U.R.L.S. Rock has a different approach to supporting the growth and development of girls of color ages 8 to 18. “G.U.R.L.S.” stands for Growth, Unity, Respect, Leadership, Success.  To learn more about G.U.R.L.S. Rock, please visit www.GurlsRock.org and www.fb.com/GurlsRockPower. G.U.R.L.S. Rock is a proud member of the Confidence Coalition and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.



    Dr. Raye Mitchell is a recipient of a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Barbara Lee and a Certificate of Recognition from California Legislature Assembly for “Demonstrating Leadership in Support of the Development of Girls.”  “Dr. Raye” is a Harvard Law School graduate; graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business and Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow; recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service; and recently named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by the Women’s Initiative.  www.rayemitchell.com


    Dr. Mitchell is available for speaking engagements, book signings, and print and broadcast press interviews. Please contact LaNiece Jones | LAJones@LAJonesMedia.com | 510.816.0453 or Toni Beckham | Toni@PRetCetera.com | 209.832.8020 / 408.499.3664

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