Making a Difference for Women Awards 2012 - Honorees

Honoree Bios
Beth A. Brooke is Global Vice Chair - Public Policy at Ernst & Young and a member of the firm’s Global Executive Board. Previously, she served for two years in the US Department of Treasury under President Bill Clinton. She is also a member of the U.S. delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, serves as a Pathways Envoy for the U.S. State Department, and was asked to serve on the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She actively works with numerous organizations including the Henry Crown Fellows of the Aspen Institute and the Committee of 200. She has been named four times to the list of Forbes World's 100 Most Powerful Women, and was named 2009 Woman of the Year by Concern Worldwide.

Abigail E. Disney is a renowned filmmaker, writer, and executive producer of award-winning documentaries and films, including the recent Women, War & Peace series on PBS and Pray the Devil Back to Hell. She is a sought-after speaker on women’s equality and social justice issues. Disney founded, along with her husband, Pierre Hauser, the Daphne Foundation, which works with low-income communities in New York City. She has received several prestigious awards including The White House Project’s Epic Award, the Changing the Landscape for Women Award from the Center for the Advancement of Women, and the International Advocate for Peace (IAP) Award from Cardozo Law School’s Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Pamela Hogan is a distinguished filmmaker and producer who also wrote two segments of the 4-part Women, War & Peace series on PBS. Previously, she produced PBS’s Emmy-winning, international documentary series WIDE ANGLE, a standard-bearer on films about women. She has directed co-productions for National Geographic Television, and produced for Bill Moyers, and NBC among many others. She has been a judge, panelist, and featured speaker at numerous national and international film festivals and forums.

Gini Reticker is one of the world’s leading documentary filmmakers putting a lens on the real-life dramatic stories of women’s rights and international social justice issues. Along with Disney and Hogan, she is one of the co-creators of Women, War & Peace. Her directing, writing, and producing credits include the WIDE ANGLE series and the Emmy-award winning Ladies First and Out of the Darkness as well as the Academy Award®-nominated short Asylum.

Anita Hill is a professor of law, public policy, and women's studies at Brandeis University as well as Of Counsel at Cohen, Milstein, Sellers and Toll. She was the youngest of 13 children from a farm in rural Oklahoma and became the first African American to be tenured at the University of Oklahoma School of Law.  In 1991, she was thrust into the public spotlight when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas. After the hearing, she became a public speaker on women’s rights and continued to teach and conduct research. She received her J.D. from Yale University. Her latest book is Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home (Beacon Press).

Soledad O’Brien is anchor for the CNN morning show Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien and special correspondent for CNN/U.S. Since joining the network in 2003, O’Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning reports and documentaries including coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the series Black in America and Latino in America. Previously, she worked for NBC News, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News and TODAY. In 2010, she wrote a critically-acclaimed memoir The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities.  She has received countless awards and recognition for her work including Journalist of the Year from the National Association of Black Journalists and an Edward R Murrow Award. The NAACP honored her with its President’s Award in 2007 for her humanitarian efforts and journalistic excellence.