Distinguished Citizen Award Gala


Please join us in celebrating five Bay Area titans of industry who have dramatically pushed 
Beyond Boundaries



Wednesday, March 16, 2016


5:30 p.m. Cocktail reception
7:00 p.m. Program begins & dinner is served
8:45 p.m. Program concludes

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The Fairmont San Francisco
950 Mason Street



Musical Performance by

~The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus~







William K. Bowes, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Charles M. Geschke is the Adobe Systems co-founder and co-chairman. Geschke will be honored for his pioneering work to develop the first digital printing script, revolutionizing the publishing industry and graphic design, and for stewarding a dynamic company for over 40 years. Geschke will receive the Club’s William K. Bowes, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award

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Ambassador James C. HORMEL

Champion of Social Justice and Civil Rights

Hormel served as Ambassador to Luxembourg in 1999 and has an accomplished profile as an LGBT activist and philanthropist. Hormel is being honored for his lifelong commitment to human and civil rights and his outstanding civic leadership nationally, internationally and locally.

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Denholm serves as the Executive Vice President, CFO and COO of Juniper Networks. Denholm has led a distinguished career as a female executive and serves on the board of Tesla Motors. Denholm will be honored for her leadership in the IT industry.

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Elizabeth HOLMES

Holmes is the CEO, Founder and Chairman of the lab-testing start-up Theranos. Holmes will be honored for pioneering a concept that could revolutionize the field of medical blood-testing.

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Charles MUNGER, JR.

Munger is a physicist and activist who will be honored for his support for good government, representative politics and a strong and responsible two-party system in both California and the nation.



Each of these honorees has dramatically broken boundaries in their field, whether they be boundaries of politics, technology, gender, science or being approved by the US Senate and serving as the first openly gay US ambassador.  All of the honorees reflect the Club’s commitment to leadership and citizens who work to improve society.  The Club’s name, Commonwealth, means an alliance for common interests and the common good.



Jaleh Daie, Ph.D.



The Honorable Jeffery L. Bleich
John and Marcia Goldman
Chris Oldfield
Leader Nancy Pelosi
Eric and Wendy Schmidt
The Honorable George P. Shultz
Charlotte Maillard Shultz
Valerie Smith
Roselyne C. Swig
Steve Westly


For tickets or table sponsorship opportunities: email annualdinner [at] commonwealthclub [dot] org or call: 415-597-6737




Grand Sponsors
Asset Management Co.
William K. Bowes, Jr.
Wells Fargo
Nan & Chuck Geschke
Eric & Wendy Schmidt
James C. Hormel

Dinner Sponsors
Chevron Corporation
Jed York
Mandy Lowell
James C. Hormel
John & Marcia Goldman
Phyllis & Bill Draper

Leadership Sponsors
Bank of the West
The Skoll Foundation
Juniper Networks
UBS Investment Bank

Diane B. Wilsey
Dorian Daley
Edie G. Heilman & Richard Weiss


Evelyn S. & John C. Dilsaver
Gloria C. Duffy
Jaleh Daie
John & Tawnie Farmer
Koret Foundation
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Price WaterhouseCoopers
Riley P. Bechtel
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Skip & Frankie Rhodes
Robyn Denholm
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Blue Shield

Alecia DeCoudreaux
Charles Travers
David Coulter
Deloitte & Touche LLP, Anna Mok
Dominican University, Dr. Mary B. Marcy
Edie Heilman & Richard Weiss
Ernst & Young
First Republic Bank, Susie Cranston
Frederick W. Reid
Harry Blount
John F. Allen
Joseph & Judi Epstein

Mary G. Bitterman
Meyer Sound
Paul & Marcia Ginsburg
Paul J. Fitzgerald
Richard A. Rubin Associates
Tom & Carol Burkhart
Tom Steyer & Kat Taylor
Relevant Wealth Advisors
Swarthmore University
Xavier University

Individual Patrons
Colleen B. Wilcox
Dr. Kerry P. & Lynn Curtis
Frank C. Meerkamp & Jacqueline Anderson
John Boland
Nancy Thompson
Maryles Casto
Rhonda Abrams
Ruth A. Shapiro
Leslie Saul Garvin
G2 Insurance Services
Steve Westly

Special Thanks To:
WMS Media
The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
Dalla Terra Winery