Women in Conversation

President Sakaki and Others Speak at Community Event in Weill Hall
October 4, 2017

President Judy K. Sakaki, left, with Geena Davis and Shiza Shahid

President Sakaki with guests and a painting of Malala
President Sakaki with students outside of Weill Hall
three women smiling
Chef Duskie Estes

Chef Duskie Estes gives a talk

Miss Sonoma County

Miss Sonoma County

woman with purple hair
woman with classic Mustang
President Sakaki speaks at the Women in Conversation Event in Weill Hall

President Sakaki speaks at the Women in Conversation Event in Weill Hall

crowd applauding
Geena Davis

Geena Davis speaks at the Women in Conversation event in Weill Hall

student panel

Students asked questions to the panel at the Women in Conversation event in Weill Hall

women in conversation
President Sakaki with guests and a painting of Malala
President Sakaki with students outside of Weill Hall
three women smiling
Chef Duskie Estes
Miss Sonoma County
woman with purple hair
woman with classic Mustang
President Sakaki speaks at the Women in Conversation Event in Weill Hall
crowd applauding
Geena Davis
student panel

Sonoma State University President Judy K. Sakaki had perhaps the most emotional moment of the evening at the Press Democrat’s Women in Conversation event Sept. 27 in Weill Hall at the University’s Green Music Center.

Several audience members were moved to tears when Sakaki, speaking first in an evening that included speeches from entrepreneur and activist Shiza Shahid and actress Geena Davis, described her journey through single motherhood to the presidency at Sonoma State.

Hundreds attended the conversation and the “experience” portion of the event on Weill Lawn that preceded it. The event included booths from several local businesses, most of them woman-owned, as well as talks given by female entrepreneurs and plenty of networking opportunities.

After the three speakers were finished, a select group of Sonoma State students seated on stage asked questions in a living room-style panel discussion format.