Women at the Center Honors

Now accepting nominations for 2020 WATCH Honorees! 

Each year, The Junior League of San Francisco, Inc. (JLSF) celebrates Women at the Center Honors (WATCH) by distinguishing two outstanding Bay Area women at the center of philanthropy, community and civic services. This is a special evening fundraiser hosted by the Sustainer Council each spring and provides long-term, stable financing to the JLSF and our community programs. All members of the JLSF are welcomed and encouraged to participate in this signature event. 

We need your help
We’re seeking TWO extraordinary women, one from within the League and one from the community at large, to honor at the 14th Annual WATCH Event in May 2020. Honorees should have demonstrated the following qualities:

  • Outstanding service and dedication to the community
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Lifelong commitment to volunteerism
  • -Generously given time, energy and resources to further philanthropic causes and improve our Bay Area community

Call for Nominations
Please complete the WATCH Honoree Nomination form here by November 30, 2019. Your submissions will remain confidential and will not be shared beyond the Honoree Selection Committee.

We look forward to seeing you there and honoring our winners in May 2020!


Women at the Center Honors is a signature fundraiser hosted by the Sustainer Council of the JLSF.  Typically held in the spring, the event supports the Sustainer Council’s mission to build the JLSF Endowment Fund. Proceeds are earmarked for this fund, and its mission is to provide long-term, stable financing to the JLSF and its community programs in the Bay Area.

Launched in 2004, the Sustaining Members of the JLSF launched Women at the Center Honors to celebrate outstanding Bay Area women at the center of philanthropy, community, and civic services.

The honorees are visionaries with strong leadership skills who have given generously of their time, energy, and resources in an effort to further philanthropic causes and improve our Bay Area community.

PAST HONOREES

2017-2018:  Sally H. Coates & Elizabeth J. Folger

2016-2017:  Judy Jorgensen & Jennifer Siebel Newsom

2015-2016:  Anette Harris & Dagmar Dolby

2014-2015: Patricia Tatum Otstott & Roselyne Chroman Swig

2013-2014: Athena Blackburn & Merla Zellerbach

2011-2012: Joanne Horning & Charlotte Shultz

2010-2011: Belva Davis & Patricia Sughrue Sprincin

2009-2010: Gretchen de Baubigny & Susan Cook Hoganson

2008-2009: Barbara Callander & Louise Renne

2007-2008: Nancy Bechtle & Kimberly Wright-Violich

2006-2007: Chris Hellman & Leslie Luttgens

2005-2006: Delia Ehrlich & Charlene Harvey

2004-2005: Katie Cardinal & Dede Wilsey