This program examined the challenges, legislation, and erosion of reproductive autonomy and related issues from a variety of perspectives. Ms. Williams, an attorney, heads the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the country.

Featured Speaker:

Linda Williams, CEO, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Other Speakers:

  • Stefania Pomponi Butler, principal and co-founder, Clever Girls Collective, social media professional and blogger
  • Susan M. Hyatt, community leader and board member, NARAL, Pro-Choice America
  • Harriett Hills Stinson, reproductive rights advocate and community leader
  • Maggie Wells, MD student and Master of Public Policy candidate, Stanford University

 About the speakers:

Linda Williams is the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, which serves over 350,000 people a year through its health care, sexuality education and youth development programs in 42 counties in mid-California and Northern Nevada. Her passions are providing essential services to underserved women and families and helping women fulfill their potential as equal partners in society. 

Ms. Williams serves on the boards of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the Community Health Partnership, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, Afaxys and 416 Holdings and is involved nationally in a variety of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Steering Committees and Task Forces.  She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and an American Leadership Forum senior fellow.

Her A.B. in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois has proved far more useful than anyone imagined at the time, and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University also has daily applications. Linda’s immediate family includes a spouse, two sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren, three girls and a boy. The three households are divided between Palo Alto and Shanghai.

Stefania Pomponi Butler is principal and co-founder of Clever Girls Collective, Inc. Named one of Forbes' “Ten Mommy 'hood Gurus,” she is a writer and seasoned social media professional who has been recognized nationally with a variety of awards and honors for her blogging and other activities. She speaks frequently at conferences at other venues about blogging and other aspects of social media, and has served on a variety of corporate advisory boards. Stefania brings a wealth of knowledge of successful blogger marketing and outreach strategies to projects as well as her deep connections to the parent blog world. She leads Clever Girls Collective's sales and business development efforts, and is responsible for inking key client deals.

Susan M. Hyatt and her husband Joel co-founded Hyatt Legal Services in Cleveland in 1977, helping to revolutionize the legal services' delivery system by making legal care affordable and accessible to middle and lower-income families nationwide.  Susan was formerly a special education teacher and a senior advisor to United States Senator Howard Metzenbaum - (Ohio). She serves on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America in Washington, D.C. and founded a yearly fundraiser on the Peninsula for reproductive rights.  She also serves on the board of Silicon Valley Community Foundation Board.  Her other activities have included serving on the Children's Health Council, the Peninsula Jewish Family and Children's Services Public Interest Committee, the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Art Committee, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Child Welfare League of America, Womenspace, the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, Jewish Community Federation, and The Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence.

Harriet Hills Stinson tells the "Miss Suzuki" story: "Before abortion was legal in California, women who went to pro-choice ob/gyns would be told how to get a safe legal abortion in Japan.  They have to call Japan Airlines and ask for Miss Suzuki. This was the code name for the abortion package which included air and ground transportation, meals, lodging, and surgery. They didn't even have to use the ‘A’ word and many went." For the last 50 years, Harriett has fought for contraception and for access to abortion care. In 2011 she received the Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Champion of Choice Award.

Maggie Wells is an MD candidate and MPP (Masters in Public Policy) candidate at Stanford University. Her medical concentration lies in biomedical ethics and medical humanities. She grew up in Orange County, California and attended UCLA, earning a B.S. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and a B.A. in Women's Studies. Maggie is currently active in LGBT MERG, Stanford Medical School's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Medical Education Research Group and Medical Students for Choice. She is a co-founder of [], a benefit corporation which aims to broaden participation in community issues by making it easier for people to express their interests, influence policy-makers, and effect real-world change.