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Youth Advocate and Philanthropic Leader Lisa Sobrato Sonsini and Health Care Advocate and Non-profit Leader Kelly Powell Bruno to be Honored as Women of Impact

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Notre Dame San Jose High School will honor youth advocate and philanthropic leader Lisa Sobrato Sonsini and health care advocate and non-profit leader Kelly Powell Bruno at the ninth Annual Women of Impact luncheon on October 5 at the San Jose Convention Center.

The 2017 honorees, Lisa Sobrato Sonsini and Kelly Powell Bruno exemplify what it means to be a woman of impact. Both are strong women leaders in non-profit organizations and are passionate about helping others, Lisa as board president of the Sobrato Family Foundation and Kelly as president and CEO of the National Health Foundation.

Lisa Sobrato Sonsini serves as board president of the Sobrato Family Foundation, which she established in 1996 as a vehicle for multiple generations of the Sobrato family to unify their philanthropic giving for maximum impact. Under her leadership, the Sobrato Family Foundation has grown tenfold in both assets and annual giving. For more than 25 years, Lisa has been a strong advocate for the rights of disadvantaged youth in both the educational and foster care systems. She also works passionately as a catalyst for civic engagement among many of the rising leaders in Silicon Valley.

Kelly Powell Bruno is president and CEO of the National Health Foundation. An experienced social service and health care executive with 20 years of service in the non-profit sector, Kelly leads a team of motivated professionals to address community needs by developing and implementing innovative and systemic solutions to gaps in the healthcare delivery system. She is passionate about designing and implementing programs that focus on healthcare system delivery change and insuring the uninsured population. Kelly is a Notre Dame alumna from the class of 1988.

“Notre Dame is proud to recognize Lisa Sobrato Sonsini and Kelly Powell Bruno as the 2017 Women of Impact,” said Principal Mary Beth Riley. “Both of these women exemplify the characteristics that we foster at Notre Dame. They are intelligent women of strength, compassion and vision who have brought about change in their communities.”

Notre Dame’s Women of Impact luncheon spotlights the role women have played in history, recognizes and celebrates those making significant contributions to society today and showcases the regional and global impact of developing meaningful and integrated learning programs for young women.