On December 10, 2019, the 10th Annual Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership was presented to Cecile Richards, activist and cofounder of Supermajority, in New York City. The program was moderated by Emily Tisch Sussman.
Cecile Richards is a national leader for women’s rights and social and economic justice, and a co-founder of Supermajority – a new organization fighting for gender equity. She is also the author of New York Times best seller, Make Trouble, and former President of Planned Parenthood Federation of American and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. For 12 years Richards worked to increase affordable access to reproductive health care and to build a healthier and safer world for women and young people. After starting her career as a labor organizer, working with women earning the minimum wage, she went on to start her own grassroots organizations, and later served as Deputy Chief of Staff to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. In 2011 and 2012 she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Richards is also a frequent speaker and commentator on politics and progressive issues.