Date(s) - 04/13/2017
12:00 pm-1:30 pm
100 Park Blvd
The City Club & San Diego Padres Proudly Present:
Della Britton Baeza – President & CEO, Jackie Robinson Foundation
Speaking on: “The Day America Changed”
12 Noon Luncheon
Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd.
$45 Per Person
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call, 619-235-4041
EVENT SPONSOR: SAN DIEGO PADRES
Biographical Brief – Della Britton Baeza
To say Della Britton Baeza can survive in a man’s world would be an understatement. As the only girl of six children, she learned how to hold her own among her brothers in an atmosphere she describes as “healthy competition.” “As competitive as it was amongst us, it was a healthy competition, and we were very supportive of each other, which is ultimately a testament to my parents,” says Della.
It obviously worked, as Della left the Pittsburgh of her childhood, went to Princeton University and Columbia University Law School, later becoming assistant legal counsel to ABC-TV
The Jackie Robinson Foundation she was asked to lead, was established 31 years ago to provide scholarships to students of color to enable them to attend college. Baeza’s duties include oversight of the foundation’s fund-raising efforts and expanding its outreach and exposure nationwide. She is especially proud of “the daily efforts I make to try to bridge what is still a great racial divide in our society,” she says.
Baeza has been involved in projects related to interracial understanding since she was in college. “We still have a long way to go to increase true understanding among ethnic groups and more honest dialogue is sorely needed,” she says. “While ‘outcasting’ is obviously a centuries-old phenomenon, we as Americans are positioned to keep struggling to reduce the impact of racial and ethnic intolerance,” she adds.
Her belief in the virtues of cultural understanding extends to her personal life. She chose to live with her family in Merida, Mexico, for two years. Because her husband is Cuban, she felt it was important to immerse her three children in their father’s Latin culture.
Della has given the Jackie Robinson Foundation dynamic leadership, as she continues the legacy of the man many believe, is the most significant African-American in our history.