Seven high achievers on our radar this month, from Bay Area heavyweights to the next generation shaking things up.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
The April 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was a joyful global event, attracting wall-to-wall media coverage. Internet pranksters pounced upon Princess Beatrice’s infamous Philip Treacy hat, which launched a thousand memes — Google “princess beatrice” and “situation room.” On May 19, all eyes will be fixed on Markle as she walks down the aisle at Windsor Castle to marry William’s younger (and wilder) brother, Harry, aka The Ginger Prince. It seems he has met his match in the gorgeous, self-assured American, who’s quit her acting career for the role of a lifetime: Princess. Congratulations to the happy couple, and stay tuned for a full report from our royal correspondent, Lisa Grotts, in the Gazette this summer.
Props to the dynamo on joining Dress for Success San Francisco and San Jose as the organization’s new executive director. A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Badillo has been a leader in the Bay Area nonprofit sphere since moving back to California from the East Coast in 2011; most recently, she worked in the chronic health arena. “I’m so proud and honored” to be with Dress for Success, she says. “Since the San Francisco office launched in June 2006, we have provided career development services and retention programs to over 7,000 women through San Francisco.” On July 26, she’ll host the Success: You Wear It Well gala at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Snap up a ticket for a great cause!
This summer, the president of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music will oversee the construction of a state-of-the-art new facility that will be directly across from Davies Hall on Hayes and Van Ness. “We have received the largest gift in history to any conservatory in the United States for a capital project — that’s $46.4 million, from the Bowes Foundation,” he reveals, with excitement. “We will be constructing an 165,000-square-foot building there which will provide two spectacular concert halls, a recording studio, a gorgeous restaurant with a live performance space in it, 420 beds for students, luxury faculty housing upstairs,” plus “a new home for our technology program.”
On May 21, the Women’s World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist will become only the 16th woman to be inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, which launched in 1980. The recognition is a long time coming. “It’s an incredible honor,” she says. “I’m happy that I can share it with my family. My parents are no longer living, unfortunately, but for me, this conversation would not be happening without their support.” Chastain — who will become a grandmother later this summer, when her oldest son and his wife expect their first child — coaches young girls under 14 in U.S. soccer’s first girls development academy. “It’s been exciting to have my own team. It’s been a lot of fun, it’s been challenging and it’s been exhausting and enlightening.”
The sports-loving NHG team raves about the double-threat phenom: He pitches! He bats! He … doesn’t play for the San Francisco Giants or the Oakland Athletics? But we’re willing to make an exception for the 23-year-old Los Angeles Angel, who stunned fans last month when he made his Major League Baseball debut, defeating the A’s in Oakland and hitting a three-run homer in his first home plate appearance. The next day, he hit another one, becoming the first Angels player to repeat the achievement in his first two home games. Unfortunately, for us, Ohtani, known as the “Babe Ruth of Japan,” chose to sign with the Angels instead of the Giants. Maybe he’ll change his mind?
After nearly 10 years with Wilkes Bashford in San Francisco, the impeccably dressed executive is leaving the West Coast for the East. Mitchell is returning home to Greenwich, Connecticut, where he, wife Stephanie and their 18-month-old daughter, Sydney, will adjust to a quieter life on an 8-acre farm that boasts a stable of animals including horses, goats and donkeys. Mitchell will miss many things about SF: strolling along the city sidewalks; dining at Kokkari; trips to nearby Napa, Tahoe, Vegas and LA; the proximity to Hawaii, Mexico and Asia; his wide social network. “We have more friends in nine years than we had in a lifetime on the East Coast,” he says. Our city’s loss is Greenwich’s gain: Mitchell will oversee the menswear store, Richards, which was founded by his uncle, Jack Mitchell. Bon voyage, Tyler!