February Newsletter

February 26th - Members tour the Whitney's newest exhibition: Vida Americana-Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925-1945.

03/02/2020

Letting Each Other Know...

SUBHA BARRY, President, Working Mother Media, testified before the US House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services about how America’s big banks can make their workforces more diverse and their workplaces more inclusive. Read her recommendations HERE.

AMY BUTTE, Director & Advisor, became an advisor to a new company, MINDD Bra which owns a unique focus and POV on the D+ consumer which represents 66% of women in the US.  MINDD launched in February with an exclusive in WWD and has received rave reviews.

GLORIA FELDT, Founder and President, Take The Lead Leadership Parity Movement, Take The Lead’s inaugural’s Power Up Conference took place February 28-29 in Scottsdale featuring over 20 speakers advancing gender parity in business, professions, and politics, which is Take The Lead’s mission. Coinciding with Leap Day,  the most feminist of holidays, one keynote panel featured three female AZ mayors of Phoenix, Flagstaff. and Tucscon—an unusual level of female political leadership. Participants from Take The Lead’s powerful 50 Women Can Change the World Leadership Cohorts in nonprofits, journalism, media, and entertainment, and healthcare, as well as other women from around the country, will come together for two days of skill-building, networking, and inspiring keynotes. Applications are now being taken for the next cohort of journalists and health care leaders, and will soon be open for the first cohort of 50 Women Can Change the World in Law. Feel free to contact Gloria if you are interested in learning more, joining a cohort, or nominating someone.

MOIRA FORBES, President & Publisher, Forbes Woman, Forbes Media, in partnership with Mika Brzezinski (a 2019 ELLY Award Honoree) and her “Know Your Value” initiative, has created a first of it’s kind list, shining a light on 50 diverse women over the age of 50 who have achieved significant success later in life, often by overcoming formidable odds or barriers. To nominate women you believe should be included on this list, click HERE.

JOAN HAFFENRFFER, President, Women’s Forum of NY, along with Forum colleagues, BARBARA MARCUS, President of the Women’s Forum Education Fund & ELAINE WOOD, represented the Education Fund at John Jay College’s Champions of Justice Reception on February 27th. The event highlights organizations whose grants and/or scholarships have had a large impact on the John Jay student population. John Jay President and Forum member, KAROL MASON hosted the reception. Picture from the event below.

SALLIE KRAWCHECK, CEO and Co-Founder, Ellevest, was featured in FastCompany’sDay On, Day Off” series, where she spoke about her work at Ellevest and her “day off” which included speaking at a Goop Wellness Summit.

BERNICE K. LEBER, Senior Partner, Arent Fox LLP, was honored to be named to Crain’s 2020 100 Most Notable Women In Law.

ANNE CLAIRE LEGENDRE, Consul General of France in New York, joined the celebration in Paris where Diane von Furstenberg was presented with the Chevalier de la Legion D’Honneur by Christine Lagarde in appreciation of the $100 million dollars she has raised for the Statue of Liberty Museum.

TARA WALPERT LEVY, VP Agency and Media Solutions, Google, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Braze.

LAURA CLAYTON MCDONNELL, Vice President, Enterprise Sales – East Region, ServiceNow, was chosen to be the speaker at the University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business 2020 Full-time MBA commencement. The MBA commencement will take place on Friday, May 22, 2020, at the Greek Theatre.

MARISSA SHORENSTEIN, recently accepted a new role at WeWork as their Chief Communications Officer. She most recently served as AT&T’s President, Northern Region.

CHERYL WILLS, Anchor/Reporter-NY1 News, President & CEO, Wills Publishing & Productions, LLC, spoke about the publication of her new book, Emma, with Pat Kiernan on his podcast. The book delves into her family’s history, including her great, great, great Grandfather escaping slavery and fighting in the Civil War, and his wife, Emma, a literacy advocate.

SAVE THE DATE

Non-Profit Board Opportunity

Harmony Program seeks a new Chair, Board of Directors. The new Chair will possess a passion for music and care deeply about underserved young students and their communities. The new Chair continues the efforts of the current Chair (10 years), Roy Niederhoffer, Founder & President, R. G. Niederhoffer Capital Management (Hedge Fund).

Additionally, a new Board Member is sought.

Full Position Specifications will be sent on request by contacting Forum member ANN KERN at Ann.Kern@kornferry.com.

Nominate a Woman for Forum Membership

Do you know an outstandingly accomplished woman with the potential to be a great addition to the Women’s Forum of New York? If you have someone in mind, Membership Committee Chair Wendy Mendenhall MBE encourages you to submit a nomination form. All submissions will be reviewed and considered for membership.

We appreciate your assistance with identifying noteworthy candidates interested in joining the Women’s Forum of New York.

Click here to complete a nomination form.


 

Please submit newsletter content before March 20th to be included in the next edition. Submissions and corresponding media/links can be submitted below or in your “My Participation” section of your member portal HERE. Also, if you’d like to share newsworthy accomplishments and updates with the IWF community, please reach out to Communications Manager Maddy Berner at mberner@iwforum.org.

January Newsletter

01/31/2020

Letting Each Other Know...

PENNY ABEYWARDENA, NYC International Affairs Commissioner, was featured in an article written by her alma mater, Columbia SIPA about being NYC’s ambassador to the global community. Click here to read.

KATRINA ADAMS, Vice President, International Tennis Federation, was featured on CBS Sports alongside former WNBA player Lisa Leslie and Olympic swimmer Dara Torres to discuss the groundbreaking deal reached by the WNBA and the WNBAPA. Click here to watch.

LAUREN ANDERSON, International Consultant Fellow, Geneva Centre for Security Policy and former FBI Executive, was featured on the Deirdre Breakenridge’s podcast. Click here to listen.

CARRIE REBORA BARRATT, Chief Executive Officer, New York Botanical Garden, was interviewed by Forum President Joan Haffenreffer at the Annual Meeting. Carrie discussed what it was like to be the first woman to hold her position, and shared behind the scenes details about the development of the Yayoi Kusama exhibition opening in May at the garden. Click here for more information.

SANDRA JACKSON-DUMONT, former Head of Education, Metropolitan Museum of Art, was recently appointed the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in L.A. Click here to read.

GINA GIBNEY, Founder; CEO & Artistic Director, Gibney Dance, received a $2 million gift from Andrew A. Davis, a Trustee of the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund. Click here to learn more.

JOAN HAFFENREFFER, Managing Director, CAO, Global Public Affairs, Citi, was elected as the new Women’s Forum of New York President.

SUZAN F. HARRISON, Former President of Global Oral Care, Colgate-Palmolive Company, was elected as a Board Director for WestRock, a global consumer and packaging company focused on customers, innovation & operational excellence. Click here to read.

CHRISTINE HEENAN, Former Vice President for Policy, Partnerships and Communications, The Rockefeller Founder, collaborated with IWF member Michelle Nunn to create a video to commemorate the United Nations conference responsible for advancing women’s rights globally 25yrs ago in Beijing, China. Click here to watch.

SALLIE KRAWCHECK, Chief Executive Officer, Ellevest, interviewed Gwyneth Paltrow at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show at the Jacob Javits Center about her company Goop. Click here to read.

KAROL MASON, President, John Jay College, led a group of honor students during MLK weekend to Alabama, to visit some of the places where monumental civil rights events took place. 2019 Education Fund Scholar Humanchia Serieux was one of the students in attendance. Click here to learn more.

STEPHANIE MEHTA, Editor-in-chief, Fast Company, interviewed Starbuck’s CEO, Kevin Johnson at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show at the Jacob Javits Center. Click here to read.

LISA O. MONACO, Senior Fellow at the Reiss Center on Law and Security; Partner, O’Melveny & Myers; and former White House Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism Adviser, wrote an op-ed featured in the Washington Post about the recent military conflicts with Iran. Click here to read.

SHAWN OUTLER, Chief Diversity Officer, Macys, was a featured panelist at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show at the Jacob Javits Center, discussing diversity and inclusion in the retail industry. Click here to read.

JUDITH SPITZ, Founder, Break Through Tech, received a $5.2 million grant from the Cognizant U.S. Foundation to support the national expansion of her organization focused on advancing women in computer science. Click here to read.

ALICIA SYRETT, Founder & CEO, Pategrion Capital, welcomed a daughter into the world! Alexis Sabine Major was born on December 1, 2019.

Alicia was featured in the new investor education podcast series called “Off the Sidelines” produced by Technical.ly in partnership with Project Entrepreneur, a program by UBS committed to helping female entrepreneurs. Click here to listen. Alicia was also recently appointed to the Board of Directors of NewAge Beverages Corporation (NBEV), a publicly-traded, healthy products company. Click here to read.

ROXANNE TAYLOR, Former Executive Leadership, Accenture, was appointed as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Click here to read.


We were pleased to see that MURIEL SIEBERT (deceased), Founder, Women’s Forum of New York, was featured on MSN’s list of “Women Who Broke Barriers in the Business World.” Click here to read.

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long-time Forum member LUCY JARVIS, who died at the age of 102. As a TV producer, she won a Peabody Award, a Radio-TV Critics Award & six Emmys. In 1968, she was the first woman to receive a Chevalier in the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. We will forever remember her indomitable spirit.

We are pleased to share the transcript of an interview with Lucy, conducted by Forum colleague, BILHA FISH, President, Chesner Diagnostic Imaging, Aridana Publishing and Nassau Physicians Foundation, on the occasion of Lucy’s 100th birthday. Click here to read.

ANNOUNCEMENT

We’re pleased to announce our first-ever strategic partnership with the Executive Forum (EF). The Executive Forum is an invite-only membership of C-suite executives who have been or are in transition in their careers. The EF has over 400 members, only 35-40 members are in transition at any one time. The WFNY will be referring members who are in transition to the EF and the EF will be referring members to the WFNY Membership Committee. Both organizations will continue with their normal membership processes.

“We see this as a great resource for any of our members who are in transition and a pipeline of potential C-suite executives for the WFNY,” said Wendy Mendenhall MBE, Chair of the WFNY Membership Committee and member of the Executive Forum. For more information, please contact her at wendy.mendenhall@outlook.com or Suzy Brown at SuzyBrown@womensforumny.org.


Nominate a Woman for Forum Membership

Do you know an outstandingly accomplished woman with the potential to be a great addition to the Women’s Forum of New York?

If you have someone in mind, Membership Committee Chair Wendy Mendenhall MBE encourages you to submit a nomination form. All submissions will be reviewed and considered for membership.

We appreciate your assistance with identifying noteworthy candidates interested in joining the Women’s Forum of New York.

Click here to complete a nomination form.


Please submit newsletter content before February 20th to be included in the next edition. Submissions and corresponding media/links can be submitted below or in your “My Participation” section of your member portal HERE. Also, if you’d like to share newsworthy accomplishments and updates with the IWF community, please reach out to Communications Manager Maddy Berner at mberner@iwforum.org.

 

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November Newsletter

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 07: <> speaks onstage at Women's Forum Of New York Breakfast Of Corporate Champions on November 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Women's Forum of New York)

12/02/2019

Letting Each Other Know...

SYLVIA ACEVEDO, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA, was featured on the Freakonomics radio show discussing her upbringing and how “girls like her” didn’t go to college. During the interview she shares how joining the very same organization she became CEO of changed her life path. Click here to listen.

LOREEN ARBUS, President, Loreen Arbus Foundation, was interviewed by  Philanthropy Women to discuss what’s inspired her philanthropic efforts and recently receiving the Eagle Award at the Disability Rights Advocates’ 2019 Gala at the American Museum of Natural History. Click here to read.

ROHINI DEY, Ph.D, Owner, Vermilion Restaurants, was featured on Medium, Authority Magazine as a Female Disruptor in the culinary industry. Click here to read.

She also recently organized and participated on a panel hosted by BMO Harris Bank entitled the “Business of Restaurants” for the BMO Harris Executive Forum for Women.

JANICE ELLIG, CEO, The Ellig Group LLC., won the Silver Stevie Award for Achievement in Developing and Promoting Women. Click here to learn more.

CARLA HARRIS, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Morgan Stanley, was interviewed by fellow Forum member SALLIE KRAWCHECK for Makers.com. During the interview Carla gives advice to young women climbing the corporate ladder. Click here to view.

FRANCINE LeFRAK, Founder and President, Same Sky, was honored alongside fellow Forum member LOREEN ARBUS at the United Nations Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Summit. The event celebrates organizations and individuals who are committed to supporting women entrepreneurs globally. Click here to learn more.

CAROLYN MALONEY, Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives, was elected as Chair of the Oversight Committee in the House of Representatives. She is the first woman to serve as chair of the committee. Click here to read.

BARBARA NOVICK, Vice Chairman, BlackRock Inc., will be honored at the upcoming UJA-Federation of New York Wall Street & Financial Services Division Dinner on December 9, 2019.

DEIDRE QUINN, Co-founder & CEO, Lafayette 148 New York, was a featured panelist at a private evening at Nordstrom’s flagship NYC store. The event was hosted by the Women’s Forum of New York and C200. She discussed her early career and what inspired her to create a clothing line for today’s modern woman.

STACEY J. RAPPAPORT, Partner and Member of Global Executive Committee, Milbank LLP, received the Fordham Law Champion of Justice Award for her advocacy and pro bono work supporting  domestic violence survivors and gender equality. Click here to read.

XAN RASKIN, Founder & CEO, Artixan Consulting, was featured in the Business News Daily sharing her expertise on leadership in the workplace and how managers can be more effective. Click here to read.

CASEY SANTOS, Head of Business Process Innovation, AllianceBernstein,  joined AllianceBernstein on November 4, 2019 as the Head of Business Process Innovation.

CARLA SINGER, President and Executive Producer, Carla Singer Productions, Executive Produced a film titled Four Winters; Jewish Partisans in World War II. The film has been invited to premiere at the Lincoln Center Jewish Film Festival on January 17 & 19 and it will also be screened at the Miami Jewish Film Festival.

LORI SOKOL, Executive Director, Women’s eNews, was featured in Forbes discussing her career and being a advocate for women’s rights.Click here to read.

ALICIA SYRETT, Founder & CEO, Pantegrion Capital, published an article “So You Say You Support Diversity?” in Directors & Boards magazine. She conducted a Fireside Chat with Randi Zuckerberg at the Tech Up For Women conference at the Javits Center in NYC, and she spoke to the CFA Society of NY at a Morgan Stanley Wealth Management event on Women & Wealth. She was quoted in a Refinery29 article called “Women Helping Women Is Good Business – Here’s How To Make It Work For You.” She held her Point 25 Initiative Fall 2019 Series over a 2 week period where she hosted ~50 of the most promising women startup CEOs from across the country and matched them with C-Level executives as potential Advisory Board members. She spoke about angel investing at the Founders + Funders Summit and also at the UBS Project Entrepreneur Women in Venture Summit at Google.

Please submit newsletter content before December 20th to be included in the next edition. Submissions and corresponding media/links can be submitted below or in your “My Participation” section of your member portal HERE. Also, if you’d like to share newsworthy accomplishments and updates with the IWF community, please reach out to Communications Manager Maddy Berner at mberner@iwforum.org.

 

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Yahoo Finance: Mike Corbat of Citi and Janice Ellig, Event Chair @ the Breakfast of Corporate Champions

11/15/2019

October Newsletter

Forum President Linda A. Willett interviews Valerie Jarrett about her book title Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward at WFNY's Women to Watch event

11/01/2019

Letting Each Other Know...

PENNY ABEYWARDENA, Commissioner for International Affairs, New York City, was recently featured as a keynote at the Global Symposium on Sustainable Cities and Neighborhoods.

SYLVIA ACEVEDO, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA, received the Hispanic Heritage Award for Leadership at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Click here to learn more.

KATRINA ADAMS, Executive Director, Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program, was featured as a panelist at the 2019 Wellness Your Way Festival, she discussed “Anxiety On The Field of Play.” Click here to learn more. 

MYRA BIBLOWIT, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, hosted the Symposium and Awards Luncheon at the New York Hilton. The annual event showcased BCRF-funded investigators from around the globe who are focused on ending breast cancer through their trailblazing scientific research. Click here to learn more.

MAURA CARLEY, President and CEO, Healthcare Navigation, LLC., was featured in an article published in Barron’s entitled “Medicare Plan F Will Soon End:  Here’s How that Changes Retirees’ Cost.” Click here to read.

KATY CLARK, President, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), provided fellow Forum members with a private reception prior to attending the Swan Lake performance at BAM. 

PAMELA CRAIG, Former CFO, Accenture, was featured alongside Forum President LINDA A. WILLETT at the Executive Women New Jersey “A Seat at the Table ” event for a fireside chat about gender parity in the workplace and on corporate boards. Click here to read. 

ROHINI DEY, Ph.D, Owner, Vermilion Restaurants, wrote an op-ed about the presidential debates and gender equality that was featured in the Miami Herald. Click here to read.

PAULA DiPERNA, Consultant, Special Advisor, Carbon Disclosure Project; former President, Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) Internat’l and Joyce Foundation, wrote an op-ed urging retailers to feature non-white mannequins in store fronts to accurately depict the diversity of their consumers for The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA). Click here to read.

SHIREEN DODSON, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Ombudsman, was featured as the keynote speaker at the WFNY ‘s Salute to the Education Fund Scholars event.

JANICE ELLIG, CEO, The Ellig Group LLC., has been nominated as a finalist for a Stevie Award in the category of “Achievement in Developing and Promoting Women.” Click here to learn more.

LORRAINE HARITON, President and CEO, Catalyst, will host the Catalyst Canada Honours Conference in November. Click here to learn more.

CARLA HARRIS, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Morgan Stanley, was featured as a panelist at Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit in D.C. Click here to read. 

SHEILA JOHNSON, Founder and CEO, Salamander Hotels & Resorts, president and managing partner of the Washington Mystics was presented with the WNBA championship trophy when they defeated the Connecticut Suns in the WNBA Finals. Click here to read.

SALLIE KRAWCHECK, CEO & Co-founder, Ellevest, will be honored at the 2020 Visionary Award for her contributions to the tech and finance industry.  Click here to read.

CAROLYN MALONEY, Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives, became the acting chair of the House Oversight Committee after Rep. Elijah Cummings’ passing. Click here to read.

BARBARA MARCUS, President and Publisher, Random House Children’s Books, was featured on the Wall Street Journal podcast Secrets of Wealthy Women which highlights successful women executives, workplace pioneers, self-made entrepreneurs, industry trendsetters and money-savvy experts. Click here to listen.

MARY T. McDOWELL, Former CEO, Polycom Inc., was appointed as President and CEO of Mitel. Click here to read.

GLENDA McNEAL, President of Enterprise Strategic Partnership, AMEX, was featured as a panelist at WFNY and EY’s event titled “The C-suite to the Boardroom.”

WESTINA MATTHEWS, Former President, WFNY & Retired Managing Director, Merrill Lynch, has a new book entitled “Dancing from the Inside Out: Grace-Filled Reflections on Growing Older.” She delivered the Kay Butler Gill lecture at General Theological Seminary to  official launch of her book.

DEANNA MULLIGAN, CEO, Guardian Life, was featured in the Wall Street Journal article entitled “She Took Two Years Off at 41. People Said It Was a Mistake.  Now She’s CEO.”   Click here to read.

KAREN PAGE, James Beard Award-winning Author, was recognized by Little, Brown & Co. publishing on social media for her cook book titled The Flavor Bible on World Vegetarian Day.

DEE POKU, Founder and CEO, WIE Network, was featured alongside Forum member ALICIA SYRETT and other industry leaders in recent Refinery 29 article to provide women with tips on how to support each other in the corporate sector. Click here to read. 

DEIDRE QUINN, Co-founder & CEO, Lafayette 148 New York, was featured in the Wall Street Journal discussing her experience creating a go-to clothing line for today’s modern woman and how being a Forum member has impacted her success. Click here to read.

SAPNA SHAH, Principal, Red Giraffe Advisors, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the NY Tech Alliance. NY Tech Alliance is a non-profit organization supporting the New York tech community and runs NY Tech Meetup, the largest Meetup group in the world. Click here to learn more. 

LISA SHERMAN, President and CEO, Ad Council, wrote an op-ed that was featured on Know Your Value’s website for National Coming Out Day. Click here to read.

MARCY SYMS, Former Chairman and CEO, SYMS Corporation, has been elected co-Chair of the News Taskforce on the board of the National Public Broadcasting Foundation Board.

ALICIA SYRETT, Founder & CEO, Pantegrion Capital, was a moderator for the “Women Technologists: Trajectory of Wealth” panel at the 2019 Grace Hopper Celebration, the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, in Orlando (where she also met astronaut Barbara Morgan!). She also participated in a Fireside Chat at Parson’s ELab entitled “GO Fund Yourself” with Shawn Nelson, Founder and CEO of the publicly-traded company LoveSac.

TRACEY TRAVIS, EVP & CFO, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., was honored by at the Cosmetic Executive Women Achiever Awards. Click here to read more.

PATRICIA VANCE, President, Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), was honored with a Humanitarian Award by the non-profit organization Friends of Karen for her long-standing support of the organization and advocacy for parents through her work at the ESRB. Click here to learn more.

JUDY VREDENBURGH, President and CEO, Girls Inc., will be receiving an achievement award for her Industry Leadership at the 70th Annual University at Buffalo School of Management Alumni Association Awards Banquet.

Please submit newsletter content before November 20th to be included in the next edition. Submissions and corresponding media/links can be submitted below or in your “My Participation” section of your member portal HERE. Also, if you’d like to share newsworthy accomplishments and updates with the IWF community, please reach out to Communications Manager Maddy Berner at mberner@iwforum.org.

 

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September Newsletter

Forum President Linda A. Willett introduces "Security Threats Facing America Today" panelists featuring Forum members Lauren C. Anderson, Lisa O. Monaco and Rikki Klieman. (l-r)

10/01/2019

Letting Each Other Know...

PENNY ABEYWARDENA, Commissioner for International Affairs, New York City, recently wrote an op-ed for the Gotham Gazette about the value of New York City hosting the United Nations General Assembly and what it really means to New Yorkers. Click here to read.

LAUREN C. ANDERSON, International Consultant, Fellow, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, former FBI Executive, was featured on the Women’s Forum of New York “Security Threats Facing America Today” panel. She was also recently appointed to the role of liaison for the IWF Leadership Foundation Fellows Alumnae and the Women’s Forum of New York.

MYRA BIBLOWIT, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, organization will host the Symposium and Awards Luncheon at the New York Hilton. This annual event showcases BCRF-funded investigators from around their globe who are focused on ending breast cancer through their trailblazing scientific research. Click here to learn more.

ROHINI DEY, Ph.D, Owner, Vermilion Restaurants, was featured on the Beard Foundation’s latest webinar series on women’s leadership in the culinary industry. Click here to watch.

HEATHER DIETRICK, CEO, The Daily Beast, participated in a fireside chat with Tracey Riese, Managing Director of Golden Seeds to discuss the culture of radical transparency. Forum members Loretta McCarthy is the Managing Partner of Golden Seeds and fellow member Kathryn Swintek is the Managing Director & Partner at the organization. Click here to read.  

PAULA DiPERNA, Consultant, Special Advisor, Carbon Disclosure Project; former President, Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) Internat’l and Joyce Foundation, was featured on the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC to discuss the Climate Change Forum with Democratic Presidential candidates. Click here to listen.

TIFFANY DUFU, Founder and CEO, The Cru, raised $1 Million for her company and she shares how she did it in her latest blog post. Click here to read.

MARYELLEN ELIA, Commissioner of Education and President, University of the State of New York, was appointed as a senior fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education, a consulting company known for its research and high-impact school transformations. Click here to read.

BARBARA FRIEDMAN, Consultant for Career Development and Industry Relations, LIM College, interviewed Dr. Anne Moses, President of IGNITE at the Women’s Forum New York event titled “Cultivating Political Ambition in the Next Generation of Women.” IGNITE is the largest non-partisan organization dedicated to young women owning their political power.

ANNETTE GREEN, President Emeritus, The Fragrance Foundation, will be doing a presentation and book signing at the Westhampton Library on October 12. Click here to learn more. She will also be appearing at the National Arts Club in NYC with esteemed perfumer, Frank Voelkl from Firmenich on October 23. Click here to learn more.

SHEILA JOHNSON, Founder and CEO, Salamander Hotels & Resorts, was listed on Worth.com as one of the 21 Most Powerful Women in the Business of Sports. Click here to read.

RIKKI KLIEMAN, Attorney and News Legal Analyst, CBS, moderated the Women’s Forum of New York “Security Threats Facing America Today” panel.

SALLIE KRAWCHECK, CEO & Co-founder, Ellevest, testified on the gender wealth gap to the House of Financial Services Committee’s subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion. Click here to read. Sallie was also on Inc.’s second annual Female Founders 100 list. Click here to read.

ELLEN SILLS-LEVY, Founder & Client Insights Director, ESL Insights, was elected President of the Market Research Council (MRC) for 2019-2020. MRC is a 92 year old New York peer group association of influential and accomplished market researchers, insights practitioners ad data scientists.

LISA O. MONACO, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Reiss Center on Law and Security; Partner, O’Melveny & Myers and former White House Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism Adviser, NYU School of Law, was featured on the Women’s Forum of New York “Security Threats Facing America Today” panel.

BARBARA MARCUS, President and Publisher, Random House Children’s Books, was featured on the Wall Street Journal podcast Secrets of Wealthy Women which highlights successful women executives, workplace pioneers, self-made entrepreneurs, industry trendsetters and money-savvy experts. Click here to listen. 

DEANNA MULLIGAN, CEO, Guardian Life, was featured as one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women. Click here to read.  

LIZ NEUMARK, CEO, Great Performances, was featured on NYC Media’s Her Big Idea which features inspiring profiles of NYC women entrepreneurs, who’ve transformed a simple concept into a thriving business in NYC. Click here to watch. 

DEE POKU, Founder and CEO, WIE Network, was featured on Rebecca Minkoff’s Superwomen podcast discussing her life, work, getting ahead and the importance of having a power posse of women to support you. Click here to listen. 

MARCY SYMS, Former Chairman and CEO, SYMS Corporation, was interviewed by online magazine Agenda, a boardroom resource platform. Click here to read.

ALICIA SYRETT, Founder & CEO, Pantegrion Capital, launched the application process for her latest Point 25 Initiative (including fellow Women’s Forum member ANNE WALKER). Point 25 matches the most promising women-led startups with amazing C-level Advisors for their Advisory Boards. The ‘Point 25’ name comes from the equity incentive of 0.25% that an advisor often receives when joining a startup’s advisory board. This is also an effort to facilitate advisory board roles for prominent leaders who wish to give back to the startup ecosystem. The fall series will be held on November 5, 7, 12, and 14 in NYC. 

Please submit newsletter content before October 20th to be included in the next edition. Submissions and corresponding media/links can be submitted below or in your “My Participation” section of your member portal HERE. Also, if you’d like to share newsworthy accomplishments and updates with the IWF community, please reach out to Communications Manager Maddy Berner at mberner@iwforum.org.

 

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August Newsletter

Forum members Billie Jean King and Katrina Adams attend the unveiling of the Althea Gibson statue at the US Open.

08/28/2019

Letting Each Other Know...

SUSAN DAVENPORT AUSTIN, Senior Managing Director, Brock Capital Group LLC, will begin her new role as Chief Financial Officer of Grace Church School beginning September 1.

GEORGETTE BENNETT, Founder, Multifaith Alliance & NADINE HACK, CEO, beCause Global Consulting, were recognized by the Women’s Forum of New York for World Humanitarian Day to salute their humanitarian efforts around the globe.

LINDSEY BOYLAN, Candidate for US Congress, NY-10, was featured in Teen Vogue. The article highlights her experience running for a seat in Congress. Click here to read.

AMY BUTTE, Board Director, BNP Paribas USA, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bain Capital Specialty Finance. Click here to read. 

PAMELA CRAIG, Former CFO, Accenture and LINDA A. WILLETT, President of the Women’s Forum of New York and SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, will engage in a “fireside chat” at the Executive Women of New Jersey “A Seat At The Table” breakfast on Tuesday, October 29. The theme of this year’s breakfast is “Arriving, Belonging and Succeeding.”  Linda and Pam will share their insights on the journey of rising through the ranks to earn a position on a board, the requirements and responsibilities of maintaining the appointment, and finally, how to add value to a company board and create pathways for other women to succeed. Click here to learn more.

JANICE ELLIG, CEO, Ellig Group, was featured on CEO Today Magazine Business Women of the Year 2019 list. Click here to learn more.

SALLY KRAWCHECK, CEO & Co-founder, Ellevest, shared her keys to success in a video featured on TheStreet’s online publication. Click here to view.

LORETTA McCARTHY, Managing Partner, Golden Seeds, was interviewed by Thrive about her thoughts on gender parity and her experience climbing up the corporate ladder within the finance industry. Click here to read.

CHERYL McKISSACK, President & CEO, McKissack & McKissack, was highlighted on CBS This Morning as the CEO of the nation’s oldest female, African-American-run construction management firm. Click here to view. Cheryl also recently launched a new website. Click here to visit.

DEANNA MULLIGAN, CEO, Guardian Life, wrote an op-ed piece for Fortune about the critical benefits of offering paid family leave. Click here to read.

ELLEN PIKITCH, Professor and Executive Director, Institute for Ocean Conservation Science & SUSAN PIKITCH, CFO, United States Golf Association, were recognized by the Women’s Forum of New York to celebrate National Sister’s Day.

MARGARET MOLLOY, CMO, Siegel + Gale, was named as one of Twitter’s Most Influential Marketers by Agency Spotter. Click here to read.

ANNA QUINDLEN, Author, was recognized by the Women’s Forum on National Book Lovers Day which highlighted her newest book, Nanaville.

ALICIA SYRETT, Founder & CEO, Pantegrion Capital, was named to the shortlist for “Woman of the Year” by the Women in Asset Management Awards. She was also a keynote speaker and judge at StartupBus North America, an annual competition where top tier talent travels on a bus to conceive, build and launch a startup in just 72 hours while in transit to New Orleans, and she served as a judge for the Columbia Startup Lab‘s summer track pitch event.

LINDA A. WILLETT, President of the Women’s Forum of New York and SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, has been appointed to the Newark Regional Business Partnership Board of Directors.  Founded as the Newark Board of Trade in 1869, NRBP is dedicated to the revitalization of New Jersey’s largest city.  

WOMEN’S FORUM OF NEW YORK, Elly Awards, was recognized by Crain’s New York as one of the city’s notable fundraisers. Click here to view.

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Christie's Managing Director and author Lydia Fenet speaks to Forum members about her new book at the French Consulate of New York.

07/31/2019

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SYLVIA ACEVEDO, CEO, Girl Scouts, was recognized in Corporate Responsibility Magazine as a  finalists for its annual Excellence in Leadership Awards. Click here to read.

LINDSEY BOYLAN, Candidate for US Congress, NY-10, was featured in the New York Daily News for earning the highest fundraising 1st quarter for a progressive challenger in the United States. Click here to read.

ROHINI DEY, Ph.D., Founder, Owner, Vermilion Restaurants, has written two articles about Chicago tourism and financial literacy for women. Click here to read her article in Nation’s Restaurant News and click hear to read her other featured article in Crain’s Chicago Business.

PAULA DiPERNA, Special Advisor, Carbon Disclosure Project (CPD), testified before the US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Click here to watch.

JANICE ELLIG, CEO, Ellig Group, was on the Engage Women Summit panel to discuss the impact of women in C-Suites & Corporate Boards. Click here to learn more.

GLORIA FELDT, Founder and President, Take The Lead Leadership Parity Movement, hosted the Take The Lead 5th Year Anniversary Silent Auction alongside Oscar nominated actress Kathleen Turner.

LOU HAMMOND, Chairman, Founder, Lou Hammond Group, has expanded her company into the Denver market which will be headed by industry veteran, Ivie Parker. The new office will be located in the downtown area. LHG Denver offers expertise in communications, marketing, media relations, advertising, digital and creative services for an array of industries including hospitality, tourism, real estate, healthcare, financial services, energy, tech, nonprofit and destination marketing.

ANNE-CLAIRE LEGENDRE, Consul General of France in New York, welcomed Forum members and Christies’ Managing Director Lydia Fenet to the French Consulate to discuss her new book, The Most Powerful Women in the Room is You. Click here to view photos from the event.

ANN SARNOFF, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros., was featured in Variety magazine. The article highlights her new role as Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. and how she’s paving the way as the first woman CEO in the studio’s 96-year history. Click here to read.

MARCY SYMS, Former Chairman & CEO, Syms Corporation, Chair of the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality, spoke at the Alice Paul ERA Advocacy Day alongside other ERA Coalition members. Together they reclaimed the day the deadline passed as a day of advocacy for continuing the movement to see it ratified. Marcy also participated in the Time for the Equal Rights Amendment at the Brennan Center of Law at NYU.

ALICIA SYRETT, Founder & CEO, Pantegrion Capital, appeared as a guest on the Heart Stock Radio Podcast, a business talk radio program focused on sustainable practices, to share advice for investors and founders. Her TED talk on “Why VCs and Angel Investors Say ‘No’ to Entrepreneurs” crossed 100,000 views globally. She also spoke at New York Energy Week‘s Disruptors Day Symposium.

LINDA A. WILLETT, President of the Women’s Forum of New York and SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, was featured on Sirius XM’s Career Mix with Torrin Ellis to discuss The Education Fund and gender parity on corporate boards. Click here to listen.  

 

 

Thank you to all of the Women’s Forum of New York members who hosted us at the Herald Square Flagship store for our annual Macy’s Mid-Summer Reception 

  • PATTI ONGMAN, Chief Merchandising Officer, Macy’s 
  • SHAWN OUTLER, Chief Diversity Officer, Macy’s
  • PAULA A. PRICE, Chief Financial Officer, Macy’s

Click here to view photos from the event 

 

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Forum President Linda Willett on SiriusXM’s Career Mix with Torrin Ellis

07/16/2019

June Newsletter

06/28/2019

Letting Each Other Know...

SUSAN DAVENPORT AUSTIN, Senior Managing Director, Brock Capital Group LLC., represented The Education Fund as Treasurer alongside Ed Fund Fellow Valerie Wilkinson on ABC New York’s “Here & Now” with ABC News Anchor Sandra Bookman. During the interview, they discussed The Education Fund and the 2019 Elly Awards. Click here to view.

KARA MEDOFF BARNETT, Executive Director, American Ballet Theatre, welcomed fellow members to an exclusive pre-performance reception with Soloist Cassandra Trenary at the Metropolitan Opera. Following the reception, members attended “Jane Eyre” featuring world-renowned principal dancer Misty Copeland.

MARTHA NELSON, Former SVP, Global Editor-in-Chief, Media at Yahoo!, was named the director of Andrews McMeel Universal.  She has also been appointed to Chair of the Jury for the George Foster Peabody Awards which annually honors the most powerful, enlightening, and invigorating stories in television, radio, and online media. Additionally, she has joined the Board of City Limits, an online media organization covering civic issues in New York City.

CAROLYN B. MALONEY, Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives, joined forces with Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart on Capitol Hill to pass a bill to extend funding for 9/11 victims and their families. Click here to read.

DORIS MEISTER, EVP, Wilmington Trust/M&T, hosted a C200 event at the Harvard Club which Forum members were invited to attend. The panel which focused on navigating crises in the boardroom featured Forum colleagues: KAREN PEETZ, Former President, BNY Mellon
and EUGENIA ULASEWICZ, Non-Executive Director, Bunzl plc, Hudson Group,
Signet Jewelers and Vince, and was moderated by PAMELA CRAIG, Former Chief Financial Officer, Accenture.

BETTYE MARTIN MUSHAM, CHAIRMAN & CEO, Gear Holdings, released her book The Thing I Miss Most is My Mind: An Insider’s Guide to Achieving Positive Results When Confronting Alzheimer’s.

ANN SARNOFF, President, BBC Studios Americas, was named the new Chair and CEO of Warner Bros. She is the first female to hold the top position at Warner Bros. since it was established in 1923. Click here to read.

WESTINA MATTHEWS SHATTEEN, Retired Managing Director, Merrill Lynch, released her book Dancing from the Inside Out: Grace-filled Reflections on Growing Older. The book is a collection of essays about ordinary events that invites the reader to reflect on how God can be found throughout life.

MARCY SYMS, Former Chairman & CEO, Syms Corporation, Chair of the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality, joined forces with Jerry Nadler, Head of the Judiciary Committee to organize the first hearing on women’s equality under the law in 36 years. Click here to view the hearing.

ALICIA SYRETT, Founder & CEO, Pantegrion Capital, was featured in Forbes (along with fellow Women’s Forum member SAPNA SHAH, Principal, Red Giraffe Advisors) to share insights on “10 Ways To Win An Investment From An Angel.” She also conducted a Fireside Chat with Ethereum Co-Founder and crypto billionaire Joe Lubin at the Blockchain For Social Impact Conference. Alicia was honored to have served as a Judge for the TechStars Startup Weekend and for the TiE Global Entrepreneur Organization’s Pitch Competition at Google. Finally, she conducted a webinar for the Canopy accelerator on “Advice to Founders, An Investor’s Perspective” and led a roundtable discussion for female founders at a HearstLab/All Raise event at Hearst Tower.

CHERYL WILLS, Anchor, NY1 News, interviewed fellow Forum members: Congresswomen, ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON and CAROLYN B. MALONEY as well as Lieutenant Governor of New York Kathy Hochul about the Elly Awards on her segment “In Focus with Cheryl Wills,” 30-minute public affairs program on Spectrum News NY1. Click here to view.

LINDA A. WILLETT, President of the Women’s Forum of New York and SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, was featured on WPIX 11 New York News with Forum colleagues: ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, CAROLYN B. MALONEY, and BARBARA MARCUS, President of the Women’s Forum Education Fund and President & Publisher, Random House Children’s Books, discussing The Education Fund on the “Change Makers” segment hosted by reporter Tamsen Fadal. Click here to view.

Congratulations to all of the Women’s Forum of New York members who were featured on the most recent list of Crain’s New York – 2019 Most Powerful Women in NY:

  • LAURA FORESE, M.D., M.P.H., EVP & COO, New York Presbyterian
  • PAMELA LIEBMAN, President & CEO, The Corcoran Group
  • DEANNA MULLIGAN, President & CEO, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
  • LIZ NEUMARK, CEO, Great Performances
  • DARYL ROTH, President, Daryl Roth Productions
  • FAIZA SAEED, Presiding Partner, Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP
  • LIZ HILTON SEGEL, Senior Partner, Leader of the Americas Marketing & Sales Practice, McKinsey & Company
  • LORIE SLUTSKY, President, The New York Community Trust

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