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

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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. 

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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

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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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July Newsletter

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

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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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PIX 11: Change Makers – ELLY Awards

2019 Elly Awards - The class of 2018 Education Fund Award Winners attends the luncheon as honored guests.

06/25/2019

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05/31/2019

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SYLVIA ACEVEDO, CEO, Girl Scouts, is featured in the Crain’s New York 2019 Notable Women in Tech. Click here to read

LAUREN C. ANDERSON, Founder and CEO, LC Anderson Int’l Consulting, gives the keynote at LIM College’s 80th commencement and is awarded an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters.

She has also been invited to be a Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Switzerland.  Lauren will have a three-month residency. She’ll be working on several projects, including one on preventing violent extremism through a gender lens.

Left to right LIM College undergraduate valedictorian Alexandra Helmer, fellow Women’s Forum of New York members, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney,  LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse and 2019 Commencement Keynote Lauren C. Anderson.

BEVERLY BEAUDOIN, Principal, Beverly Beaudoin & Associates, was elected to the Board of Directors for The Greater New York Division of the American Liver Foundation (ALF). ALF promotes education, advocacy, support services and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. The Greater New York Division provides a wide variety of these services including information and referral, education programs, support groups, exciting fundraising events, and an array of volunteer opportunities. Over 30 million Americans (1 in 10) have some form of liver disease. Many of which are not associated with alcohol. Click here to learn more

SARAH BEATTY BULLER, President and Founder, MontgomeryBUILDS, Green Depot & Greenmaker Industries, is featured in a New York Times article about the revitalization of Montgomery, Alabama. She shares her company’s role in the transformation of the downtown area. Click here to read more

MARLENE DEBEL, Executive Vice President and Head of Retirement & Income, MetLife, is named Chief Risk Officer and a member of the Executive Group. In this role, she is responsible for monitoring, analyzing and managing risk for the enterprise. Debel joined MetLife in 2011 as executive vice president and treasurer. In this role, she was responsible for the strategic management of MetLife’s financial resources, including capital management, liquidity risk, cash management, and managing the company’s relationships with both banks and rating agencies. She was also responsible for MetLife’s transition to federal regulation as a non-bank SIFI. Prior to joining MetLife, Debel was global head of liquidity risk management and rating agency relations for Bank of America, where she developed the global liquidity risk strategy for the company. She was also responsible for managing the company’s relationships with rating agencies and fixed income investors. She joined Bank of America with the acquisition of Merrill Lynch. In her 20 years at Merrill Lynch, she held a number of leadership positions, including assistant treasurer.

GLORIA FELDT, Founder and President, Take The Lead Leadership Parity Movement, is featured in Forbes.com article about women running for president and their chances of being elected. Click here to read

GINA GIBNEY, Founder, CEO and Artistic Director, Gibney Dance, hosted Women’s Forum of New York members for a private tour of the studio facilities and a performance by company members.

ANNETTE GREEN, President Emeritus, The Fragrance Foundation, is featured in The New Yorker celebrating her 95th birthday and her career as a parfumier. Click here to read

NADINE HACK, CEO, beCause Global Consulting and Senior Advisor Global Citizens Circle gives the opening keynote at the Stockholm Philanthropy Symposium.Click here to read

EMITA HILL, Chancellor Emeritus, Indiana University at Kokomo, received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Indiana University. IU President Michael A. McRobbie presented Emita with the degree during the May 7th IU Kokomo Commencement ceremony. Click here to read

SALLIE KRAWCHECK, Founder and CEO, Ellevest, is the featured speaker at Women’s Forum of New York’s first of three programs sponsored by EY, titled Women, Power and Money.

ANNE-CLAIRE LEGENDRE, Consul General of France, is featured as a guest speaker at French Tech NYC event to help fund more minority-owned startups.

SHARON MATES, Ph.D, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc., is featured in the Crain’s New York 2019 Notable Women in Tech. Click here to read

LISA SHERMAN, President and CEO, The Ad Council, was honored with a 2019 Matrix Award by the New York Women in Communications organization. The award was presented by Retired Verizon Executive, Former CEO, NAACP Bruce S. Gordon. Click here to learn more

MARISSA SHORENSTEIN, President-Northern Region, AT&T, is the YMCA’s 45th Annual Dodge Award Dinner honoree. Click here to learn more

She is also featured in the Crain’s New York 2019 Notable Women in Tech. Click here to read

JUDITH SPITZ, Founding Program Director, Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York, is featured in the Crain’s New York 2019 Notable Women in Tech. Click here to read

BONNIE ST. JOHN, President, Courageous Spirit Inc., is awarded an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Shenandoah University.

ALICIA SYRETT, Founder & CEO, Pantegrion Capital, is honored as one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews (led by fellow Women’s Forum member LORI SOKOL). She was featured as one of “7 Inspiring Leaders” in Womensphere Envision (an e-magazine from Women’s Forum member ANALISA BALARES). She served as a Judge for several events: the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Fund at Columbia Business School, the Finals of the $300k Entrepreneurs Challenge by NYU Stern’s W. R. Berkley Innovation Labs, and StartOut’s “Meet the Money” event. She moderated a panel on “Women Investing In Women” (which included fellow Women’s Forum member SAPNA SHAH) for the Seven Sisters alumni group. She was also a Panelist at Laconia Capital’s Venture Education Symposium.

KRISTEN TITUS, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, New York State, is featured in the Crain’s New York 2019 Notable Women in Tech. Click here to read

JOANNE WILSON, Angel Investor, Blogger, Co-Founder, Women’s Entrepreneur Festival is featured in the Crain’s New York 2019 Notable Women in Tech. Click here to read

MELINDA WHITE, Founder and CEO, Transit Wireless, is featured in the Crain’s New York 2019 Notable Women in Tech. Click here to read

CHERYL WILLS, Anchor, NY1 News, wins Emmy Award for her contributions to the NY1 On Stage, a weekly theater program hosted by Frank DiLella.

SIGAL ZARMI, Head of Transformation, Morgan Stanley, is featured in the Crain’s New York 2019 Notable Women in Tech. Click here to read

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April Newsletter

Former Women's Forum of New York President Carolyn Carter leads the Presidents' Council at the recent IWF Cornerstone Conference in Barcelona, Spain

05/01/2019

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KATRINA ADAMS, Immediate Past President and CEO, United States Tennis Association, tells her story on Start TV about being the first African-American, fourth woman, first athlete, and the youngest president of the USTA. Click here to view.

GEORGETTE BENNETT, Founder, Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, recently wrote an op-ed about the lack of OB-GYN care for women in Syria for The Hill. Click here to read.

MYRA BIBLOWIT, President & CEO, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, would like to invite Forum members to join her in support of BCRF’s 25th year (created by longtime Forum member, the late Evelyn Lauder) which will be celebrated at the Hot Pink Party on Wednesday, May 15 at the Park Avenue Armory. This year the Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein Unsung Hero Award, the centerpiece of the evening, will be presented by Jenny Fine, WWD’s Executive Editor, Beauty, to Sonia Kashuk, a titan in the beauty industry. All proceeds from the gala support BCRF’s investment in promising breast cancer research. BCRF is the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. Tickets can be purchased and donations made online: www.hotpinkparty.org.

PAMELA CRAIG, Corporate Board Director, Akamai Technologies, Merk & Co. and Progressive Insurance, recently participated in the Equilar Board Leadership Forum: Rooted in the Past. Looking to the Future: Board Succession. This Forum explored the topic of proactive succession of corporate boards. Forum members Janice Ellig and Lisa Shalett were also featured speakers. Click here to learn more.

HEATHER DIETRICK , CEO, The Daily Beast, is featured in the Crain’s New York 40 under 40 list. Click here to read.

JANICE ELLIG, CEO, Ellig Group, was recently interviewed by Inevenias to discuss her mission to see gender parity on corporate boards and in the C-suite. Click here to read the full article.

ANNETTE GREEN, President Emeritus, The Fragrance Foundation, won the very prestigious Perfumed Plume award for 2019 Perfume Book of the Year for Spritzing to Success with the Woman Who Brought an Industry to Its Senses. Annette will be doing a book signing at Bloomingdale’s 59th ST on May 11 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm for Mother’s Day.  Shoppers who make a fragrance purchase of $175 will receive an autographed book from Annette and a Godiva Chocolate Gift.

LIZ HAMBURG, President & CEO, Upstart Ventures LLP, is excited to share the launch of the website for her newest business – Candoo Tech – tech support and training for older people. Candoo Tech is offering in person and remote support to older adults to help them fix existing technology, set up and install new technologies (including fall detection devices) and teach them how to better use their phones, tablets and computers to stay more independent, secure and engaged. In addition to one on one support, Candoo is offering group Candoo Learning sessions. Liz was inspired to start Candoo based partly on her personal experience (mom Joan has been a long-time member of the Forum). Candoo is working closely with adult children to help support their families and keep them informed.

EMITA HILL, Chancellor Emeritus, Indiana University at Kokomo, will be awarded an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Indiana University.

CAROL HYATT, Founder and CEO, The Leadership Forum, invites forum members to an upcoming discovery workshop designed to assist professional women to uncover new possibilities and consider next steps for their careers. Click here to learn more about the event that helps accomplished women use proven strategies to reveal their hidden talents.

SALLIE KRAWCHECK, Founder and CEO, Ellevest, raised 33 million dollars in her company’s latest funding round. Click here to read more on Forbes.com.

TARA WALPERT LEVY, VP, Agency Solutions for Google and YouTube, is featured in Businessinsider.com as one of the top 10 people transforming advertising.  Click here to read.

CAROLYN B. MALONEY, U.S. Representative, champions Women’s Rights at Historic ERA Hearing. Click here to read how Carolyn is taking a stand on Capitol Hill to help ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

SANDRA E. PETERSON, Retired Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson, recently joined Clayton, Dubilier & Rice as Operating Partner. Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is one of the oldest private equity investment firms in the world. Click here to read.

ARVA RICE, President and CEO, New York Urban League, is hosting the upcoming 54th Annual Frederick Douglass Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 14. Click here to learn more.

ALICIA SYRETT, Founder & CEO, Pantegrion Capital, appeared on a new show called “The Watch List” from the TD Ameritrade Network filmed live from the NASDAQ where she spoke about startups and angel investing. She mentored startups at the Parallel18 accelerator in Puerto Rico for multiple days. She also spoke to students at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.

DAVIA TEMIN, President & CEO, Temin & Company Inc., was recently featured in her alma mater newspaper, The Swarthmore Phoenix for a Board of Manager’s profile. Davia was interviewed by a current student on #MeToo, finding her path, and her experiences with gender equity in business — including being “almost always the only woman in the room” on Wall Street. In addition, Voice of America just published a video profile – released simultaneously in 85 countries – on “The Fixer,” featuring Davia and her several “crisis rules” that firms and people can use when faced with catastrophe. Bloomberg, on the anniversary of the #MeToo movement, profiled Davia and her firm’s work on the Temin Index, the largest known inventory of #MeToo accusations since Bill Cosby, used to glean trends and key statistics from the movement in order to advise executive management in the most discrete and impactful ways.  Click HERE to read the entire article.

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March Newsletter

United Nations Ombudsman the Honorable Shireen L. Dodson at UN Reception on Tuesday, March 26th.

03/29/2019

Letting Each Other Know...

GEORGETTE BENNETT, Founder, Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, would like to update interested members that in little more than two years, the Multifaith Alliance for Refugees has delivered more than $125 million in humanitarian relief. Of particular interest to the Forum, Georgette believes, is the MFA’s Women’s Relief Program to address numerous problems facing women in Syria, including lack of access to healthcare through the targeting of medical facilities and professionals; sexual/gender-based assaults; unsafe living conditions and underage arranged marriages. MFA is dramatically expanding its shipment of women-specific products. She encourages members to share this important information with their friends, colleagues, foundations and media contacts.

AMY BUTTE, Corporate Director & Advisor, has joined the Board of Directors of Tuscan Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: THCBU).  The Company went public on March 5, 2019.  Tuscan Holdings Corp. is a blank check company organized for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, or other similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities, with an initial focus on target businesses in the cannabis industry.

ANNETTE GREEN, President Emeritus, The Fragrance Foundation, is thrilled to announce that her book, “Spritzing To Success With the Woman Who Brought An Industry To Its Senses” will receive the 2019 Perfumed Plume Awards Fragrance Book of the Year at an awards ceremony in April at The Society of Illustrators in NYC.

NADINE B. HACK, CEO, beCause Global Consulting, gave the keynote address on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019, hosted by Gerald Mathieu, Head of Barclays Private Bank Geneva. Barclays’ senior teams from Geneva, Monaco and Dubai were in attendance. Nadine was also honored at the 2019 Enterprising Women of the Year, 17th Annual Awards ceremony in Fort, Lauderdale FL on March 24-26.

LIZ HAMBURG, President & CEO, Upstart Ventures LLP, is excited to share the launch of the website for her newest business – Candoo Tech – tech support and training for older people. Liz is offering Forum colleagues a chance to use the Candoo services for a free trial. Use promo code: Free Visit, HERE.

RUTH ANN HARNISCH, President, Harnisch Family Foundation, was featured in the, “Love your age” column in Woman’s Day magazine, speaking about her work with Funny Girls, the program that centers around exposing girls ages 8-13 to improv comedy to help them build self-confidence. To see the feature, click HERE.

ANN KAPLAN, Chair, Circle Financial Group, in her role as Chair of the Columbia University: Women Creating Change Initiative, hosted a panel on March 13th entitled “Corporate Feminism and It’s Discontents,” exploring gender and racial disparities in the corporate sector and the backlash of certain policies and strategies.

ANNE-CLAIRE LEGENDRE, Consul General of France in New York, BARBARA VAN ALLEN, President, Economic Club of New York and PHYLLIS YAFFE, Consul General in New York, Government of Canada, were co-hosts of the Women in Business – Return on Investment Summit, building on the work launched under Canada’s G7 Presidency.

BARBARA MARCUS, President & Publisher, Random House Children’s Books, is excited to be named the 2019 Graham Windham Gala Honoree. The event will take place on Thursday, May 16th at the American Museum of Natural History and benefits their important child-welfare programs. For more information or to purchase ticket/sponsorships for the event, click HERE.

LIZ NEUMARK, CEO, Great Performances, is excited to announce a partnership with the Empire State Development agency to move their offices from Manhattan to the South Bronx creating 181 new jobs in the process. The offices will also provide space for The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit that provides nutrition and cooking instruction in high-need communities. To read the full press release click HERE.

MARISSA SHORENSTEIN, Regional President – Northeast, AT&T, was recently named Chair of the Board, Girls Who Code, which strives for gender parity in the fields of computer science and software engineering.

ELLEN SILLS-LEVY, Founder & Client Insights Director, ESL Insights, LLC, was thrilled and honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the Spears School of Business/Oklahoma State University 28th Annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference. Oklahoma IWF founded the conference with the Spears School of Business and is a major supporter.

ALICIA SYRETT, Founder & CEO, Pantegrion Capital, served as a Judge at the Wharton Club of NJ’s Annual Entrepreneur Showcase and Pitch Event. On International Women’s Day, she spoke in the morning as a Panelist for WOW (Women at Oliver Wyman) representing WomenCorporateDirectors (alongside fellow Women’s Forum member DAVIA TEMIN) and at a UBS event in the afternoon entitled “Angels Unplugged.” She presented at the Republic Academy to entrepreneurs on “Securing Mentors and Building an Advisory Board.” She was also featured in Diversity in Action magazine in their “Innovators’ Insights” section, and her Point 25 Initiative was also featured in the same issue.

KAY UNGER, President, Kay Unger Design, is excited to announce the 71st Annual Parsons Benefit Gala will be honoring the performer, Pharrell Williams, Founder and CEO, The RealReal, Julie Wainwright and Founder & CEO, Stitch Fix, Katrina Lake on Monday, May 20th beginning at 6pm. To read about ticket & sponsorship opportunities for the event, click HERE.

Warhol: From A to B - March 1st, 2019

UN Reception with Shireen Dodson - March 26, 2019

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February Newsletter

The third iteration of the Women's Forum, BRAVE ENOUGH program series took place at the offices of AppNexus, who along with FastCompany cosponsored the panel of young female innovators and entrepreneurs. (from left to right: Member/Moderator, SARAH BEATTY BULLER, panelists, Daniela Perdomo & Amber Baldet and Forum members, STEPHANIE MEHTA, CHERYL HELLER and KRISTEN TITUS)

02/27/2019

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SARAH BEATTY BULLER, President and Founder, MontgomeryBUILDS, Green Depot & Greenmaker Industries, was featured in the Boston Globe for her work in the historic restoration of Montgomery, Alabama.

BARBARA COOPERMAN, Kroll, Chief Marketing Officer, was appointed to the board of directors of Edith Wharton Restoration, Inc.

GLORIA FELDT, Founder & President, Take The Lead, Leadership Parity Movement, is pleased to share that Take The Lead’s three-month career acceleration program 50 Women Can Change the World in Journalism program kicked off February 6-8 at the Ford Foundation, which is the primary funder of this program. Many top female journalists and emerging leaders are among its participants. This is the organization’s first program specifically for journalists and it comes at a time when the profession is roiled in chaos and change, with layoffs in both traditional and digital newsrooms.  Attendees will go through an intensive three-month program that combines virtual and immersive in-person sessions, as well as personalized, one-on-one coaching. Each participant will develop and be held accountable for her own Strategic Leadership Action Plan. In addition, the cohort will create plans for how they can support each other while leading positive change within their industry. Results have been phenomenal in previous sector programs. Take The Lead delivers this signature program with customization for various sectors and industries. The next sector to launch in NYC will be 50 Women Can Change the World in Finance. Forum members are encouraged to visit this page to learn more about it and to nominate women you believe would benefit from the program (or apply yourself). Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available. Feel free to contact her for more information.

GINA GIBNEY, Founder, CEO and Artistic Director, Gibney Dance, was profiled in Crain’s Business New York. To read the article click HERE.

AMY KOPELAN, President and Founder, Bedlam Productions, has been asked to head the marketing and branding team for Animal Lighthouse Rescue, a vibrant sister organization to Los Animales El Faro in Puerto Rico where teams of doctors and volunteers rescue stray and lost dogs from the streets and beaches, give them good medical care, and bring them to NYC to find “fur-ever” families. Amy will be heading to Puerto Rico four times this year to work at the clinic and shelter and right now she has 3 rescue dogs at home. If you want to foster an adorable puppy or even an adult dog, please contact Amy.

WENDY MENDENHALL, former Global Executive in Charge and Managing Director, BritishAmerican Business Independent Consultant, was recognized by the UK Honour System and made an Honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her services to transatlantic business relations.

BETTYE MUSHAM, Chairman & CEO, GEAR, is excited to share news about her latest book titled, “The Thing I Miss Most is My Mind: An Insider’s Guide to Achieving Positive Results When Confronting Alzheimer’s.” One out of nine people in the US over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s. This means most adults will know someone with this disease and this book attempts to address many of the issues that they will confront in relation to the disease.

CAROL ROBLES-ROMÁN, announced that she will be stepping down from her position as Co-President & CEO of the ERA/Coalition Fund and take a new role as General Counsel and Dean of Faculty at Hunter College (the President of which is the Forum’s own JENNIFER RAAB). Carol will remain the Secretary and a part of the executive board of the ERA Coalition. To read more about her new position, click HERE. Carol was also interviewed in an NYT article about the Equal Rights Amendment and the resurgence of interest surrounding it.

MARCY SYMS, Former Chairman & CEO, SYMS Corporation, was featured in Director’s & Boards, February Board Book Survival Guide.

ALICIA SYRETT, Founder & CEO, Pantegrion Capital, was named as a 2019 Fellow by The Economic Club of New York (led by President and Women’s Forum of New York member BARBARA VAN ALLEN). She was a Panelist at The Wing Soho on “Redefining Angel Investing: How Anyone Can Get Started Today,” and she gave a presentation to the top 5 winners of Quesnay’s Female Founders in Tech FinTech Competition on “Tips for Business Success.” She was also featured in a NPR Marketplace segment called “Forecast for tech earnings: sunny, with clouds on the horizon.”

February 13, 2019 -Forum Members: BARBARA COOPERMAN, EUNICE SALTON & KAY UNGER attended the Parsons’ annual Marvin Traub Lecture Series featuring Gucci President & CEO, Marco Bizzarri in conversation with Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large of The Business of Fashion, courtesy of Kay herself!

Brave Enough III - February 7th, 2019

Annual Meeting - January 29, 2019

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