On June 13th, we returned to The Plaza for the 2022 Elly Awards luncheon, our annual fundraising event to benefit The Education Fund. The fund provides financial awards of $10,000 for women over the age of 35 pursuing their first college degrees – our Scholars.
The event was a joy filled success as we celebrated our Scholars and honored Jane Pauley who spoke candidly about her own mental health issues and advocacy work during the keynote interview with Forum Vice President, Stephanie Mehta.
“When I entered the room I felt, I have a family where there is love, joy, encouragement, and support!“ – 2020 Scholar Popy Chowdhury, LaGuardia Community College, Fine Arts
“When I walked into the room, I was instantly empowered by the strength. The joy. The excitement. The fellowship. I felt like I belonged. I honestly thought I was just applying for a scholarship (or educational support). But attending The Elly Awards, I realized I stumbled upon something greater. A sisterhood, a family. I’m so glad I did.“ – 2021 Scholar Turquoise Martin, Hunter College, Urban Studies
To watch our 2022 Education Fund Scholar video, please visit HERE.
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Deborah Axelrod, Director of Community Cancer Education & Outreach, NYU Cancer Institute – NYU Langone Health, released cancer research information from a study of breast cancer and colon cancer patients revealing that after surgery, some cancer patients can safely skip radiation or chemotherapy, according to two studies exploring shorter, gentler cancer care. The research was discussed at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago. The colon cancer study, funded by the Australian and U.S. governments and nonprofit groups, was published by the New England Journal of Medicine.
In an article published to CBS News, Deborah states “The study is a “feel-good” message for patients with low-risk tumors and will help doctors understand which of their patients they ‘can comfortably, with confidence’ omit radiation.”
To read more in the article on CBS News, please visit HERE.
Cheryl McKissack Daniel, President and CEO, McKissack & McKissack, was interviewed by Commercial Property Executive in an article titled “Cheryl McKissack Daniel on Making the Construction Business More Diverse.” In this interview, Cheryl discusses her business strategy and how she is paving the way for others to follow in her footsteps.
To read the article, please visit HERE.
Lorraine Hariton, President & CEO, Catalyst, was featured in Fortune amongst other CEOs discussing how to combat recession fears and the appropriate steps companies should take.
To read the article, please visit HERE.
Kay Koplovitz, Chairman & CEO, Springboard Growth Capital, was featured in an article titled “Will live sports disappear from traditional TV?” that discussed the current fractured TV landscape and live sports, after Apple’s purchase to become the primary carrier of Major League Soccer. Kay, Founder of the USA Network, weighed in on the importance of companies like Apple, Netflix, Peacock, etc. acquiring sports platforms stating “It really was what grew the cable industry, you had to offer something you couldn’t get from your local TV station at the time. It was the motivation for people to sign up to cable.”
To read more of this article, please visit HERE.
Jessica Lappin, President, Alliance for Downtown New York, was a featured guest on the Max Politics Podcast on an episode titled “Max Politics Podcast: The Future of Lower Manhattan, with Jessica Lappin” where Jessica examines the future of Lower Manhattan, including the area’s evolution over time, office occupancy, tourism, affordable housing, and more.
Deborah Norville, Anchor, Inside Edition, presented the award for outstanding younger performer in a daytime drama series at the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday, June 24, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif.
To view a photo of Deborah presenting on stage, please visit HERE.
To watch her red carpet interview during the Emmy Awards, please visit HERE.
Donna Orender’s, President, Orender Unlimited, national nonprofit, Generation W, will once again be hosted by the PXG Women’s Match Play Championship for Generation W Links to Leadership Summit (The Summit) presented by Circle K and Baptist Health Jacksonville. The Summit adds depth to the women’s initiatives mission of the PXGWMPC by providing a ½ day of leadership programming focused on offering growth opportunities for all the players in the tournament, as well as selected area college players, whether their life’s journey continues on the golf course or in the boardroom.
To learn more, please visit HERE.
Dr. Ellen Pikitch, Professor & Executive Director, Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, has co-led extensive research and marine protection initiatives with her team including the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP) implemented ten years ago by Stony Brook University. Dr. Pikitch and her team created and populated clam sanctuaries, constructed oyster reefs and reseeded seagrass beds. Due to the restoration effort’s success and the importance of Shinnecock Bay, Dr. Pikitch led the nomination of Shinnecock Bay as a Hope Spot. Consequently, International marine conservation nonprofit Mission Blue, designated Shinnecock Bay as a Hope Spot in recognition of its substantial ecological, scenic, touristic, economic, spiritual and cultural significance, and named Dr. Pikitch a Hope Spot Champion. The successful strategy and outcomes by the team provides hope that similar victories can be duplicated in other marine ecosystems with concerted, science-based effort.
To learn more, please visit HERE.
Lynn Power, Co-Founder, The HMS Beagle, was awarded second place in Glosswire‘s media and beauty competition titled Glosspitch for her newly developed hair and skincare company Masami. GlossWire is a high-growth two-sided discovery and shopping marketplace connecting brands and consumers through data-driven technology and real-time actionable insights. Their Glosspitch competition shines a spotlight on beauty brands and awards them with funds to help support their growing businesses.
To read more on the competition, please visit HERE.
Daryl Roth, President, Daryl Roth Productions, is one of the producers of the new limited engagement “Into the Woods” , which began its Broadway run at the St. James Theatre on June 28th, with opening night scheduled for July 10th. Performances will continue through August 21st. The play features leading actors and singers Sara Bareilles, Brian D’Arcy James, Patina Miller, Phillipa Soo, Gavin Creel, and Joshua Henry.
Lisa Sherman, President & CEO, Ad Council, discussed the new Ad Council public service announcement in collaboration with Sesame Street to help encourage COVID-19 vaccine awareness for parents and children. The famous red Muppet, Elmo, a perpetual preschooler, stars with his dad Louie in a minute-long PSA from Sesame Workshop, the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative’s COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative. The spot is the latest in a vaccine series featuring the Sesame Street Muppets, first targeting adults and later children 5 and up.
“We know there is tremendous relief that comes with the authorization of these vaccines for kids under 5, but many questions too. It’s important that parents feel informed and confident about what the COVID-19 vaccines mean for their families, and we are proud to work with our partners, medical experts—and of course Elmo—to spread that message.” – Lisa Sherman
To read more, please visit HERE.
Barbara Tober, Chairman Emerita, Museum of Arts & Design, President, Acronym, Inc., underwrote an online production of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s organ concert at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City. The program was comprised of works from the 16th-20th centuries, featuring composers such as Gigout, Jongen, Faure, Durufle, Gabrieli, Handel, Beach, Saint-Saens and more. The concert was presented in support of St. Bartholomew’s Conservancy’s restoration mission, with the Waldorf Astoria New York as the leading corporate sponsor, and The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation as the leading foundation sponsor.
To learn more, please visit HERE.
Cheryl Wills, President & CEO, Wills Publishing & Productions, LLC, Anchor/Reporter-NY1 News, was featured in a list titled “20 Enlightening Spiritual Books for When You’re Searching for Hope and Strength” on Parade. The book list caters to those looking for hope and a way to strengthen or restore their faith after the challenges and hardships so many people have endured over the past couple of years. Cheryl’s book Isn’t Her Grace Amazing! The Women Who Changed Gospel Music pays homage to 25 legendary gospel queens, from Willie Mae Ford Smith to Aretha Franklin and several of today’s most talented artists in the genre.
Cheryl was also profiled on Oprah Daily, where her personal story on how she searched for the remains of her enslaved ancestors with help from the descendants of the family that enslaved them is explored. The feature entitled “From One Land, Two Families”, pulled from Cheryl’s book Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale, a memoir chronicling the life of her father, Clarence, and of her Grandpa Sandy.
To read more from the Parade article, please visit HERE.
To read Cheryl’s story on Oprah Daily, please visit HERE.
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Local Projects’ Listeners Series x Women’s Forum of New York
How can creators share difficult truths in the most powerful way possible? And how can they include communities in the process of developing and sharing work?
In our collaboration with Local Projects’ LISTENERS series, we dive into the creative process to discover how exhibition designers, theatrical producers, and investigative journalists tell true stories in the most powerful way possible. We hear from women pioneering new forms of investigative storytelling.
Featuring Women’s Forum member Stephanie Mehta, CEO and Chief Content Officer Mansueto Ventures, parent of Inc. and Fast Company, we explore the responsibilities and opportunities involved in interpreting the lived experience of a community.
Click the button below to tune into our discussion with Local Projects.
Women in Business Wednesdays
Our #WBW interview series was born out of the same principle that is at the heart of the Women’s Forum – uplifting women. Our #WBW interviews allow women to discuss their professional journeys and provide great advice to other women looking to advance their careers and embark on the path to entrepreneurship. We have had the pleasure of interviewing Forum members- Sarah Kauss, Patrice Tanaka, Deirdre Quinn, Mijong Lee, Sarah McNally, Gina Gibney, Tracy McKibben, Rohini Dey, Lori Tauber Marcus, Susan McPherson, Gloria Feldt and Ilene Wachs.
Please view our latest interview with Forum members Cheryl Wills, – nationally recognized award-winning television personality for Spectrum News’ flagship national news network, author and distinguished speaker and Alyson Richman, USA Today bestselling and #1 international bestselling author of several historical novels including The Velvet Hours, The Garden of Letters, and The Lost Wife. Cheryl gives us insight into her career, greatest life lessons, how she found her true purpose and the importance of speaking up about her ancestors. Cheryl and Alyson bond over discovering their family histories and finding the ability to share these histories on a global platform. To watch the full interview between Cheryl and Alyson, please visit HERE.
To read or watch our past Women in Business Wednesday Interviews, click on the links below:
- Ilene Wachs, President, Horizon Casualty Services, Inc., Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
- Gloria Feldt, Co-Founder, Take the Lead
- To watch our interview with Gloria, please visit HERE.
- Susan Spector McPherson, Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies
- To watch our interview with Susan, please visit HERE.
- Lori Tauber Marcus, Founder of Courtyard Connections, LLC.
- Rohini Dey, Owner & Founder of Vermilion
- Tracy McKibben, Founder and CEO of MAC Energy Advisors, LLC
- Gina Gibney, Founder, CEO & Artistic Director of Gibney
- Sarah McNally, Founder & CEO of McNally Jackson
- Mijong Lee, Founder and CEO of EMMELLE Design & MIJONGLEE
- Deirdre Quinn, Co-Founder and CEO of Lafayette 148
- Patrice Tanaka, Chief Joy Officer of Joyful Planet Inc
- Sarah Kauss, Founder and Executive Chairwoman of S’well
Are you or someone you know interested in sharing experiences as a business owner or entrepreneur? If you are interested in sharing your story, please email firstname.lastname@example.org . The Women’s Forum Credo is ”Women helping other women never gets tired.” Imagine how many women in our communities, and beyond, you may help just by sharing your experience!
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We are always thankful to our outstanding members who participate in our virtual programs, keeping our community ever strong and connected especially during these times of great social challenges. Here is one of our most recent programs:
Women in Supply Chain ~ Professional Journeys of Women Leading the Way
The Forum would like to thank IWF-Chicago for partnering with us to present this program featuring moderator NY Forum member Donna Palumbo-Miele, Founder & CEO, Concordia Supply Chain Group LLC, and panelists:
- Ann Drake, President and Founder, Lincoln-Road and IWF Chicago member
- Diane Gordon, Chief Customer Officer, and SVP Global Customer Success, project44
- Lisa Morales-Hellebo, Co-Founder, GP at REFASHIOND Ventures
- Elaine Singleton, Executive Director Monica Wooden Center for Supply Chain Management & Sustainability, University of South Florida
Thank you to all panelists for sharing their inspirational career journeys and expert insight into the future of this critical industry.
To view the program recording, please visit HERE.
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