The countdown begins! After two years away, we are less than 2 weeks away from celebrating women achieving excellence through the power of education. We are delighted to welcome you back to The Elly Awards at the iconic Plaza Hotel. Please RSVP HERE to join us and support the Education Fund.
Ahead of the event, follow us on social media where we will be sharing behind the scenes footage, interviews and testimonies from our photoshoot with the 2021 class of Education Fund Scholars, being honored this year. Access links to all of our social media platforms below.
Katrina Adams, Executive Director, Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program, will be joining Shimmershine Entertainment as Executive Producer of a new feature-length motion picture tennis film entitled “Now”. Adams, author of “Own the Arena: Getting Ahead, Making a Difference, and Succeeding as the Only One”, an autobiography of her experiences in the upper echelons of sports leadership, has dedicated her life to sports, philanthropy and uplifting women in the arena.
To learn more, please visit HERE.
Carla Harris, Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley, received the Celebration of Women Award from the New York Women’s Foundation. The New York Women’s Foundation is a platform for women (cis and trans) and non-binary people with a mission to create an equitable and just future for all women and girls.
To learn more, please visit HERE.
Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher, Children’s Division at Random House, was featured on Publishers Weekly’s list titled “They Made a Difference: 25 Book Business Change Makers.” The list highlighted twenty-five seriously consequential individuals whose mark on the industry is indelible.
To read the full list, please visit HERE.
Kelly Slavitt, General Counsel & Head of Corporate Development, Sikka.AI, is pleased to announce that Parley Pro (the company where where Kelly joined her first Board in 2019 as an Advisory Board Director), was acquired by LexisNexis a division of RELX (LSE: REL/NYSE: RELX).
To learn more, please visit HERE.
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Chair, NYC Landmarks55+ Alliance, Chair, Historic Landmarks Preservation Center, made an endowment gift to the High Line to support Environmental Justice learning initiatives for High Line Teens. Barbaralee’s gift was announced by the High Line in promotion of their Environmental Sustainability curriculum, which is a core programmatic priority within the Teens program and its leadership development work. From April to September 2022, High Line Teen staff will visit seven public greenspaces across New York City to understand and assess each site’s journey, focusing on issues around climate change and environmental justice.
“The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation is pleased to support the outstanding educational programs of the historic High Line, which encourage the next generation to take an active role in shaping their communities, and addressing this key issue—climate change,” said Barbaralee. “Environmental sustainability, a sometimes overlooked, but closely-aligned component of preservation, is a key part of the High Line’s complex and evolving story. We look forward to hearing more from these young people as they educate themselves and their communities about what New Yorkers can do to effectively meet this challenge.”
To learn more, please visit HERE.
Ilene Wachs, Former President, Horizon Casualty Services, Inc., Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, has been appointed a Senior Advisor at HealthScape Advisors; a management consulting firm dedicated to helping health plans, provider organizations, specialty health organizations and investors navigate the continuously evolving healthcare landscape. Healthscape brings market-leading insights and actionable strategies that create sustainable value by looking beyond today’s solutions and focusing on the capabilities and resources needed to execute its recommendations. Ilene’s latest appointment follows her departure from her role as Founding President, Horizon Casualty Services, Inc., Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.
Linda A. Willett, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary (Retired), Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, was elected to the board of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey (“The Foundation”). Forum member Jill Johnson is also a member of The Horizon Foundation board. The Foundation has over $75M invested reserves and makes 50 to 100 grants per year to not-for-profit organizations that focus on social determinants of health in underserved populations. It has won numerous awards for philanthropic work both within New Jersey and nationally.
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All members are invited to join us to meet and welcome our new members!
We are happy to be hosting an in-person New Member Reception for the first time in over two years. We will be welcoming all new members who have joined the Forum in recent years to a reception at:
SaksWorks – a co-working and event space on the top floor of
Saks Fifth Avenue.
We hope you can join us!
Wednesday, June 1st, 2022
Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
Please enter through the entrance at 8 East 50th Street (by Louis Vuitton).
From there, guests will take the elevators on the RIGHT SIDE to SaksWorks on the 10th floor.
All guests must be fully vaccinated, boosters are strongly recommended but not required. WF staff will be checking proof of vaccination upon entry at the 10th floor.
Women’s Forum members, Pamela Puchalski, Executive Director, Open House New York, and Liz Neumark, CEO, Great Performances and OHNY board member, have invited 10 colleagues to join them at the Open City Benefit at Moynihan Train Hall where they will be honoring Senator Charles E. Schumer with the President’s Award alongside their other honorees.
Thursday, June 9th, 2022
Only a few seats left. Interested members can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating their interest in attending. To learn more, please visit HERE.
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 email@example.com . 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!
Head on over to Instagram @womensforumnewyork to view our interviews and like our posts.
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:
Ukraine’s Response to Russia’s War
Thank you to Women’s Forum member, Lauren C. Anderson for moderating this fascinating discussion with two Ukrainian women, Natalie Jaresko and Iryna Rubis with first-hand knowledge of the history and current geopolitical situation surrounding the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
To view the full program, please visit HERE.
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