We are excited to host these powerhouse & inspiring women at our Girls Symposium on June 2! Read their short bios to learn more.
Alia Jones-Harvey is a theatre producer & the only woman of color currently working as a leading producer on Broadway.
Anna Holmes is the founder of feminist website Jezebel, author of two books & contributing writer for the New York Times, Washington Post, Salon, & Entertainment Weekly.
Annabel Palma is NYC's District 18 Council Member, currently serving on the Committees on Youth Services, General Welfare, Technology, Land Use, Community Development, & the Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting & Maritime Uses.
Aura Bogado is the News Editor for Colorlines, where she writes about racial justice, Native rights, & immigration.
Bonnie is the Global Operations Director at InVenture where she oversees Finance, Operations & HR, working hard behind the scenes to grow the organization from idea stage to growth stage.
Charlotte Cooper is the Director of Marketing & Communications at Women's eNews, creating an events program that emphasizes the important connection between the media & women's rights.
Christy Turlington Burns
Christy Turlington Burns is the founder of Every Mother Counts, a campaign to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy & childbirth around the world, model, writer, entrepreneur, spokesperson, advocate, & filmmaker.
Debra Baker is the Managing Director & Head of Global Risk Solutions at BNY Mellon Asset Servicing Group, where her group provides decision-oriented risk products & services to major financial institutions, corporations, insurance companies, endowment & foundations, Taft Hartley, not-for-profit, & government agencies.
Denise Restauri, Founder & CEO of GirlQuake, amplifies the voices of a new generation of powerful female innovators & disruptors who are creating a global force for positive change.
Dianne Morales is the CEO of Phipps Community Development Programs in New York City, a major community-based service provider in the areas of early childhood education, afterschool programming, & services to foster economic & educational attainment for adults.
Dr. Alondra Nelson
Dr. Alondra Nelson is a Professor of Sociology & Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, & Sexuality at Columbia University.
Dr. Christina Greer
Dr. Christina Greer is an assistant professor of political science at Fordham University & author of Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, & the Pursuit of the American Dream”.
Dr. Danielle Moss Lee
Dr. Danielle Moss Lee enthusiastically joined the YWCA of the City of New York in 2012 & she has reinvigorated the YW's commitment to serving every woman in New York City. The YW has re-launched its girls leadership initiatives & created forums to improve New Yorkers' capabilities to have meaningful cross-racial dialogues. She currently serves on the Swarthmore College Board of Managers & she is the sitting President of Black Agency Executives.
Dr. Deborah Tolman
Dr. Deborah L. Tolman is Professor of Social Welfare & Psychology at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College & The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, & author of Dilemmas of Desire: Teenage Girls Talk about Sexuality”.
Dr. Tamara Buckley
Dr. Tamara Buckley is an Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations & Counseling Programs at Hunter College & the CUNY Graduate Center & co-author of The Color Bind: Talking (and Not Talking) About Race at Work”.
Elizabeth Sackler, Ph.D.
Dr. Elizabeth Sackler is a public historian, arts activist & American Indian advocate, President & CEO of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation & visionary behind the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
Elizabeth Yukins, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Yukins is the director of the Women's Center at John Jay College & a Professor in the English Department.
Evie Hantzopoulos is the Executive Director for Global Kids (GK), where she has helped oversee the development, supervision, & expansion of GK's global education, leadership development, & social action programs in New York City & Washington, D.C. public schools & has designed numerous special projects for youth & educators.
Gail Cooper is Vice President for Programs with Re:Gender where she develops program tools & collaborations to help translate, curate & amplify the efforts of researchers, policy thinkers & practitioners working on behalf of gender equity.
Gale Brewer is the current Borough President of Manhattan & a Democratic politician in New York that was honored by the YWCA for her political work for girls & women in March 2014.
Iris Morales is a life-long educator & activist & currently the Director of Manhattan Neighborhood Network's El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center where she has created educational media programs & services for young people & adults.
Kate Krontiris is a social scientist, strategist, & facilitator working to transform civic life in America.
Kathryn G. Casparian, Esq.
Kathryn Casparian is the Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
Kathryn Komsa is a Member of the Board of Directors at the Paterson Habitat for Humanity & the YWCA of the City of New York & a faculty member with The Conference Board Diversity Boot Camp.
Katina Paron is a journalism educator with 20 years of youth media experience & she is currently the managing editor of Teen Voices at Women's eNews & director of the NYC High School Journalism Collaborative at Baruch College.
Kelly Hoey is the co-founder of the NYC-based startup accelerator, Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) Accelerator, the first startup accelerator specifically for female-founded companies in mobile tech.
Kim Keating is founder & managing director of Keating Advisors & currently a board member of the Leanin.org Foundation & NURU International.
Kym Hampton is currently a Community Relations Specialist with the New York Liberty WNBA team, after a successful 15 year professional basketball career & she has augmented her professional career as a motivational speaker, professional plus sized model, actress & singer.
Letitia James was sworn in as the Public Advocate for the City of New York, the first woman of color to hold a citywide position in the city's history.
Liz Abzug is adjunct professor in Urban Studies at Barnard College/Columbia University, the Kenneth Cole Professor of Community Engagement & Community Building at Columbia University, & co-founder of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, a leadership training organization for young women.
Lynette Cook-Francis is the new Vice President for Student Affairs at John Jay College & was previously the Senior Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Arizona.
Mallika Dutt is president & CEO of Breakthrough, a global human rights organization based in India & the U.S. that works to make violence & discrimination against women & girls unacceptable.
Marcia Lynn-Sells is the Associate Dean, Office of Community Outreach, School of the Arts & Associate Vice President, Program Development & Initiatives, Office of Government & Community Affairs at Columbia University.
Melissa Harris-Perry is Professor of Political Science & International Affairs at Wake Forest University, MSNBC Host, Columnist for The Nation & Essence Magazine, & Author of SISTER CITIZEN: Shame, Stereotypes, & Black Women in America. For Colored Girls Who've Considered Politics When Being Strong Isn't Enough”.
Mary Crawford is SVP & heads the banking practice at Exlservice Holdings Ms. Crawford holds BA in Economics from Rhodes College & an MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Patricia David is a Managing Director & the Global Head of Diversity for JP Morgan Chase where she is responsible for developing & implementing a diversity strategy for the organization in line with the business strategy.
Piper Kerman is the author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison from Spiegel & Grau.
In March 2011, Prim joined the Worldwide Leader of Sports as an anchor, where she serves as an on-air personality for ESPN.com & television covering the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MMA, golf & tennis. She also serves as a tennis analyst & makes guest appearances on ESPN radio.
Priscilla Morales is the Associate Director of Admission, Dean of Students & History Teacher at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, CT. Her focus has always been on working on diversity initiatives, both in & out of classroom.
Reshma Saujani is the founder of Girls Who Code, former Deputy Public Advocate of New York City & author of female leadership novel Women Who Don't Wait in Line.
Rosemonde Pierre-Louis is the Commissioner of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence & former Manhattan Deputy Borough President.
Rosie Mendez is a life-long New Yorker who has served on the City Council since 2006 representing District 2 & currently co-chairs the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus.
Samantha Black is the Designer of SammyB & Samantha Black Designs & a former contestant on Project Runway, Season 11.
Sheetal Sheth is an American actress who has starred in films such as Looking For Comedy in the Muslim World,” Three Veils,” & I Can't Think Straight”.
Stacey Cumberbatch is the commissioner of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS).
Tai Beauchamp is a veteran journalist & editor with a rare ability to connect with all demographics & currently Style Ambassador of InStyle & CEO of Tai Life Media.
Tanya Ramos is the Senior Vice President of the Eastern region of Education Pioneers.
Taran Swan is CEO of R2T2 Laboratories, a company that develops orthopedic & sports medicine therapy products, & a business executive, advisor, consultant, & executive coach who works with executives & companies to help them achieve financial, operational, & strategic results.
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a Brooklyn-based visual artist whose work focuses on portraiture with social/political themes. Over the past year, her work has been covered by the New York Times, NPR, MSNBC, & other media.
Tracey Heaton is EVP, Deputy General Counsel in the Legal Department of NYSE Euronext, serving as the Global Head of mergers, acquisitions & joint ventures.
United States Representative Yvette D. Clarke was first elected to Congress in November 2006 & represents the new Ninth Congressional District of New York. She is a Brooklyn native whose roots are firmly planted in her Jamaican heritage.
Zenaida Mendez is the president of the National Organization for Women - New York State & the current Director of External Affairs at Manhattan Neighborhood Network.
Zerlina Maxwell, J.D. is a political analyst & contributing writer for The New York Daily News, Feministing.com, theGrio.com, BET.com, & EBONY.com.