Award Recipients (both
in attendance) were:
award-winning journalist, former editor of Tatler,
Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Daily Beast, and Newsweek;
best-selling author; founder
& CEO of Tina Brown Live Media and Women in the World.
Emerita, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chair of the
Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Chair of the Federal
Reserve Bank National Board of Chairs, and Chairwoman of NYC
Award Celebrity Presenters (both
in attendance) were:
of MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" and best-selling author.
Judy Collins, Grammy-winning
singer-songwriter, author, and activist.
two-time Emmy-winning journalist, long-time anchor of "Inside
author, moderated a conversation on leadership with the
honorees following the presentation of the awards.
“The Women’s Forum is a leadership organization of New
York’s preeminent female leaders in every professional
sector, from finance to fine arts. Appreciating that
education is the key to success in every industry, we pride
ourselves in helping high potential women over the age of 35
return to college after their education has been disrupted
by life’s adversities. Giving these women a second chance to
realize their potential is our way of giving back and
building new leaders.”
- Ami Kaplan,
President of the Women’s Forum of New York.
years ago, the Education Fund embarked on a mission to help
women, who had overcome serious hardships in their lives, to
realize their dream of an education. We started out slowly,
but have been able to achieve real momentum in helping these
women through the Elly Awards. Education Fund grants have
made a significant impact on the lives of the women who
receive them, on their families, and on their communities as
grant recipients earn a degree and take their place in the
- Linda A. Willett,
President, The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum.
The Elly Awards began
at 11:30 a.m. at The Plaza Hotel with a reception and VIP
arrivals. The Luncheon and Presentation was from 12:15 to
The 2015 Elly Awards:
Legendary Chair: Lucy
Honorary Chairs: Billie
Jean King, Sallie Krawcheck.
Donovan Bodnar, Eugenia Ulasewicz.
Anderson, Beverly Beaudoin, Emita Hill, Suzanne Jaffe, Ami
Kaplan, Liz Neumark, Denise V. Seegal, Ilene Wachs, Linda A.
Dede Thompson Bartlett, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Deloitte,
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.,
Macy's Inc., SunGard Financial Systems, Time Warner Inc.,
Lulu C. Wang, Linda A. Willett.
Georgette F. Bennett, Annabelle Bexiga and Chris McConnell,
Anne Donovan Bodnar, Chadick Ellig, Jane A. Chmielinski,
Commonfund, Con Edison, Christine M. Cumming, General
Electric, Great Performances and CPS
Events at The Plaza, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Lucy Jarvis, Ann
Kaplan, KPMG LLP, Monika Machon, Nina McLemore, Donna M.
Milrod, Norton Rose Fulbright, OppenheimerFunds, Pershing -
a BNY Mellon company, Muriel F. Siebert Foundation, U.S.
Bank, Marissa Wesely.
Marsha Askins, Pamela Baxter, Sarah Beatty, Beverly Beaudoin,
Dr. Joyce F. Brown, Maura Carley, Carolyn Carter, Patricia
Create Transform Foundation, Jane Chesnutt, Irene Cohen,
Linda Cohen, Pamela Craig, Lisa Dennison, Kathleen Dore,
Rita V. Foley, Gail D. Fosler, Jill Granoff, Elizabeth
Grayer, Annette Green, Dr. Ludy Green, Julie Greiner, Karen
Grinthal, Veronica W. Hackett, Ruth Ann Harnisch, Suzanne D.
Jaffe, Anuradha T. Jayanti, Julia Kahr, Rikki Klieman, Gail
S. Landis, Barbara Marcus, Marcella Maxwell, Ellyn A.
McColgan, Maria R. Morris, Carol Nelson, Barbara G. Novick,
Marianne Parrs, Deborah A. Peacock, Joan Price, Jonelle
Procope, Abbe Raven, Grace E. Richardson, Marcella Rosen,
Denise V. Seegal, Ellyn Shook, Marissa Shorenstein, Esther
Silver-Parker, Sheryl Sleeva, Marcy Syms, Barbara Tober,
Trio Foundation, Eugenia Ulasewicz, Ilene Wachs, Jeanette
Anderson, Ellen Archer, Subha V. Barry, Linda Basch, Ann E.
Bergin, Myra J. Biblowit, Kim Bishop, Cathie Black, Vita
Cassese, Barbara Colwell, Connie S.P. Chen, Patricia Cook,
Ph.D., Rita B. Crotty, Diane D'Erasmo, Barbaralee
Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Marsha Dubrow, Ph.D., Gail M. Dudack,
Tiffany Dufu, Traci Entel, Susan Falk, Mary C. Farrell,
Deborah A. Farrington, Gloria Feldt, Bilha Chesner Fish,
M.D., Carolee Friedlander, Barbara J. Friedman, Fredrica S.
Friedman, Ileen Sheppard Gallagher, Deborah Gillis, Barbara
Dwyer Gunn, Lou
Rena Hammond, Beth
Hirschhorn, Carol Hochman, Nancy J. Kelley, Amy Dorn Kopelan,
Ilene H. Lang, Laurie Ledford, Hillie Mahoney, Esther
Margolis, Loretta McCarthy, Jacqueline McMickens, Wendy
Mendenhall, Amy Miller, Deanna M. Mulligan, Cristyne L.
Nicholas, Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., Julianna Richter,
Janet Rollé, Eunice I. Salton, Ann Misiaszek Sarnoff, Rosita
Sarnoff, Dr. Karen Scappaticci, Ellen Schall, Ellen
Sills-Levy, Kathryn B. Swintek, Suzanne Townsen, Laura R.
Walker, Edie Weiner, Anita Volz Wien, Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg,
Melinda B. Wolfe, Helena Wong, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.
THE EDUCATION FUND VIDEO
Underwriting for The
Education Fund Video was generously supplied by The Sy Syms
The Women’s Forum of New York:
The Women’s Forum of New York is New York's premier
organization of women leaders comprised of the highest women
achievers across all professional sectors from finance to
They advance women's leadership three ways:
core programming which provides personal and professional
enrichment to their members
the Education Fund which provides education awards to high
potential women whose careers have been derailed by
the Corporate Board Initiative which expands and extends the
contribution of women leaders through participation on
corporate and civic boards.
The Education Fund is
an educational and charitable arm of The Women’s Forum of
New York, established under a separate corporate governance
as a 501(c)3 tax deductible organization.
Since 1987, the Fund has helped mature women pursue
educational goals and enhance their capacities to provide
productive and supportive service to their communities. The
Award recognizes extraordinary and often heroic effort in
overcoming adversity and the most daunting of odds in
restructuring lives for success.
Grants are awarded to women over the age of 35 who, after
suffering great adversity and an interruption in their
education, are now pursuing undergraduate college degrees.
Students in this population are often single parents,
economically disadvantaged and struggling with the rising
costs of a college education. Over the past 28
years, 172 women have been honored by The Education Fund.
WOMEN’S FORUM BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ami Kaplan, President, Liz Neumark, Vice President, Anuradha
T. Jayanti, Treasurer, Carolyn Carter, Secretary, Linda L.
Addison, Lauren C. Anderson, Pamela Baxter, Anne Donovan
Bodnar, Jane A. Chmielinski, Lisa Dennison, Julia Kahr,
Rikki Klieman, Monika M. Machon, Jonelle Procope, Lisa
Garcia Quiroz, Janet Rollé, Eugenia Ulasewicz, Alexandra
Wilkis Wilson, Sheena Wright, Janice Reals Ellig,
Ex-Officio, Doris P. Meister, Ex-Officio.
THE EDUCATION FUND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Linda A. Willett, President, Liz Neumark, Vice President,
Anuradha T. Jayanti, Treasurer, Carolyn Carter, Secretary,
Marianne Brown, Mary Ann Casati, Lisa Dennison, Ami Kaplan,
Ilene Wachs, Beverly Beaudoin, Ex-Officio, Irene Cohen,
Rita B. Crotty, Executive Director.
About The 2015 Elly Honorees:
Tina Brown is
an award-winning journalist, editor, author, and currently
founder and CEO of Tina Brown Live Media and Women in the
World, a company dedicated to summits, salons, flash forums
and debates which offer solutions to building a better life
for women and girls. Prior to this, in October 2008, Tina
launched and edited the award-winning digital news site The
Daily Beast with
Barry Diller’s IAC. Between 1979 and 2001, she was
editor-in-chief of Tatler,
Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Talk—and
later Newsweek in
2011. She also authored the 2007 best-selling biography of
the Princess of Wales, The
Diana Chronicles. In 2000, Queen Elizabeth awarded Tina
the honor of Commander of the Order of the British Empire
for her services to journalism.
President Emerita, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, recently
stepped down as President after 39 years on the staff of the
nation’s largest and most comprehensive art museum. Emily
has served on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York since
2011, its chairman since 2012 and was elected Chair of the
National Board of Chairs in 2015. She serves as Chairwoman
of NYC & Company, the City’s official tourism and marketing
agency, and is a member of the Board of the National
September 11 Memorial & Museum. Her devotion to varied
cultural, economic and philanthropic organizations and the
collegial relationships she has fostered among them both
here and abroad, illustrate why Emily is frequently named
one of New York’s most influential women.
the co-host of MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" and the author of three
best-selling books. Her second book Knowing
Your Value, which examines the role of women in the
workplace, reached #1 on The New York Times best-sellers
list for business books in the spring of 2011. Her most
recent book Obsessed:
America’s Food Addiction and My Own debuted
on the best-sellers list in the spring of 2013. Prior to
joining MSNBC in 2007, Mika was an anchor of the “CBS
Evening News Weekend Edition,” a CBS News correspondent, a
frequent contributor to “CBS Sunday Morning” and “60
Minutes,” and an on-site reporter from Lower Manhattan on
Judy Collins has
inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable
songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment
to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the
idealism and steely determination of a generation united
against social and environmental injustices. Five decades
later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new
generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of
work, her PBS specials from the Metropolitan Museum and
Ireland, her inspirational books and her motivating work
with UNICEF. A Renaissance woman, Judy continues to create
music of hope and healing that lights up the world and
speaks to the heart.
Anchor of "Inside Edition," the country’s top-rated
syndicated newsmagazine, is a two-time Emmy© winner, who
joined "Inside Edition" in 1995 from CBS News where she was
anchor and correspondent. Former co-host of NBC’s “Today”
and anchor of NBC "News at Sunrise," Deborah hosted the
primetime “Deborah Norville Tonight” on MSNBC and her own
show on the ABC Talk Radio Network. She is author of The
New York Times best-selling book, Thank
You Power: Making the SCIENCE of Gratitude Work for YOU,
and the creative force behind the Deborah Norville Yarn
Collection, as well as a corporate and non-profit board