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The 9th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon
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Mika Brzezinski
Mika Brzezinski

Katie Couric, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, 

Muriel Fox

 Honored at

The 9th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon

On Monday, June 17th, at the Plaza Hotel

Benefiting The Education Fund of The Women’s Forum of New York.

Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and Founder of

“Know Your Value,” gave keynote remarks. 

Cheryl Wills, Spectrum NY1 News Anchor,

 Moderated a “Conversation on Leadership” with Honoree

 Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Linda A. Willett, Cheryl Wills, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Marcy Syms and Barbara Marcus
Linda A. Willett, Cheryl Wills, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Marcy Syms and Barbara Marcus

(NEW YORK, NEW YORK – June 18th, 2019) The Women’s Forum of New Yorkhosted the 9th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon benefiting The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum on Monday, June 17that The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The awards, named for the Women’s Forum founder Elinor Guggenheimer, honor outstanding women leaders. This year marked the 32nd anniversary of the Education Fund of the Women's Forum, which has helped over 260 women, age 35 and over, whose lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity, complete their college degrees.

The 2019 Elly Award Recipients were:

·        Katie Couric, award winning journalist, producer, New York Times bestselling author, cancer advocate, podcast host, documentary filmmaker, and former co-anchor of the Today Show on NBC.

·        Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, representative for the District of Columbia and former Professor of Law at Georgetown University.

·         Muriel Fox, Board Chair of Veteran Feminists of America and former Executive Vice-President of Carl Byoir & Associates.

Linda A. Willett, President of the Women’s Forum of New York, gave opening remarks and introduced Barbara Marcus, President of the Education Fund, who discussed the Education Fund and introduced this year’s Education Fellows.

Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC Co-Host of Morning Joe and Founder, Know Your Valuegave keynote remarks.

This year’s Elly Award presenters were Linda A. Willett, who presented the Icon Award to Katie Couric in absentia; Marcy Syms, Vice President of the Women’s Forum, who presented the Elly Award to Muriel Fox; and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney who presented the Elly Award to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney and Daryl Roth were Co-Chairs of the 2019 Elly Awards.  Both women are past honorees of the Elly Award.

Cheryl Wills, Emmy Award winning anchor for Spectrum News NY1 Live at Tenand host of the public affairs talk show In Focus with Cheryl Willsmoderated a conversation on leadership with honoree Eleanor Holmes Norton following the presentation of the awards.

“The Women’s Forum of New York is comprised of the most accomplished and successful women in the city from every professional sector. We know from our own success how critical education is, so our Education Fund is one way we 'give back' – helping women age 35 and over whose lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity complete their education and get their lives back on track. We hope we inspire them, because their dreams, drive, and determination certainly inspire us.” – Linda A. Willett, President of the Women’s Forum of New York.

 “The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum has transformed lives, influenced families, and improved communities.  Launched thirty-two years ago to help other women realize their dream of a college education, The Education Fund has awarded over $1.8 million in financial awards to over 260 women to help them return to school, earn their degree, and take their place in the professional work world. Many of these women have overcome very difficult circumstances to realize their dream of a college education.  We are proud to support their efforts.” – Barbara Marcus, President, The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum.

VIPs who attended the event included: New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Liz Neumark, Joan Haffenreffer, Daisey Holmes, Rikki Klieman, Doris Meister, Jonelle Procope, Deirdre Quinn, Ann Sarnoff, Marcy Syms, and Deborah Trudeau.


About The Women’s Forum of New York:

The Women’s Forum of New York is an invitation-only organization of more than 500 women representing the highest levels of achievement across all professional sectors and spheres of influence in our city.

Founded in 1974, when women were first entering the executive ranks, today’s Women Forum members are recognized among New York’s thought leaders, influencers, trailblazers, policymakers, change agents, power brokers, innovators, icons, creators, and business builders.

Forum membership provides extraordinary women with the opportunity to network with a diverse array of peers, to help one another succeed, and to share unique experiences. We believe the potential for cross-collaboration among our diverse membership and generations of members ignites progress and transformation for all of us.

About The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum of New York:

The Education Fund is the 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 provided financial awards to women 35 and over who have demonstrated high potential and faced extreme adversity which has disrupted their education and derailed their futures. These women fall outside the scope of most traditional scholarship programs and these awards help them complete their education and get their careers and lives back on track. Funding is provided by member donation and an annual fundraising event, The Elly Awards Luncheon, which honors outstanding women leaders. To date, the Education Fund of the Women’s Forum has raised over $1.8 million, enabling us to assist more than 260 women in relaunching their lives and becoming role models for their families. 

For more information about The Women’s Forum of New York go to:


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