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The 19th Annual 21 Leaders for the 21st Century
Photos by: Astrid Stawiarz 2019 Getty Images
Lauren Embrey, Danielle Belton, Tamsen Fadal, Loreen Arbus, Jd Michaels, Lori Sokol and Suzanne Lerner.. Photos by: Astrid Stawiarz 2019 Getty Images
Lauren Embrey, Danielle Belton, Tamsen Fadal, Loreen Arbus, Jd Michaels, Lori Sokol
and Suzanne Lerner
Stephanie Sandberg, Brette McSweeney, Robyn Hatcher, Danielle Belton and Katja Iversen. Astrid Stawiarz 2019 Getty Images
Stephanie Sandberg, Brette McSweeney, Robyn Hatcher, Danielle Belton and Katja Iversen
Loreen Arbus presented The Loreen Arbus Champion for Disabilities Award. Photos by: Astrid Stawiarz 2019 Getty Images
Loreen Arbus presented The Loreen Arbus Champion for Disabilities Award
 to Jd Michaels
Ana Oliveira and Lori Sokol. Photos by: Astrid Stawiarz 2019 Getty Images
Ana Oliveira and Lori Sokol

(New York, New York, May 7th 2019) – Over 200 guests attended the 19th annual 21 Leaders for the 21st Century awards gala honoring 21 women and men who have helped promote and empower women and girls around the world. The event, presented by Women’s eNews, took place on Monday, May 6th, at Club 101 in New York City.

The evening was hosted by Tamsen Fadal, eleven-time Emmy award-winning journalist and anchor of PIX 11 News, author, executive producer and host of Broadway Profiles for The Broadway Channel. Lori Sokol, Executive Director of Women’s eNews, presided over the event. Loreen Arbus, President of The Loreen Arbus Foundation, The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation, and Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc., was the Honorary Gala Chair. Honorary Gala Co-Chairs were Abigail Disney, documentary filmmaker and co-founder, Level Forward; Lauren Embrey, President, Embrey Family Foundation; and Suzanne Lerner, Co-Founder and President, Michael Stars.

Loreen Arbus presented The Loreen Arbus Champion for Disabilities Award to Jd Michaels. Lauren Embrey presented The Rita Henley Jensen Investigative Journalist Award to Danielle Belton, Editor-in-Chief at The Root. Wendy Davis, former Texas State Senator, 2014 Texas Democratic Gubernatorial nominee, and Founding Director of Deeds not Words, was the keynote speaker for the gala as well as an honoree.


The evenings honorees were: Gisselle Acevedo,President + CEO, The Ackerman Institute for the Family; Danielle Belton,Editor-in-Chief, The Root; Dr. Susan M. Blaustein,Founder + Director, WomenStrong International; Ted Bunch,Chief Development Officer, A Call To Men; Carolyn A. Butts,Founder + Executive Director, African Voices; Wendy Davis,Founder + Director, Deeds not Words; Robyn Hatcher,Founder + Owner, SpeakEtc.; Meika Hollander,Co-Founder + CEO, Sustain Natural; Katja Iversen,President + CEO, Women Deliver; Cynthia López,Executive Director, New York Women in Film and Television; Rosalind McLymont, Executive Editor, The Network Journal; Brette McSweeney, President, Eleanor's Legacy; Ana Oliveira, President + CEO, New York Women's Foundation; Tony Porter, CEO, A Call To Men; Stephanie Sandberg, Executive Director, LPAC; Sean Strub, Executive Director, Sero Project; and Alicia Syrett, Founder + CEO, Pantegrion Capital LLC.


VIPS in attendance included: Women’s eNews Board Chair Ambassador Alice Dear; Board Members Kimberly Seals AllersandXian Horn; MaysoonZayid, Lee Llambelis,Julie Burton, Teresa C. Younger, Gloria Feldt, Gloria Joseph, Joan Jedell, Martha Fling, Debbie Werner, Leslie Roberts, Tari Hartman Squire, Camilla Barungi, Lauren LoGiudice,and Marie Wilson.


This year’s gala presented an 'In Memory of' in tribute to Lenora Lapidus, the head of the Women's Project of the ACLU, who passed away earlier this week from breast cancer. She was a 2017 '21 Leaders for the 21st Century' honoree. 


About Women’s eNews:

Our Mission: Women’s eNews reports the stories of women and girls to create a more equitable world.

Our Vision: A world that honors, respects, and supports the lives
 of women and girls.

Our Values: To uphold the values of journalism by seeking the truth
and reporting it, acting independently, and minimizing harm with accountability and transparency.

What We Do: Women’s eNews is an award-winning nonprofit news service covering issues of particular concern to women and providing women’s perspectives on public policy. With writers and readers around the globe, Women’s eNews’ audience stretches from New York City to New Delhi and all points between, reaching an estimated 2.5 million readers each year.

Women’s eNews editors seek out freelance writers from around the world to write on every topic from politics, religion, economics, health, and science, to sustainability, education, sports, and legislation. Women’s eNews relies on the best practices of journalism and has gained enormous credibility by providing factual journalism every day.


For more information about Women’s eNews or the Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Gala, contact James Grant at



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