Women’s Forum of New York hosted The 6th
Annual Elly Awards Luncheon yesterday benefiting The
Education Fund of the Women’s Forum at The Plaza Hotel
in New York City. The awards, named for Women’s Forum
founder Elinor “Elly” Guggenheimer, were presented to
outstanding women leaders,
Founder and former Chairman & CEO of USA Networks, author,
and Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Springboard
43rd Treasurer of the United States and past Managing
Director of Investments at MacFarlane Partners; and
Phillipa Soo, star of Broadway’s Hamilton as
Eliza Hamilton, 2016 Tony Award nominee and Lucille Lortel
Award winner for Lead Actress in a Musical, and
co-founder of The Eliza Project.
On hand to bestow the key awards were celebrity presenters
Christie Hefner, Chairman of Hatch Beauty and former
Chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises;
Cathy Baron Tamraz,
Chairman and CEO of Business Wire; and 2016
Tony Award winner for Broadway's
& co-star Jasmine Cephas Jones.
“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,” said Carolyn
Carter, President of the Women’s Forum of New York.
“Twenty-nine 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 work world,” said
Linda A. Willett, President, The Education Fund of the
nine-time Emmy-winning anchor of "On The Case with Paula
led a conversation at the luncheon with the honorees that
revolved around leadership and covered a wide range of
issues facing women in the workforce today.
VIP’s who attended the event included: Carolyn Carter,
President of the Women’s Forum of New York; Linda A.
Willett, President of the Education Fund of the Women’s
Forum of New York; Lucy Jarvis, Television producer
and Legendary Chair of The Elly Awards;
Co-Chair, The 2016 Elly Awards; Barbara Marcus,
Co-Chair, The 2016 Elly Awards;
Rita B. Crotty,
Executive Director of the Women's Forum of New York;
Charlotte St. Martin, Carole Feuerman, Steven Pascale,
Josie Natori, John Castle, Mike Gregoire,
Lulu Wang, Emily Rafferty, Marcia Wilson, Nina McLemore,
Janice Reals Ellig, Catherine Keating, Laura Lang, Dr. Joyce
Brown, Myra Biblowit, Linda Addison, Catherine Henderson,
Sally Minard, Jonelle Procope, Lisa Quiroz, Jennifer Rabb,
Minerva Tantoco, Abbe Raven, Barbara Tober, Anita Volz Wien,
Lisa Dennison, Gloria Feldt, Elsie McCabe-Thompson, Gail
and Alexandra Wilkis
The 2016 Elly Awards
Committee were also in attendance, including: Beverly
Beaudoin, Principal at
Jane Chesnutt, former Editor-in-Chief of Women's
Day; Emita B. Hill,
and Ilene Wachs, President of Horizon Casualty
Services, Inc. and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New
Event sponsors included:
Accenture, Dede Thompson Bartlett, CA Technologies,
Colgate-Palmolive Company, Deloitte, FIS, Macy's Inc.,
MetLife, Maria R. Morris, Norton Rose Fulbright, Sy Syms
Foundation, Time Inc., Time Warner Inc., Lulu C. Wang, Linda
AXA, Sarah Beatty Buller, Georgette F. Bennett and Leonard
Polonsky, Annabelle Bexiga and Chris McConnell, Carolyn
Carter, Chadick Ellig, Commonfund, Con Edison, The Estée
Lauder Companies Inc., EY, Fiduciary Trust Company
International, General Electric, Great Performances and CPS
Events at The Plaza, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Lucy Jarvis, Ann
F. Kaplan, KPMG LLP, Monika Machon and Richard Bram, Barbara
Marcus, Donna Milrod and Peter Feeney, Pearson, Muriel F.
Siebert Foundation, U.S. Bank.
Subha V. Barry, Pamela Baxter, Beverly Beaudoin, Myra J.
Biblowit, Anne Donovan Bodnar, Dr. Joyce F. Brown, Maura
Carley, Vita Cassese, Change Create Transform Foundation,
Jane Chesnutt, The Children’s Place, Irene Cohen, Linda
Cohen, Pamela Craig, Lisa Dennison, Gail D. Fosler, Nieca
Goldberg MD, Jill Granoff, Elizabeth Grayer, Annette Green,
Julie Greiner, Karen Grinthal, Veronica W. Hackett, Suzanne
D. Jaffe, Anuradha T. Jayanti, Rikki Klieman, Gail S.
Landis, Laurie Ledford, Marcella Maxwell, Nina McLemore,
Marianne Parrs, Deborah A. Peacock, Jonelle Procope, Abbe
Raven, Marcella Rosen, Dr. Karen Scappaticci, Denise V.
Seegal, Esther Silver-Parker, Sheryl Sleeva, Marcy Syms,
Barbara Tober, Eugenia Ulasewicz, Ilene Wachs, Marcia S.
Lauren C. Anderson, Ellen Archer, Linda Basch, Ann E.
Bergin, Kimberly Bishop, Bloomberg, The Broadway
Association, Janet Corcoran, Rita B. Crotty, Diane D'Erasmo,
Kathleen Dore, Marsha Dubrow PhD, Gail M. Dudack, Traci
Entel, Susan Falk, Mary C. Farrell, Deborah Farrington,
Gloria Feldt, Bilha Chesner Fish MD, Carolee Friedlander,
Barbara J. Friedman, Fredrica S. Friedman, Ileen Sheppard
Gallagher, Liliana Gil Valletta, Deborah Gillis, Dr. Ludy
Green, Barbara Dwyer Gunn, Lou Hammond, Carol Hochman, Julia
Kahr, Nancy J Kelley, Amy Dorn Kopelan, Ilene H. Lang,
Hillie Mahoney, Gail O. Mellow, Wendy Mendenhall, Sally
Minard, Carol Nelson, Nicholas & Lence Communications, Janet
Rollé, Laura Sachar, Eunice I. Salton, Ann Misiaszek
Sarnoff, Rosita Sarnoff, Ellen Sills-Levy, Kathryn B.
Swintek, Laura Walker, Edie Weiner, Anita Volz Wien, Amy
Rosen Wildstein, Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, Helena Wong,
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.
The Women’s Forum of New York:
The Women’s Forum of New York is the city’s
premier organization of women leaders. The invitation only
membership of more than 500 women represents the highest
levels of achievement across all professional sectors from
finance to fine arts. Started in 1974, the Women’s Forum of
New York is the founding flagship of the International
Women’s Forum, a global organization of nearly 6,000
outstanding women leaders in over76 Forums around the world.
The Women’s Forum of New York is dedicated to
the advancement of women’s leadership through programs which
enrich members lives personally and professionally, through
the Education Fund which enables talented women whose
potential has been derailed by extreme adversity to resume
their education and through the Corporate Board Initiative
which extends and expands the contribution of women leaders
through board participation.
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 provided grants to women over 35 who have both
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 our grants help them
complete their education and get their careers and lives
back on track. Funding is provided by member donation and an
event, The Elly Awards, which honors outstanding women
Over the past 29 years, grants
totaling over $1 million have helped nearly 200 women
overcome adversity and lift themselves and their children up
the economic ladder.