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30th Anniversary Celebrating Women© Breakfast

Join us at our annual Celebrating Women Breakfast where we’ll be honoring:

Ana Maria Archila
Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy
Co-Founder, Make the Road New York

Anne E. Delaney
Philanthropist, Artist
Former Board Chair, The New York Women’s Foundation

Marley Dias
Social Activist
Founder, #1000BlackGirlBooks

Vivian Denise Nixon
Executive Director, College and Community Fellowship

Donna Lieberman
Executive Director, New York Civil Liberties Union

Cecile Richards
President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Linda Sarsour
Executive Director, Arab American Association of New York
Co-Chair of the 2017 Women’s March

And our Board Alumnae and Grantee Partners

 

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May 11, 2017 at 7:30 am - 9:15 am

Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036 United States

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Honorees

  • 30th Anniversary Celebrating Women© Breakfast

    Ana María Archila

    Ana María Archila emigrated to the U.S. from Colombia at the age of 17 and has become a leading voice for racial justice, economic justice and immigrant rights in New York and nationally.

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    Ana María Archila

    Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy
    Co-Founder, Make the Road New York

    Ana María Archila emigrated to the U.S. from Colombia at the age of 17 and has become a leading voice for racial justice, economic justice and immigrant rights in New York and nationally―first as Co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York (MRNY), and now as Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD).

    During Ana María’s 13 years at MRNY and its predecessor organization, the Latin American Integration Center, Ana María helped build the organization into a powerful force for change.. The 16,000+ members of MRNY, mostly working class Latino immigrants, have led some of the most transformative victories for low-income New Yorkers over the last decade. With their determination and strong advocacy, members of MRNY have helped put millions of dollars in the pockets of low-wage workers by securing increases to the minimum wage, paid sick days, and strong protections from wage-theft. They have led ambitious campaigns to win public policies that make New York City one of the leading Sanctuary Cities in the country. By organizing in neighborhoods across New York City and Long Island, MRNY members bring the experiences of immigrants to the forefront of the public debate and shape public policy on housing, education, health care, policing, civil rights, and more.

    In 2014, Ana María stepped into a new role as Co-Executive Director at the Center for Popular Democracy, and helped build it into one of the largest community organizing networks in the country, with 45 affiliate organizations in 32 states. CPD and its affiliates represent a powerful multi-racial alliance of immigrant, African American, and white working class communities working to advance an agenda of racial and economic justice and a vibrant democracy. CPD and its affiliates have played a major role in the national movement to raise the minimum wage and win family-sustaining jobs, resulting in raises for close to 11 million workers. Working with local progressive elected officials, the CPD network has helped elevate the role of cities as places for policy innovation that advance immigrant rights, workplace justice, and economic opportunity for communities of color.

    In this moment of increased threats from the federal government, the organizations that are part of the CPD network are helping drive participation of people across the country to protect our communities and advance a vision for justice and opportunity for all.

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    Anne E. Delaney

    Anne is the founder of the Starry Night Fund and the Lambent Fund, which have been awarding grants in social justice and the arts since 1996.  

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    Anne E. Delaney

    Philanthropist, Artist
    Former Board Chair, The New York Women’s Foundation

    Anne is the founder of the Starry Night Fund and the Lambent Fund, which have been awarding grants in social justice and the arts since 1996.  She is most proud of her recent Eleanor B. Roosevelt Award given to her in 2015 by the Citizens Committee for Children, as well as the Gloria Award for philanthropic vision from the Ms. Foundation, given once as a member of the Democracy Circle (2004) and again with her sister, Quinn Delaney (2005).  In 2016 she was honored by the New York Studio School for her support of small and mid-sized arts organizations in NYC, and has also been recognized by the Lower East Side Girls Cub and the Women’s Funding Network.

    Anne Delaney served on the board of The New York Women’s Foundation for nearly two decades, and most recently in the role of Board Chair for the last three years.  As an artist and philanthropist, she divides her time between painting and volunteering with several nonprofit organizations.  She served on the boards of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Little Red School House, her sons’ alma mater.  Currently she is a board member of Peace is Loud, Big Dance Theater, and is also a member of NYC’s Bowery Gallery where she has exhibited work since 2009.

    Anne is an alumna of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and received her MFA from Hunter College, New York, NY.

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    Marley Dias

    Marley Dias is the promising, 12 year-old social activist behind #1000BlackGirlBooks, an international movement to collect and donate children’s books that feature Black girls as the lead character. 

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    Marley Dias

    Social Activist
    Founder, #1000BlackGirlBooks

    Marley Dias is the promising, 12 year-old social activist behind #1000BlackGirlBooks, an international movement to collect and donate children’s books that feature Black girls as the lead character. With the help of her mother’s foundation, GrassROOTS Community Foundation, Marley launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks drive in November of 2015, leveraging the power of social media to reach a larger audience. The goal was to collect 1,000 books featuring Black female protagonists by February 2016. The story went viral and was picked up by media outlets around the world as well as bloggers, schools, youth-focused organizations, and thousands of individuals who wanted to participate in the project.

    In light of the campaign’s huge success, Marley has appeared on Ellen, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, CBS This Morning, and Charlie Rose. The campaign was featured in major media outlets such as Elle, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and People, as well as support from literary partners including Barnes and Noble, My Very Own Library, Scholastic, and Putnam Books, which have donated books and funds to the cause. In addition, Marley was honored at BET’s Black Girls Rock! with a M.A.D. (Making a Difference) Award. In September of 2016, Marley began her role as Editor in Residence at Elle.com where she interviewed Ava DuVerney, Misty Copeland, and Hillary Clinton. Marley has spoken at the White House’s United State of Women Summit, The InBound Conference, United Nations’ Girl Up Summit, and many more.

    Having collected over 9,000 books to-date, Marley has more than quadrupled #1000BlackGirlBooks’ goals. In February 2016, Marley and GrassROOTS Community Foundation donated the majority of the books to Retreat School in the Parish of Saint Mary, Jamaica, where her mother grew up. A year since the campaign launched, Marley has donated to a several other schools including The Henry C. Lea School in Philadelphia, Speedway Academies in Newark, New Jersey, and St. Cloud Elementary in West Orange, New Jersey, where she was first inspired to launch the movement.

    She announced in February of 2017 that she will be penning a book with Scholastic scheduled to launch January 2018.

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    Donna Lieberman

    Donna Lieberman has been the Executive Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) since December 2001. She has also served as the Associate Director and Founder/Director of the NYCLU Reproductive Rights Project. 

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    Donna Lieberman

    Executive Director, New York Civil Liberties Union

    Donna Lieberman has been the Executive Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) since December 2001. She has also served as the Associate Director and Founder/Director of the NYCLU Reproductive Rights Project. Under Lieberman’s leadership, the NYCLU has become widely recognized as the state’s leading voice for freedom, justice and equality, with an emphasis on protecting those whose rights are most at risk: people of color, young people, and low-income New Yorkers.

    Under her leadership, the NYCLU has led the effort to reform broken windows policing in NYC, including reducing the use of solitary confinement in New York State prisons and Rikers Island, successfully challenged the Defense of Marriage Act in the Edie Windsor case, expanded government transparency and fairness in policing and education, including the New York City Student Safety Act and Community Safety Act, and led successful campaigns for the Women’s Equality Act and Paid Family Leave.

    Ms. Lieberman also speaks frequently at local and national events on reproductive rights, police practices, education, freedom of speech, and other human rights. Publications include The Degradation of Civil Society and Hyper-Aggressive Policing in Communities of Color in New York City (Cardozo Law Review, 2016), Teenagers, Healthcare & the Law (NYCLU, 2002), and Physician-Only and Physician Assistant Statutes: A Case of Perceived but Unfounded Conflict (Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association, 1994). Her awards include the Arthur Kinoy Award (National Lawyers Guild, Rutgers, 2015), Haywood Burns Memorial Award (New York State Bar Association, 2008), the Margaret Sanger Award (Planned Parenthood of New York City, 2005), and the Edith Spivack Award (New York County Lawyers’ Association, 2012). Lieberman graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Harvard in 1970, and earned her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark in 1973

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    The New York Women’s Foundation’s Board Alumnae

    The Board Alumnae of The New York Women’s Foundation have provided visionary leadership, generous support, and inspiration to The Foundation over three decades.

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    The New York Women’s Foundation’s Board Alumnae

    The Board Alumnae of The New York Women’s Foundation have provided visionary leadership, generous support, and inspiration to The Foundation over three decades.

    The founding members initiated a singular effort to direct resources to support and sustain women, children, and families in underinvested neighborhoods throughout New York City. Their purpose, simply put, was to nurture a community of women dedicated to helping other women. For thirty years, their ranks have grown with passionate, dynamic women coming together from all backgrounds and to lead The Foundation. They have fulfilled their initial vision and accomplished so much more—making The Foundation a recognized leader promoting economic autonomy and self-reliance for women.  With their help, we have grown to the largest women’s foundation in America, and among the top three globally by total grantmaking.

    Through grit and compassion our Board Alumnae, have paved a wide path for women’s philanthropy. They have breathed life into our mission, helping The Foundation to continually identify and invest in the partnerships with the greatest capacity to transform community after community, nourish families far and near, and reliably elevate the standing and independence of women across New York City.

    In recognition of their visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to the mission of The New York Women’s Foundation, today we honor our Board Alumnae.

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    Vivian Nixon

    The Reverend Vivian Nixon is Executive Director of College and Community Fellowship (CCF), an organization committed to removing individual and structural barriers to higher education for women with criminal record histories and their families.

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    Vivian Nixon

    Executive Director of College and Community Fellowship

    The Reverend Vivian Nixon is Executive Director of College and Community Fellowship (CCF), an organization committed to removing individual and structural barriers to higher education for women with criminal record histories and their families. As a formerly incarcerated woman and prior CCF program participant, Rev. Nixon is uniquely positioned to lead the charge to help justice-involved women and their families have a better future. While incarcerated, Rev. Nixon spent time as a peer educator for the adult basic education program at Albion State Correctional Facility in New York. Following her release, she was ordained by the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) and currently serves as an associate minister at Mt. Zion AMEC in New York City. She is a Columbia University Community Scholar and a recipient of the John Jay Medal for Justice, the Ascend Fellowship at the Aspen Institute, the Soros Justice Fellowship, and the Petra Foundation Fellowship. She is a co-founder of the Education from the Inside Out Coalition (EIO), a collaborative effort to increase access to higher education for justice-involved students and serves on the advisory board of JustLeadershipUSA. Rev. Nixon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York Empire College.

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    Cecile Richards

    Cecile Richards is a nationally respected leader in the field of women’s health and reproductive rights.

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    Cecile Richards

    President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

    Cecile Richards is a nationally respected leader in the field of women’s health and reproductive rights. As president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Ms. Richards leads a movement that has worked for nearly 100 years to build a healthier and safer world for women and teens. Every year, approximately 650 Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers nationwide provide health care services to 2.5 million patients, and sex education and outreach to 1.5 million people.

    Since joining Planned Parenthood in 2006, Ms. Richards has expanded its advocacy for access to health care and ensured that Planned Parenthood played a pivotal role in shaping health care coverage and services for women under the Affordable Care Act. In 2011, she led an unprecedented nationwide campaign to preserve access to Planned Parenthood preventive care through federal programs. Under her leadership, the number of Planned Parenthood supporters has more than doubled, reaching 9 million.

    Before joining Planned Parenthood, Ms. Richards served as deputy chief of staff for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. In 2004, she founded and served as president of America Votes, a coalition of national grassroots organizations working to maximize registration, education, and voter participation. She began her career organizing low-wage workers in the hotel, health care, and janitorial industries throughout California, Louisiana, and Texas.

    Ms. Richards is a frequent speaker and commentator on issues related to women’s rights, reproductive health, and sex education.

    Ms. Richards currently serves on the board of the Ford Foundation. She and her husband, Kirk Adams, have three children and reside in New York City.

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    Linda Sarsour

    Linda Sarsour is a racial justice and civil rights activist, and mother of three.  Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage.

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    Linda Sarsour

    Executive Director, Arab American Association of New York
    Co-Chair of the 2017 Women’s March

    Linda Sarsour is a racial justice and civil rights activist, and mother of three.  Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. She is a Palestinian Muslim American and a self-proclaimed “pure New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn!” She is the outgoing Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change. Linda has been at the forefront of major civil rights campaigns including calling for an end to unwarranted surveillance of New York’s Muslim communities and ending police policies like stop and frisk. In wake of the police murder of Mike Brown, she co-founded Muslims for Ferguson to build solidarity amongst American Muslim communities and encourage work against police brutality. She is a member of the Justice League NYC, a leading NYC force of activists, formerly incarcerated individuals, and artists working to reform the New York Police Department and the criminal justice system.

     Linda co-chaired the March2Justice, a 250-mile journey on foot to deliver a justice package to end racial profiling, demilitarize police and demand the government invest in young people and communities. She was instrumental in the Coalition for Muslim School Holidays to push New York City to incorporate 2 Muslim high holy holidays in to the NYC Public school calendar. New York City is the largest school system in the country to officially recognize these holidays. Most recently, she was the National Co-Chair of the Women’s March on Washington, dubbed the largest single day protest in US history.

    She has received numerous awards and honors including “Champion of Change” by the White House, YWCA USA’s Women of Distinction Award for Advocacy and Civic Engagement and the Hala Maksoud Leadership Award from the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Sarsour was named among 500 of the most influential Muslims in the world and 50 of the world’s greatest leaders by Fortune Magazine. She has written for and has been featured in local, national, and international media discussing impact of domestic policies that target Arab and Muslim American communities, criminal justice issues and Middle East affairs. Linda is well respected amongst diverse communities in both in New York City and nationally. She is most known for her intersectional coalition work and building bridges across issues, racial, ethnic and faith communities. 

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