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2018 Celebrating Women Breakfast

The Celebrating Women® Breakfast is the premier fundraising event for women by women in New York City. It is a seated march for women’s issues. It honors the strength and courage of our grantee partners; women who find groundbreaking solutions to seemingly intractable problems. Join us as we celebrate visionary women who serve as role models, leaders, and philanthropists. And last, but certainly not least, the Breakfast is about honoring our Board, Alumnae, and volunteers, whose courage and determination sustain and inspire us to keep moving forward.

 

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May 10, 2018 at 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

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Celebrating Women Award Honorees

  • 2018 Celebrating Women Breakfast

    Tarana Burke

    Founder and Leader of the #MeToo Movement, Senior Director, Girls for Gender Equity

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    Tarana Burke

    Founder of the #MeToo Movement, Senior Director, Girls for Gender Equity

    Tarana has worked in social justice and Black arts and culture for more than twenty-five years. Her long and varied professional career started in Selma, AL where, over the span of a decade, she worked: with the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement helping to develop hundreds of youth leaders across the country; at the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute serving as a curatorial consultant and special projects director helping to organize the annual commemoration and celebration of the Selma Voting Rights Struggle known as the Bridge Crossing Jubilee; and as Executive Director of the Black Belt Arts and Cultural Center where she created and oversaw cultural community programs designed for underserved youth. Tarana’s work in Selma earned her a consulting position with the production of the 2014 Oscar nominated film, SELMA, directed by the incomparable Ava DuVernay whom she met while serving as Managing Director of Art Sanctuary, a Black arts organization based in Philadelphia.

    Tarana is passionate about social justice and has made a lifelong commitment to serving the causes of people of color and marginalized groups with a particular focus on young women and girls. She has done organizing work from the deep South the East Coast dealing with issues ranging from economic justice to police brutality. Her passion for justice has taken her around the country and the world where she has been invited to speak and present at various conferences and gatherings in multiple states and countries, including: Senegal, Cuba, Mali, and Tunisia as a UN Delegate for the World Summit on Information Systems.

    In 2003, she turned her focus to young women of color and co-founded Jendayi Aza an African-centered Rites of Passage program for girls. That program eventually evolved into the creation of her non-profit Just Be, Inc. Since its inception, Just Be has served hundreds of girls around the country through unique programming and workshops. Through the work of Just Be, Tarana started the ‘Me Too’ Movement, a campaign using the idea of “empowerment through empathy” to help young women of color who are survivors of sexual abuse, assault and exploitation. The campaign is designed to, among other things, train women who are survivors to work in communities of color and fringe communities where there is less access to resources.

    Tarana continues her work in service of young women of color as Senior Director of Girls for Gender Equity, a youth leadership development organization working to actualize racial and gender justice in partnership with the young people we serve.

    Often sought out for social commentary, Tarana has been published and quoted in Colorlines, Mic, BK Nation, Glamour, Ebony, Essence, The Source and The Root among others.

    Tarana also runs the blog SheSlays.com – a personal style diary.

    She currently resides in New York City and has a daughter who is made of magic.

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    Kimberlé Crenshaw

    Co-Founder and Executive Director, African American Policy Forum Professor of Law

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    Kimberlé Crenshaw

    Co-Founder and Executive Director, African American Policy Forum Professor of Law

    Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. Her work has been foundational in two fields of study that have come to be known by terms that she coined: Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. Crenshaw’s articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Stanford Law Review and Southern California Law Review. She is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop, and the co-editor of the volume, Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement. Crenshaw has lectured widely on race matters, addressing audiences across the country as well as in Europe, India, Africa and South America.

    A specialist on race and gender equality, she has facilitated workshops for human rights activists in Brazil and in India, and for constitutional court judges in South Africa. Her groundbreaking work on “Intersectionality” has traveled globally and was influential in the drafting of the equality clause in the South African Constitution. Crenshaw authored the background paper on Race and Gender Discrimination for the United Nation’s World Conference on Racism, served as the Rapporteur for the conference’s Expert Group on Gender and Race Discrimination, and coordinated NGO efforts to ensure the inclusion of gender in the WCAR Conference Declaration. She is a leading voice in calling for a gender-inclusive approach to racial justice interventions, having spearheaded the Why We Can’t Wait Campaign and co-authored Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected, and Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women.

    Crenshaw has worked extensively on a variety of issues pertaining to gender and race in the domestic arena including violence against women, structural racial inequality, and affirmative action. She has served as a member of the National Science Foundation’s committee to research violence against women and has consulted with leading foundations, social justice organizations and corporations to advance their race and gender equity initiatives.

    In 1996, she co-founded the African American Policy Forum to house a variety of projects designed to deliver research-based strategies to better advance social inclusion. Among the Forum’s projects are the Affirmative Action Research and Policy Consortium and the Multiracial Literacy and Leadership Initiative. In partnership with the Aspen Roundtable for Community Change, Crenshaw facilitated workshops on racial equity for hundreds of community leaders and organizations throughout the country. With the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, Crenshaw facilitates the Bellagio Project, an international network of scholars working in the field of social inclusion from five continents. She formerly served as Committee Chair for the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan to Promote Racial and Ethnic Equality, an initiative of the U.S. State Department. A founding member of the Women’s Media Initiative, Crenshaw writes for Ms. Magazine, the Nation and other print media, and has appeared as a regular commentator on “The Tavis Smiley Show,” NPR, and MSNBC. Recently, Crenshaw gave a TedTalk on intersectionality and state violence against Black women and Girls. Entitled “The Urgency of Intersectionality,” her talk currently has well over half a million views.

    In 2016, Crenshaw received an honorary doctorate degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice for her gender and racial justice advocacy work. She was also named the 2016 Fellows Outstanding Scholar by the American Bar Foundation. In 2015, Crenshaw was featured in the Ebony Power 100, a list honoring the contemporary heroes of the black community, and was #1 on Ms. Magazine’s list of Feminist Heroes of 2015. She was also honored in March as one of Harvard Law School’s “Women Inspiring Change,” and the same month she was recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as one of the “Top 25 Women in Higher Education.” Twice awarded Professor of the Year at UCLA Law School, Crenshaw received the Lucy Terry Prince Unsung Heroine Award presented by the Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights Under Law, and the ACLU Ira Glasser Racial Justice Fellowship from 2005-07. Crenshaw has received the Fulbright Distinguished Chair for Latin America, the Alphonse Fletcher Fellowship, and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2009 and a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in 2010. Currently, Crenshaw is Director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS) at Columbia Law School, which she founded in 2011, as well as the Centennial Professor at the LSE Gender Institute 2015-2018.

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    The New York Community Trust

    Lorie A. Slutsky, President, The New York Community Trust

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    The New York Community Trust

    Lorie A. Slutsky, President

    Lorie A. Slutsky has been the president of The New York Community Trust since 1990. She is responsible for managing The Trust’s nearly 2,500 charitable funds, overseeing an operation that distributed about $225 million in grants from an endowment of more than $2.8 billion.

    Ms. Slutsky began her career at The Trust in 1977 and was named executive vice president in 1987.

    Ms. Slutsky received her BA from Colgate University, where she served for nine years as a trustee and chairman of the budget committee, and her MA from The New School, where she was a trustee for six years. She is a former board chairman of the Council on Foundations and BoardSource, treasurer of
    the Independent Sector, and vice chairman of The Foundation Center. She is a former director of AllianceBernstein Holding, an investment management firm and AXA Financial, Inc., an insurance company.

    Ms. Slutsky co-chaired the Independent Sector’s Panel on the Nonprofit Sector. She has served on the boards of United Way of New York City, Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Nonprofit Finance Fund, the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, the DeWitt Wallace Fund for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Lila Acheson Wallace Fund for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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