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2019 Celebrating Women Breakfast

Please note that we are no longer selling tickets online. There will be tickets available for purchase at the door on Tuesday, May 14th at the Marriott Marquis. If you can’t attend but would like to support The New York Women’s Foundation, please make a donation by clicking here

Join us for our Celebrating Women Breakfast on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 as we honor:

Abigail E. Disney, Filmmaker, Philanthropist and Activist, Chair Emerita, The New York Women’s Foundation

dream hampton, Filmmaker, Writer, and Organizer

Cyndi Lauper, Co-Founder of True Colors United and Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning Artist

Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, President of the Creative Justice Initiative and Founder of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

Sarinya Srisakul, First Asian-American Woman Firefighter of the FDNY and Former President of the United Women Firefighters Association of NYC

Rhonda Joy McLean, Attorney, Author, and Philanthropist. Former Board Co-Chair, The New York Women’s Foundation

Join us as we celebrate the work of our grantee partners—women-led community organizations working to create an economically secure, safer future for all women and families in New York City.

 

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May 14, 2019 at 7:30 am - 9:00 am

New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

Meet Our Honorees

  • 2019 Celebrating Women Breakfast

    Abigail E. Disney

    Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, activist and the Emmy-winning director of The Armor of Light. As President and CEO of Fork Films, Abigail focuses on storytelling that fosters human understanding.

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    Abigail E. Disney

    Filmmaker, Philanthropist and Activist

    Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, activist and the Emmy-winning director of The Armor of Light. In all endeavors, Abigail focuses on storytelling that fosters human understanding.

    After a long stint as a not-for-profit volunteer activist and stay-at-home mother, Abigail turned to documentaries. She started and led Fork Films as CEO, inspired at the outset to tell the story of a brave group of women who used nonviolent protests to bring an end to Liberia’s long civil war. Along with renowned filmmaker Gini Reticker, she made the widely acclaimed Pray the Devil Back to Hell and created the subsequent five-part PBS series, Women, War & Peace. Since founding Fork Films, the company has produced and funded over 100 documentary films, shining a light on some of the most challenging social issues of our time.

    Abigail is also the founder of Peace Is Loud, a non-profit that uses storytelling to advance social movements, focusing on women’s rights and gender justice and most recently, Abigail co-founded Level Forward. The company develops, produces and finances multi-platform narrative storytelling, then works to extend both the opportunity and influence of that creative excellence, balancing financial and social returns. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including an honor from the International Women’s Media Foundation for advancing women’s issues and peace initiatives, the Amicus Award from the International Documentary Association and the Cardozo Law School’s International Advocate for Peace Award. She is a mother of four.

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    dream hampton

    dream hampton is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and organizer from Detroit. She is the executive producer of the critically-acclaimed ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ documentary, which centers the voices of survivors and takes on the “ecosystem” that supported and enabled the abuse, and in doing so has been credited with returning the #MeToo Movement to Black girls.

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    dream hampton

    Filmmaker, Writer, and Organizer

    dream hampton is an award-winning filmmaker and writer from Detroit. Her most recent work, “Surviving R. Kelly”, Lifetime Television (2019), broke ratings records and had wide and far-reaching impact.

    hampton’s film and tv credits include: Executive Producer: “Surviving R. Kelly”, Lifetime TV (2019), “Finding Justice”, BET (2019), “It’s A Hard Truth Ain’t It”, HBO (2019), “The Burial of Kojo” (2018). Director: “Treasure: From Tragedy to Transjustice, Mapping a Detroit Story” (2015); Director: “Black August” (2010); Director: “I AM ALI” (2002); Co-Executive Producer: “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty”, Netlfix (2013); Co-Producer: “BET Black Girls Rock” (2010-2015), “BET Honors Awards” (2010-2015), “Behind the Music: Notorious B.I.G.” (1999, Emmy), Associate Producer: “The Russian Winter” (2012). She directed the music video “QueenS” for TheeSatisfaction which NPR named one of the most stylish music videos of 2012.

    Since 1990 hampton’s articles and essays have been published in more than a dozen anthologies and in newspapers and magazines including, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Detroit News and NPR. In 2010, she collaborated with Shawn Carter on the New York Times bestseller, “Decoded”.

    hampton was a 2014 Kresge Artist Fellow and was the 2015 Visiting Artist at Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts where she taught “From Moments to Movements; New Media, New Narratives” a course on 21st century activism and organizing.

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    Cyndi Lauper

    Cyndi Lauper is a groundbreaking Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning songwriter and performing artist. Ms. Lauper is a tireless activist with a long history of fighting for women, the LGBTQ community, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Her commitment runs so deep that she co-founded her own nonprofit, True Colors United in 2008 to bring an end to homelessness amongst LGBTQ people.

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    Cyndi Lauper

    Co-Founder of True Colors United and Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning Artist

    Cyndi Lauper is a groundbreaking Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning songwriter and performing artist with global record sales in excess of 50 million. Her iconic voice, influential punk glamour, and infectious live shows have catapulted her to stardom. Lauper won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist with her first album, She’s So Unusual, and became the first woman in history to have four top-five singles from a debut album. Since then, Lauper has released ten additional studio albums, yielding timeless classics like “Time After Time” and “True Colors,” and the anthemic “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” She’s been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, seven American Video Awards, and 18 MTV Awards. In 2013, Cyndi Lauper became the first solo woman to win Best Original Score (music and lyrics) for Kinky Boots. She contributed a Tony-nominated song to the score of the Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants and is currently writing the score for the Broadway adaptation of the 1988 feature film Working Girl. A pillar of female success, Lauper was inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015, released a New York Times best-selling memoir, and continues to collect impressive accolades across the music industry and beyond. In 2018, Lauper designed and launched a sold-out Home Decor Collection with Grandin Road and added a guest starring role on CBS’ hit TV show Magnum PI to her acting resume. She closed out 2018 by receiving the “Icon Award” from Billboard at its 13th annual Women In Music event and brought down the house with a rousing tribute to Cher at Kennedy Center Honors.

    In addition, Lauper is tireless in her advocacy work. She has been an activist since day one, always fighting for the underdog – especially women, people living with HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ people. Her commitment runs so deep that she started her own charity, the True Colors United in 2008 to bring an end to homelessness amongst LGBTQ youth.

     

     

     

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    Rhonda Joy McLean

    Rhonda Joy McLeanis an attorney, author, and philanthropist. Ms. McLean is the former Deputy General Counsel of Time Inc., where she managed one-third of the Law Department and oversaw legal compliance and data privacy protocols for over 200 clients and 22 brands, including TIME, PEOPLE, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, FORTUNE, and ESSENCE. She is co-author of two popular books on leadership development for women, titled “The Little Black Book of Success “, and is a principal of LEADS LLC.

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    Rhonda Joy McLean

    Attorney, Author, and Philanthropist. Former Board Co-Chair, The New York Women’s Foundation

     

    Rhonda Joy McLean is the former Deputy General Counsel of Time Inc., where she managed one-third of the Law Department and oversaw legal compliance and data privacy protocols for over 200 clients and 22 brands for nearly 20 years, including People, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, TIME, Money and Essence.  Ms. McLean has co-authored two popular books on leadership development for women with her friends and business partners Elaine Meryl Brown and Marsha Haygood, entitled “The Little Black Book of Success” series. Ms. McLean is also a Principal of LEADS LLC, a leadership consulting company, and she is the Founder and CEO of The Career Transition Network.

    A graduate of Yale Law School, Ms. McLean has served as Chair of the Yale Law School Executive Committee, representing over 14,000 alumni, and a Director of the Yale Law School Fund Board.  She co-chaired her 35th Yale Law School Class Reunion in New Haven in October 2018 and is quite proud that her stepson, Asa Craig, is now a second-year student there.

    In 2017, Ms. McLean was invited to become a Trustee of Union Theological Seminary (Union) in New York, where she currently serves as Chair of the Development Committee on the Union Board.  She is a mentor in the inaugural RISE Program at Union that provides spiritual support and leadership development strategies for women of color either already in the ministry or seeking to enter the ministry. In March 2019, she was confirmed as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Episcopal Divinity School at Union.

    Ms. McLean is the Immediate Past President of the Greater New York Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, an international organization of businesswomen of African descent with over 15,000 members in the United States, the Caribbean and Great Britain that provides volunteer services and scholarship support to traditionally underserved communities. Ms. McLean is also the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York.  She is an active alumna of The New York Women’s Foundation Board of Directors and a past Board Co-Chair.

    She has been honored by a number of organizations for her contributions to the legal field, her work in the non-profit sector, and her mentoring of countless attorneys and persons interested in pursuing a legal career, particularly those transitioning from other industries. In October 2018 she received the Inspiration Award from the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, and in September 2017, she received the Trailblazer Award from the Black Women of Influence.

    Ms. McLean is a mezzo-soprano and classically trained pianist.  She resides in Brooklyn with her husband, William Craig.

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    Sarinya Srisakul

    Sarinya Srisakul is the first Asian-American woman firefighter in the New York City Fire Department. She is also the President of the United Women Firefighters Association of New York City, which works to advance the interests of women firefighters and fire officers and to promote firefighting as a career for women, including aiding efforts to recruit, hire, train and retain women firefighters and fire officers.

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    Sarinya Srisakul

    First Asian-American Woman Firefighter of the FDNY and President of the United Women Firefighters Association of NYC

    Sarinya Srisakul has been serving New York City as a firefighter since 2005. Born to Thai immigrants, and a proud resident of Jackson Heights, Queens; Srisakul is the first Asian woman firefighter in the FDNY.

    Srisakul is the immediate past president of the United Women Firefighters and served in this title for six years. During her tenure, she oversaw the numbers of women firefighters grow from around 30 to 87, with many other milestones achieved, such as the first all-woman staffed firefighting tour in New York City history. She has been a dedicated member of the United Women Firefighters since the beginning of her career and had also held the positions of Secretary, Borough Representative, and Vice President.

    As a lifelong activist, she is continuing her mission to create social justice and gender equality through her work with the United Women Firefighters. Through her leadership, there is a historic high in the number of women firefighters in New York City and for the first time, the FDNY does not have the worst gender disparity of all major fire departments in the United States. The number of women firefighters is on the precipice of breaking 100 women and will soon reach 1% of the FDNY. This has largely been achieved through a physical training program for women firefighter candidates, mentorship, organizing, advocacy work and other programming. Srisakul is also a member of the FDNY Phoenix Society, which represents the Asian/Pacific Islander personnel of the FDNY.

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    Dr. Marta Moreno Vega

    Dr. Marta Moreno Vega is a globally recognized scholar, activist, educator, and Yoruba priestess. A powerful advocate for cultural equity, studies and education, she established the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in 1976 and is currently the President of the Creative Justice Initiative. Dr. Vega is chief editor of Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora, author of The Altar of My Soul and director and co-producer of the documentary When the Spirits Dance Mambo: Growing Up Nuyorican in El Barrio.

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    Dr. Marta Moreno Vega

    President of the Creative Justice Initiative and Founder of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

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