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25th Anniversary Neighborhood Dinner in Manhattan

Join us for our 25th Anniversary Neighborhood Dinner in Manhattan!

In 1994, The New York Women’s Foundation inaugurated the Neighborhood Dinner to celebrate the diverse cultures in New York City and the courageous leaders that are working to make their communities a better place for all.

The Neighborhood Leadership Award honors the dynamic women leaders acting in and for their communities.

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award honors women Entrepreneurs whose presence enrich their community and demonstrate a commitment to New York City.

The Neighborhood Dinner features The Foundation’s grantee partners whose advocacy and service make New York City a place where women and families can thrive.

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November 14, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Harlem Parish
258 West 118th Street
New York, NY, 10026

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Neighborhood Leadership Award

  • 25th Anniversary Neighborhood Dinner in Manhattan

    Ingrid Floyd, M.B.A.

    Ingrid Floyd, M.B.A., is Executive Director of Iris House, a program in Harlem focused on the needs of women, families and the community infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Ms. Floyd has recently helped Iris House expand to Central New Jersey. Ms. Floyd is an advocate and educator for women living with HIV, specifically women of color. Since joining Iris House she has introduced new programs to the agency such as National Virtual Support Groups, Social Media Prevention Outreach, HIV Testing and Counseling, Harm Reduction, substance abuse screenings and condom distribution initiatives along with programs to engage gay and heterosexual men.

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    Ingrid Floyd, M.B.A.

    Executive Director, Iris House

    Ingrid Floyd, M.B.A., is Executive Director of Iris House, a program in Harlem focused on the needs of women, families and the community infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Ms. Floyd has recently helped Iris House expand to Central New Jersey. As Executive Director she is responsible for administrative and fiscal oversight of the agency, its programs and its staff. Ms. Floyd is an advocate and educator for women living with HIV, specifically women of color. Since joining Iris House she has introduced new programs to the agency such as National Virtual Support Groups, Social Media Prevention Outreach, HIV Testing and Counseling, Harm Reduction, substance abuse screenings and condom distribution initiatives along with programs to engage gay and heterosexual men. Ms. Floyd also oversaw the development and implementation of multiple social marketing campaign launched in Harlem and New Jersey in 2012 entitled ‘Love Your Life/Keep it 100’ and a campaign targeting women of color in 2017 entitled ‘Love Your Life/Ama tu Vida’. Under Ms. Floyd’s direction the agency has improved its visibility in the community with the introduction of the Women as the Face of AIDS Summit, held for the past twelve years to bring increased awareness to policymakers, funders and providers on the needs of women living with HIV/AIDS. Ms. Floyd served on the NY Governor’s Task Force to End HIV and on the NY End the Epidemic Women’s Advisory Group. Ms. Floyd is the secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Women and AIDS Collective (NWAC) and is a member of Black Agency Executives. She is also the governance committee chair of the NJ HIV/AIDS Planning Group. Ms. Floyd earned her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998 and a Double Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and Professional Mathematics from South Carolina State University in 1997. She also earned a Certificate in Executive Leadership for Nonprofits from NYU’s Silver School of Social Work and completed the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Executive Program at the Anderson School of Business.

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    Cidra M. Sebastien

    Cidra M. Sebastien is the Associate Executive Director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, a non-profit organization providing comprehensive programs for youth, ages 8-22. Cidra is a graduate of Hampton University (BA) and New York University (MA). She has chaired and contributed to many initiatives and conferences including the New York City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative and Black Girl Movement National Conference.

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    Cidra M. Sebastien

    Associate Executive Director of Brotherhood/Sister Sol

    Cidra M. Sebastien is the Associate Executive Director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, a non-profit organization providing comprehensive programs for youth, ages 8-22. Cidra is a graduate of Hampton University (BA) and New York University (MA). She co-authored “Taking Back the Work: A Cooperative Inquiry into the Work of Leaders of Color in Movement-Building Organizations,” and travelled to Brazil and the UK discussing issues of leadership and race in the US. She is a Ford Public Voices Fellow,  and has published editorials about immigration policies and youth leadership. She has chaired and contributed to many initiatives and conferences including the New York City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative and Black Girl Movement National Conference. Most recently, she was appointed to the Transition Team for NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. Cidra is an auntie, organizer, traveller, marathoner, and Board Member of the New York Road Runners. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award

  • 25th Anniversary Neighborhood Dinner in Manhattan

    Ngozi Okaro

    Ngozi Okaro, Executive Director of Custom Collaborative, is an advocate for socio-economic justice and environmental stewardship. She aims to serve three constituencies: fashion-industry workers who deserve fair compensation, thoughtful consumers who desire quality sustainable fashion, and businesses that want to develop and produce fashion locally. She is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and New York.

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    Ngozi Okaro

    Executive Director of Custom Collaborative

    Ngozi Okaro, Executive Director of Custom Collaborative, is an advocate for socio-economic justice and environmental stewardship. She aims to serve three constituencies: fashion-industry workers who deserve fair compensation, thoughtful consumers who desire quality sustainable fashion, and businesses that want to develop and produce fashion locally. She is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and New York. Among other distinctions, she is certified by New York University’s Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, was a 2014 Environmental Leadership Program Fellow, and is a graduate of the Coro Leadership New York program. Ngozi is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Morgan State University.

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    Jennifer DaSilva

    Jennifer DaSilva is an attorney whose professional background has been in community development. Jennifer began her career in the Bronx in the late 1990s as the Director of the East Side House Settlement Youth Leadership Program, working closely with South Bronx families and community groups, and building partnerships between East Side House and private funders, non-profit and government institutions, and private businesses.

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    Jennifer DaSilva

    Founder, Start Small Think Big

    Jennifer DaSilva is an attorney whose professional background has been in community development. Jennifer began her career in the Bronx in the late 1990s as the Director of the East Side House Settlement Youth Leadership Program, working closely with South Bronx families and community groups, and building partnerships between East Side House and private funders, non-profit and government institutions, and private businesses. After graduating from law school in 2001, Jennifer clerked on the District of Columbia District Court for the Honorable Gladys Kessler, and worked as a Litigation Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. Jennifer then worked for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, where she helped to coordinate their 2008 west coast Election Protection effort by opening three national hotline call centers in California, building mobile legal field programs in Nevada and Washington, and recruiting and training 1500+ legal volunteers. Prior to founding Start Small Think Big in 2010, Jennifer worked at Angkor Microfinance Kampuchea, a licensed Cambodian Microfinance Institution in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she helped to design a new microinsurance product for the Cambodian market. She is the chair of the San Francisco Economic Development Alliance , a collaborative of 18 non-profit organizations in San Francisco that provide support services to small businesses. Jennifer holds a BA in Political Science from Yale University, and a JD from Cornell Law School.

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • 25th Anniversary Neighborhood Dinner in Manhattan

    Betty Cheyne Jones

    Ms. Jones is a 90 year-old retired Social Work Administrator and has had a long and important career in social work. She worked in the field of Child Welfare for over 40 years and throughout her career, Ms. Jones has been a strong advocate for families and children and seniors. After her long career serving children, she has more recently been involved in raising a voice and assisting in the care of seniors.

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    Betty Cheyne Jones

    Social Work Advocate

    Ms. Jones is a 90 year-old retired Social Work Administrator and has had a long and important career in social work. She worked in the field of Child Welfare for over 40 years and throughout her career, Ms. Jones has been a strong advocate for families and children and seniors. Ms. Jones grew up on a farm in Northern New York, attending a one room schoolhouse and graduating from high school at a young age. Every summer, she returns to the area to rest and recharge. After attending college, Ms. Jones worked at Big Sisters of New York, later for the New York City Youth Board where she worked with multi-problem families in Harlem. After two years of research at the Community Service Society, she was at Edwin Gould Services for Children for 14 years where she went from being a front-line social worker to Supervisor and then Director of Professional Services. In 1980, Ms. Jones became Executive Director of Brookwood Child Care, in Brooklyn, a large community-based child welfare agency offering foster care, adoption, day care, and preventive services. She retired from Brookwood in 1994 and continued to be involved as a Consultant and was periodically employed as an Interim Director and Director of a 911 Disaster Relief program. After her long career serving children, she has more recently been involved in raising a voice and assisting in the care of seniors. Ms. Jones has been a donor of The New York Women’s Foundation since 1994. She recently led a team of volunteers on the Grants Advisory Committee and purchased a table at the Celebrating Women Breakfast. In 2016 Ms. Jones was awarded The Maggie Kuhn Award by Presbyterian Senior Services (PSS ). At the time, her introducer said that she had been honored three times in the previous few months. In 2018, Ms. Jones was honored by The Flushing House Independent Living Senior Apartments at their Annual Awards Gala. Ms. Jones will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th Annual Neighborhood Dinner.

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