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Radical Generosity Gala

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The Radical Generosity Gala honors leaders in philanthropy, business, the arts, and social justice. We hope that you will join us to help raise much-needed funds to support programs that are breaking down the barriers to gender, racial and economic justice for women and families in New York City. The Gala’s success will allow us to invest an unprecedented $9 million in 2018 to more than 120 grantee partners who work to advance the economic security, health and safety of women and families across the five boroughs.

We hope you will join us for a special evening of live music, a silent auction, and a delicious dinner while also taking bold action in supporting NYC’s women and families. 

 

 

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October 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Plaza
768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Celebrating the Anniversary of the Me Too Movement

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    Alyssa Milano

    Actress and Activist Alyssa Milano has been in the spotlight for most of her life.  She chooses to shine that spotlight on causes that matter deeply to her.

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    Alyssa Milano

    Actress and Activist

    Actress and Activist Alyssa Milano has been in the spotlight for most of her life.  She chooses to shine that spotlight on causes that matter deeply to her.  Her advancement of #MeToo sparked a viral movement of women fighting against sexual harassment and assault and she has been involved in TimesUp since its inception.  In the wake of the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, Alyssa became one of the founders of NoRA, a coalition dedicated to combatting the NRA money in political campaigns so that common sense gun reform can be enacted. For 15 years, she has been a UNICEF National Ambassador.  In 2016, she received their Spirit of Compassion Award for her dedication to their mission of advocating for the protection of children’s rights, helping meet their basic needs and expanding their opportunities to reach their full potential.  She has lobbied members of congress for greater rights for immigrants as well as education reform and has been on the forefront of efforts to protect health coverage for all Americans.  She continues to use her voice and platform to advocate for social justice, fairness and equality.

     

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    Haley and Michaels

    Named one of Rolling Stone’s 2018 “Artists You Need to Know”, Nashville-based country duo Haley & Michaels are known for their strong, blended vocal harmonies and their relatable lyrics.

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    Haley and Michaels

    Sony/ATV Recording Artists and Songwriters

    Named one of Rolling Stone’s 2018 “Artists You Need to Know”, Nashville-based country duo Haley & Michaels are known for their strong, blended vocal harmonies and their relatable lyrics. Capturing the vision of both Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels, they sharpen a fresh, arena-size sound and embody what it means to be a pure duo on stage and off.
    Introduced by a mutual friend in Nashville, the two discovered that they grew up just 3 miles apart from one another in Northern California.

    Following their emergence in 2015 with the breakout single, “Giving It All (To You)”, they sold over 200,000 digital downloads and generated over 15 million Spotify streams in addition to landing on marquee playlists such as New Music Friday, New Boots and Wild Country.

    Along the way, they have shared the stage with the likes of Sam Hunt, Brett Eldredge, Chris Young, Brothers Osborne and Old Dominion, in addition to performing twice on NBC’s Today and earning a fan in Hoda Kotb.

    After signing to Sony ATV’s label imprint Hickory Records/RED Music in partnership with Reviver Records, the duo dove headfirst into creating their first full-length studio album. They are excited to share the unique sound: It’s country music with a stadium sized spark and powerful pop palatability. Bright and colorful, but also honest and probing, it connects the dots between Little Big Town’s harmony driven country and the rock edge of Keith Urban.

    As one of Taste Of Country’s “5 Country Artists To Watch”, Haley & Michaels showcase another side of their artistry with a song that took them to #1 on CMT for two weeks. The twosome pledged support of the #MeToo movement with their heartfelt song, “Me Too,” assuring women and men everywhere that they’re not alone. Collaborating with Me Too Movement Founder, Tarana Burke, the song was featured in TIME and right out of the gate it earned widespread praise with Refinery29 describing it as an “empowering statement of solidarity that bolsters the voice of the #metoo movement.”

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    Mary T. Bassett

    Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH is the Commissioner of Health for New York City, a position she assumed in February 2014.  With more than 30 years of experience in public health, Dr. Mary Travis Bassett has dedicated her career to advancing health equity.

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    Mary T. Bassett

    MD, MPH, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University

    Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH is the Commissioner of Health for New York City, a position she assumed in February 2014.  With more than 30 years of experience in public health, Dr. Mary Travis Bassett has dedicated her career to advancing health equity.

    After Dr. Bassett completed her medical training, she moved to Harare, Zimbabwe, where she served on the medical faculty at the University of Zimbabwe for 17 years. In that role, she developed a range of AIDS prevention interventions to address one of the world’s worst AIDS epidemics. She later served as the associate director of Health Equity at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Southern Africa Office, overseeing it Africa AIDS portfolio.

    In 2002, Dr. Bassett was appointed deputy commissioner of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she directed key initiatives, including bans on smoking and trans fats in restaurants and the requirement at chain restaurants to post calorie counts. She also established the department’s District Public Health Offices (DPHOs) in East and Central Harlem, the South Bronx and North and Central Brooklyn to lead targeted health and communication strategies in these communities that experience an excess burden of disease. Each office advances community health through home visiting programs, free exercise programs, efforts to increase access to healthy food, meetings with area doctors and coordination with local coalitions.

    From 2009 to 2013, Dr. Bassett served at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation as program director for the African Health Initiative and also led the Child Well-being Program, two portfolios that focused on strengthening systems to support health improvement.

    Dr. Bassett grew up in New York City, received her B.A. in History and Science from Harvard University, her M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She served her medical residency at Harlem Hospital Center, and has a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Washington. She also served for many years as an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Public Health.

     

     

     

     

     

Level Forward

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    Abigail 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 Disney

    Co-Founder, Level Forward

    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.

    After a long stint as a not-for-profit volunteer activist and stay-at-home mother, Abigail turned to documentaries after being inspired 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. Her production company Fork Films became known for producing and funding over 100 documentary films, shining a light on some of the most challenging social issues of our time.

    Abigail is the founder of Peace Is Loud, a non-profit that uses media and live events to highlight stories of women stepping up for peace. Most recently, Abigail worked with Killer Content to create Level Forward,

    a new home for storytellers to produce high-quality, narrative entertainment, that extends the impact of creative excellence to both reward investors and advance the greater good. 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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    Adrienne Becker

    Adrienne Becker is the CEO of Level Forward, Inc. and the co-Founder of Killer Content. She is formerly an entrepreneur-in-residence at CAA, partner at The Media Farm, and CEO of DailyCandy.

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    Adrienne Becker

    Co-Founder, Level Forward

    Adrienne Becker is the CEO of Level Forward, Inc. and the co-Founder of Killer Content. She is formerly an entrepreneur-in-residence at CAA, partner at The Media Farm, and CEO of DailyCandy. Adrienne also served as SVP at The Nielsen Company and USAi/InterActive Corp., though her real breakthrough came on an airport tarmac in Philadelphia, where she held her first critically important position of ‘rope line holder’ for then Governor Bill Clinton. Adrienne also served as a Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Labor and as a Press Secretary on the ‘96 campaign. She holds an M.A. in Communications from the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. She sits on the Boards of Youth+Tech+Health, the Story Pirates, Killer Content and Level Forward and she is currently re-living high school through her two teenagers, both budding activists for what they believe you outta know.

     

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    Angie Wang

    Angie Wang works at the intersection of advocacy, culture change and social movements, to lift stories of people and communities as public platforms for justice, equity and peace.

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    Angie Wang

    Co-Founder, Level Forward

    Angie Wang works at the intersection of advocacy, culture change and social movements, to lift stories of people and communities as public platforms for justice, equity and peace. As Chief of Staff to Abigail E. Disney, she provides strategic management and operational and leadership support to Fork Films, Peace is Loud, Daphne Foundation, and Level Forward. Angie was outreach director for Fork Film’s documentary film series Women, War & Peace, and executive director of Peace is Loud. Angie has held senior leadership positions at The New York Women’s Foundation, The September 11th Fund and Safe Horizon. Before moving to New York, she was a tenant organizer in Northern California. Angie serves on the board of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa – USA, the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, and is a founding member of the Asian Women Giving Circle.

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    Rachel Gould

    Rachel Gould is head of Business Affairs and a Co-Founder of Level Forward. Prior to Level Forward, Rachel founded Killer Impact with the Killer Content team.

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    Rachel Gould

    Co-Founder, Level Forward

    Rachel Gould is head of Business Affairs and a Co-Founder of Level Forward. Prior to Level Forward, Rachel founded Killer Impact with the Killer Content team. Killer’s innovative impact model enabled partnerships with non-profit organizations on all of its projects, including a donation from the company’s profits. These partnerships included substantive coordination both creative material and production and laid the foundation for Level Forward. Before pivoting to media, Rachel was a partner at the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where her practice was dedicated to the representation of opportunity funds, investment banks, financial institutions, for-profit and not-for-profit businesses. After much reflection, and the birth of her daughter, Rachel turned her focus to integrating social justice and business, and quite simply, provoking meaningful change to help make a better world a better place for her child.

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