Honoring game changing women leaders since 2011.
Over $2.4 million awarded to women over 35 completing their college degrees.
Named for Forum founder Elinor Guggenheimer, the Elly Awards is the annual fundraising event for The Education Fund. Since 2011, the event has honored women leaders who set (or changed) the rules of the game.
The 2023 Elly Awards
Annual fundraiser to benefit the Education Fund which provides financial awards for women over 35 completing their first college degrees. The event also recognizes women leaders and this year we will honor journalists fighting misinformation: Audie Cornish, Sarah Longwell and Lesley Stahl.JOIN US!
2022 Elly Awards
Together again, at the Plaza. After two years away due to the COVID pandemic, we were once again able to gather in person and honor CBS Sunday Morning Anchor, Jane Pauley for her contributions to raising awareness and compassion for mental health disorders. Jane was introduced by her friend and colleague, Erin Moriarty, and interviewed by Stephanie Mehta, Women’s Forum Vice President and CEO of Mansueto Ventures, publisher of Inc. and Fast Company.
2021 Virtual Elly Awards
In 2021, the Elly Awards honored Cynt Marshall, CEO, Dallas Mavericks, who spoke with moderator Willow Bay, Dean of the USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism. As always our 20 Scholars, were acknowledged for their achievements in pursuit of an education.
2020 ELLY AWARDS HONOREES
Former CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA
Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre and Author
Moderator: MSNBC Anchor and NBC Senior Business Correspondent
2019 Elly Awards
Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe delivered the keynote address in 2019, “Saluting Founders and Icons.”
2019 ELLY AWARDS HONOREES
Award-Winning Journalist and Author
PR Executive and Feminist Activist
Eleanor Holmes Norton
U.S. Congressional Representative for Washington, D.C.
2018 Elly Awards
Our largest group of honorees, speakers and panelists ever, featured former first-lady and Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered the keynote address.
2018 ELLY AWARDS HONOREES
Sheila C. Johnson
Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotel and Resorts
CEO and Co-Founder of Lafayette 148 New York
Donna E. Shalala
Former Secretary of Health and Human Services and President of the Clinton Foundation
CEO, Kay Unger Designs and The Kay Unger Family Foundation
Dr. Joyce F. Brown
President, Fashion Institute of Technology