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Mission   The Women's Forum is a community where preeminent New York women leaders of diverse achievement come together to make a difference for each other and to take an active, leadership role in matters of importance to them.

We are New York's premier organization of women leaders comprised of the highest women achievers across all professional sectors from finance to fine arts.

We advance women's leadership three ways:
  • through our core programming which provides personal and professional enrichment to our members
  • through our Education Fund which provides education awards to high potential women whose careers have been derailed by adversity
  • through our Board Initiative which expands and extends the contribution of women leaders through participation on corporate and civic boards.
Founded   1974
Membership   By invitation, over 500 leading women in the professions, arts and business life of New York.
Programs   A wide variety of monthly programs feature top speakers in the fields of public affairs, industry, government, science and the arts, many drawn from the Forum's own membership.
Affiliates   Seventy-four Women's Forums on six continents are affiliated through the International Women's Forum, formed in 1982 and based in Washington, D.C.
Current President   Linda A.Willett
Past Presidents   Carolyn Carter (2016, 2017)
Ami Kaplan (2014, 2015)
Doris P. Meister (2012, 2013)
Janice Reals Ellig (2010, 2011)
Judith D. Fryer (2008,-2009)
Westina Matthews Shatteen (2006, 2007)
Dede Thompson Bartlett (2004, 2005)
Diane F. Perlmutter (2002, 2003)
Joni Lysett Nelson (2000, 2001)
Gail Blanke (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)
Muriel Siebert (1994,1995)
Suzanne D. Jaffe (1992, 1993)
Susan G. Greenwood (1990, 1991)
Carol Bellamy (1988, 1989)
Ponchitta Pierce (1986, 1987)
Donna E. Shalala (1984, 1985)
Ellen Sulzberger Straus (1982, 1983)
Karen Gerard (1980,1981)
Colette Mahoney, RSHM (1979)
Elinor Guggenheimer (1978)
Betty Cott Ruder (1977)
Muriel Fox (1976)
Elizabeth Forsling Harris (1975)
Executive Director   Rita B. Crotty


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