March 2022 Newsletter

March 1, 2022

Jasper Johns's Exhibition at the Whitney Museum

On February 10th, the Women’s Forum of New York had a guided tour of the Whitney Museum’s monumental retrospective of the work of Jasper Johns. Jasper Johns’s groundbreaking work sent shock waves through the art world when it was first shown in the late 1950s, and he has continued to challenge new audiences—and himself—over a career spanning more than sixty-five years. He was born in 1930 in Augusta, Georgia; spent the majority of his adult life in New York; and today lives in Sharon, Connecticut, where, at the age of ninety-one, he remains active in his studio. Johns’s early use of common objects and motifs, language, and inventive materials and formats upended conventional notions of what an artwork is and can be. His profoundly generative practice helped spark movements including Pop art, Minimalism, and Conceptualism, among others. Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror was the most comprehensive retrospective ever devoted to Johns’s art. Featuring his most iconic works along with many others shown for the first time, it comprised a broad range of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures from 1954 to today. We are thankful to our Members who joined, and the opportunity to connect through art. Watch the video below to view clips from our visit.💙💚

Letting Each Other Know...

Helen Aboah, CEO, Urban Zen, gave an inspiring Masterclass on “Merchandising & Product Development” for StartUpBootCamp FashionTech. Helen explained the importance of merchandising, focusing on 5 stages of a consumer business: ideation, conceptualization, development, market/showroom, and manifestation.

Helen shared her 7 golden rules for success in business:
🔹 #People are a value. Nurture relationships, partnerships, and customers.
🔹 Be passionate about your #productcategory and well informed of silhouettes, materials, and the competitive landscape.
🔹 To fulfill a strategic goal, set a series of processes and #steps.
🔹 Have a clear #narrative when disseminating information of the seasonal concept and individual products.
🔹 Do not focus only on #profitability, find a balance between profitability and #brand initiatives to have a long-lasting sustainable business.
🔹 #Collaborations is about working with others to achieve business goals and work through challenges.
🔹 #Criticalthinking ensures a better execution of brand and product strategy.

To view StartUpBootCamp’s social post on Helen Aboah, please visit HERE.

Janice Ellig, CEO, The Ellig Group LLC, was named 2022 Tippie Alum of the Year by the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. She will be recognized at a reception in downtown Chicago on May 19, 2022. This award is designed to recognize and honor alumni who are actively engaged in the life of the college. Janice has served as a panelist at the Tippie Women Summit and provides insight and encouragement as an advisor to the dean. She has taken time out of her busy career to be a frequent speaker in classes and has hosted events for the college in her New York City home. Janice is also the board chair of the University of Iowa Center for Advancement.

“Janice Ellig has been a strong advocate for Tippie students and alumni, whether it’s by hosting events in NYC or serving as a guest speaker in classes. In the last two years she has gone out of her way to support alumni as well, through participating in Tippie Women’s Summit events and mentoring executive women as they consider roles on corporate boards,” explained Tippie Dean Amy Kristof-Brown. “Our students and alumni have benefited greatly from her wisdom and expertise. She is a true advocate for our university and the Tippie College of Business.”

To learn more about the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business Alumni awards and view past honorees, please visit HERE.

Diane Finnerty, Morgan Stanley, Sr. VP – Wealth Advisor, Financial Advisor – Senior Portfolio Management Director, The FCG Wealth Management Group, was named to the 2022 Forbes Top Women Wealth Advisors Best-In-State ranking. Forbes’ sixth annual Top Women Wealth Advisors collectively manage $1.9 trillion. Forbes rankings were compiled by SHOOK Research, which researched and interviewed candidates who had been nominated by their firms.

“It’s an honor to be recognized among this group of outstanding women in the financial industry.” – Diane Finnerty

To view Forbes full list of 1,377 Top Women Wealth Advisors Best-In-State, please visit HERE.

Lorraine Hariton, President & CEO, Catalyst, released a new report indicating three norms that characterize more inclusive teams and signal innovation. As the workplace continues to change during the pandemic, new Catalyst data shows it’s crucial for team leaders and members to act inclusively to advance gender equity and increase employee engagement and innovation. The three norms have been identified as: promoting expressions of difference, fostering a team coaching climate and codifying fair team decision-making practices.

“Companies and teams who value inclusive team norms are best prepared to address workplace inequities in the future of work,” said Lorraine. “These data represent an opportunity for companies to improve innovation, productivity, and employee engagement.”

To view Catalyst’s full report, please visit HERE.

Billie Jean King, Co-Founder, World Team Tennis, conducted the coin toss ahead of Super Bowl LVI, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, demonstrating that women’s equality deserves to be front and center on the biggest stages in sports.

“It’s hard to understand inclusion until you have been excluded, and I am proud to be part of this year’s Super Bowl Coin Toss and the NFL’s commitment to bring us together and make us stronger.” – Billie Jean King

To view our social post honoring Billie Jean King, please visit HERE.

Genevieve Piturro, Exec Dir., Genevieve Piturro LLC, Speaker, Author, and Founder of Pajama Program, won a Bronze Medal at the Anthem Awards for her book “Purpose, Passion and Pajamas” and the story of the Pajama Program. The Anthem Awards recognizes dedicated and passionate people who provide a service that addresses a specific issue, provides a solution or boosts awareness, engagement or raises money for a Humanitarian Action & Services cause. Products could include: management, consulting, software, delivery, distribution, and creative services. Genevieve’s Pajama Program has delivered 7 MILLION gifts of new pajamas and new books to children in the U.S. through 63 chapters. Pajama Program promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine and healthy sleep by providing sleep health education to children, parents & caregivers.

To learn more about Genevieve’s recognition by Anthem, please visit HERE.

Minerva Tantoco, Former Chief Technology Officer, New York City, was appointed by the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research to be its first Chief AI Officer, effective March 1, 2022. Minerva is an innovator, patent holder and entrepreneur who is committed to using technology to improve lives equitably. Minerva pioneered New York City’s efforts to prepare for its technological future, as its first-ever Chief Technology Officer. She brings expertise in AI, fintech, smart cities, cybersecurity and mobile technology to her new role at NYU McSilver, which will be overseeing the work of the newly-created AI Hub at McSilver.

“As AI-driven tools are being developed and deployed to serve industries and governments, we must remember that their greatest promise lies in serving the public good,” says Ms. Tantoco. “It takes thought leadership to innovate and hold systems accountable in order to ensure they live up to that promise, and do not deepen racial and social inequities. I’m excited to take on that challenge through the work of the AI Hub at McSilver.” – Minerva Tantoco

To read the full press release on Minerva’s latest appointment, please visit HERE.

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Marcy Syms, Former Chairman & CEO, SYMS Corporation, has invited the Forum to join her in celebrating the ERA Project at Columbia Law School’s 1st Symposium. Attendance is free and virtual. Learn where things stand after the 38th state ratified the 28th Amendment, hear how close we are to constitutional equality and be inspired by expert legal minds.

To register, please visit HERE.

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