October 2021 Newsletter

October 1, 2021

Nominate a Woman for Forum Membership

Do you know an outstandingly accomplished woman with the potential to be a great addition to the Women’s Forum of New York? If you have someone in mind, Membership Committee Co-Chairs Wendy Mendenhall, MBE and Peggy Wallace encourage you to submit a nomination form through the link below. All submissions will be reviewed and considered for membership.

Although we are not gathering in person, members are able to invite potential nominees to our virtual programming. Please reach out to SuzyBrown@womensforumNY.org if you would like to extend an invitation to a Forum program to a guest.

We appreciate your assistance with identifying noteworthy candidates interested in joining the Women’s Forum of New York.

Letting Each Other Know...

Forbes released their latest 50>50 Investment list, a part of their 50 Over 50 project launched in June and produced in partnership with Mika Brzezinski’s Know Your Value initiative. The latest list honors the female investors and financial leaders who are leading high-growth businesses in the male-dominated spaces of Wall Street, venture capital, and impact investing. We’d like to express a warm congrats to our members featured in Forbes latest list: Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Morgan StanleyYie-Hsin Hung, CEO, New York Life Investment ManagementMary Ellen Iskenderian, President & CEO, Women’s World Banking, and Sallie Krawcheck, Co-Founder, Ellevest.

Our Forum members have appeared in the 50>50 lists throughout the summer, with Forum member Jonelle Procope, President & CEO, Apollo Theater, being honored on Forbes latest 50>50 Visionary list. Forum members Georgette Bennett, Founder, Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA)Susan McPherson, Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies and Judith Spitz, Founder & Executive Director, BreakThrough Tech were listed in Forbes 50>50 Impact list which honored 50 women who are changing their communities and the world in ways big and small through social entrepreneurship, law, advocacy and education. Forum members Marla Ginsburg, CEO & Owner, MarlaWynne and Kay Koplovitz, Cofounder & Chair, Springboard Enterprises were listed in the first 50>50 List which honored entrepreneurs, leaders and creators who are part of an exhilarating movement redefining life’s second half and proving that success has no age limit! The members of this list are working across all sectors of the American economy—venture capital, education, politics, major league sports and more—and more importantly, they’re paying forward their after-50 success. 

Our Forum members were selected from a pool of more than 10,000 nominees for each list. Congrats to our members who are shattering age and gender norms while making an impact on the world.

To read the Forbes 50>50 Investment list, please visit HERE.

To read the Forbes 50>50 Vision list, please visit HERE.

To read the Forbes 50>50: Impact list, please visit HERE.

To read more on the Forbes first 50>50 list, please visit HERE.


Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Chair, Historic Landmarks Preservation Center, Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation, is proud to announce a major gift to the High Line, an organization that since 1999, rallied for the elevated structure’s preservation and reuse as public space, and now operates as a park under a license agreement with NYC Parks. The gift will help the organization, which must raise nearly 100% of its annual budget, fund a variety of crucial park needs. It will be recognized with signage at the West Seating Steps, located at the High Line Spur, which bridges the intersection of 30th Street and 10th Avenue, in Manhattan.

“We are so grateful to acknowledge the support of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation, and the longtime commitment and leadership of Founding High Line Board Member Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, at the West Seating Steps,” said Robert Hammond, the High Line’s Co-Founder and Executive Director. “This iconic feature stands at the intersection of the High Line’s historical past, its present-day artistic programming, and its future role as a connector to Moynihan Train Hall, which is a crucial component of High Line’s vision to make New York City more livable, equitable, and connected.”

To read the press release on the High Line’s gift from the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation, please visit HERE.

Angela Diaz MD, PhD, MPH, Director, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, Jean C and James W. Crystal Professor Department of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, was appointed as the first Dean of Global Health, Social Justice, and Human Rights at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Diaz will partner with governmental and nongovernmental organizations, civil societies, and donor agencies to advance social justice and human rights globally through research, training, advocacy, policy, and technical assistance. With Dr. Diaz’s guidance, Icahn Mount Sinai will develop innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to address the power imbalances and social determinants that lead to persistent health inequities and interpersonal violence, including the human trafficking of women, children, and youth.

To read the press release on Dr.Diaz’s latest appointment, please visit HERE.

Gloria Feldt, Co-Founder, Take the Lead, had her latest book “Intentioning: Sex, Power, Pandemics, and How Women Will Take the Lead For (Everyone’s) Good” released on September 28th. The book discusses how women can seize the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity created by the massive disruption from the coronavirus and racial and political unrest, to build back stronger with diverse women at the center of the recovery.

To learn more about Gloria’s latest book, please visit HERE.

To purchase Gloria’s latest book, please visit HERE.

Jill Furman, Owner & President, Jill Furman Productions Inc., was one of the producers of Freestyle Love Supreme on Broadway featuring Hamilton actor and poet, Lin-Manuel Miranda, which won a Tony at the 74th Tony Awards. The special Tony was presented for creating something entirely different: an improvised, rapped, beat-boxed musical performance paying homage to the foundation of Hip-Hop. Jill Furman Productions is behind several notable plays such as In the HeightsWestside StoryHamilton and The Heiress.

To read more on the Tony award winning play, please visit HERE.

Aedhmar Hynes, Board Director, recently joined the Board of Connecticut Public Broadcasting. Hynes comes to Connecticut Public with deep expertise at the intersection of digital technology, communications and customer engagement. Connecticut Public President and CEO, Mark Contreras, commented  “…Aedhmar understands that Connecticut Public is deeply committed to making our news, storytelling and content accessible and available to all of the diverse communities of Connecticut, and that this is possible only through innovation and digital transformation.” 

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

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, U.S. House of Representatives, (NY-12), was featured in Vogue attending this year’s annual Met Gala. This year’s gala was in celebration of the Costume Institute’s newest exhibition, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” and featured American designers. Rep. Maloney has long used fashion as a force for change, and for this year’s Met Gala, she wanted to bring attention to certification of the ERA. Rep. Maloney wore a gown in suffragist colors complete with a cape embroidered with the phrase “Equal Rights for Women” and white ‘ERA’ letters down the front of the dress. During a time when women’s rights are under attack all over the world, we couldn’t think of a more perfect statement piece.

To view Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney’s feature in Vogue, please visit HERE.

Faye Penn, Executive Director, women.nyc, has been named Head of Initiatives at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, which invests $1BN+ in businesses and industries designed to bring more equitable opportunities to New York. As Executive Director of Women.NYC, Faye has been dedicated to helping NYC women succeed in their careers and businesses through an array of innovative programs and partnerships. As head of Initiatives at NYCEDC, Faye will continue to drive change at the intersection of innovation and equitable economic development.

To learn more about the NYCEDC, please visit HERE.

Ann Sarnoff, Chair & CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, and the first woman to reign over the legendary studio since its founding in 1923, was featured in an interview in Vanity Fair. Ann is described as “…exuding serene poise…” despite having to steer the WarnerMedia franchise and its platforms such as HBO Max through the pandemic.

“What was it like to suddenly be crowned “the most powerful woman in Hollywood”? Sarnoff shakes her head. “It was incredibly exciting but daunting, because I’m now representing women.”

To read more on Ann’s feature in Vanity Fair, please visit HERE.

Ilene Wachs, President, Horizon Casualty Services, Inc., was a panelist at the ShopRite Women’s LPGA Classic on the topic Pathway to Executive, representing major sponsor Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. The ShopRite LPGA Classic, held at Seaview Golf Club, Galloway, NJ, is a premier sporting event for over 25 years and has raised cumulatively over $37 million donated to charitable organizations. Past champions include current and future hall of famers like Lexi Thompson, Annika Sorenstam, Juli Inkster, Karrie Webb and Stacy Lewis.

To learn more about the Shoprite Women’s LPGA Classic, please visit HERE.

Past Programs

We are always thankful to our outstanding members who participate in our virtual programs, keeping our community ever strong and connected especially during these times of great social challenges. In case you missed our most recent program…

Intentioning: A Conversation 

Thank you to Women’s Forum member, Gloria Feldt, Co-Founder and President of Take The Lead, who spoke with Tiffany Dufu, Founder and CEO, The Cru about her newly published book: Intentioning: Sex, Power, Pandemics and How Women Will Take the Lead for (Everyone’s) Good. The book provides clear steps and exercises for helping female leaders reach their full potential.

To view the entire program, please visit HERE.

To view the free workbook that was provided to participants of this program, please visit HERE.

Please click on the button below to view all of our past programs .

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Please submit newsletter content before October 20th to be included in the next edition. Submissions and corresponding media/links can be submitted below, in your “My Participation” section of your member portal HERE, or you can reach out to Communications and Social Media Manager Naja Pazant at najapazant@womensforumNY.org. Also, if you’d like to share newsworthy accomplishments and updates with the IWF community, please reach out to Communications Manager Lauren Williams at lwilliams@iwforum.org.

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