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STRIVE’s Sixth Annual Women’s Empowerment Luncheon was a huge success! On Friday, April 27,2018 we raised $470,000 and honored women from all walks of life who are making a difference in their professions, the workplace, and in the community! 

Carolyn Everson of Facebook was recognized with the STRIVE Women's Empowerment Award and Ayanna Stephens of Merrill Lynch/Bank of America received the STRIVE Determination Award. 

STRIVE graduates Shynice Bartell of Modern MD Urgent Care and Jeanette Hernandez of Discovery Communications inspired us all by sharing their journeys to employment and a brighter future for their families. 

Thank you to our sponsors listed below, and for all who attended and contributed, we thank you for giving more women at STRIVE the opportunity to gain skills to build a career and succeed in life!

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Sponsors:

Underwriters

Leucadia National Corporation, Jefferies LLC, & Brian Friedman


Empower

BBDO Worldwide, EY, Facebook, Verizon


Thrive
JP Morgan Chase Foundation, Publicis


Achieve
AT&T, Richard & Alix Barthelmes, Bank of America, Deloitte Digital, Dentsu Aegis
EmblemHealth, Jenny B. Jones, Medialink, TBWA, DDB & OMG, TIAA, UM, Urban Therapy


Aspire
Bonnie Howard, Arthur Kokot, Jeffrey & Judith McElnea, Mt. Sinai Health SystemsTom Rodman, TD Bank

Patrons
Leigh Anne Brodsky & Discovery Communications, Johnson & Johnson, WPP

 Shynice Bartell, Carolyn Everson, Jeanette Hernandez, & Ayanna Stephens

Shynice Bartell, Carolyn Everson, Jeanette Hernandez, & Ayanna Stephens

Honorees:

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Carolyn Everson, VP Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook

 

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Ayanna Stephens, SVP, HR Executive - Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

 

Co-Chairs:
Nick Brien, CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network Americas & US
Andrew Robertson, President & CEO, BBDO

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  Emcee: Rakia Reynolds

Emcee: Rakia Reynolds

  Special Guest: Chuck Nice

Special Guest: Chuck Nice

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Benefit Committee:

Chair, Judy McElnea *

Jennifer Ball

Gina Giordano

Anna Gonzalez

Lisa Gyselen

Carol Hasenstab

Jenny B. Jones

Lauren Morhard

Tonia O’Connor *

 

 

Melissa Perri

Kerry Powers

Vanessa Rodriguez

Laurie Rosenfield

Laura Slutsky *

Randi Subarsky

Marci Weisler

* STRIVE Board Member

 

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OUR INITIATIVE

The  Women’s  Empowerment  Initiative expands  and  strengthens   the  services STRIVE  provides to  at-risk women  with high barriers  to  employment.   Women often  struggle  with  gender-related  family and  workplace  issues as  they  try  to overcome  poverty,  homelessness, insufficient skills, domestic  violence, and long-term unemployment.

The Women’s Empowerment Initiative helps our female participants successfully transition into the workforce through a combination of skills training, mentoring, case management, job placement, and other special support services for women.

Research indicates that empowering women results in multiple long-term benefits for a family and community.  Once a woman is securely placed in a living wage job, a host of positive forces are activated – her housing becomes more stable, her children perform better in school, and her family’s health improves. Your support of the Women’s Empowerment Initiative sets these powerful forces into motion.

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