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!
Leucadia National Corporation, Jefferies LLC, & Brian Friedman
BBDO Worldwide, EY, Facebook, Verizon
JP Morgan Chase Foundation, Publicis
AT&T, Richard & Alix Barthelmes, Bank of America, Deloitte Digital, Dentsu Aegis
EmblemHealth, Jenny B. Jones, Medialink, TBWA, DDB & OMG, TIAA, UM, Urban Therapy
Bonnie Howard, Arthur Kokot, Jeffrey & Judith McElnea, Mt. Sinai Health SystemsTom Rodman, TD Bank
Leigh Anne Brodsky & Discovery Communications, Johnson & Johnson, WPP
Carolyn Everson, VP Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook
Ayanna Stephens, SVP, HR Executive - Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Nick Brien, CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network Americas & US
Andrew Robertson, President & CEO, BBDO
Chair, Judy McElnea *
Jenny B. Jones
Tonia O’Connor *
Laura Slutsky *
* STRIVE Board Member
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.