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George Brooks | Americas Leader, People Advisory Services, EY

Michael Donnelly | Senior VP, Operations and Technology, Mastercard

Hal Trencher | Senior VP, WNYC Studios, New York Public RadiO

Ronald B. Mincy, Ph.D. | Professor, Columbia University School of Social WOrk

Emcee: Chuck Nice

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STRIVE’s programs develop engaged fathers who support their families through healthy relationships and financial responsibility.  Fathers have the opportunity to re-engage with their children, develop a healthier relationship with their co-parent, serve as role models and become emotional partners in raising their children. In addition, STRIVE helps them gain employment so they can support their families’ economic security. The results are striking - children of engaged fathers are more likely to complete school and escape poverty and are less likely to become involved in risky behavior.

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Benefit Committee:

Chair, Laura Slutsky *

Roy Castro* • Jeffrey McElnea • Peter Fitzpatrick • Tony Steadman • Randy Zeno*

*STRIVE Board Member


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

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

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


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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

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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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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.