NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- United Way of New York City's Women's Leadership Council will host its 10th annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, celebrating female leaders who have positively impacted their communities and made a difference in the lives of others. Net proceeds from the 10th anniversary event will benefit United Way of New York City's ReadNYC initiative, which focuses on making sure young people in disadvantaged communities are reading on grade-level by the end of third grade. As premier sponsor for the second consecutive year and a brand dedicated to celebrating women, Italian luxury fashion house Max Mara will show an exclusive presentation of their Spring/Summer 2016 collection at the event. SourceMedia's leading financial services brand, American Banker, which reaches an engaged audience of senior banking decision-makers and experts via an award-winning website, monthly magazine and its prestigious annual ranking of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance, will also return as a sponsor this year. New sponsors for 2016 are renowned French winery Champagne Laurent-Perrier, which is sponsoring the 10th Anniversary Toast, and Cepi Style, leading style specialist for executive women.
This year's honorees include Monique L. Nelson, Chair & CEO of UniWorld Group, Laurie M. Tisch, President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, Martine Reardon, Chief Marketing Officer of Macy's, and Jennifer Warren, Managing Director and Head, U.S. Region at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Sheena Wright, President and CEO of United Way of New York City (UWNYC) will also be in attendance.
The luncheon will also feature for the first time the "Power of the Purse" auction, where handbags from some of the most renowned designers, including a special handbag by Max Mara, will be auctioned to raise money for ReadNYC.
The Women's Leadership Council (WLC) engages the power, talent and passion of women to transform communities. Previous honorees and keynote speakers of the annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon include Susan Taylor, former Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine, Soledad O'Brien, former CNN anchor and CEO of Starfish Media Group, Diane von Fürstenberg, fashion designer and President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and Deanna Mulligan, President and CEO of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and member of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.
United Way of New York City's Women's Leadership Council
Sheena Wright, President and CEO, United Way of New York City
Monique L. Nelson, Chair and CEO, UniWorld Group
Laurie M. Tisch, President, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
Martine Reardon, Chief Marketing Officer, Macy's
Jennifer Warren, Managing Director and Head, U.S. Region, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
United Way of New York City's Women's Leadership Council's 10th annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon, celebrating iconic female leaders positively impacting their communities. Net proceeds from the 10th anniversary luncheon will benefit UWNYC's ReadNYC initiative.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Press check-in: 10:30 AM
Photo op: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Luncheon: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cipriani 42nd Street
110 E 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
Media wishing to cover this event must contact Jake Oliver at The TASC Group at 212-337-8870 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About United Way of New York City
United Way of New York City (UWNYC) has been a trusted partner to government, corporations, and community-based organizations for nearly 80 years. Serving low-income New Yorkers, UWNYC's collective impact approach enables the diagnosis of neighborhood challenges and the design of solutions to expand education, financial stability, and health opportunities. UWNYC then deploys resources and volunteers while also driving policy change that is guided by measured results. UWNYC envisions caring communities where all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives. Learn more at www.unitedwaynyc.org.
About United Way of New York City's Women's Leadership Council
United Way of New York City's Women's Leadership Council (WLC) is a network of accomplished, community-driven women that are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of struggling New Yorkers. These talented women advocate, fundraise, and volunteer to solve issues facing our most-deserving neighbors. The WLC champions United Way of New York City's education work, with a focus on ReadNYC, an initiative to improve grade-level reading by third grade—a critical milestone in a child's future success.
Jake Oliver: 212-337-8870
SOURCE United Way of New York City