During the luncheon, the YWCA-NYC Woman of Influence Award is presented to a senior ranking member of a corporation whose company represents and/or she herself demonstrates a commitment to promoting diversity and the implantation of female focused initiatives. A Visionary, Innovator and Trend-setter, the Woman of Influence Award honoree is a prominent figure and stands as an example for all to aspire.
This year’s Woman of Influence President and CEO of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Terri Ludwig.
Terri Ludwig brings an extensive background in investment banking, nonprofit leadership and impact investment strategy to her role as president and chief executive officer of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Enterprise has introduced neighborhood solutions through public-private partnerships and invested $14 billion to create 300,000 affordable homes. Terri joined Enterprise in 2009 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. She began her tenure as president and CEO in January 2011.Terri has deep experience bringing private capital to communities and possesses an in-depth knowledge of financial markets. From 2002 to 2009, Terri served as president of the Merrill Lynch Development Company, where she successfully committed over $2 billion in loans and investments, launched an innovative social investment platform for Merrill Lynch’s private clients and served as a senior advisor on diversity issues. Prior to Merrill Lynch, she was president and CEO of ACCION New York, the nation’s largest nonprofit microlender whose mission is to lend small business owners the capital and support they need to achieve success. Terri began her career in international banking and finance. She held positions with Credit Suisse First Boston and Merrill Lynch’s Structured Investment and Global Foreign Exchange groups. In her leadership role at Enterprise, Terri leverages this track record to create opportunity for people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. Terri was a Presidential appointee to the U.S. Department of the Treasury Advisory Board for Community Development Financial Institutions. She currently serves on numerous executive and advisory boards. In 2011, Forbes Magazine named Terri to its first-ever “Impact 30 List” of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. Terri holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.