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13 November, 2015
New York Marriot Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 More info

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The YWCA of the City of New York Academy of Women Leaders Salute Luncheon is a celebration of the women leaders who inspire greatness from us all. One of the nation’s first, largest, most visible and important tributes to professional women leaders, the Luncheon is the premiere event for showcasing trailblazing women in business from across all industries. The Academy of Women Leaders is a powerful network of over 3,000 distinguished professionals and pioneers, many of whom were the first to break through corporate glass ceilings and rise to senior executives in their companies and industries. Their companies have chosen to recognize them for their leadership, achievement and contributions to their institutions and communities.

The Salute Luncheon is a strategic opportunity to give companies a chance to recognize exceptional senior executives or rising stars.  The 2015 Salute Luncheon, which will be held on Friday, November 13th, 2015. With the Salute Luncheon now celebrating its 42nd anniversary, we  look forward to honoring the talented Academy of Women Leaders Class of 2015 – a group of America’s most influential business women from across the country past companies include Citi; Weil, Gotshal; UBS; Consolidated Edison, Inc; Colgate Palmolive; JPMorgan; and Bloomberg.

The proceeds raised from the Salute Luncheon support the many social service programs the YW provides for women, girls and their families in communities across New York City. This includes early learning centers for children in Manhattan, and Brooklyn, after school programs for hundreds of low-income youth.

Congratulations to the Academy of Women Leaders, Class of 2015! Check out the amazing group of women we honored this year here.

42nd Annual Academy of Women Salute Luncheon Press Release
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Woman of Influence 

Ana Duarte McCarthy

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Ana Duarte McCarthy is Managing Director and Chief Diversity Officer for Citi. Appointed to the role in 2002, Ana is responsible for the development and integration of Citi’s global workforce diversity strategy for hiring and developing diverse talent, fostering an inclusive work environment and ensuring management accountability.

Since assuming the role, Ana has established a framework of policy and practices that have advanced Citi’s recognition as a top company for diversity and inclusion. Among her accomplishments, Ana led teams that designed and launched Citi’s flexible work strategies and leadership development initiatives for women and initiated Citi’s employee network program, now spanning more than 100 networks globally. Ana joined Citi in 1995. Her previous roles at Citi have been within global diversity, including Vice President, Diversity Management, Citibank and Director of Diversity, Global Consumer Group. Before coming to Citi, Ana held leadership positions within educational opportunity and higher education at Passaic County College and the New School for Social Research. Ana left the New School in 1994 when she joined Kidder, Peabody, Inc. as Assistant Vice President of Compliance and Diversity Programs. Ana received her bachelor of arts degree in biology from Lafayette College and a master of education degree in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. Ana serves on the Board of Directors of the Families and Work Institute, the PhD Project and the Somerset Hills YMCA as well as the Center for Talent Innovation’s task force. Ana is a frequent speaker on diversity and inclusion and has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Among other recognitions, Ana has been named to Hispanic Business Magazine’s 25 Elite Women and received Out & Equal Workplace Advocates’ Champion Award for her support and advocacy of workplace equality for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, and in 2015, the Corporate Leader Award from Girls Inc of NYC.

Man of the Year

Arthur P. Steinmetz

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Art Steinmetz serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of OppenheimerFunds. He has had a long and distinguished career at the firm, holding a number of positions, including Chief Investment Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income. Art’s insights on the markets and investing are frequently sought by media outlets including, CNBC, Barron’s and The Wall Street Journal. Art joined OppenheimerFunds as an analyst in 1986. His trajectory within the firm truly took hold when he created and launched in 1989 what today is Oppenheimer Global Strategic Income Fund. It was one of the first multi-sector bond funds in the industry. OppenheimerFunds’ growth strategy is rooted in Art’s long-held belief that an active, high conviction approach to asset management benefits investors. His strategy includes innovative and differentiated product solutions and the ability to change people’s perspectives by delivering unconventional insights. Additionally, Art is passionate about advancing financial and mathematical literacy—which he believes are essential elements of the next generation’s success. He plays an active role in shaping OppenheimerFunds’ philanthropic initiatives, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) in New York City. Art is a David Rockefeller Fellow at the Partnership for New York City.

Prior to OppenheimerFunds, he worked as an Analyst at PaineWebber, and served in the United States Air Force. He holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia Business School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Denison University with a B.A. in Russian language and Slavic Studies.

Grace Hoadley Dodge Award for Community Leadership

Susan Fuhrman

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Dr. Susan Fuhrman is the founding Director

and Chair of the Management Committee of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), and immediate Past-President of the National Academy of Education. Dr. Fuhrman’s substantial leadership track record includes her term as Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education from 1995-2006,

where she was also the school’s George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education.  Dr. Fuhrman was influential in creating a new university-as- sisted public school as part of Penn’s West Philadelphia improvement initiative. Similarly, the Teachers College Community School and an education and social services partnership with a number of other public schools are intended to bring University leadership for neighborhood school improvement to West Harlem. Dr. Fuhrman serves on the Board of Directors of the Hawn Foundation and is a Trustee of the Committee on Economic Development and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is a former Vice President of the American Educational Research Association as well as a former Trustee Board member of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Dr. Fuhrman received undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in political science and education from Teachers College and Columbia University. Her work focuses on enhancing the quality of education research, accountability in education, intergovernmental relationships, and standards-based reform, and she has written widely on education policy and finance. Among recent books are The State of Education Policy Research (with David K. Cohen and Fritz Mosher, 2007); and The Public Schools (The Institutions of American Democracy Series, with Marvin Lazerson, 2005). Dr. Fuhrman’s work has been recognized by a wide variety of international, national, state, and local organizations.

Spencer Award Student Presentation 

Mariana Jaiteh


Mariana is a Senior at Manhattan Hunter Science High School. In 2006, Mariama moved to New York from Gambia. She is the eldest of three siblings. In school, she was a part of the smoothie club, badminton team and robotics team. She has interned at a biology lab at Hunter College and has been a part of Girls Who Code. Mariama has always enjoyed science and technology, and she plans to major in computer science. Mariama aspires to become a software developer and a role model for girls in STEM. Mariama is an active member of the YWCA’s Geek Girls club and hacker team. In her spare time, Mariama enjoys playing table tennis, coding and watching documentaries.