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02 November, 2018
12:30 PM
Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York City More info

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Honoring Fearless Female Leaders for 45 Years

45th Annual YW Academy SALUTE Luncheon
Friday, November 2, 2018
12:30-2:00 p.m.
Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York City

We’re celebrating 45 years of inducting a diversity of women of industry, influence, and power into our sorority of more than 3000 members who serve as a formidable force of change. We pay tribute to these visionary female leaders, the roles they serve in our communities, and the companies that believe in them.

The Academy helps to unite the YWCA of the City of New York with companies in the city to increase diversity and gender equity in the workplace, promote discourse around social issues, and support programs that foster education and help the most vulnerable New Yorkers find their way to self-actualization.  More Info on The Academy

The Academy includes several CEOs and various Fortune 500 companies as partners. Click HERE to view a list of current members.

Together with the YWCA of the City of New York, we stand proud with the trailblazers who came before and celebrate this year’s new class of YW Academy of Women Leaders (AWLs).

The Man of the Year (MOY) award recognizes a senior level executive whose leadership, service, and platform demonstrates a strong commitment to advancing diversity in the workplace.

This year’s Man of the Year is:

Ted Acosta Ernst & Young ywcanyc.orgTed Acosta, Americas Vice Chair, Risk
Ernst & Young, LLP

A senior executive with over 22 years of professional services experience, Ted Acosta leads the Risk Management organization, which covers internal risk assessments, compliance, ethics, privacy and independence, as well enterprise risk management, and client and engagement acceptance, among others.

EY has been a great supporter of the YW Academy, having serving on our board and sponsoring the SALUTE luncheons from 1989 to 2010. Throughout the years, 20 EY executives have been inducted into the Academy of Women Leaders. Currently, three of our top Ernst & Young AWLs include:

Beth Brooke Marciniak, Global Vice Chair Public Policy (inducted in 2000)
Kate Barton, Vice Chair, Tax (inducted in 2007)
Karyn Twaronite, Global and Americas Diversity & Inclusiveness Officer (inducted in 2003)

Ernst & Young (EY) earns the top spot on this year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list following an impressive performance since joining the list in 2001. EY says its values and business strategies are firmly rooted in diversity and inclusiveness, which is evident by its results across this space.

Women in Senior Leadership: 11.1% more than the Top 50 and 44.7% more than the S&P 500
Women Among those Promoted Into Management: 19% more than the Top 50
Supplier Diversity: Spent 38% and 68% more of total procurement with women and minority-owned suppliers than the Top 10 and Top 50, respectively

The company landed on nine specialty lists this year, including No. 1 for Diversity Councils, Employee Resource Groups, People with Disabilities and Mentoring. Click HERE for more information.

As the Grace Hoadley Dodge Awardee

Ms. Lauren C. States serves as the Vice President of Cloud Computing for IBM Software Group, Tivoli Software. Ms. States is a Senior Executive on IBM’s Integration and Values Team. In a previous role, Ms. States led worldwide Technical Sales and Sales Enablement for IBM Software Group. She joined IBM in 1978 as a Systems Engineer in New York City. She has been an Independent Director at Clean Harbors, Inc. since March 10, 2016. She serves as a Director of Moms and Jobs, Inc. Ms. States co-chairs the IBM North America Black Constituency Council. Ms. States serves as an Executive-in-Residence at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business. She is Chair of the Board of Visitors for the Northeastern University College of Business and serves on the International House, New York, Board of Trustees. As Vice President, Strategy and Transformation for IBM’s Software Group Sales Division, she was responsible for the global sales force strategy and go-to-market for IBM’s $25B+ software business. She served as Chief Technology Officer, IBM Corporate Strategy; Vice President, Technical Sales for the IBM Software Group; and as a senior executive on IBM’s Integration and Values Leadership Team. She has been Director at Webster Financial Corp. since September 19, 2016. She served as Member of Advisory Board of Mobiquity, Inc. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council. In 2015, Ms. States was featured on the ExxonMobil Be an Engineer campaign website. Ms. States received the Federal 100 Award in 2012 and was recognized at the Black Engineer of the Year Conference (BEYA) with the Pioneer Award in 2013. In 2014, she was inducted into the Women in Technology International, Women in Science and Technology Hall of Fame. GetVoIP recognized Ms. States as one of the most 25 Influential Women in Cloud in March 2015. She is a 2015 Advanced Leadership Harvard Fellow. Ms. States holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia University Business School Executive Education.


Leader Sponsor
BNY Mellon ywcanyc.org

Patron Sponsors

Ernst & Young, BNY Mellon, and UBS

Contact Jacquie Romano at 646-336-6800 ext.112 or jacquie@sequence-events.com to register.
Contact Don Vogel at 212-735-9781 or dvogel@ywcanyc.org to sponsor.