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 2014 Salute Luncheon, which will be held on Friday, November 7th at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers from 12:30-2pm. With the Salute Luncheon now celebrating its 41st anniversary, we look forward to honoring the talented Academy of Women Leaders Class of 2014 – a group of America’s most influential business women from across the country from such companies as 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, and the Women’s Empowerment Network (WEN), a program that focuses on preparing women for the workforce.
The 41st Annual Academy of Women Leaders Salute Luncheon will be held held on Friday, November 7, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, 811 Seventh Ave at 53rd Street.
Congratulations to the Academy of Women Leaders, Class of 2014! Check out the amazing group of women we are honoring this year here.
Woman of Influence
Patricia A. David
Patricia David is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Diversity for JP Morgan Chase. She is responsible for developing and implementing a diversity strategy for the organization in line with the business strategy.
She is responsible for working with key business partners to design, implement, track and report on the ROI of various diversity initiatives. She leads the firms JP Morgan Chase Diversity Council in collaboration with key business leaders. She is also responsible for communicating diversity efforts within the organization through various means.
She also has responsibility for working with the HR community to implement Affirmative Action plans and ensure compliance.
Prior to joining JP Morgan Chase, she was a Managing Director and the Global Head of Diversity for Citi’s Institutional Clients Group where she was responsible for overseeing, developing and implementing the overall diversity strategy for this division. Her office was responsible for ensuring that these businesses promoted fair and equitable employment opportunities; fostered recruitment, mentoring, and promotional opportunities for women, minorities and underrepresented groups.
Ms. David joined predecessor firm Salomon Brothers in 1996 as a Manager in the Technology division responsible for Global Human Resources Systems, Purchasing, Payroll and a series of Financial Systems. In 1999, she also assumed the role of Chief of Staff for the division’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). She was responsible for overseeing non-project related activities, specifically as it pertained to budgeting, headcount reporting, compensation, expense management, and status reporting and presentation management. At this time Ms. David was also responsible for implementing process and productivity improvements within the Technology division. She was promoted to Managing Director in 2001.
Prior to joining Citi, Ms. David worked for Merrill Lynch in N.J. for 10 years, leaving that organization as a Vice President and Manager of Financial Systems in the Technology Division.
Ms. David is an active participant in various efforts for under represented groups in business, is a thought leader on behalf of several diversity organizations.
In May 2014, she was recognized as a Top Executive in Diversity for outstanding business achievement by Black Enterprise Magazine, and during that same time she along with 18 other women were inducted into Spelman College’s Academy of Game Changers.
In 2012 she was selected by The Network Journal as one of 25 Influential Black Women in Business, as a Top Diversity Executive by Black Enterprise and by Savoy Magazine as one of their Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.
In March 2002, she was the recipient of the YMCA “Black Achievers in Industry” award and in November 2005, she was the recipient of the YWCA “Women Achievers” award.
She has been featured/interviewed in several diversity publications
She is a member of the Board of Directors for the UNCF on behalf of JP Morgan Chase and the Executive Leadership Council (ELC).
Born in Birmingham, England, Ms. David received a B.S. in Finance and Economics with a minor in Accounting from Fordham University in 1981. She has 2 college-age children and her husband was a Marine.
Man of the Year
Duncan Niederauer is the former CEO of NYSE Euronext (2007-2014) and a former partner of Goldman Sachs (1985-2007). He has received numerous career distinctions and honors, most notably the John C. Whitehead Award for leadership in 2014. He was also recognized as an Honorary Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in 2013 for his efforts to advance the peace process in Northern Ireland.
Mr. Niederauer is a general partner of 555 Capital, an angel investment fund, and a Managing Director of Battery East, LLC, which provides advisory services to private companies and their management teams. In addition to advising several start up companies, Duncan also sits on the boards of Sorenson Communications and his alma mater, Colgate University, as well as those of Stuart Frankel & Co., The American Ireland Fund and the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy.
An active supporter of the military, Mr. Niederauer sits on the board of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, works closely with the Bob Woodruff Foundation and sits on the advisory board of Team Rubicon.
Mr. Niederauer earned an MBA from Emory University and a BA from Colgate. He and his wife Alison led the Newmark School’s “Destination of Promise” campaign, which built a state of the art school for children with autism and related disabilities in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. They have three children and reside in New Jersey, and remain active in serving the special needs community.
Grace Hoadley Dodge Award for Community Leadership
Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation
Grace Dodge grew up in a family where philanthropy and civic engagement were modeled by her parents. Grace loved to listen to her father discuss politics and business with his associates and observe their planning of civic projects.
Her early passion for social change led her to create a training program for women at Riverdale Neighborhood House called the Kitchen Garden Association, which served to teach homemaking skills to disadvantaged girls. By doing so, the women were able to find domestic work to help care for their families. By 1884, the program was so successful it was replicated in other cities in the United States, Europe, China, Japan and India.
The program developed into the Industrial Education Association, which influenced the New York City Public Schools to add industrial training to its curriculum. In 1886, the Mayor of the City of New York appointed Grace as one of two women Commissioners of Education. With Grace at the helm, the Industrial Education Association grew and became the first New York City College for the Training of Teachers and then Teachers College.
In 1905, Grace became involved in the YWCA movement in the United States. There was a conflict between the Eastern YW associations and the Mid-West associations which seemed to curtail the movement and its expansion in the United States.
The two agencies were divided because one side was formed in New York and Boston before the civil war-its mission was to make life more manageable for young women in big cities. The other YWCA was formed in the mid-West serving the needs of college students and was strongly evangelical. Although it seemed practical that the two should merge, each side felt that they were the one carrying out the true mission of the YWCA. The conflict finally came to a head over which agency had jurisdiction over the Washington DC area.
In 1906, after more than a year of negotiations with Grace serving as the mediator, the National Board of the YWCA was formed with Grace as its first President. The agency grew rapidly. Over 800 branches were formed nationally, a national headquarters building was erected at 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue. Through Grace’s commitment to providing opportunities for women, she collaborated with other women such as Mary Rockefeller to create an institution that reflected the needs and power of women. Today, we stand before you, 158 years later as a result of her vision and leadership.
Through our Early Learning Centers, Women’s Empowerment Network job readiness program, Geek Girls math and science project and other after-school enrichment programs and advocacy the legacy of Grace Hoadley Dodge lives on.
When we conceptualized this award, we immediately knew that we wanted to ask the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation to be our first honoree. For more than 30 years the foundation has supported the YW’s initiatives and programs. They have played and continue to play an active role in the creation and growth of our Early Learning Centers and have been a trusted advisor and partner. Through the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, the vision of Grace Dodge continues at the YW.
Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation
Duncan and Alison Niederauer