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We are excited to host these powerhouse and inspiring women at our Girls Symposium on June 2! Read their short bios to learn more.

Alia Jones-Harvey
Alia Jones-Harvey is a theatre producer and the only woman of color currently working as a leading producer on Broadway.

Anna Holmes
Anna Holmes is the founder of feminist website Jezebel, author of two books and contributing writer for the New York Times, Washington Post, Salon, and Entertainment Weekly.

Annabel Palma
Annabel Palma is NYC’s District 18 Council Member, currently serving on the Committees on Youth Services, General Welfare, Technology, Land Use, Community Development, and the Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses.

Aura Bogado
Aura Bogado is the News Editor for Colorlines, where she writes about racial justice, Native rights, and immigration.

Bonnie Oliva
Bonnie is the Global Operations Director at InVenture where she oversees Finance, Operations and HR, working hard behind the scenes to grow the organization from idea stage to growth stage.

Charlotte Cooper
Charlotte Cooper is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Women’s eNews, creating an events program that emphasizes the important connection between the media and women’s rights.

Christy Turlington Burns
Christy Turlington Burns is the founder of Every Mother Counts, a campaign to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world, model, writer, entrepreneur, spokesperson, advocate, and filmmaker.

Debra Baker
Debra Baker is the Managing Director and Head of Global Risk Solutions at BNY Mellon Asset Servicing Group, where her group provides decision-oriented risk products and services to major financial institutions, corporations, insurance companies, endowment & foundations, Taft Hartley, not-for-profit, and government agencies.

Denise Restauri
Denise Restauri, Founder and CEO of GirlQuake, amplifies the voices of a new generation of powerful female innovators and disruptors who are creating a global force for positive change.

Dianne Morales
Dianne Morales is the CEO of Phipps Community Development Programs in New York City, a major community-based service provider in the areas of early childhood education, afterschool programming, and services to foster economic and educational attainment for adults.

Dr. Alondra Nelson
Dr. Alondra Nelson is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Columbia University.

Dr. Christina Greer
Dr. Christina Greer is an assistant professor of political science at Fordham University and author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream”.

Dr. Danielle Moss Lee
Dr. Danielle Moss Lee enthusiastically joined the YWCA of the City of New York in 2012 and she has reinvigorated the YW’s commitment to serving every woman in New York City. The YW has re-launched its girls leadership initiatives and created forums to improve New Yorkers’ capabilities to have meaningful cross-racial dialogues. She currently serves on the Swarthmore College Board of Managers and she is the sitting President of Black Agency Executives.

Dr. Deborah Tolman
Dr. Deborah L. Tolman is Professor of Social Welfare and Psychology at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, and author of “Dilemmas of Desire: Teenage Girls Talk about Sexuality”.

Dr. Tamara Buckley
Dr. Tamara Buckley is an Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations and Counseling Programs at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center and co-author of “The Color Bind: Talking (and Not Talking) About Race at Work”.

Elizabeth Sackler, Ph.D.
Dr. Elizabeth Sackler is a public historian, arts activist and American Indian advocate, President and CEO of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation and visionary behind the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Elizabeth Yukins, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Yukins is the director of the Women’s Center at John Jay College and a Professor in the English Department.

Evie Hantzopoulos
Evie Hantzopoulos is the Executive Director for Global Kids (GK), where she has helped oversee the development, supervision, and expansion of GK’s global education, leadership development, and social action programs in New York City and Washington, D.C. public schools and has designed numerous special projects for youth and educators.

Gail Cooper
Gail Cooper is Vice President for Programs with Re:Gender where she develops program tools and collaborations to help translate, curate and amplify the efforts of researchers, policy thinkers and practitioners working on behalf of gender equity.

Gale Brewer
Gale Brewer is the current Borough President of Manhattan and a Democratic politician in New York that was honored by the YWCA for her political work for girls and women in March 2014.

Iris Morales
Iris Morales is a life-long educator and activist and currently the Director of Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center where she has created educational media programs and services for young people and adults.

Kate Krontiris
Kate Krontiris is a social scientist, strategist, and facilitator working to transform civic life in America.

Kathryn G. Casparian, Esq.
Kathryn Casparian is the Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

Kathryn Komsa
Kathryn Komsa is a Member of the Board of Directors at the Paterson Habitat for Humanity and the YWCA of the City of New York and a faculty member with The Conference Board Diversity Boot Camp.

Katina Paron
Katina Paron is a journalism educator with 20 years of youth media experience and she is currently the managing editor of Teen Voices at Women’s eNews and director of the NYC High School Journalism Collaborative at Baruch College.

Kelly Hoey
Kelly Hoey is the co-founder of the NYC-based startup accelerator, Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) Accelerator, the first startup accelerator specifically for female-founded companies in mobile tech.

Kim Keating
Kim Keating is founder and managing director of Keating Advisors and currently a board member of the Leanin.org Foundation and NURU International.

Kym Hampton
Kym Hampton is currently a Community Relations Specialist with the New York Liberty WNBA team, after a successful 15 year professional basketball career and she has augmented her professional career as a motivational speaker, professional plus sized model, actress and singer.

Letitia James
Letitia James was sworn in as the Public Advocate for the City of New York, the first woman of color to hold a citywide position in the city’s history.

Liz Abzug
Liz Abzug is adjunct professor in Urban Studies at Barnard College/Columbia University, the Kenneth Cole Professor of Community Engagement and Community Building at Columbia University, and co-founder of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, a leadership training organization for young women.

Lynette Cook-Francis
Lynette Cook-Francis is the new Vice President for Student Affairs at John Jay College and was previously the Senior Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Arizona.

Mallika Dutt
Mallika Dutt is president and CEO of Breakthrough, a global human rights organization based in India and the U.S. that works to make violence and discrimination against women and girls unacceptable.

Marcia Lynn-Sells
Marcia Lynn-Sells is the Associate Dean, Office of Community Outreach, School of the Arts and Associate Vice President, Program Development and Initiatives, Office of Government and Community Affairs at Columbia University.

Melissa Harris-Perry
Melissa Harris-Perry is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Wake Forest University, MSNBC Host, Columnist for The Nation and Essence Magazine, and Author of “SISTER CITIZEN: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Politics When Being Strong Isn’t Enough”.

Mary Crawford
Mary Crawford is SVP and heads the banking practice at Exlservice Holdings, Inc.  Ms. Crawford holds BA in Economics from Rhodes College and an MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Patricia David
Patricia David is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Diversity for JP Morgan Chase where she is responsible for developing and implementing a diversity strategy for the organization in line with the business strategy.

Piper Kerman
Piper Kerman is the author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison from Spiegel & Grau.

Prim Siripipat
In March 2011, Prim joined the Worldwide Leader of Sports as an anchor, where she serves as an on-air personality for ESPN.com and television covering the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MMA, golf and tennis.  She also serves as a tennis analyst and makes guest appearances on ESPN radio.

Priscilla Morales
Priscilla Morales is the Associate Director of Admission, Dean of Students and History Teacher at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, CT.  Her focus has always been on working on diversity initiatives, both in and out of classroom.

Reshma Saujani
Reshma Saujani is the founder of Girls Who Code, former Deputy Public Advocate of New York City and author of female leadership novel Women Who Don’t Wait in Line.

Rosemonde Pierre-Louis
Rosemonde Pierre-Louis is the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence and former Manhattan Deputy Borough President.

Rosie Mendez
Rosie Mendez is a life-long New Yorker who has served on the City Council since 2006 representing District 2 and currently co-chairs the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus.

Samantha Black
Samantha Black is the Designer of SammyB and Samantha Black Designs and a former contestant on Project Runway, Season 11.

Sheetal Sheth
Sheetal Sheth is an American actress who has starred in films such as “Looking For Comedy in the Muslim World,” “Three Veils,” and “I Can’t Think Straight”.

Stacey Cumberbatch
Stacey Cumberbatch is the commissioner of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS).

Tai Beauchamp
Tai Beauchamp is a veteran journalist and editor with a rare ability to connect with all demographics and currently Style Ambassador of InStyle and CEO of Tai Life Media, LLC.

Tanya Ramos
Tanya Ramos is the Senior Vice President of the Eastern region of Education Pioneers.

Taran Swan
Taran Swan is CEO of R2T2 Laboratories Inc., a company that develops orthopedic and sports medicine therapy products, and a business executive, advisor, consultant, and executive coach who works with executives and companies to help them achieve financial, operational, and strategic results.

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a Brooklyn-based visual artist whose work focuses on portraiture with social/political themes.  Over the past year, her work has been covered by the New York Times, NPR, MSNBC, and other media.

Tracey Heaton
Tracey Heaton is EVP, Deputy General Counsel in the Legal Department of NYSE Euronext, serving as the Global Head of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Yvette Clarke
United States Representative Yvette D. Clarke was first elected to Congress in November 2006 and represents the new Ninth Congressional District of New York.  She is a Brooklyn native whose roots are firmly planted in her Jamaican heritage.

Zenaida Mendez
Zenaida Mendez is the president of the National Organization for Women – New York State and the current Director of External Affairs at Manhattan Neighborhood Network.

Zerlina Maxwell
Zerlina Maxwell, J.D. is a political analyst and contributing writer for The New York Daily News, Feministing.com, theGrio.com, BET.com, and EBONY.com.