Women Mean Business Luncheon 2015

Honoring
Madison Strategies Group

Featuring
Dari Alexander, Fox 5 News

Tuesday, April 28th

11:30 AM – Guest Check-In
12:00 PM – Luncheon and Awards Presentation

The Pierre Hotel
2 East 61st Street, NYC

Each year, more than 400 of New York City’s most accomplished and engaged leaders gather at the Pierre Hotel to attend the Women Mean Business Luncheon, which supports the Coalition’s First Step Job Training Program.  The event features program graduates sharing their moving stories and experiences, and also honors First Step’s wonderful corporate partners. The highlight of the event is the keynote address – past speakers include Arianna Huffington, Hillary Clinton, Christine Quinn, Anna Quindlen and First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray.

First Step gives homeless and low-income women the skills and confidence needed to achieve financial independence. Our innovative 14-week curriculum offers computer and job skills training, an internship with a major corporation or nonprofit organization, mentoring, job placement assistance and extensive post-graduate support.

Event Sponsors

Advocates
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Sustainers
Terry Andreas & John A. Hewig
Burke & Company LLC
Friends of Deborah Krulewitch and Jane Singer
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Helen Lowenstein

Patrons
Adrenaline – A Havas Company
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Richard H. Lewis & Joan M. Sapinsley
Vornado Realty Trust

Sponsors
Jerome and Dolores Zuckerman Gewirtz Charitable Trust, Barbara G. Lifton, Esq., Trustee
Lucy B. Grollman
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Nardello & Co.

Supporters
Davis & Gilbert
Donovan & Yee LLP
Gina Greer
Amanda Moretti & Gregory Lee
Roberta Schneiderman
Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Yvette & Claude Weir
Marc & Giulia Weisman

Friends
Clutter Therapy, LLC
Deutsch
Vincent & Shelly Fremont
Deborah Krulewitch
Rudolph Landin
Lori Ordover
Laurie & Barry Siegel
Jeanette S. Wagner
Martha Wallau
Patricia Weinbach

The Women Mean Business Luncheon Raises $239,000 for First Step!

On April 3, the Coalition for the Homeless held the 20th Annual Women Mean Business Luncheon. Four hundred caring New Yorkers – from business leaders to government officials to social activists – attended the event, which raised an impressive $239,000 to support the First Step Job Training Program for homeless and low-income women.

Event emcee and Coalition board member Laurence Boschetto warmly welcomed the guests and highlighted the tremendous accomplishments of the First Step program. First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray gave a stirring keynote address, commending the graduates on their commitment and resilience and pledging to use her influence to reduce homelessness in the city.

This year’s graduate speaker, Rosalind, bravely told her life story and how she came to First Step. After graduating high school, Rosalind left her home in Antigua and Barbuda to come to America to pursue her career, only to have her dreams put on hold for nearly twenty years by one setback after another. With the help of First Step, she was able to overcome all of her past difficulties and now has a career she loves – and is an inspiring role model for her teenage daughter.

Another high point of the event was the premier of our most recent video profile, featuring First Step graduate Lakisha. Lakisha’s challenges started young, as she lost her father to a drug overdose when she was only seven years old – and then tragically a few years later, her mother to AIDS. Orphaned at such a young age, Lakisha was placed with a foster family who emotionally abused her. When she aged out of foster care, she found herself on her own without any support. She enrolled in First Step to refresh her skills and find her career passion. She was placed in an internship in the Coalition’s Eviction Prevention Program, where she discovered her own drive to help those in need – and was eventually hired into the position where she is a true star, beloved by her clients. Watch Lakisha’s story here:

The luncheon culminated in the presentation of this year’s Corporate Partnership Award to Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP – one of New York’s premier law firms, which continues to provide internships, full-time jobs and financial support to First Step. They are true leaders in bringing compassion and corporate responsibility to our city.

Guests were treated to gift bags filled with goodies from Alecia Bakery, Bumble + bumble, Butter Lane Bakery, Deloitte, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Fat Witch Bakery, Lane Office and Texas de Brazil.

We’re sincerely thankful to the attendees, sponsors, committee and board members, and First Step graduates who helped make our 20th anniversary event a wonderful success. The event wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s incredible generosity!

Online Ticket Sales Have Closed

Online ticket sales have closed for the Women Mean Business Luncheon.

Tickets will be available at The Pierre, located at 2 61st St, beginning at 11:30am.

We hope to see you there!

About

Women Mean Business Luncheon 2015

Honoring
Madison Strategies Group

Featuring
Dari Alexander, Fox 5 News

Tuesday, April 28th

11:30 AM – Guest Check-In
12:00 PM – Luncheon and Awards Presentation

The Pierre Hotel
2 East 61st Street, NYC

Each year, more than 400 of New York City’s most accomplished and engaged leaders gather at the Pierre Hotel to attend the Women Mean Business Luncheon, which supports the Coalition’s First Step Job Training Program.  The event features program graduates sharing their moving stories and experiences, and also honors First Step’s wonderful corporate partners. The highlight of the event is the keynote address – past speakers include Arianna Huffington, Hillary Clinton, Christine Quinn, Anna Quindlen and First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray.

First Step gives homeless and low-income women the skills and confidence needed to achieve financial independence. Our innovative 14-week curriculum offers computer and job skills training, an internship with a major corporation or nonprofit organization, mentoring, job placement assistance and extensive post-graduate support.

Sponsors

Event Sponsors

Advocates
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Sustainers
Terry Andreas & John A. Hewig
Burke & Company LLC
Friends of Deborah Krulewitch and Jane Singer
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Helen Lowenstein

Patrons
Adrenaline – A Havas Company
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Richard H. Lewis & Joan M. Sapinsley
Vornado Realty Trust

Sponsors
Jerome and Dolores Zuckerman Gewirtz Charitable Trust, Barbara G. Lifton, Esq., Trustee
Lucy B. Grollman
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Nardello & Co.

Supporters
Davis & Gilbert
Donovan & Yee LLP
Gina Greer
Amanda Moretti & Gregory Lee
Roberta Schneiderman
Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Yvette & Claude Weir
Marc & Giulia Weisman

Friends
Clutter Therapy, LLC
Deutsch
Vincent & Shelly Fremont
Deborah Krulewitch
Rudolph Landin
Lori Ordover
Laurie & Barry Siegel
Jeanette S. Wagner
Martha Wallau
Patricia Weinbach

2014 Event Recap

The Women Mean Business Luncheon Raises $239,000 for First Step!

On April 3, the Coalition for the Homeless held the 20th Annual Women Mean Business Luncheon. Four hundred caring New Yorkers – from business leaders to government officials to social activists – attended the event, which raised an impressive $239,000 to support the First Step Job Training Program for homeless and low-income women.

Event emcee and Coalition board member Laurence Boschetto warmly welcomed the guests and highlighted the tremendous accomplishments of the First Step program. First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray gave a stirring keynote address, commending the graduates on their commitment and resilience and pledging to use her influence to reduce homelessness in the city.

This year’s graduate speaker, Rosalind, bravely told her life story and how she came to First Step. After graduating high school, Rosalind left her home in Antigua and Barbuda to come to America to pursue her career, only to have her dreams put on hold for nearly twenty years by one setback after another. With the help of First Step, she was able to overcome all of her past difficulties and now has a career she loves – and is an inspiring role model for her teenage daughter.

Another high point of the event was the premier of our most recent video profile, featuring First Step graduate Lakisha. Lakisha’s challenges started young, as she lost her father to a drug overdose when she was only seven years old – and then tragically a few years later, her mother to AIDS. Orphaned at such a young age, Lakisha was placed with a foster family who emotionally abused her. When she aged out of foster care, she found herself on her own without any support. She enrolled in First Step to refresh her skills and find her career passion. She was placed in an internship in the Coalition’s Eviction Prevention Program, where she discovered her own drive to help those in need – and was eventually hired into the position where she is a true star, beloved by her clients. Watch Lakisha’s story here:

The luncheon culminated in the presentation of this year’s Corporate Partnership Award to Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP – one of New York’s premier law firms, which continues to provide internships, full-time jobs and financial support to First Step. They are true leaders in bringing compassion and corporate responsibility to our city.

Guests were treated to gift bags filled with goodies from Alecia Bakery, Bumble + bumble, Butter Lane Bakery, Deloitte, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Fat Witch Bakery, Lane Office and Texas de Brazil.

We’re sincerely thankful to the attendees, sponsors, committee and board members, and First Step graduates who helped make our 20th anniversary event a wonderful success. The event wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s incredible generosity!

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Online Ticket Sales Have Closed

Online ticket sales have closed for the Women Mean Business Luncheon.

Tickets will be available at The Pierre, located at 2 61st St, beginning at 11:30am.

We hope to see you there!

The Coalition's annual event to benefit the First Step Job Training Program for homeless and low-income women. This year's luncheon will be held at The Pierre Hotel on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.