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Women Mean Business Luncheon 2017


Keynote Speaker
Darlene Love
Academy Award Winner, Grammy Winner
and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee

Kristine Johnson
CBS 2 Co-Anchor 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Burke & Company

Tuesday, April 25th

The Pierre Hotel
2 East 61st Street, NYC

11:30 AM Reception | 12:00 PM Luncheon

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 will honor Burke & Company with this year’s Corporate Partnership Award. The highlight of the event is the keynote address – past speakers include Arianna Huffington, Hillary Clinton, Christine Quinn, Anna Quindlen, Ashley Graham, First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray and Dari Alexander.

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.

Darlene Love, Keynote Speaker

“Darlene Love’s thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton’s guitar or Bob Dylan’s lyrics.” -The New York Times

One of the greatest singers of all time” -Rolling Stone Magazine

The legendary Darlene Love got her start singing with The Blossoms behind such stars as The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Her own Billboard hits include He’s A RebelThe Boy I’m Gonna MarryWait ‘Til My Bobby Gets HomeHe’s Sure the Boy I Love and the #1 holiday classic Christmas Baby Please Come Home – a song she performed every Christmas for 29 years on The David Letterman Show.

Since the early sixties, as part of Phil Spector’s wall of sound hit factory, Darlene has done it all – from major motion pictures like the highly successful Lethal Weapon series to Broadway hits like Hairspray and Grease and Leader Of The Pack (in which she played herself). Darlene has appeared on numerous television programs, from weekly appearances on Shindig to a recent guest spot on the PBS special entitled Women Who Rock.

Darlene received her industry’s highest award when she was inducted her into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by longtime fan Bette Midler in 2011. Darlene also won a Grammy Award for Best Music Film and an Oscar for her role in the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. An autobiographical film about Darlene is currently on the drawing board with a development deal from Oprah Winfrey based on Darlene’s book My Name is Love.



Kristine Johnson, Emcee

CBS 2 Co-Anchor 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Photo credit: John P. Filo/CBS
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Kristine Johnson joined CBS 2 in the fall of 2006. Since then, she has been nominated for several Emmy Awards and had the honor of winning seven trophies.

Kristine has served as a guest co-host the daytime talk show “The Talk” and also played the role of a news anchor on episodes of the CBS hit prime time shows “Person of Interest” and “Elementary.”

In 1994, Kristine began her career as a part-time assignment editor at WPRI in Providence, R.I. Over the next 10 years she served as a writer, associate producer, then a producer, reporter, and, ultimately, anchoring the very newscasts she once produced.

Kristine came to New York City in 2004 to anchor daytime coverage at MSNBC. She also served as anchor for NBC’s national broadcast “Early Today.” During that time Kristine also had the honor of appearing on the weekend edition of the “Today Show” as news reader.

Kristine has worked closely with the greater New York chapters of the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure, March of Dimes, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Down Syndrome Society, The Brain Tumor Foundation and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run.

2016: Dow Jones

2015: Madison Strategies Group

2014: Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

2013: Deutsch

2012: Marsh & McLennan Companies

2011: Bumble and bumble

2010: Credit Suisse

2009: Time Warner Cable

2008: Hughes Hubbard and Reed

2007: Draftfcb

2006: Interasian Resources

2005: Morgan Stanley

2004: Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.

2003: Helen and Lou Lowenstein and  BusinessWeek

2002: Foote, Cone + Belding and  Precise Corporate Printing

2001: Interasian Resources and Ms. Magazine

2000: Chase Manhattan Bank, Edelman Public Relations Worldwide and Dillon & Company

1998: DMR Consulting Group and Eileen Fisher

1997: Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

1995: Paine Webber Group Inc. and Esprit