Women Mean Business Luncheon 2017

Keynote Speaker
Darlene Love

Emcee
Kristine Johnson

Honoring
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.

Sponsors

Advocates

Burke & Company LLC

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

 

Benefactors

Friends of Deborah Krulewitch
& Jane Singer

MWWPR

 

Sustainers

Terry Andreas & John A. Hewig

Dow Jones

Richard H. Lewis & Joan M. Sapinsley

Helen Lowenstein

 

Patrons

Adrenaline – A Havas Company

Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Eta Nu Sigma Chapter

 

Sponsors

Mutual of America

Nardello & Co.

Telstra

 

Supporters

Clutter Therapy, LLC

Deborah Krulewitch

Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Yvette & Claude Weir

 

Friends

BakerHostetler

Eni

Vincent & Shelly Fremont

Janet Hoffman

Barbara Kolsun

Levine Lee LLP

Martha & Alex Wallau

 

As of March 22, 2017

Gift Bag Sponsors

Bumble and bumble.

Feed Your Soul Bakery

LALIQUE

Cole Haan

Maha Chocolate

Michael Kors

The Wall Street Journal

Xtend Barre Tribeca

 

Video Sponsor

Strange News Productions

 

As of March 22, 2017

2016 Event Recap

On April 12, 2016, nearly 400 business leaders and other professionals joined us for the 22nd Annual Women Mean Business Luncheon, raising $200,000 for the Coalition’s First Step Job Training Program for homeless and low-income women.

WNYW Fox5NY Reporter Lisa Evers gave a rousing introduction, reflecting on how CFH President and CEO Mary Brosnahan inspired her passion for the issue of homelessness in New York City. She asked the audience to remember that “homeless families, homeless women, they are our people, our families, our daughters, our sisters – and that’s the way we have to look at the problem.”

LisaEvers_WMBLBlog

The event’s program was highlighted by moving stories from our First Step graduates, including Faith, who is featured in the video below. Faith had to overcome a lifetime of housing instability and homelessness that left her with crippling depression. First Step helped Faith find a new sense of self-worth and a new, fulfilling career.

Mercedes, from First Step class 131 spoke bravely about her past as a homeless young mother, and how First Step gave her the skills and confidence she needed to be a role model for her daughter.

Mercedes_WMBLBlog

Model, Designer and Body Activist, Ashley Graham gave a stirring Keynote address highlighting the importance of self-esteem, which is an essential part of First Step’s holistic approach to job training. Graham reminded all women that they are unique and beautiful, and that by believing in themselves, they could overcome anything.

The Coalition was pleased to honor Dow Jones with the Corporate Partnership Award for their commitment to First Step. Nicole from First Step Class 42 presented the award, recalling how the job training program prepared her for a job at Dow Jones, where she has worked for the past 16 years! While working there, she became friends with First Step Advisory Board member, Dale Dreps, who serves as Nicole’s professional mentor. Dreps warmly embraced Nicole before accepting this year’s award and explained how Dow Jones has been an essential partner to First Step, providing financial support, workplace tours, mock interviews and more. She encouraged others in the room to go back to their companies to convince them to get involved with First Step.

We would like to thank the attendees, sponsors, CFH Board, First Step Advisory Board, and Luncheon Committee for making this event so successful. Your support helps keep this wonderful program going and transforming the lives of homeless and low-income women every day!

Past Honorees

2016: Dow Jones

2015: Madison Strategies Group

2014: Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

2013: Deutsch

2012: Marsh and McLennon 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

About

Women Mean Business Luncheon 2017

Keynote Speaker
Darlene Love

Emcee
Kristine Johnson

Honoring
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.

Sponsors

Sponsors

Advocates

Burke & Company LLC

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

 

Benefactors

Friends of Deborah Krulewitch
& Jane Singer

MWWPR

 

Sustainers

Terry Andreas & John A. Hewig

Dow Jones

Richard H. Lewis & Joan M. Sapinsley

Helen Lowenstein

 

Patrons

Adrenaline – A Havas Company

Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Eta Nu Sigma Chapter

 

Sponsors

Mutual of America

Nardello & Co.

Telstra

 

Supporters

Clutter Therapy, LLC

Deborah Krulewitch

Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Yvette & Claude Weir

 

Friends

BakerHostetler

Eni

Vincent & Shelly Fremont

Janet Hoffman

Barbara Kolsun

Levine Lee LLP

Martha & Alex Wallau

 

As of March 22, 2017

Gift Bag Sponsors

Bumble and bumble.

Feed Your Soul Bakery

LALIQUE

Cole Haan

Maha Chocolate

Michael Kors

The Wall Street Journal

Xtend Barre Tribeca

 

Video Sponsor

Strange News Productions

 

As of March 22, 2017

2016 Recap

2016 Event Recap

On April 12, 2016, nearly 400 business leaders and other professionals joined us for the 22nd Annual Women Mean Business Luncheon, raising $200,000 for the Coalition’s First Step Job Training Program for homeless and low-income women.

WNYW Fox5NY Reporter Lisa Evers gave a rousing introduction, reflecting on how CFH President and CEO Mary Brosnahan inspired her passion for the issue of homelessness in New York City. She asked the audience to remember that “homeless families, homeless women, they are our people, our families, our daughters, our sisters – and that’s the way we have to look at the problem.”

LisaEvers_WMBLBlog

The event’s program was highlighted by moving stories from our First Step graduates, including Faith, who is featured in the video below. Faith had to overcome a lifetime of housing instability and homelessness that left her with crippling depression. First Step helped Faith find a new sense of self-worth and a new, fulfilling career.

Mercedes, from First Step class 131 spoke bravely about her past as a homeless young mother, and how First Step gave her the skills and confidence she needed to be a role model for her daughter.

Mercedes_WMBLBlog

Model, Designer and Body Activist, Ashley Graham gave a stirring Keynote address highlighting the importance of self-esteem, which is an essential part of First Step’s holistic approach to job training. Graham reminded all women that they are unique and beautiful, and that by believing in themselves, they could overcome anything.

The Coalition was pleased to honor Dow Jones with the Corporate Partnership Award for their commitment to First Step. Nicole from First Step Class 42 presented the award, recalling how the job training program prepared her for a job at Dow Jones, where she has worked for the past 16 years! While working there, she became friends with First Step Advisory Board member, Dale Dreps, who serves as Nicole’s professional mentor. Dreps warmly embraced Nicole before accepting this year’s award and explained how Dow Jones has been an essential partner to First Step, providing financial support, workplace tours, mock interviews and more. She encouraged others in the room to go back to their companies to convince them to get involved with First Step.

We would like to thank the attendees, sponsors, CFH Board, First Step Advisory Board, and Luncheon Committee for making this event so successful. Your support helps keep this wonderful program going and transforming the lives of homeless and low-income women every day!

Past Honorees

Past Honorees

2016: Dow Jones

2015: Madison Strategies Group

2014: Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

2013: Deutsch

2012: Marsh and McLennon 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

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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 25, 2017.