92nd Street Y Launches Women inPower Fellowship
New program to help women rise to C-suite positions through mentorship, executive training, social impact
Fellowship led by Advisory Committee members including fashion designer Norma Kamali, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Ernst & Young Partner Ellen Hives, The Malala Fund Co-founder Shiza Shahid, and moreNEW YORK – Today, 92nd Street Y launches the Women inPower fellowship, a dynamic new cross-sector program designed to help women advance to the next stage of their careers with a focus on social impact. With generous support from Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing, this one-of-a-kind program provides 15-20 women in New York City with executive mentorship, educational training and workshops, and membership in an active community of female leaders. Nominations are now open at www.womeninpower.org for the inaugural class of fellows. Accepted fellows will be announced in December, and Fellowship activities will officially kick off in January of 2016. “The equal representation of women in top leadership positions across sectors is critical not only for women’s advancement, but for the advancement of our society,” said Asha Curran, Director of 92Y’s Center for Innovation and Social Impact. “This Fellowship leverages 92Y’s longstanding commitment to innovation and building community, as well as its diverse resources and partnerships, to create a powerful program that combines networking, skill-building and understanding the importance of values and social impact.” According to Catalyst, women hold just 4.6% of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies and represent just 16% of corporate boards; that data is comparable across the nonprofit, academic, policy and tech worlds. Women inPower is a unique opportunity for women across sectors and industries to come together to create new pathways to career success, broadening their networks and future career prospects. There is no cost for fellows to participate in the program. The year-long fellowship includes one-on-one and peer mentorship, CEO workshops and networking events, as well as educational seminars and activities that address key topics women face when taking the next step in their careers. 92Y is working with key partners like Ellevate Network and Catalyst to create a curriculum that challenges and inspires participating fellows. Events take place around New York City to provide fellows with the highest-quality programming and with the exposure and opportunities they need to take the next step towards executive leadership. “Ellevate Network is honored to partner with 92Y on Women inPower – a unique opportunity to advance the next generation of women leaders across all professional sectors. By providing women with the tools to grow their own potential and the collaborative environment in which to explore what leadership means in the 21st Century, the fellowship will ensure a new level of diversity in the C-suite and beyond,” said Sallie Krawcheck, Chair of Ellevate. “Catalyst research shows that tapping into the power of talented women drives innovation and boosts business performance and corporate social responsibility—benefitting companies, families, communities, economies and society at large, ” said Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst. “We look forward to working with the 92Y Women inPower Fellowship in developing women leaders and showing organizations the enormous value they bring to the table.” In addition, Women inPower connects women who work in nonprofit, academic, corporate, tech, public policy, and other sectors to empower women to create system-wide change. The initiative also includes a social impact component, exposing the fellows to some of the most innovative thinking about values-based 21st-century leadership, and encouraging them to think ambitiously about their role in creating not only more success and power for themselves, but a healthier and more egalitarian society for us all. Advisory Committee members include Deepali Bagati, Executive Director of Catalyst; Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; Jimmie Briggs, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Man Up Campaign; Fran Hauser, Partner at Rothenberg Ventures; Ellen Hives, Partner at Ernst & Young; Fashion designer Norma Kamali; Morra Aarons-Mele, Founder of Women Online and The Mission List; Shiza Shahid, Co-founder of The Malala Fund; Kristy Wallace, COO of Ellevate Network; and Jennefer Witter, CEO and Founder of The Boreland Group Inc. How to get involved:
- Nominate a fellow: Nominations are now open for the class of 2016 fellows. Go to http://womeninpower.org/nominate-apply/ to submit a nomination.
- Become a mentor: Interested in serving as a mentor for a fellow? 92Y is looking for mentors from diverse sectors to participate in the program. Mentors can be male or female, but should have experience as an executive or founder of their organization. To learn more about mentorship, email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Watch “Women Who Lead” at http://womeninpower.org/watch/, 92Y and Ellevate Network’s video series with inspirational and powerful talks with C-suite women in business, tech, media, and more.