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2019 Women inPower Fellows Selected

Including Two Recipients of Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellowship in Visual Arts Management Fellowship


Leaders in Science & Technology, International Affairs, Media, Nonprofits, Finance, Education, Law, and Religion

In 2019, Women inPower Global will expand the program to more locations throughout the world

  NEW YORK – December 7, 2018 – 92nd Street Y’s Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact announced the 2019 class of Women inPower, a fellowship program to help senior-level women advance to the highest levels of leadership across sectors. This group of 28 Fellows was selected from a pool of nearly 250 applicants. This year’s Fellows include leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions, including business, nonprofits, law, medicine, media, religion, technology, arts, higher education, philanthropy, and science. The group also includes two Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellows, a specialized track for rising female leaders in visual arts management.

This one-of-a-kind free program provides women with professional development, executive mentorship, CEO workshops, and membership in an active community of female leaders. The initiative also includes a social impact component, encouraging Fellows to think ambitiously about their role in creating not only more success and power for themselves, but a healthier and more egalitarian society for all. The Behrend Fellows also receive instruction in visual arts management via monthly meetings with senior staff in various 92Y departments including marketing, development, programming and education.

Fellows are mentored by a group of over 40 leaders in NYC that includes: Katherine Wu Brady, COO, Catchafire; Jimmie Briggs, Co-founder and Executive Director Emeritus, Man Up Campaign; Whitney W. Donhauser, President, Museum of the City of New York; Gillian Lester, Dean Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law, Columbia Law School; Sara Link, Head of Oath for Good & President, Oath Foundation; Tim Maleeny, President and Chief Strategy Officer, Havas; and Kristy Wallace, CEO, Ellevate Network.

“Now, more than ever, it’s clear that we need gender parity in senior leadership across all sectors,” said Asha Curran, 92Y’s Chief Innovation Officer and Director of its Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact. “Women inPower creates a community in which women can individually and collectively develop leadership skills, and propel themselves and one another into positions of power. We have high expectations for our incoming class of Fellows and can’t wait to see all that they accomplish this year and in the future.”

Through Women inPower Global, 92Y brings the innovative Women inPower model to cities and countries around the world. Building on the work of pilot chapters in 10 countries (including Guatemala, India, and Haiti), WiP Global is now engaging leaders in 20+ countries, convening women—in their communities and as a global, connected network— enabling them to tailor the program to a variety of local needs and developing the collective capacity to understand and change power dynamics in diverse contexts. Toolkits, sample events, and other Chapter tools are available at

The 2019 Women inPower Fellows are:
  • Stephanie Baptist, Director and Curator, Medium Tings*
  • Megan Carroll, Team Leader/Evaluation Officer, United Nations
  • Solana Chehtman, Vice President of Public Engagement, Friends of the High Line
  • Liora Danan, Chief of Staff, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
  • Ejieme Eromosele, Vice President, Customer Success, Snaps
  • Jeanne Garbarino, Director, RockEDU Science Outreach, The Rockefeller University
  • Valisha Graves, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
  • Patton Hindle, Director of Arts, Kickstarter, PBC*
  • Tia Hodges, Program Officer, Citi Foundation
  • Sheila Iwano, Vice President, Catalina
  • Rita Ko, Director, The Hive, USA for UNHCR
  • Julia Kostova, Executive Editor, Wiley Publishing
  • Linda Li, Global Strategy, Planning & Operations Lead, Facebook
  • Ana Maestre-Merens, Medical Affairs Fellow / Director, Novocure / Fostering Docs Mentoring Program (ECUSA)
  • Beth Michelson, Senior Managing Director, Cartesian Capital
  • Kiana Marie Milani, Director, BlackRock
  • Anya Mukarji-Connolly, Supervising Attorney, Brooklyn Defender Services
  • Salima Nathoo, Senior Director Global Customer Intelligence, The Wall Street Journal | Dow Jones
  • Camellia Phillips, Vice President of Development, Roosevelt Institute
  • Emily Rueb, Reporter, The New York Times
  • Shiri Sandler, Managing Director, The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village
  • Callie Schweitzer, Founder + CEO, CSCH
  • Stephanie Siaw, Associate General Counsel/Advocate’s Office Director, NYC Department of Probation
  • D Simmons Jendayi, Manager of the Dean’s Special Initiatives, Liberal Studies, New York University
  • Theresa S. Thames, Associate Dean of Religious Life & the Chapel, Princeton University
  • Raquel Vazquez, Portfolio Manager, Santander Bank
  • Kristina Vogel, SVP Operations, Modus Agency
  • Katie White, Vice President, Integrated Marketing & Network Partnerships, NBCUniversal
  *also a recipient of the Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellowship

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About 92nd Street Y

92Y is a center for the arts and innovation, a convener of ideas, and an incubator for creativity. Founded in 1874, it seeks to create, provide and disseminate programs of distinction that foster the physical and mental growth of people throughout their lives. 92Y offers thousands of programs from its New York headquarters and creates community far beyond its four walls, bringing people from all over the world together through innovations like the award-winning #GivingTuesday and the Social Good Summit. It’s transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action all over the world.  All of 92Y’s programming is built on a foundation of Jewish values, including the capacity of civil dialogue to change minds; the potential of education and the arts to change lives; and a commitment to welcoming and serving people of all ages, races, religions and ethnicities.   For more information, visit
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