2021 Women inPower Fellows Selected
Including Leaders in Science & Technology, Government, Media, Nonprofits, Finance, Education, Arts, Law, and Medicine
NEW YORK – December 7, 2020 – 92nd Street Y’s Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact announced the 2021 Class of Women inPower, a Fellowship program to support senior-level women advancing to the highest levels of leadership across sectors. This group of 29 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, technology, arts, education, philanthropy, and science.
This one-of-a-kind free program provides women-identifying leaders with professional development, executive mentorship, CEO workshops, and participation in an active community of female leaders. The program encourages 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.
Entering the Fellowship’s sixth year, the program has already served 125+ Fellows. Over 35 Fellows and Alumnae of the program have reached the C-Suite or equivalent in their field and many more have made career moves that deepen their influence.
Fellows are mentored by a group of over 40 leaders in NYC that includes: Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs; Komal Bajaj, Reproductive Geneticist & Chief Quality Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi and Clinical Director of the Simulation Center; Jimmie Briggs, Principal, Skoll Foundation; Katy Clark, President, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM); Laura A. Clayton McDonnell, Vice President, Enterprise Sales – Eastern Region, ServiceNow; Margaret Coady, Head of Global Communications for Diversity, Inclusion, and Impact, Prudential; Asha Curran, CEO, GivingTuesday; Terri McCullough, Chief of Staff, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House of Representatives; Mai-Anh Tran, Chief Financial Officer, The Ford Foundation; and Kristy Wallace, CEO, Ellevate Network.
“In this current moment, we recognize the clear need for community among women as they navigate both unparalleled challenges and new opportunities for leadership. Our hope is Women inPower Fellows will hone skills to ascend to new positions of power and leave with a unique community to support and champion them,” said Julie Mashack, Director of Global Programs, Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact. “We excitedly welcome this impressive class of Fellows as our sixth cohort and are eager to foster their professional growth.”
The 2021 Women inPower Fellows are:
- Halima Adams, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, Immigration and Refugee Programs, Church World Service (CWS)
- Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Senior Managing Educator, Audience Development and Engagement, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Maria Begg-Roberson, Education Administrator & Councilwoman , NYCDOE & The Borough of Rutherford
- Chanelle Church, Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships, Every Mother Counts
- Alison Cuzzolino, Director of Finance, MoMA PS1
- Camille DeClementi, VP, ASPCA Animal Hospital, ASPCA
- Alessia Falsarone, Managing Director, PineBridge Investments
- Arielle Gross Samuels, Head of Global Business Strategy and Engagement, Facebook
- Lauren Hare, Associate Director, External Communications, EY
- Jennifer Heettner, Director, Global Program Information & Evaluation, JDC
- Joy Huang, Owner & Executive Producer, Tenth Street Productions
- Nikki Jones, Senior Director, Marketing and Diversity & Inclusion, Macmillan Learning
- Naureen Kabir, Senior Policy Advisor, Everytown for Gun Safety
- Tatyana Kleyman, Counsel, Jane Street
- Lexie Komisar, Director, Global Head of Startup Ecosystems & Partner Platforms, IBM
- Jamillah Lamb, Director, Capital One Bank
- Chong-Lim Lee, Director, Programs, Synergos
- Eliberty Lopez, Data Privacy Counsel, Bloomberg
- Ijeoma Genevieve Mbamalu, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Homelessness Technology, City of New York, Department of Social Services
- Brenda McKinney, Legislative Counsel, NYC City Council
- Naakoshie Nartey, Director, Engagement and Operations, Wirecutter, Inc., a New York Times company
- Veronica Olazabal, Senior Adviser & Director, Measurement, Evaluation and Organizational Performance, The Rockefeller Foundation
- Neha Raval, Senior Program Officer, Global Health Justice & Governance Program, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
- Tiffany Reaves, Senior Director, Social Impact and Fan Engagement – New York Knicks, Madison Square Garden Sports Corp.
- Carrie Roble, Vice President of Estuary & Education, Hudson River Park’s River Project
- Erika Soto Lamb, Vice President, Social Impact Strategy, Comedy Central and MTV
- Jennifer Steinberg, Director, Real Estate Development, West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing Inc.
- Emerita Torres, Vice President, Policy, Research and Advocacy, Community Service Society
- Lilia Toson, Supervising Attorney, The Legal Aid Society
Women inPower is generously supported by ServiceNow.
For more information, visit www.WomeninPower.org.
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 www.92Y.org.
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