Announcing: 2022 Women inPower Fellows

//Announcing: 2022 Women inPower Fellows

Announcing: 2022 Women inPower Fellows

PRESS CONTACT: Isabeau Touchard,, (732) 648 4041

2022 Women inPower Fellows Selected

Including Leaders in Science & Technology, Government, Media, Nonprofits, Finance, Education, Arts, Law, and Medicine

NEW YORK – December 6, 2021 – 92nd Street Y’s Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact announced the 2022 Class of Women inPower, a fellowship program to support senior-level women advancing to the highest levels of leadership across sectors. This group of 31 Fellows was selected from a pool of nearly 130 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 seventh year, the program has already served 160+ Fellows. Over 36 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 leaders in NYC that includes: Komal Bajaj, Reproductive Geneticist & Chief Quality Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi and Clinical Director of the Simulation Center; Jimmie Briggs, Principal, Skoll Foundation; Laura A. Clayton McDonnell, Senior Vice President, Sales – East, Canada, and Latin America, ServiceNow; Margaret Coady, Head of Global Communications for Diversity, Inclusion, and Impact, Prudential; Linda Li, General Manager, Wirecutter, a New York Times Company; Melissa Kivett, Managing Director, Head of Enterprise Strategic Relationship Management, Prudential; Mai-Anh Tran, Chief Financial Officer, The Ford Foundation; Kristy Wallace, CEO, Ellevate; and Jennefer Witter, CEO and Founder of The Boreland Group, Inc.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women, particularly women of color and working mothers. More than ever, women in leadership roles need resources and community to help them navigate today’s unprecedented challenges and new opportunities,” said Rebekah Shrestha, Senior Vice President & Managing Director of the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact. “We are honored to welcome the extraordinary class of 2022 Women inPower Fellows and look forward to supporting and championing them as they ascend to new positions of power, using their influence to be positive agents of change in their organizations and the broader world.”

The 2022 Women inPower Fellows are:

  • Lina AbiRafeh, Executive Director, The Arab Institute for Women
  • Nicole Arrindell, Senior Director and Government Relations Counsel, Equitable Holdings, Inc.
  • Radhika Bajpai, Global Lead – Risk & Controls Assurance Engineering for Google Cloud, Google LLC
  • Nechama Bakst, Senior Director, Family Violence Services, Met Council
  • Zahra Banyamerian, Senior Program Officer, NYFA Learning, Leadership Initiatives and Curatorial Affairs, New York Foundation for the Arts
  • Constance Barnes-Watson, Director of Programs & Partnerships, The Knowledge House
  • Leigh Baxt, Associate Director of Biology, Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute
  • Deanna Bitetti, Senior Communications Officer, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency 
  • Jasmin Chitrakar, Managing Director, Madison International Realty, LLC
  • Laura Grady, Director of Project Management, C&G Partners
  • Annette Gray, Associate Dean and Executive Director, Advanced Science Research Center, Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Tamara Hove, Director, Compliance Strategy, Stash
  • Manuela Londono, Founder & Managing Director, Marianne Strategies
  • Sandy Maltzman, Senior Producer, Special Projects, CNBC
  • Sean Merriweather, VP, Product Marketing & Strategy, Publicis Media
  • Kathryn Milani, Senior Policy Advocate, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Kate Nadolny, SVP Operations and Innovation, PVH Corp
  • Jen Noborikawa, Director of NYC[x] Moonshots (acting) & Senior Advisor of Inclusive Innovation, NYC Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer
  • Ngozi Ogbonna, Head of Growth, Mobile Apps, Overtime
  • Nonny Onyekweli, Director of Criminal Justice, National Urban League
  • Sandra Paunksniene, Global Administration Manager, IBM
  • Bipasha Ray, Project Director, Independent Consultant
  • Vanessa Rios, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Maryum Saifee, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Shihadah Saleem, Sr. Manager of Youth Leadership and Alumni Programs, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Aliza Shvarts, Director of Artist Initiatives, Creative Capital
  • Param-Preet Singh, Deputy Director, Strategy and Collaboration, Human Rights Watch
  • Dorothy Stuehmke, Senior Vice President, Citi Foundation 
  • Nicole Vlado, Principal, Shakespeare Gordon Vlado Architects
  • Lauren Weiner, Director of Strategic Communications, ACLU
  • Kerri-Ann Wright, Director of Training & Professional Development, The Legal Aid Society

Women inPower is generously supported by ServiceNow.

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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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