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2018 Women inPower Fellows Selected

Including Two Recipients of Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellowship in Visual Arts Management Fellowship
Women Leaders in Business, Nonprofits, Law, Medicine, Media, Religion, Tech, Arts, Higher Ed, Philanthropy, & Science

In 2018, Women inPower program to expand to locations around the world

NEW YORK – December 8, 2017 – 92nd Street Y’s Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact announced the 2018 class of Women inPower, a fellowship program to help senior-level women advance to the highest levels of leadership across sectors. This group of 27 Fellows was selected from a pool of over 230 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 executive mentorship, educational seminars, 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 35 leaders in NYC that includes: Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs; Kaite Bisbee, Chief Marketing Officer & EVP, Partnerships, DonorsChoose; Laura A. Clayton McDonnell, Vice President,, Microsoft; Stacey Hadash, Managing Director and Metro New York Market Executive for Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Adam Quinton, Founder/CEO, Lucas Point Ventures; and Emily Kernan Rafferty, President Emerita, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“We are thrilled to welcome our third cohort of Women inPower Fellows,” said Asha Curran, 92Y’s Chief Innovation Officer and Director of its Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact. “We know that women need to be in positions of power on par with men. That is as obvious now as it has ever been. Our incoming fellows combine a striking level of accomplishment and ambition with a dedication to social impact. We can’t wait to watch them thrive.”

In 2018, 92Y will bring the innovative Women inPower program to cities and countries in an effort to achieve gender parity in senior leadership around the world. Women inPower Chapters will convene women—in their communities and as a global network—to propel themselves and one another into positions of power. Toolkits, sample events, and other Chapter tools are available at

The 2018 Women inPower Fellows are:
  • Carol Aguirre, Policy Manager, NYC Department of Education
  • Joana Bekerman, Executive Director, SMBC Nikko Securities
  • Brittany Berckes, Entertainment Attorney, Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C.
  • Nina Brandt, Public Information Officer, United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • Sarah Brennan, Senior Program Officer, Environmental Program Lead, Robertson Foundation
  • Wendy Chow, Associate General Counsel, Visiting Nurse Service of New York
  • Tess Cohen, Deputy Chief, Prescription Drug Investigation Unit, Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor
  • Valerie De La Rosa, Director, Marketing, Conde Nast Entertainment
  • Hafizah Geter, Editor, Little A, Amazon Publishing
  • Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario*, Executive Director, Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE)
  • Lois Jeffers, Assistant Director, Talent – Diversity & Inclusiveness, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Alison Jonas, Director, Omnichannel Strategy, Global Brands Group
  • Elizabeth Kandel, Director of Marketing, Roundabout Theatre Company
  • Jes Kast, Associate Pastor, West End Collegiate Church
  • Rasha Khoury, MD MPH, Doctors Without Borders / Montefiore Medical Center
  • Stephanie Little, Director of Finance and Human Resources, ProPublica
  • Tammy Manganello, Vice President Data, Technology & Innovation, Publicis Media
  • Christine O’Connell, Assistant Professor, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, School of Journalism, Stony Brook University
  • Nekpen Osuan, Co-Founder, WomenWerk
  • Alicia Perez-Porro, Associate Researcher, Smithsonian Institution
  • Katie Rogers, Senior Director, Customer Experience, Harry’s, Inc.
  • Sarah Russo, Head of Publicity and Trade Marketing, Oxford University Press
  • Michelle Sarlo Dauwalter, Director of Analytics, Revenue, and Optimizations, Google
  • Holly Shen*, Director and Curator of Visual Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • Adee Telem, National Director of Development, J Street
  • Millie Tran, Global Growth Editor, The New York Times
  • Nogie Udevbulu, Managing Director, Global Portfolio Trading, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  * Indicates Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellow

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 LLP; Fashion designer Norma Kamali; Morra Aarons-Mele, Founder of Women Online and The Mission List; Shiza Shahid, Co-founder of The Malala Fund and Founding GP of NOW.Ventures; Kristy Wallace, CEO of Ellevate Network; and Jennefer Witter, CEO and Founder of The Boreland Group Inc.

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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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