Celebrating Women's History Month
Chamber Honorees (l to r) Susan Lee, Kerry Kennedy, Cynthia DiBartolo, Ron Belmont, Nancy Hernandez, Mwisa Chisunka , Gale Brewer, Mark Jaffe, Kathleen Bonistall
Each year, the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce Honors Iconic Women at its Annual Women's History Celebration Breakfast. This year the event took place on the big stage at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square NY.
The seven women honored by the Greater NY Chamber in 2015 were selected for the impact of work that have on the communities and professions they serve.
Kathleen Bonistall serves as the Vice Chair of PEACE OUTside Campus, a group that was formed in June of 2005 after the violent death of Kathleen Bonistalls's daughter, Lindsey, in her off campus apartment. PEACE OUTside Campus programs reach thousands of students & families with a message of safety each year. They also use real life experiences of college interns to inform high school students on matters of safety and social responsibility.
Gale Brewer was recently elected as the 27th Borough President of Manhattan. She has also served as NYC Councilwoman where she helped passed legislation protecting domestic workers, established the Broadband Advisory Committee and served as the Chair of the NYC Council Committee on Technology where she worked with than Councilman Bill De Blasio to help form the .NYC domain.
Mwisa Chisunka serves as NY's first Ombudswoman, where she helps businesses navigate the issue resolution and creates pro business programs as part of Governor Cuomo's Open for Business initiative.
Ruthie Davis shoes are a top choice of celebrities and iconic performers like Beyonce, Lady Gaga & Jennifer Lopez. Today, the RUTHIE DAVIS brand is sold in top tier retail establishments spanning over 35 countries and 100 locations.
Kerry Kennedy is the daughter of former NYS Senator Robert F. Kennedy and serves as the President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights which has worked globally to help women secure basic human rights and dignity.
Susan Lee is the founder of Camp Broadway, Broadway's original enrichment program for theater-loving kids. Now in its 20th season, Camp Broadway has hosted 30,000 children from around the world at its annual summer camp in New York (and in a dozen other cities).
Karen Magee was the longtime president of the Harrison Association of Teachers who spent nearly 30 years as an elementary teacher before her election as NYSUT's (NYS United Teachers) first woman president in April 2014. She currently represents over 600,000 public school education professionals.
Also in attendance were Ron Belmont, the Mayor of the Town of Harrison (who serves on the Board of Peace OUTside Campus) and Nancy Hernandez (from the State Comptrollers Office) who handed out proclamations to the Chamber and the Honorees.
Women's History Month traces its roots back to 1911 when the first Women's History Day was first instituted . In 1980 President Carter declared Women's History Week and in 1987, Congress declared a Women's History Month.
The Chamber is proud to work with Governor Andrew Cuomo on important issues affecting the full participation and equality of Women in our society states Chamber CEO Mark Jaffe. Cynthia DiBartolo, the Chamber Chair agrees. Equality of Women and equal pay are important issues to the Chamber and its diverse membership.
The annual event was attended by close to 200 members and was sponsored by 1010 WINS, WCBS 880, and the New York RX Card.