The New York Women’s Foundation® (NYWF) held its 26th annual Celebrating Women® Breakfast at the New York Marriott Marquis where they honored Nobel Peace Laureate and Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee with the Century Award for her social activism that has had a lasting impact on the lives of many. Tina Brown, Founder and Editor in Chief of The Newsweek Daily Beast was the recipient of the Vision Award in recognition of her significant philanthropic contributions to women and children. Ruth Moore, a victim of military sexual assault who has fought to help other survivors of military sexual assault secure their veterans benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs was also honored and Rachel Lloyd CEO of GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services) was bestowed the Celebrating Women Award, in recognition of her significant achievements that have made her a role model for women and girls.
The breakfast kicked off with a performance from Mariachi Flor de Toloache—New York City’s only all-female mariachi band who excited the crowd before Diana Taylor, Chair of the NYWF Board of Directors, addressed the sold-out audience of some 2,200 attendees. After the breakfast VIPs retired to an after event where all could connect and share their passions.
By Lauren Clarke-Bennett