NEW YORK, April 2, 2014 – Through a new initiative created to honor and to recognize top women in philanthropy, nonprofit fundraising, cause advocacy, and social enterprise, the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising (scps.nyu.edu/phil) will hold its 1st Annual Women in Philanthropy Summit on Monday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life.
The one-day event will feature prominent leaders in a broad array of professions, who are working locally, nationally, and globally to improve the status of women and to change the face of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.
“We want to initiate a new, multigenerational conversation that identifies emerging leadership challenges and promotes improved cross-sector collaboration for women and girls,” said Naomi B. Levine, executive director of the NYU-SCPS George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. “Through thoughtful conversation, speeches, and intelligent debate, the Women in Philanthropy Summit will highlight some of the best examples of women's cause leadership and will focus on emerging innovators who are utilizing new strategies to raise awareness of women’s and girls’ issues—at home and abroad.”
During the event, the NYU-SCPS Heyman Center also will bestow awards upon distinguished and nationally renowned leaders in the industry. Among the honorees are Karen Brooks Hopkins, president of Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), who will receive the Naomi B. Levine Award for Fundraising Excellence; Ron Bruder, founder and chair of the board of Education for Employment (EFE), who will be recognized with the Creativity in Philanthropy Award; and Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, who will receive the Rising Star Award.
Nancy Lublin, chief executive officer of DoSomething.org, who will be awarded the Nonprofit Leadership and Innovation Award, will present the luncheon keynote address. The results of a recent Harris Poll also will be announced at the Summit by Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Marcia Stepanek, chair and curator of the Women in Philanthropy Summit, NYU-SCPS Heyman Center adjunct instructor, and president of BrandStories.
The program also will include a number of panels featuring notable leaders in philanthropy and fundraising. Panels include:
- Four Under 30 – Casey Rotter (moderator), deputy director of community fundraising and founder of UNICEF's Next Generation for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF; Jenna Arnold, co-founder of Organize; Anna Stork, co-founder of LuminAID; Rebecca van Bergen, founder and executive director of Nest; and Solome Lemma, co-founder and executive director of Africans in the Diaspora
- Visualizing Change – Maria Hinojosa (moderator), an award-winning news anchor and reporter for PBS and NPR; Abigail Disney, filmmaker, philanthropist, activist, co-founder and co-president of the Daphne Foundation, and board member of the Roy Disney Family Foundation; Nancy Schwartzman, filmmaker, media strategist, and executive director of Tech 4 Good, LLC; Jon Vidar, co-founder and executive director of The Tiziano Project; and Susan MacLaury, co-founder and executive director of Shine Global
- Transforming Global Health, Woman by Woman – Marilyn DeLuca (moderator), a consultant in global health, health systems, and philanthropy; Pamela Barnes, president and chief executive officer of EngenderHealth; Carolyn Jones, an award-winning photographer and filmmaker; Lola Dare, president of the Centre for Health Sciences Training, Research, and Development (CHESTRAD); Leith Greensdale, vice chair, Office of the U.N. secretary general's Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and co-chair of Child Health at the MDG Health Alliance; and Salimah R. Walani, director of Global Health Programs at the March of Dimes Foundation
- Not Your Mother’s Workplace – Liz Ngonzi (moderator), NYU-SCPS Heyman Center adjunct instructor and a recognized authority on fundraising, entrepreneurship, leadership, and technological innovations to advance international development communication; Lynn Stekas, senior consultant in the Corporate Social Engagement practice of Changing Our World; Kim Keating, founder and managing director of Keating Advisors; Terri Austin, vice president of Diversity and Inclusion for The McGraw-Hill Companies; and Caroline Woodruff, philanthropy advisor at Bessemer Trust
- Networked Feminism: How Women Drive Social Change – Tom Watson (moderator), president and founder of CauseWired; Allison Fine, author and social entrepreneur; Penny Abeywardena, associate director of commitments and head of Girls & Women at the Clinton Global Initiative; Jamil Smith, a segment and digital producer for MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show; and Deanna Zandt, a media technologist, the co-founder of and partner at Lux Digital, and the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking
Registration fees are $175. NYU students pay a discounted price of $75. For more details or to register, visit scps.nyu.edu/womenssummit.