2016 Elly Awards Honorees Kay Koplovitz, Rosie Rios &
and Moderator Paula Zahn
2016 Elly Awards Presenters Renee Elise Goldsberry,
Christie Hefner, Jasmine Cephas Jones & Cathy Baron
KAY KOPLOVITZ, FOUNDER OF
ROSIE RIOS, TREASURER OF
THE UNITED STATES
PHILLIPA SOO, STAR OF
TO BE HONORED AT
THE 6th ANNUAL
ELLY AWARDS LUNCHEON
ON MONDAY, JUNE 20, AT
THE PLAZA HOTEL
BENEFITING THE EDUCATION
THE WOMEN’S FORUM OF NEW
CHRISTIE HEFNER, CHAIRMAN
OF HATCH BEAUTY
CATHY BARON TAMRAZ, CEO
OF BUSINESS WIRE
RENEE ELISE GOLDSBERRY &
JASMINE CEPHAS JONES, CO-STARS OF BROADWAY'S
TO PRESENT THE KEY AWARDS
PAULA ZAHN, NINE-TIME
EMMY-WINNING ANCHOR OF "ON
THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN", TO MODERATE A CONVERSATION ON
LEADERSHIP WITH HONOREES KAY KOPLOVITZ, ROSIE RIOS &
The Women’s Forum of New
6th Annual Elly
Awards Luncheon benefiting The
Education Fund of the Women’s Forum on Monday,
June 20th at
The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The awards, named for the
Women’s Forum founder Elinor
Guggenheimer, will honor outstanding women leaders.
Award Recipients (all
in attendance) will be:
Founder and former Chairman & CEO of USA Networks,
author, and Co-Founder
and Managing Director of the Springboard Fund.
Rosie Rios, 43rd
Treasurer of the United States and past Managing
Director of Investments at MacFarlane Partners.
stars as Eliza Hamilton in Broadway’s Hamilton,
nominated for a 2016 Tony Award and winner of the
Lucille Lortel Award for Lead
Actress in a Musical, and
co-founder of The Eliza Project.
Award Celebrity Presenters (all
in attendance) will be:
Chairman of Hatch Beauty and former Chairman and CEO of
Cathy Baron Tamraz, Chairman
and CEO of Business Wire.
Goldsberry & Jasmine Cephas Jones, co-stars of
Paula Zahn, nine-time
Emmy-winning anchor of "On The Case With Paula Zahn," will
moderate a conversation on leadership with the honorees
following the presentation of the awards.
Women’s Forum is a leadership organization of New York’s
preeminent female leaders in every professional sector, from
finance to fine arts. Appreciating that education is the key
to success in every industry, we pride ourselves in helping
high potential women over the age of 35 return to college
after their education has been disrupted by life’s
adversities. Giving these women a second chance to realize
their potential is our way of giving back and building new
- Carolyn Carter,
President of the Women’s Forum of New York.
ago, the Education Fund embarked on a mission to help women,
who had overcome serious hardships in their lives, to
realize their dream of an education. We started out slowly,
but have been able to achieve real momentum in helping these
women through the Elly Awards. Education Fund grants have
made a significant impact on the lives of the women who
receive them, on their families, and on their communities as
grant recipients earn a degree and take their place in the
- Linda A. Willett,
President, The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum.
The Elly Awards will
begin at 11:30 a.m. at The Plaza Hotel with a reception and
VIP arrivals. The Luncheon and Presentation will be from
12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
The 2016 Elly Awards:
Legendary Chair: Lucy
Honorary Chairs: Tina
Brown and Emily Rafferty.
Holmes, Barbara Marcus.
Beaudoin, Carolyn Carter, Jane Chesnutt, Emita B. Hill,
Suzanne Jaffe, Liz Neumark, Ilene Wachs, Linda A. Willett.
Thompson Bartlett, CA Technologies, Colgate-Palmolive
Company, Deloitte, FIS, Macy's Inc., MetLife, Maria R.
Morris, Norton Rose Fulbright, Sy Syms Foundation, Time
Inc., Time Warner Inc., Lulu C. Wang, Linda A. Willett.
AXA, Sarah Beatty
Buller, Annabelle Bexiga and Chris McConnell, Carolyn
Carter, Chadick Ellig, Commonfund, Con Edison, The Estée
Lauder Companies Inc., EY, Fiduciary Trust Company
International, General Electric, Great Performances and CPS
Events at The Plaza, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Lucy Jarvis, Ann
F. Kaplan, KPMG LLP, Monika Machon and Richard Bram, Barbara
Marcus, Donna Milrod and Peter Feeney, Pearson, Muriel F.
Siebert Foundation, U.S. Bank.
Subha V. Barry,
Pamela Baxter, Beverly Beaudoin, Myra J. Biblowit, Anne
Donovan Bodnar, Dr. Joyce F. Brown, Maura Carley, Vita
Cassese, Change Create Transform Foundation, Jane Chesnutt,
The Children’s Place, Irene Cohen, Linda Cohen, Pamela
Craig, Lisa Dennison, Gail D. Fosler, Nieca Goldberg MD,
Jill Granoff, Elizabeth Grayer, Annette Green, Julie
Greiner, Karen Grinthal, Veronica W. Hackett, Suzanne D.
Jaffe, Anuradha T. Jayanti, Rikki Klieman, Gail S. Landis,
Laurie Ledford, Marcella Maxwell, Nina McLemore, Marianne
Parrs, Deborah A. Peacock, Jonelle Procope, Abbe Raven,
Marcella Rosen, Dr. Karen Scappaticci, Denise V. Seegal,
Esther Silver-Parker, Sheryl Sleeva, Marcy Syms, Barbara
Tober, Eugenia Ulasewicz, Ilene Wachs, Marcia S. Wilson.
Lauren C. Anderson,
Ellen Archer, Linda Basch, Ann E. Bergin, Kimberly Bishop,
Bloomberg, The Broadway Association, Janet Corcoran, Rita B.
Crotty, Diane D'Erasmo, Kathleen Dore, Marsha Dubrow PhD,
Gail M. Dudack, Traci Entel, Susan Falk, Mary C. Farrell,
Deborah Farrington, Gloria Feldt, Bilha Chesner Fish MD,
Carolee Friedlander, Barbara J. Friedman, Fredrica S.
Friedman, Ileen Sheppard Gallagher, Liliana Gil Valletta,
Deborah Gillis, Dr. Ludy Green, Barbara Dwyer Gunn, Lou
Hammond, Carol Hochman, Julia Kahr, Nancy J Kelley, Amy Dorn
Kopelan, Ilene H. Lang, Hillie Mahoney, Gail O. Mellow,
Wendy Mendenhall, Sally Minard, Carol Nelson, Nicholas &
Lence Communications, Janet Rollé, Laura Sachar, Eunice I.
Salton, Ann Misiaszek Sarnoff, Rosita Sarnoff, Ellen
Sills-Levy, Kathryn B. Swintek, Laura Walker, Edie Weiner,
Anita Volz Wien, Amy Rosen Wildstein, Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg,
Helena Wong, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.
The Women’s Forum of New
Women’s Forum of New York is the city’s premier organization
of women leaders. The invitation only membership of more
than 500 women represents the highest levels of achievement
across all professional sectors from finance to fine arts.
Started in 1974, the Women’s Forum of New York is the
founding flagship of the International Women’s Forum, a
global organization of nearly 6,000 outstanding women
leaders in over 74 Forums around the world.
Women’s Forum of New York is dedicated to the advancement of
women’s leadership through programs which enrich members
lives personally and professionally, through the Education
Fund which enables talented women whose potential has been
derailed by extreme adversity to resume their education and
through the Corporate Board Initiative which extends and
expands the contribution of women leaders through board
The Education Fund is
an educational and charitable arm of The Women’s Forum of
New York, established under a separate corporate governance
as a 501(c)3 tax deductible organization. Since 1987, the
Fund has provided grants to women over 35 who have both
demonstrated high potential and faced extreme adversity,
which has disrupted their education and derailed their
futures. These women fall outside the scope of most
traditional scholarship programs and our grants help them
complete their education and get their careers and lives
back on track. Funding is provided by member donation and an
annual fundraising event,
The Elly Awards, which honors outstanding women leaders. Over
the past 29
years, grants totaling over $1 million have helped nearly
200 women overcome adversity and lift themselves and their
children up the economic ladder.
WOMEN’S FORUM BOARD OF
Carolyn Carter, President; Ann Misiaszek Sarnoff, Vice
President; Anuradha T. Jayanti, Treasurer; Catherine
Keating, Secretary; Linda L. Addison, Susan Davenport
Austin, Pamela Baxter, Sarah Beatty, Anne Donovan Bodnar,
Kay Ellen Consolver, Julia Kahr, Rikki Klieman, Ilene H.
Lang, Monika M. Machon, Barbara Marcus, Jonelle Procope,
Janet Rollé, Charlotte St. Martin, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson,
Doris P. Meister, Ex-Officio.
THE EDUCATION FUND BOARD
Linda A. Willett, President; Ann Misiaszek Sarnoff, Vice
President; Anuradha T. Jayanti, Treasurer; Catherine
Keating, Secretary; Carolyn Carter, Mary Ann Casati, Jane
Chesnutt, Monika M. Machon, Ilene Wachs, Beverly Beaudoin, Ex-Officio,
Irene Cohen, Ex-Officio.
B. Crotty, Executive Director.
About The 2016 Elly
Kay Koplovitz is
founder and former Chairman & CEO of USA Networks and
co-founder and Chairman of Springboard Enterprises, a
non-profit accelerator that has fostered the investment of
more than $7 billion in women-led firms. In 2016, she
co-founded the Springboard Fund. Nominated by President
Clinton as Chairman of the National Women’s Business
Council, Kay is the author of Bold
Women, Big Ideas and Been
There, Run That, an anthology of best practices from
Springboard Enterprises’ expert network of thought leaders.
Kay serves on corporate boards, including CA Technologies,
Time Inc., and ION Media Networks, and serves as a trustee
for The Paley Center for Media, the International Tennis
Hall of Fame, and the College of Letters and Science at the
University of Wisconsin.
Rosie Rios serves
as the 43rd Treasurer of the United States. She has direct
oversight over the U.S. Mint, the Bureau of Engraving and
Printing, and Fort Knox, and is a key liaison with the
Federal Reserve. She is especially passionate about
supporting women in finance and community development. Prior
to her confirmation, Rosie was Managing Director of
Investments at MacFarlane Partners. In November 2008,
Treasurer Rios started her service in the federal government
as part of the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team
during the height of the financial crisis. It was during her
time on the Transition Team that Treasurer Rios started the
initiative to place a woman on our U.S. currency for the
first time in over a century.
Phillipa Soo, star of
Broadway’s critically acclaimed show Hamilton,
is a 2016 Tony Award nominee in the category of Best
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical and
winner of the Lucille Lortel Award in 2015 for Lead
Actress in a Musical for
her portrayal of Eliza Hamilton. After graduating from
Juilliard in 2012, Soo was cast as ‘Natasha Rostova’ in the
Ars Nova production of Dave Malloy'sNatasha,
Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,
and appeared on the NBC television series “Smash” in the
role of Lexi. Along with the cast of Hamilton,
Phillipa founded The Eliza Project to help young teens at
Graham Windham, the nation’s oldest child welfare agency,
founded in NYC in 1806 by Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton and
About The Presenters:
Renée Elise Goldsberry can
currently be seen starring as her Tony nominated role as
Angelica Schuyler in the Broadway hit Hamilton, for
which she has also earned Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk
Awards forFeatured Actress in a Musical. Renée is a
two-time Daytime Emmy nominee and a two-time NAACP nominee
for her role as 'Evangeline Williamson' on ABC's “One Life
to Live.” She has been a guest-host multiple times on ABC’s
“The View.” She has also starred in New York City theater
productions of Good
People, The Two Gentleman of Verona, The Color Purple, Rent:
Live on Broadway, in addition to numerous film &
Chairman of Hatch Beauty, serves on the advisory board of
the RDO Companies, and the board of Luminary Digital. She
previously was Executive Chairman of Canyon Ranch
Enterprises and Chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises,
Inc., making her the longest serving female CEO of a U.S.
public company. Christie serves on the board of Springboard,
the Center for American Progress Action and Rush University
Medical Center, and is a member of The Chicago Network, The
Committee of 200, Women Corporate Directors, and the Young
Presidents’ Organization. For three years, Christie was
list of 100 Most Powerful Women.
Jasmine Cephas Jones currently
stars on Broadway in the smash hit, Hamilton,
in the roles of Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds. She
attended Berklee College of Music for vocal performance and
The Neighborhood Playhouse for theater. She is a member of
the Labyrinth Theater Company. Her theater credits include The
Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Atlantic
Theater); while in film and TV, Jasmine has starred in Mistress
America, Titus (Dakus
Films UK), "Blue Bloods" (CBS), "Unforgettable” (CBS) and
"The Blacklist" (NBC).
Cathy Baron Tamraz, Chairman
and CEO of Business Wire, oversees the company's long-term
strategic planning, Internet strategy and global branding,
and serves as chair of Business Wire's executive committee.
Under her stewardship, the company has grown to be the
leading global commercial news wire, significantly expanding
into new markets, including the United Kingdom, France,
Germany, Canada and Japan, among others. With a pioneering
background in corporate news disclosure, Cathy led the
newswire industry into providing equal access to material
news for all market participants in 2000 as the Internet
gained commercial traction, and was the main architect in
selling Business Wire to Berkshire Hathaway in March 2006.
About The Moderator:
Paula Zahn is
the nine-time Emmy Award winning host and executive producer
of “On the Case with Paula Zahn,” Discovery ID’s
investigative crime series. Known nationally for anchoring
the news segments on “Good Morning America,” Zahn has
anchored "CBS This Morning” and CNN’s “Paula Zahn Now” and
contributed to ABC’s “World News This Morning” and “The CBS
Evening News." Honors include six Gracie Awards, two
National Headliner Awards, and recognition from the Museum
of Television and Radio. She serves on the boards of WNET-TV
and the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and has been
honored for her work in raising awareness of breast cancer.
An accomplished cellist, Paula is the host of “NYC-ARTS.”