By: Gloria Smith, Associate Editor for World Liberty TV
Power Women of the Bronx honors those fearless females who make the Bronx the thriving and vibrant place it is to work, live and do business. When women support women, amazing things happen.
Schneps Media, publishers of the Bronx Times, Caribbean Life and amnyMetro, is proud to bring together the most extraordinary women to connect, support one another, do business and build community.100% of the evenings raffle proceeds will go to support AHRC New York City.
Close to Sixty Women were honored, as Power Women of the Bronx, at the legendary Maestro Caterer’s in the Bronx.
Keynote speech was by the Hon. Letitia James Attorney General, State of New York, Letitia “Tish” James is the 67th Attorney General for the State of New York. With decades of work, she is an experienced attorney and public servant with a long record of accomplishments. She is the first woman of color to hold statewide office in New York and the first woman to be elected Attorney General.
In 2013, Ms. James was elected Public Advocate for the City of New York and became the first woman of color to hold citywide office. As Public Advocate, Ms. James served as a watchdog over New York City government agencies and as an advocate for the City’s most vulnerable communities. She transformed the Public Advocate’s office to be a formidable engine for change.
Her office handled over 32,000 constituent complaints and passed more legislation than all previous Public Advocates combined, including a groundbreaking law that banned questions about salary history from the employment process to address the pervasive gender wage gap. Ms. James successfully took on the gun industry by pushing New York City’s largest pension fund to divest from gun and ammunition retailers. She fought in court on behalf of children and families on issues including children in foster care, children with disabilities, and tenant protection. New Yorkers overwhelmingly elected Tish James to a second term as Public Advocate in November 2017.
Prior to serving as Public Advocate, Tish James represented the 35th Council District in Brooklyn in the New York City Council for ten years. As a Council Member, she passed the Safe Housing Act, legislation that forced landlords to improve living conditions for tenants in New York City’s worst buildings. She helped uncover the corruption behind the Office of Payroll Administration’s City Time contract, a scheme that cost New York City over $600 million. She also pushed through a revolutionary recycling package that included expanding plastic recycling, a new clothing and textile recycling program, and increased access to recycling in public spaces.
Before her election to the City Council, Tish James served as head of the Brooklyn Regional Office of the New York State Attorney General’s Office. She resolved hundreds of consumer complaints and investigated predatory lenders who preyed on first-time homebuyers. She assisted the Civil Rights Bureau in its investigation of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy and cracked down on firms engaged in deceptive business practices including violations of human rights, environmental laws, and scams targeting immigrants.
Tish James began her career as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society. A proud Brooklynite, she is a graduate of Lehman College and Howard University School of Law.
Following were honored: Hon. Vanessa Gibson ,Bronx Borough President On November 2nd, 2021, Vanessa L. Gibson was elected to be the 14th Bronx Borough President to serve the over 1.4 million residents and families that call the Bronx home.
Jacqueline Acevedo-Villanueva ,Mary Kay Senior Sales Director, Lymaris Albors ,Acacia Network ,Chief Executive Officer. Barbara Arroyo ,Ponce Bank Vice President, Commercial Relationship Officer, Kyana Beckles Leverage Assessments/Black Government Contracting Club ,Founder and CEO, Iris Bonhomme R.A.I.N. Inc., Program Director, Yvette Brissett-Andre ,Unique People Services Executive Director, Sharlene Brown, YMCA of Greater New York/Castle Hill Executive Director.
Hope Burgess,Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association President and CEO, Vincenza Carovillano BE[YOU]TIFUL, Makeup Artist, LaChena Clark, Sudsy Water Laundry and Dry Cleaning Owner, Jessica Clemente, Nos Quedamos CEO, Pamela Damon ,Not On My Watch Inc. Executive Director, Margaret Della, Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, Chief Executive Officer.
Edie DiDomenico-Weber, AHRC New York City, Director, Employment and Business Services, Audrey Duncan, BronxNet TV, Director of Community Affairs, Niyyirrah El, EXCELLEAEROBICS L.L.C, Chief Executive Officer, Lourdes Flores Bronx Prep Charter High School, Principal, Lourdes Gamez ,Confetti Kids, Inc., Owner.
Tiffany Gomez, Gomez Design Studio Creative Director and Founder, Sherene Hall Bronx Community Leader, Janice Halloran, NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi – North Central Bronx, Associate Executive Director, Clinical Operations, Joy Harvey-Washington ,State Farm – Joy Washington Insurance Agency Inc. Agent/Owner, Kai Kirkland-Fuentes, Ebony Marketing Systems, Inc. President.
Jocelyn Lebron, The Healthcare Education Project, Healthcare Advocate, Sasha Lildharrie Certified Alarm Tech Systems, Inc. Director of Operations, Connie Lobdell, Mott Hall Charter School Executive Director and Principal, Dr. Reva Gershen Lowy, Cardinal McCloskey Community Services Senior Vice President of ECED, Iyesata Marsh, Studio Phenomenon-Luxury Salon Owner, Ana Melendez, DOT Strategies LLC ,Chief Executive Officer, Tosha Miller, Black Chamber of Commerce of New York City, President.
Jennifer Mitchell, The HOPE Program, Executive Director, Maryam Mohammed-Miller Planned Parenthood NYC, Director of Government Relations, Flora Montes, Bronx Fashion Week NYC, Founder and CEO, Luciana Montuoro, Toli Management McDonalds, Marketing and Community Outreach Manager, Shanequa Moore, Chief Executive Officer, I’Raise Girls and Boys International Corp, Jillian Moses, The Inspired Community Project, Founder and CEO, Eileen Newman, Center for Bronx Nonprofits at Hostos Community College, Executive Director, Chivona Newsome, Black Lives Matter of Greater NY.
Rosemary Ordonez-Jenkins, Phipps Neighborhoods, Janet A. Peguero, Deputy Borough President for the Bronx, Diana Perez WHEDco, Vice President, Home-Based Childcare Services, Dr. Gloria Pope, Black Girl Everything LLC, Executive Owner, Lizette Ritz, Green Bronx Machine, Executive Director, Daisy Rodriguez, Wildlife Conservation Society – Bronx Zoo, Executive Director, Government and Community Affairs. Dr. Elaine Ruiz-Lopez, International Leadership Charter School, Founder and CEO.
Lorraine Sanchez, Cayuga Centers, Chief Operating Officer, Mid-Atlantic Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice Services Programs, Dr. Alyssa Silver, Childrens Hospital at Montefiore, Physician, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Gabriela Silverio, Bridge Builders Community Partnership, Director, Lisa Sorin, Bronx Chamber of Commerce, President, Emina Tabakovic, CenterLight HealthCare, Vice President of Operations.
Sanjya Tidke, Brown Harris Stevens, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Vilma Torres, LMSW ,Safe Horizon, Bronx Family Justice Center, Executive Director, Nahomy Vasquez, Mott Haven Community Partnership, Community Ambassador and Latoya Wong, Consolidated Edison, Inc., Section Manager .
It was a great event, close to 300 people were in attendance, honoring the Power Women of the Bronx, over great networking food and drinks.
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