Full-House Support at The 4th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon

Nov 19, 2014 at 5:58 pm |
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The Women’s Forum of New York hosted the 4th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon on November 17th benefitting The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum.

The delightful event took place at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The awards, named for Women’s Forum founder Elinor “Elly” Guggenheimer, were presented to exceptional female leaders, Billie Jean King, 39-time Grand Slam winning tennis player and champion of social change and equality, and Sallie Krawcheck, Chair of Ellevate Network and Ellevate Asset Management, and a firm supporter of women in the financial industry. Sallie has been called one of the most powerful women on Wall Street.

To present the awards were The Honorable David N. Dinkins, 106th Mayor of the City of New York and Karen Finerman, CEO of Metropolitan Capital Advisors, and panelist on CNBC’s Fast Money. It was a full house for the occasion and the awards luncheon raised $200,000 for The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum.

(L-R) Ami Kaplan, Billie Jean King, David Dinkins, Rikki Klieman, Sallie Krawcheck, Beverly Beaudoin and Karen Finerman appear on stage at The 4th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon in New York City

(L-R) Ami Kaplan, Billie Jean King, David Dinkins, Rikki Klieman, Sallie Krawcheck, Beverly Beaudoin and Karen Finerman appear on stage at The 4th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for The 4th Annual Elly Awards)

After the awards presentations, Rikki Klieman, CBS News legal analyst, led an in-depth conversation with the honorees that revolved around leadership, covering a wide range of issues facing women of different generations of the workforce today.

“Our awardees redefine for themselves what is possible and become great role models for their daughters. We believe if you educate a woman you impact generations” said Beverly Beaudoin, President of The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum of New York.

This phrase stood out for us, because we firmly believe in their mission. If you educate a mother she is going to teach and preach that knowledge to her children, and then they will teach the same lessons to their children, and the desire for an education will pass through generations.

The Women’s Forum of New York is New York’s premier organization of women leaders comprised of the highest women achievers across all professional sectors from finance to fine arts.

“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 leaders,” said Ami Kaplan, President of the Women’s Forum of New York.

(L-R) Ami Kaplan, Billie Jean King, Sallie Kraucheck and David Dinkins attend The 4th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon in New York City

(L-R) Ami Kaplan, Billie Jean King, Sallie Krawcheck and David Dinkins attend The 4th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for The 4th Annual Elly Awards)

‘I think the work that The Women’s Forum of New York is doing, it’s very very important because a lot of times women 35 and over are forgotten about. It’s always about youth, how you look and education is so important, we must keep learning and keep learning how to learn’ said Billie Jean King.

Wise words from a legend. It’s never too late to start over and to continue your education. It’s all about how much you desire that knowledge, and how far you are willing to go for it. The women of The Education Fund select to aid exemplify the desire and ambition necessary to attain that education.

The 4th Annual Elly Awards was a total success in attendance, raising money for The Education Fund, and inspiring women to continue to achieve.

Don’t forget to check out our exclusive interview with Beverly Beaudoin in which she explains how The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum of New York is helping to improve women’s education for generations to come, Reinforcing Women’s Education for Generations to Come

For more information about The Women’s Forum of New York go to: https://www.womensforumny.org

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