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We are delighted to announce a powerful evening of conversation and reception with visionary trailblazers to benefit the economic empowerment of women and girls worldwide. Join UN Women USA NY for an intimate conversation with groundbreakers across sustainability, technology, social impact and design - on their journey of entrepreneurship, and how to drive social change and advance women in leadership.

Your ticket supports the transformative work of UN Women to educate and empower women and girls around the world.

The evening will feature a reception courtesy of Claudette and Cliffton Dry.



The world has never been an easy place for women entrepreneurs. Yet the women leaders of “A Call to Adventure” have overcome myriad challenges to attain tremendous business success, and moreover brought positive social impact into the world as a product of their economic triumph. They have invested in forward-thinking concepts, and demonstrated an ongoing commitment to “getting it right.”

We will open a dynamic conversation where honored speakers will discuss their “Heroine’s Journey” of entrepreneurship – the moment of departure, the bold, principled and strategic steps needed to grow, moments of grit, sacrifices made and the ecosystem of support. In recognition of UN Women’s “Generation Equality” campaign, the evening will provide a unique forum of pioneers in a candid dialogue on the future, the power of generational diversity to drive social change, and actions to advance women in leadership. 

Inspirational tales of leadership set the stage in support of gender equality and programs worldwide for women’s sustainability, economic empowerment, political, peace and security participation and ending gender-based violence.  UN Women USA NY is the largest chapter of the US National Committee of UN Women. By attending this event, you are supporting the transformative work of UN Women to provide resources and training, and to impact policy and legislation empowering women and girls around the world.


Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher's clothing designs are characterized by simplicity. The second of seven children from Des Plaines, Illinois, Fisher worked as a waitress to support college tuition, starting as a math major before switching to interior design. In 1984 she launched with $350, inspired by the classic kimono. Fisher's company emphasizes sustainability, with 70% organic cotton, reduced fabric and fiber waste, and a "gently used" customer recycling program funding business grants for women and leadership programs for young women. Her company is known for using non-traditional fashion models, including its own employees.


Karina Givargisoff

Founder of the fashion industry’s first not-for-profit media company, Givargisoff began in fashion by assisting Alex White at W magazine. At 28 she became fashion editor of The Face, and later freelanced for Vogue Italia, Vogue Japan and Vogue Germany, among others. Givargisoff founded Mission out of a call to impact the world after a personal tragedy. Each bi-annual issue is devoted to a particular charity or cause, with a percentage of profits going to that cause. The inaugural issue focused on female empowerment, and featured Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Melinda Gates, Christy Turlington Burns and cover star Tina Brown.


Gabriela Hearst

Uruguayan born and New York based, Gabriela Hearst is a luxury women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories designer. Built on the principles of timelessness, uncompromising quality and sustainability, her brand’s luxurious materials aim to minimize environmental waste through a no-plastic policy, and the use of existing fabrics and materials. Her limited-edition designs have supported Planned Parenthood. Hearst’s recent Spring 2020 show was carbon neutral, an industry first, with offset funds providing modern, efficient cookstoves to families in Kenya, cutting down on wood usage and the fumes that primarily impact women and children.


Neri Oxman

American–Israeli award-winning architect, industrial designer, and professor at the MIT Media Lab, Neri Oxman founded the Mediated Matter research group. Her work combines design, biology, computing, and materials engineering, and can resemble avant–garde fashion. New York's Museum of Modern Art will stage a mid-career retrospective of Oxman’s work in 2020, and SFMOMA awarded her its 2019 Contemporary Vision Award for helping redefine contemporary visual culture. CNN interviewed Oxman for her insights on breaking down barriers for women in architecture and the next generation of female creatives.


Tracy Reese

Tracy Reese recalls making clothing alongside her mother in Detroit. After attending Parsons, Reese worked for Martine Sitbon at Arlequin, then led the women’s portfolio for Perry Ellis. In 1996 she launched ready-to-wear label Tracy Reese, later adding home furnishings and a luxury line, with stores in New York and Tokyo. First Lady Michelle Obama wore a custom Reese for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and Reese has designed for Beyonce Knowles and Sarah Jessica Parker. An early trailblazer in casting “real women” on the runway, and making inclusive sizes, Reese recently launched the label Hope for Flowers out of Detroit, to elevate sustainable materials, ethical production and handwork, with a factory in Flint which employs women reentering the workforce.


 WHO WE ARE The largest chapter of UN Women USA, the Metropolitan New York Chapter is a 501c3 organization dedicated to UN Women’s mission of gender equality and women’s empowerment. We are a leader in education, advocacy and fundraising for UN Women. We support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) and UN Women flagship initiatives including economic empowerment, leadership and political participation, elimination of violence against women and girls, and humanitarian assistance. 

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The U.S. National Committee for UN Women, Metro NY Chapter is a 501c3 organization. Fed ID: 26-3344829.