Champion of Change: Allison Pytlak

Allison Pytlak completed her degree at the University of Toronto, after which she went on to volunteer and intern within the International Campaign to Ban Landmines in Geneva and Mines Action Canada. She was deeply moved by the plight of landmine survivors and eventually went on to also work in a global campaign to ban cluster munitions. She has been a strong advocate for arms control, advising on policy and advocacy with the Control Arms Coalition during the negotiations of the Arms Trade Treaty.

Read More
Mary Luke
Champion of Change: Ray Acheson

Ray is the Director of Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament program of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). As a young woman in Toronto, Canada, she was always interested in issues concerning peace and conflict. Even in high school, she was an advocate for social justice and wrote letters for Amnesty Int. She says it been a long struggle to increase the public’s awareness of the threat of nuclear weapons since the end of the Cold War.

Read More
Mary Luke
Champion of Change: Jimmie Briggs

Award-winning journalist and activist Jimmie Briggs is a co-founder of the Man Up Campaign to engage youth in a global movement to end gender-based violence and advance gender equality. He began his career as a journalist and produced seminal reports on the lives of youth and children soldiers from war-torn countries. His exposure to rape as a weapon of war, trafficking of girls and other forms of gender-based violence motivated him to give up his career as a journalist and become an activist

Read More
Mary Luke
Champion of Change: Sarah Akkari

For over eight years, Sarah Akkari, CEO of Senteurs d”Orient (USA), the company that her mother started has made a difference to improving the lives of poor women’s in Lebanon. Senteurs d’orient , a company based in Lebanon that makes hand made soaps and fragrances employs women workers at their factory in Beirut.

Read More
Mary Luke
Champion of Change: Beverly Cooper

Beverly Cooper Neufeld is an activist and businesswoman with a passion for empowering girls and women. After raising her family, she began to work for a congresswoman and soon became heavily involved in politics and advocacy for women’s rights. As executive director of the White House Project, she oversaw research on women’s leadership, and helped develop SheSource and VoteRunLead. Frustrated by the rate of progress, in 2004 she founded PowHer New York, a network of over 100 organizations working together to advance women’s equality.

Read More
Mary Luke
Champion of Change: Mickela Mallozzi

Mickela Mallozzi is an Emmy award–winning television host, dancer, and advocate for women’s rights. Her sense of adventure and desire to travel allowed her to use her background in dance =to connect and communicate with people from all over the world. She started a web series to document these interactions, and to inspire women to travel and have their own independent experiences.

Read More
Mary Luke
Champion of Change: Azadeh Khalili

Azadeh Khalili is a mother, activist, human rights advocate, and leading figure in promoting progressive social change and feminism. Azadeh first became involved in human rights after moving from Iran to New York City as a student. 

Read More
Mary Luke
Champion of Change: Thalia Mavros

Thalia Mavros is a highly influential media activist and women’s rights advocate who became a voice for women throughout the U.S. through her pioneering work as a filmmaker and developer of multidisciplinary media platforms and entertainment experiences. She established herself as a leader in the frontier of creative digital media—a typically male-dominated industry—becoming the Executive Creative Director of VICE.

Read More
Mary Luke
Denim After Dark

In April – which was sexual assault awareness month – our Young Professionals committee hosted the Denim After Dark event to call attention to the issue of gender-based violence.

Read More
Mikki Brammer
Beyond #MeToo

On March 22, we launched a new partnership with the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs with the panel discussion, Beyond #MeToo: A Dialogue on Sexual Harassment.

Read More
Mikki Brammer
Champion of Change: Abaynesh Asrat

Abaynesh Asrat, philanthropist and advocate for human rights, is the founder of Nation to Nation Networking in New York (NNN) - an organization that creates and implements results-oriented projects aimed at promoting community development and empowerment in keeping with cultural traditions.

Read More
Mikki Brammer
Champion of Change: Roanne Adams

As founder and creative director of branding studio RoAndCo, Roanne Adams saw the opportunity to hire young women and nurture them and empower them to feel like they had “a seat at the table” and were part of the conversation.

Read More
Mikki Brammer
Champion of Change: Maria Hinojosa

Maria Hinojosa, founder and president of Futuro Media Group – an independent nonprofit organization that provides a critical voice to the diverse American experience – is a renowned journalist who has authored two books and won dozens of awards.

Read More
Mikki Brammer
Champion of Change: Shazia Rafi

Shazia Rafi, managing director of Global Parliamentary Service, LLC and the UN representative for the All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA), has spent more than 25 years working to build a more representative, accountable and effective international political system.

Read More
Mikki Brammer