Launching a Year of Celebration

Keynote speaker Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Photo: Ben Hider

Keynote speaker Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Photo: Ben Hider

By Mary M. Luke, President

On October 18, the Metropolitan New York Chapter celebrated its 30th birthday at The Harmonie Club in NYC. The more than 175 guests (standing room only) left inspired by keynote speaker Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka's rousing speech and the passionate appeal of Desiree Watson, the 30th anniversary chairperson.  

Honorees Jolly Amatya, Erika Karp, and Susie Ellis. Photo: Ben Hider

Honorees Jolly Amatya, Erika Karp, and Susie Ellis. Photo: Ben Hider

Three women who have made a significant difference in their fields graciously accepted their awards: Susie Ellis, Chairperson and CEO Global Wellness Institute and Global Wellness Summit; Jolly Amatya, Co-Chair/Youth Chair of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, 2015–2017, and Erika Karp, CEO and Founder of Cornerstone Capital.  

HE Ambassador Peter Lehmann Nielsen. Photo: Susan Ely

HE Ambassador Peter Lehmann Nielsen. Photo: Susan Ely

HE Ambassador Peter Lehmann Nielsen, Deputy Permanent Representative from Denmark to the United Nations offered welcoming comments and spoke about the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals and the centrality of gender equality. Rita Cosby, herself a strong supporter of women’s empowerment, set an enthusiastic tone as the emcee and all were inspired by Haleh Liza’s poem and song, Anahita (honoring the waterkeepers).  

Haleh Liza. Photo: Ben Hider

Haleh Liza. Photo: Ben Hider

The chapter also launched its 30 Champions for 30 years campaign. Anomaly, the communications company that designed the campaign and Delphine Diallo, the photographer, were present, along with some of the nine initial champions. A total of 30 Champions of Change will be selected who have made a difference in the lives of women and girls in the Metro New York area or globally. These champions will join with the chapter to advocate to stand up for change on key issues and speak at Metro New York chapter events. The 30th anniversary year will culminate with an exciting event at the United Nations on May 31, 2018, with all 30 Champions of Change present. A call for nominations has been released and nominations by Metro NY Chapter members will be accepted until November 13 at info@unwomen-metrony.org.  You can download the nomination form here

The New York Metro Chapter's Board of Directors. Photo: Susan Ely.

The New York Metro Chapter's Board of Directors. Photo: Susan Ely.

I want to thank the board of directors, the 30th anniversary committee and all the volunteers who worked so hard to make this such a successful evening. A huge thanks also to our photographers for the evening, Ben Hider and Susan Ely. The Silent Auction is still open until November 2 at midnight – check out the amazing selection of items here

 

      

 

Mikki Brammer