Announcing Our 2018 Champions of Change

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Happy International Women’s Day 2018! Now is the time to stand together for women worldwide,  so please join us in congratulating our 2018 Champions of Change.

Our Champions of Change campaign was introduced at the chapter’s 30th-anniversary celebration in October 2017. We are proud to announce the selection of our 2018 Champions of Change who have made significant contributions to women’s empowerment and gender equality in their professional and personal lives. These diverse champions have made an impact on a wide range of issues including women’s economic and political empowerment, gender-based violence, peace and security, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

We appreciate the generosity of the team that captured the 2018 champions: photography by JJ Jimenez, hair and makeup by Francisco Valera, and styling by Shala Rothenberg. All artists are represented by Friends & Creatives, and we thank Dean Street Studios and Melatan Riden, our Executive Creative Director.

 
 
  RAY ACHESON   Feminist activist for disarmament and demilitarization, advocate for the nuclear ban, writer, and director of the Disarmament Program of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

RAY ACHESON

Feminist activist for disarmament and demilitarization, advocate for the nuclear ban, writer, and director of the Disarmament Program of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

  SARAH AKKARI   Entrepreneur, business owner, founder and CEO of Senteurs D’Orient USA, and sponsor and contributor to women’s education and economic empowerment in Lebanon.

SARAH AKKARI

Entrepreneur, business owner, founder and CEO of Senteurs D’Orient USA, and sponsor and contributor to women’s education and economic empowerment in Lebanon.

  ABAYNESH ASRAT   Humanitarian, philanthropist, founder and CEO of Nation to Nation Networking (connecting women in Africa), and board member of the USNC for Women, Metro NY Chapter.

ABAYNESH ASRAT

Humanitarian, philanthropist, founder and CEO of Nation to Nation Networking (connecting women in Africa), and board member of the USNC for Women, Metro NY Chapter.

 
  JIMMIE BRIGGS   Award-winning journalist, human-rights advocate, author, speaker, activist, cofounder and former executive director of the Man Up Campaign, author of The Ferguson Moment to be released in 2018.

JIMMIE BRIGGS

Award-winning journalist, human-rights advocate, author, speaker, activist, cofounder and former executive director of the Man Up Campaign, author of The Ferguson Moment to be released in 2018.

  PAM CAMPOS-PALMA   Peace, security, gender justice advocate. Strategic leader bridging politics, democracy, and social change. Former military intelligence, Executive Director, Common Defense; Trainer, Beyond The Choir

PAM CAMPOS-PALMA

Peace, security, gender justice advocate. Strategic leader bridging politics, democracy, and social change. Former military intelligence, Executive Director, Common Defense; Trainer, Beyond The Choir

  LEILA DARABI   Advocate for sexual and reproductive rights, senior VP and head of engagement for Corkery Group Unlimited, and former director of global partnerships at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

LEILA DARABI

Advocate for sexual and reproductive rights, senior VP and head of engagement for Corkery Group Unlimited, and former director of global partnerships at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

 
  KRISHANTI DHARMARAJ   Executive director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University, led San Francisco’s City for CEDAW Campaign, the first city to implement a human-rights treaty.

KRISHANTI DHARMARAJ

Executive director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University, led San Francisco’s City for CEDAW Campaign, the first city to implement a human-rights treaty.

  NICHOLAS FERRONI   Author, nationally recognized activist on education reform, mentor and high school teacher in Union, New Jersey, named “Upstander of the Year” by the Human Rights Campaign.

NICHOLAS FERRONI

Author, nationally recognized activist on education reform, mentor and high school teacher in Union, New Jersey, named “Upstander of the Year” by the Human Rights Campaign.

  CECILIA M. GASTÓN   Advocate for social justice, women’s health and affordable housing, executive director of Violence Intervention Program, Inc. and board member of the NY State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

CECILIA M. GASTÓN

Advocate for social justice, women’s health and affordable housing, executive director of Violence Intervention Program, Inc. and board member of the NY State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

 
  AMY HALL   Sustainable development advocate, director of Social Consciousness, and member of the Leadership Forum for Eileen Fisher, leads Vision 2020 towards human, environmental and economic sustainability.

AMY HALL

Sustainable development advocate, director of Social Consciousness, and member of the Leadership Forum for Eileen Fisher, leads Vision 2020 towards human, environmental and economic sustainability.

  MARIA HINOJOSA   Award-winning journalist, author, advocate for diversity in the media, anchor and executive producer of Latino USA and political podcast In the Thick, and creator of the Futuro Media Group.

MARIA HINOJOSA

Award-winning journalist, author, advocate for diversity in the media, anchor and executive producer of Latino USA and political podcast In the Thick, and creator of the Futuro Media Group.

  SHEILA KATZMAN    Advocate and media trainer, chair of NYC4CEDAW, president of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television – USA, and artistic director of Ten Lanterns Transformative Theatre. Former Chief of UN Radio and Head of Publications

SHEILA KATZMAN

Advocate and media trainer, chair of NYC4CEDAW, president of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television – USA, and artistic director of Ten Lanterns Transformative Theatre. Former Chief of UN Radio and Head of Publications

 
  JUSTYNA KEDRA   Entrepreneur, founder and CEO of  WE Rule , a global community of female entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors connecting women and diverse businesses from 30 countries.

JUSTYNA KEDRA

Entrepreneur, founder and CEO of WE Rule, a global community of female entrepreneurs, mentors, and
investors connecting women and diverse businesses from 30 countries.

  AZADEH KHALILI   Advocate for social change, human rights, racial and gender equality, executive committee, NGO Commission on the Status of Women, and former executive director of NYC Commission on Gender Equity.

AZADEH KHALILI

Advocate for social change, human rights, racial and gender equality, executive committee, NGO Commission on the Status of Women, and former executive director of NYC Commission on Gender Equity.

  MICHAEL KIMMEL   Distinguished professor of sociology, author, speaker, advocate for gender equality, and founder and executive director of the Center for Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University in New York.

MICHAEL KIMMEL

Distinguished professor of sociology, author, speaker, advocate for gender equality, and founder and executive director of the Center for Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University in New York.

 
  DORCHEN A. LEIDHOLDT   Human-rights lawyer, director of the Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services at Sanctuary for Families in NYC, and cofounder of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.

DORCHEN A. LEIDHOLDT

Human-rights lawyer, director of the Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services at Sanctuary for Families in NYC, and cofounder of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.

  MICKELA MALLOZZI   Emmy award-winning host and executive producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, a public national television travel series highlighting the diversity of dance, and director of the annual Women’s Travel Fest.

MICKELA MALLOZZI

Emmy award-winning host and executive producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, a public national television travel series highlighting the diversity of dance, and director of the annual Women’s Travel Fest.

  BEVERLY COOPER NEUFELD   President and founder of PowHer New York (bringing 100+ organizations to accelerate economic equality, and member of NYC Commission on Gender Equity and Governor’s Council on Women and Girls.

BEVERLY COOPER NEUFELD

President and founder of PowHer New York (bringing 100+ organizations to accelerate economic equality, and member of NYC Commission on Gender Equity and Governor’s Council on Women and Girls.

 
  ALLISON PYTLAK   Advocacy in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning campaign to ban nuclear weapons, cyber warfare expert, manager at Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s Reaching Critical Will program.

ALLISON PYTLAK

Advocacy in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning campaign to ban nuclear weapons, cyber warfare expert, manager at Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s Reaching Critical Will program.

  SHAZIA Z. RAFI   Advocate for women’s political empowerment, president of AirQuality/Asia, UN Representative for All Pakistan Women’s Association, and former Secretary General of Parliamentarians for Global Action.

SHAZIA Z. RAFI

Advocate for women’s political empowerment, president of AirQuality/Asia, UN Representative for All Pakistan Women’s Association, and former Secretary General of Parliamentarians for Global Action.

  MARIANNE SCHNALL   Award-winning journalist and author, featured blogger at The Huffington Post, founder of Feminist.com and WhatWillItTake.com, author of What Will it Take to Make a Woman President?

MARIANNE SCHNALL

Award-winning journalist and author, featured blogger at The Huffington Post, founder of Feminist.com and WhatWillItTake.com, author of What Will it Take to Make a Woman President?

 
  ERIN VILARDI   Advocate, Founder and CEO of  VoteRunLead,  a national, non partisan organization   training women to run for local and state office and to seek civic leadership.

ERIN VILARDI

Advocate, Founder and CEO of VoteRunLead, a national, non partisan organization training women to run for local and state office and to seek civic leadership.

 

 

2017 Champions of Change

 

 
 ROANNE ADAMS

ROANNE ADAMS

 DELPHINE DIALLO

DELPHINE DIALLO

 ASMERET BERHE LUMAX

ASMERET BERHE LUMAX

 THALIA MAVROS

THALIA MAVROS

 
  JODIE PATTERSON

JODIE PATTERSON

 FRED SULLIVAN

FRED SULLIVAN

 DESIREE WATSON

DESIREE WATSON

 YINAN XIA

YINAN XIA

 
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