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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mikki Brammer
Champion of Change: Marianne Schnall

Marianne Schnall has been working to empower women for decades. Her book, What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?: Conversations About Women, Leadership and Power, seeks to address the most urgent and important issues affecting women when it comes to politics, leadership and power.

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Mikki Brammer
Champion of Change: Nicholas Ferroni

Nicholas Ferroni is a 10th-grade history teacher in Union, New Jersey, to diverse students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. He’s also a nationally recognized activist, known for using social experiments in his classroom to help his students “understand what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes because that’s when you have an epiphany.”

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Mikki Brammer