The Sixth Annual Elly Awards Luncheon, Hosted by The Women’s Forum of New York, Benefiting Their Education Fund Will Take Place at The Plaza Hotel in New York on Monday, June 20, 2016

Kay Koplovitz, Founder of USA Networks,
Rosie Rios,
Treasurer of the United States &

Phillipa Soo,
Star of Broadway’s “Hamilton” to Be Honored

Christie Hefner, Chairman of Hatch Beauty,
Baron Tamraz, CEO Of Business Wire,

2016 Tony Award
Winner Renee Elise Goldsberry &

Jasmine Cephas
Jones, Co-Stars of Broadway’s “Hamilton”

To Present
the Key Awards

Paula Zahn, Nine-Time Emmy-Winning
Anchor of “On the Case with Paula Zahn”, to Moderate a Conversation on
Leadership with Honorees Kay Koplovitz, Rosie Rios & Phillipa Soo

Women’s Forum of New York
will present The 6th
Elly Awards Luncheon
benefiting The Education Fund of the
Women’s Forum
on Monday, June 20th at
The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The awards, named for the Women’s
Forum founder Elinor Guggenheimer, will honor outstanding women

The Elly Award Recipients (all in attendance) will be:

  • Kay Koplovitz, Founder and former Chairman & CEO of USA
    Networks, author, and Co-Founder and Managing Director of the
    Springboard Fund.
  • Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States and past
    Managing Director of Investments at MacFarlane Partners.
  • Phillipa Soo, stars as Eliza Hamilton in Broadway’s Hamilton,
    nominated for a 2016 Tony Award and winner of the Lucille Lortel Award
    for Lead Actress in a Musical, and co-founder of The Eliza

The Elly Award Celebrity Presenters (all in attendance) will be:

  • Christie Hefner, Chairman of Hatch Beauty and former Chairman
    and CEO of Playboy Enterprises.
  • Cathy Baron Tamraz, Chairman and CEO of Business Wire.
  • Renee Elise Goldsberry & Jasmine Cephas Jones, co-stars of
    Broadway’s Hamilton.

Paula Zahn, nine-time Emmy-winning anchor of “On The Case With
Paula Zahn,” will moderate a conversation on leadership with the
honorees following the presentation of the awards.

“The Women’s Forum is a leadership organization of New York’s preeminent
female leaders in every professional sector, from finance to fine arts.
Appreciating that education is the key to success in every industry, we
pride ourselves in helping high potential women over the age of 35
return to college after their education has been disrupted by life’s
adversities. Giving these women a second chance to realize their
potential is our way of giving back and building new leaders.”

– Carolyn Carter, President of the Women’s Forum of New York.

“Twenty-nine years ago, the Education Fund embarked on a mission to help
women, who had overcome serious hardships in their lives, to realize
their dream of an education. We started out slowly, but have been able
to achieve real momentum in helping these women through the Elly Awards.
Education Fund grants have made a significant impact on the lives of the
women who receive them, on their families, and on their communities as
grant recipients earn a degree and take their place in the work world.”

Linda A. Willett
, President, The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum.

The Elly Awards will begin at 11:30 a.m. at The Plaza Hotel with
a reception and VIP arrivals. The Luncheon and Presentation will be from
12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

The 2016 Elly Awards:
Legendary Chair: Lucy Jarvis.
Tina Brown and Emily Rafferty.
Chairs: Daisey
Holmes, Barbara Marcus.
Committee: Beverly Beaudoin, Carolyn
Carter, Jane Chesnutt, Emita B. Hill, Suzanne Jaffe, Liz Neumark, Ilene
Wachs, Linda A. Willett.

BNY Mellon

Accenture, Dede Thompson Bartlett, CA
Technologies, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Deloitte, FIS, Macy’s Inc.,
MetLife, Maria R. Morris, Norton Rose Fulbright, Sy Syms Foundation,
Time Inc., Time Warner Inc., Lulu C. Wang, Linda A. Willett.

AXA, Sarah Beatty Buller, Annabelle Bexiga
and Chris McConnell, Carolyn Carter, Chadick Ellig, Commonfund, Con
Edison, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., EY, Fiduciary Trust Company
International, General Electric, Great Performances and CPS Events at
The Plaza, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Lucy Jarvis, Ann F. Kaplan, KPMG LLP,
Monika Machon and Richard Bram, Barbara Marcus, Donna Milrod and Peter
Feeney, Pearson, Muriel F. Siebert Foundation, U.S. Bank.

Subha V. Barry, Pamela Baxter,
Beverly Beaudoin, Myra J. Biblowit, Anne Donovan Bodnar, Dr. Joyce F.
Brown, Maura Carley, Vita Cassese, Change Create Transform Foundation,
Jane Chesnutt, The Children’s Place, Irene Cohen, Linda Cohen, Pamela
Craig, Lisa Dennison, Gail D. Fosler, Nieca Goldberg MD, Jill Granoff,
Elizabeth Grayer, Annette Green, Julie Greiner, Karen Grinthal, Veronica
W. Hackett, Suzanne D. Jaffe, Anuradha T. Jayanti, Rikki Klieman, Gail
S. Landis, Laurie Ledford, Marcella Maxwell, Nina McLemore, Marianne
Parrs, Deborah A. Peacock, Jonelle Procope, Abbe Raven, Marcella Rosen,
Dr. Karen Scappaticci, Denise V. Seegal, Esther Silver-Parker, Sheryl
Sleeva, Marcy Syms, Barbara Tober, Eugenia Ulasewicz, Ilene Wachs,
Marcia S. Wilson.

Lauren C.
Anderson, Ellen Archer, Linda Basch, Ann E. Bergin, Kimberly Bishop,
Bloomberg, The Broadway Association, Janet Corcoran, Rita B. Crotty,
Diane D’Erasmo, Kathleen Dore, Marsha Dubrow PhD, Gail M. Dudack, Traci
Entel, Susan Falk, Mary C. Farrell, Deborah Farrington, Gloria Feldt,
Bilha Chesner Fish MD, Carolee Friedlander, Barbara J. Friedman,
Fredrica S. Friedman, Ileen Sheppard Gallagher, Liliana Gil Valletta,
Deborah Gillis, Dr. Ludy Green, Barbara Dwyer Gunn, Lou Hammond, Carol
Hochman, Julia Kahr, Nancy J Kelley, Amy Dorn Kopelan, Ilene H. Lang,
Hillie Mahoney, Gail O. Mellow, Wendy Mendenhall, Sally Minard, Carol
Nelson, Nicholas & Lence Communications, Janet Rollé, Laura Sachar,
Eunice I. Salton, Ann Misiaszek Sarnoff, Rosita Sarnoff, Ellen
Sills-Levy, Kathryn B. Swintek, Laura Walker, Edie Weiner, Anita Volz
Wien, Amy Rosen Wildstein, Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, Helena Wong, SUNY
Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.

Women’s Forum of New York
The Women’s Forum of New
York is the city’s premier organization of women leaders. The invitation
only membership of more than 500 women represents the highest levels of
achievement across all professional sectors from finance to fine arts.
Started in 1974, the Women’s Forum of New York is the founding flagship
of the International Women’s Forum, a global organization of nearly
6,000 outstanding women leaders in over 74 Forums around the world.

The Women’s Forum of New York is dedicated to the advancement of women’s
leadership through programs which enrich members lives personally and
professionally, through the Education Fund which enables talented women
whose potential has been derailed by extreme adversity to resume their
education and through the Corporate Board Initiative which extends and
expands the contribution of women leaders through board participation.

Education Fund
is an educational and charitable arm of The
Women’s Forum of New York, established under a separate corporate
governance as a 501(c)3 tax deductible organization. Since 1987, the
Fund has provided grants to women over 35 who have both demonstrated
high potential and faced extreme adversity, which has disrupted their
education and derailed their futures. These women fall outside the scope
of most traditional scholarship programs and our grants help them
complete their education and get their careers and lives back on track.
Funding is provided by member donation and an annual fundraising event,
The Elly Awards, which honors outstanding women leaders. Over the past
29 years, grants totaling over $1 million have helped nearly 200
women overcome adversity and lift themselves and their children up the
economic ladder.


Carolyn Carter, President; Ann Misiaszek Sarnoff, Vice President;
Anuradha T. Jayanti, Treasurer; Catherine Keating, Secretary; Linda L.
Addison, Susan Davenport Austin, Pamela Baxter, Sarah Beatty, Anne
Donovan Bodnar, Kay Ellen Consolver, Julia Kahr, Rikki Klieman, Ilene H.
Lang, Monika M. Machon, Barbara Marcus, Jonelle Procope, Janet Rollé,
Charlotte St. Martin, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Ami Kaplan, Ex-Officio,
Doris P. Meister, Ex-Officio.


Linda A. Willett, President; Ann Misiaszek Sarnoff, Vice President;
Anuradha T. Jayanti, Treasurer; Catherine Keating, Secretary; Carolyn
Carter, Mary Ann Casati, Jane Chesnutt, Monika M. Machon, Ilene Wachs,
Beverly Beaudoin, Ex-Officio, Irene Cohen, Ex-Officio.
B. Crotty, Executive Director.

About The 2016 Elly Honorees:

Kay Koplovitz is founder and former Chairman & CEO of USA
Networks and co-founder and Chairman of Springboard Enterprises, a
non-profit accelerator that has fostered the investment of more than $7
billion in women-led firms. In 2016, she co-founded the Springboard
Fund. Nominated by President Clinton as Chairman of the National Women’s
Business Council, Kay is the author of Bold Women, Big Ideas and Been
There, Run That
, an anthology of best practices from Springboard
Enterprises’ expert network of thought leaders. Kay serves on corporate
boards, including CA Technologies, Time Inc., and ION Media Networks,
and serves as a trustee for The Paley Center for Media, the
International Tennis Hall of Fame, and the College of Letters and
Science at the University of Wisconsin.

Rosie Rios serves as the 43rd Treasurer of the United States. She
has direct oversight over the U.S. Mint, the Bureau of Engraving and
Printing, and Fort Knox, and is a key liaison with the Federal Reserve.
She is especially passionate about supporting women in finance and
community development. Prior to her confirmation, Rosie was Managing
Director of Investments at MacFarlane Partners. In November 2008,
Treasurer Rios started her service in the federal government as part of
the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team during the height of the
financial crisis. It was during her time on the Transition Team that
Treasurer Rios started the initiative to place a woman on our U.S.
currency for the first time in over a century.

Phillipa Soo, star of Broadway’s critically acclaimed show Hamilton,
is a 2016 Tony Award nominee in the category of Best Performance by
an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
and winner of the Lucille
Lortel Award in 2015 for Lead Actress in a Musical for her
portrayal of Eliza Hamilton. After graduating from Juilliard in 2012,
Soo was cast as ‘Natasha Rostova’ in the Ars Nova production of Dave
Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, and
appeared on the NBC television series “Smash” in the role of Lexi. Along
with the cast of Hamilton, Phillipa founded The Eliza Project to
help young teens at Graham Windham, the nation’s oldest child welfare
agency, founded in NYC in 1806 by Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton and others.

About The Presenters:

Renée Elise Goldsberry can currently be seen starring as her Tony
nominated role as Angelica Schuyler in the Broadway hit Hamilton, for
which she has also earned Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Awards for Featured
Actress in a Musical
. Renée is a two-time Daytime Emmy nominee and a
two-time NAACP nominee for her role as ‘Evangeline Williamson’ on ABC’s
“One Life to Live.” She has been a guest-host multiple times on ABC’s
“The View.” She has also starred in New York City theater productions of Good
People, The Two Gentleman of Verona, The Color Purple, Rent: Live on
, in addition to numerous film & television roles.

Christie Hefner, Chairman of Hatch Beauty, serves on the advisory
board of the RDO Companies, and the board of Luminary Digital. She
previously was Executive Chairman of Canyon Ranch Enterprises and
Chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc., making her the longest
serving female CEO of a U.S. public company. Christie serves on the
board of Springboard, the Center for American Progress Action and Rush
University Medical Center, and is a member of The Chicago Network, The
Committee of 200, Women Corporate Directors, and the Young Presidents’
Organization. For three years, Christie was named to FORTUNE’s
list of 100 Most Powerful Women.

Jasmine Cephas Jones currently stars on Broadway in the smash
hit, Hamilton, in the roles of Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds.
She attended Berklee College of Music for vocal performance and The
Neighborhood Playhouse for theater. She is a member of the Labyrinth
Theater Company. Her theater credits include The Loneliness of the
Long Distance Runner
(Atlantic Theater); while in film and TV,
Jasmine has starred in Mistress America, Titus (Dakus
Films UK), “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “Unforgettable” (CBS) and “The
Blacklist” (NBC).

Cathy Baron Tamraz, Chairman and CEO of Business Wire, oversees
the company’s long-term strategic planning, Internet strategy and global
branding, and serves as chair of Business Wire’s executive committee.
Under her stewardship, the company has grown to be the leading global
commercial news wire, significantly expanding into new markets,
including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada and Japan, among
others. With a pioneering background in corporate news disclosure, Cathy
led the newswire industry into providing equal access to material news
for all market participants in 2000 as the Internet gained commercial
traction, and was the main architect in selling Business Wire to
Berkshire Hathaway in March 2006.

About The Moderator:

Paula Zahn is the nine-time Emmy Award winning host and executive
producer of “On the Case with Paula Zahn,” Discovery ID’s investigative
crime series. Known nationally for anchoring the news segments on “Good
Morning America,” Zahn has anchored “CBS This Morning” and CNN’s “Paula
Zahn Now” and contributed to ABC’s “World News This Morning” and “The
CBS Evening News.” Honors include six Gracie Awards, two National
Headliner Awards, and recognition from the Museum of Television and
Radio. She serves on the boards of WNET-TV and the Alzheimer’s Drug
Discovery Foundation and has been honored for her work in raising
awareness of breast cancer. An accomplished cellist, Paula is the host
of “NYC-ARTS.”

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