The Women’s Forum of New York is presenting The 6th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon benefiting The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum on Monday, June 20, 2016, at The Plaza Hotel in New York. The awards, named for the Women’s Forum founder Elinor Guggenheimer, will honor outstanding women leaders.
The 2016 Elly Award recipients are 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; and 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 Project.
The Elly Award celebrity presenters include Christie Hefner, Chairman of Hatch Beauty and former Chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Cathy Baron Tamraz, Chairman and CEO of Business Wire; and Renee Elise Goldsberry and 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,” said 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,” said Linda A. Willett, President, The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum. “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.”
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 Legendary Chair of the 2016 Elly Awards is Lucy Jarvis; Honorary Chairs are Tina Brown and Emily Rafferty; Co-chairs Daisey Holmes and Barbara Marcus. The 2016 Elly Awards committee members include Beverly Beaudoin, Carolyn Carter, Jane Chesnutt, Emita B. Hill, Suzanne Jaffe, Liz Neumark, Ilene Wachs, Linda A. Willett.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.com, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.