Thursday, December 01, 2016



9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - MORNING PLENARY (The Riverside Church Theatre)

  • Welcome to Riverside Church - Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister at Riverside Church
  • Review of the Day and Goals of the Conference - Sharon Nelson, President, NWPC-NYC
  • Opening Remarks - The Honorable Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President & Conference Co-Chair - NYC Gender Progress Report Card
  • Greetings from Harlem, USA - The Honorable Inez E. Dickens, Councilmember, 9th Council District - Central Harlem
  • Introduction of Morning Keynote Speaker by Liz Abzug, Professor of Political Science, Barnard College and Columbia University
  • Keynote Speaker Ester R. Fuchs - Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science and Director of Urban & Social Policy Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs - “History of Women and Civic Engagement”
  • Kellie I. LeDet, Regional Director Administrator, Region II, U.S. Small Business Administration - “Partnering for Success in Civic Engagement”
  • Shellie Hunt, President & Founder of Women of Global Change, International Motivational Speaker, Founder/CEO Success is by Design, and Published Author - “Global Engagement”
  • Jaime Hechtman-Ulloa, Interim Chair of Suffolk County NY, Latino NRC “Grassroots Engagement”

Lunch break

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM - AFTERNOON PLENARY (Assembly Hall)

  • Introduction of Keynote Speaker and Words of Self-Care and Wisdom by Lolita Ferrin, NWPC-NYC Member, NYC District Leader, and Founder of the “Fighting 69th Club”
  • Keynote Speaker Loida Nicolas Lewis - Chairman and CEO, TLC Inc., Social Civil Leader, Author, Lawyer and Philanthropist - “You Can Have It All, but Not All At The Same Time”
  • Ariana Ayu - CEO/Founder of Ayutopia and Author - Health & Wellness - “Creating Your Personal Brand”
  • Miko Branch - Co-founder and CEO, Miss Jessie’s - “Looking Good & Feeling Better”



PANEL: Fostering a Spiritual Connection for Well Rounded Mental Health - Rabbi Sarah Cohen, Reverend Que English, and Author Rebecca Payne Woodall

  • Miko Branch - Co-founder and CEO, Miss Jessie’s - “Looking Good & Feeling Better”
  • Yardley Messeroux - Health Coach & Wellness Advocate - “Creating a Powerful Morning Regimen”

Opening day Reception

5:30pm - 7:30pm - OPENING DAY RECEPTION

Tribute to Worlds AIDS Day - Theme: “Access Equity Rights Now”

Friday, December 02, 2016

The Executive Track & Leadership Quotient


Noon - 5:00 PM - Entrepreneurial Market-Place with SBA Triage & Vendors


9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - MORNING PLENARY (The Riverside Church Theatre)

  • Welcome and Review of the Day - Marlene Cintron, President of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, Conference Business Co-Chair, NWPC-NYC Member
  • Linda Young, President and CEO of Catalysts for Innovation, Introduction of Morning Keynote Speaker, Liz Abzug
  • Liz Abzug, Intergenerational Leadership - Professor of Political Science at Barnard College and Columbia University; President Bella Abzug Leadership Institute

Youth Voices - Generation X – “Teen Leaders in NYC Communities”

  • Monica Sibri - Founder & Current President of “CUNY DREAM IS”
  • Sarah Shamoon - Youth Community Board Member

PANEL: Community Leadership, Organizing, and Civic Responsibility -

Moderator John Flateau, Political Science Professor and Director of the Census Bureau Center at Medgar Evers College

  • “Special Guest Speaker TBA”

Lunch break


  • Henrietta Lyle - Conference Co-Chair Introducing Beth Goldberg
  • Keynote Speaker Beth Goldberg, NY District Director, US Small Business Administration - “Utilizing SBA Resources and Acquiring Technical Skills”
  • Liliana Gil Valletta - Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Multicultural Expert, Celebrity Partner to HSN American Dreams Initiative - “21st Century Feminism”
  • Audrey Smaltz, CEO & Founder of Ground Crew - “Sharing Best Practices for Your Successful Business” (Celebrating 39 years)
  • Juanita Lewis, VoteRunLead - “Political Power and Leadership Training”


PANEL: Discussion on Gender and Elections - Zenaida Mendez, NY1 Political Analyst, Former President of the National Organization for Women, NYS.

PANEL:  Transforming Pain into Power; Real Talk about Race and Culture in the Workplace - Monique Fortune, President at Fortune & Associates

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Overcoming Obstacles: Ensuring your Safety & Security


Entrepreneurial Market-Place with SBA Triage & Vendors

MORNING PLENARY (The Riverside Church Theatre)

  • Welcome and Review of the Day and Goals - Michelle Centeno, President of National Conference of Puerto Rican Women - NY Chapter
  • “Tribute to the Ladies in the Movement” by Linda Young - CEO at Catalysts for Innovation, former POTUS Committee to Promote Participation of Women in Appointment Process, Immediate Past President of NWPC
  • Jill Eisner - District Leader, NWPC-NYC member, Introduction of the Hon. Carolyn Maloney 12th Congressional District
  • Keynote Speaker Hon. Carolyn Maloney, Congresswoman NYC 12th Congressional District "Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act" (S.A.V.E.)
  • Michael McCann, President of McCann Protective Services and former Chief of Police at the United Nations - “Defensive Protection, Cyber Security and Good Advice”
  • Charlsey Baumeier - VP of Legal Services NetLAW - “Your Life is What You Make of It”
  • Sara Bear – Transamerica Financial Advisers - Invitation to Discover and Plan Financial Security
  • Dawn Diaz, Founder of Milagros Day Worldwide, Former FDNY Captain, CEO of Rescue Coaching Institute - “Happiness is a Choice”
  • Human Trafficking and Film Screening of “The Trade” - Brief Q&A to Follow the Film

Lunch break

Afternoon Plenary


  • Verna FitzPatrick – Expert, Long-Term Care Administration, Past President Black Longterm Care Executives - “My Community, My Fight” - Speaking Up for Those Who Do Not Have a Voice
  • Michelle Centeno, Introduction of the Hon. Darcel Clark
  • Keynote Speaker: Hon. Darcel Clark, Bronx County District Attorney - “Understanding the System”
  • Rev. Vernon Williams, Activist - “The Police and the Community: Year-in-Review”
  • “Special Guest TBA”


PANEL: Turning Abuse Into Success - Dawn Diaz, Founder of Milagros Day Worldwide, Former FDNY Captain, CEO of Rescue Coaching Institute

PANEL: Feedback on Today’s Gender Divide and Public Policy - Azadeh Khalilli, Executive Director of Commission on Gender Equity and Office of the Mayor

PANEL: Financial Literacy: Ensuring Your Security -

Moderator Jana Woodhouse, Investment Advisor Representative, BOM


Holiday Event (product sponsored by Anheuser-Busch)

Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions

Woman's Rights Convention, Held at Seneca Falls, 19-20 July 1848

On the morning of the 19th, the Convention assembled at 11 o'clock. . . . The Declaration of Sentiments, offered for the acceptance of the Convention, was then read by E. C. Stanton. A proposition was made to have it re-read by paragraph, and after much consideration, some changes were suggested and adopted. The propriety of obtaining the signatures of men to the Declaration was discussed in an animated manner: a vote in favor was given; but concluding that the final decision would be the legitimate business of the next day, it was referred.[In the afternoon] The reading of the Declaration was called for, an addition having been inserted since the morning session. A vote taken upon the amendment was carried, and papers circulated to obtain signatures. The following resolutions were then read:

Whereas, the great precept of nature is conceded to be, "that man shall pursue his own true and substantial happiness," Blackstone, in his Commentaries, remarks, that this law of Nature being coeval with mankind, and dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other.

It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times; no human laws are of any validity if contrary to this, and such of them as are valid, derive all their force, and all their validity, and all their authority, mediately and immediately, from this original; Therefore,

Resolved, That such laws as conflict, in any way, with the true and substantial happiness of woman, are contrary to the great precept of nature, and of no validity; for this is "superior in obligation to any other.

Resolved, That all laws which prevent woman from occupying such a station in society as her conscience shall dictate, or which place her in a position inferior to that of man, are contrary to the great precept of nature, and therefore of no force or authority.

Resolved, That woman is man's equal—was intended to be so by the Creator, and the highest good of the race demands that she should be recognized as such.

Resolved, That the women of this country ought to be enlightened in regard to the laws under which they -live, that they may no longer publish their degradation, by declaring themselves satisfied with their present position, nor their ignorance, by asserting that they have all the rights they want.

Resolved, That inasmuch as man, while claiming for himself intellectual superiority, does accord to woman moral superiority, it is pre-eminently his duty to encourage her to speak, and teach, as she has an opportunity, in all religious assemblies.

Resolved, That the same amount of virtue, delicacy, and refinement of behavior, that is required of woman in the social state, should also be required of man, and the same transgressions should be visited with equal severity on both man and woman.

Resolved, That the objection of indelicacy and impropriety, which is so often brought against woman when she addresses a public audience, comes with a very ill grace from those who encourage, by their attendance, her appearance on the stage, in the concert, or in the feats of the circus.

Resolved, That woman has too long rested satisfied in the circumscribed limits which corrupt customs and a perverted application of the Scriptures have marked out for her, and that it is time she should move in the enlarged sphere which her great Creator has assigned her.

Resolved, That it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise.

Resolved, That the equality of human rights results necessarily from the fact of the identity of the race in capabilities and responsibilities.

Resolved, therefore, That, being invested by the Creator with the same capabilities, and the same consciousness of responsibility for their exercise, it is demonstrably the right and duty of woman, equally with man, to promote every righteous cause, by every righteous means; and especially in regard to the great subjects of morals and religion, it is self-evidently her right to participate with her brother in teaching them, both in private and in public, by writing and by speaking, by any instrumentalities proper to be used, and in any assemblies proper to be held; and this being a self-evident truth, growing out of the divinely implanted principles of human nature, any custom or authority adverse to it, whether modern or wearing the hoary sanction of antiquity, is to be regarded as self-evident falsehood, and at war with the interests of mankind.


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