Sallie Krawcheck has led Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, and Citi Private Bank as CEO, and was called “The Last Honest Analyst” by Fortune Magazine and one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.” Her life’s mission is to help women to reach their financial and professional goals. She is currently the Founder & CEO of Ellevest, a new investing approach designed by women for women.
Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5m into 100 startup companies led by underestimated founders. In 2018 Arlan co-founded Backstage Studio which launched four accelerator programs for underestimated founders in Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and London.
Bethanie began her career in the photo industry before joining Google in 2004. Throughout her 16 year career at Google she has spent 12 hour days reviewing ads, sold the first campaigns on YouTube, created, launched and (sometimes) sunsetted products, negotiated billions of dollars in first-of-their-kind deals and now oversees New Business Development, Revenue Management and Analytical Insights. Bethanie is a tireless women’s advocate and recognized leader on the topic of breadwinning women. She founded the Breadwinning Women’s community at Google which has grown to over 1600 women globally in less than a year. She is also the host of the upcoming podcast "Working Wife, Happy Life!"
Dr. Shepherd is an OB/GYN and women's health expert and also the founder of Her Viewpoint, an online women's health forum that focuses on addressing taboo topics in a comfortable setting. As an OB/GYN, she practices at the University of Illinois at Chicago and also serves as the Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. Dr. Shepherd has written in various journals including Women's Day, Women's Health, Self, Family Circle, Parents, LifeScript.com, Heart and Soul, Best Health, Essence, and WebMD.She is also seen regularly as an expert on The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, CBS News, FOX news (NY, LA Chicago and Dallas), WGN News and WCIU in Chicago where she is a monthly health contributor as well as guest co host. In addition to radio programs nationwide, Dr. Shepherd also gives lectures nationally and internationally on fibroids and myomectomies and women's health issues.
Stephanie Trachtenberg is the Head of Marketing at Clio Designs Incorporated, where she's on a mission to empower women to own their sexual wellness by making high quality, affordable products that are accessible to all with plusOne.
Trachtenberg is on a mission to empower women to embrace their sexuality and bring awareness to sexual health and wellness — and the industry has taken notice. Recently awarded a Rising Star awardby Drug Stores News, Trachtenberg is a celebrated thought leader. With plusOne, the newest addition to Clio’s portfolio, Trachtenberg works to break down barriers to sexual wellness, disrupting outdated taboos regarding self-pleasure with a line of beautiful, affordable and approachable vibrators and sexual wellness products.Most notably, Trachtenberg works with plusOne to democratize pleasure, offer consumers access to high- quality sexual wellness devices at a cost everyone can afford. Rising quickly to dominate the category (plusOne is now ranked #1 in the category, by volume, according to Nielsen), plusOne is spearheading a wave of change and acceptance in the fem tech market.
In 1986, Hylton experienced prison from the inside when she was sentenced to twenty-five years-to-life for kidnapping and second-degree murder. Like so many women before her and so many women yet to come, her life had been a nightmare of abuse that left her feeling alone and convinced of her worthlessness. Since her release in 2012, Donna has emerged as a leading advocate for criminal justice reform and women's rights who speaks with politicians, violent abusers, prison officials, victims, and students to tell her story. But it's not her story alone, she is quick to say. She also represents the stories of thousands of women who are unable to speak for themselves because they've been silenced, imprisoned, or killed. Donna Hylton is a groundbreaking advocate for criminal justice reform--she was a featured speaker at the 2017 Women's March on Washington, and she works hand-in-hand with other influential voices such as Eve Ensler, Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow), and Rosario Dawson to ensure prison safety and to end mass incarceration in the US. In fact, Dawson has signed on to play Hylton in a movie that's in development now.
Jessica S. Henry is former New York City public defender who is now an associate professor of Justice Studies at Montclair State University. She researches and writes about wrongful convictions and criminal justice reform. Henry is an active blogger and a frequent commentator on local and national television and radio. Her new book, Smoke but No Fire: Convicting the Innocent of Crimes that Never Happened (University of California Press) will be out in August 2020. Learn more at http://www.jessicahenryjustice.com.
Iesha Sekou is the Founder and CEO of Street Corner Resources Inc., a not for profit 501(c)(3), founded in 2007 and operating in Harlem, USA. Street Corner Resources’ mission is to help young people by providing greater access to education, training opportunities, real employment and other resources which help improve their lives and help them stay away from gun and gang violence. Iesha encourages the use of innovative methods to challenge youth to improve their own lives. She facilitates life shaping and mind changing workshops including, “Rekindling the Inner Spirit to Succeed” and” To Be or Not To Be” – an anti-gang workshop.
Autumn Trafficante is a transgender woman and activist living and working in Manhattan as a software engineering manager and tech lead for Blackboard Insurance, a subsidiary of AIG. After the death of her mother in 2010, Autumn dropped out of medical school to pursue a career in music while teaching herself to code. In 2016 Autumn began her transition and quickly became an outspoken member of the trans community on Reddit and Instagram with contributions to The New Yorker, The Times of London, CNN Health, Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global, and, most recently, the My Skin My Way campaign by Gillette Venus.
Charline Valdez is a Women’s Rights leader in the Mid-Hudson Valley and champion for human rights.
Charline is passionate and works tirelessly to address injustices to work towards solutions to improve the lives of many who have been oppressed by years of bias and policies that have allowed some to excel on the backs of the marginalized.
Charline has worked to support local campaigns like James Skoufis for Senate, Gareth Rhodes for Congress, Kevindaryán Luján for Assembly, and John Hall for Congress to change the power dynamics in the Mid-Hudson region to have crucial representation at County and State legislatures. She’s also a former Campaign Staffer and Volunteer to the Bernie Sanders for President and Barack Obama for President campaign.
Charline’s is a Planned Parenthood volunteer organizer, speaker, and patient activist on the frontlines. She has spent countless hours supporting reproductive justice issues, because without bodily autonomy there can be no Justice!
Karen Cahn is the Founder & CEO of iFundWomen, and is on a mission to increase access to capital for female entrepreneurs, empowering women to start and grow better businesses. iFundWomen provides early-stage entrepreneurs with access to capital, coaching, and community—a vital network that sparks confidence, accelerates knowledge, and ignites action.
Michelle is also an award-winning writer whose essays and articles have reached more than 30 million people online, in publications including Cosmopolitan, Billboard, The New York Times magazine and Elle.com. She was the founding editor-in-chief of Cosmo For Latinas magazine, where she built a community that consistently reached two to three million readers per month online and more than 100,000 on the newsstand. A frequent college speaker and writing coach, she feels especially inspired to work on projects focused on owning one's voice and building a dream, which she spoke about at a TEDx conference hosted at Barnard College titled “Dream Wild.”
Dr. Lindo Bacon is a researcher and former professor, who for almost twenty years has focused their attention on fostering a global transformation leading to a more just world, where all bodies are valued and respected. Dr. Bacon has mined their deep academic proficiency, including 3 graduate degrees, their clinical expertise as a former psychotherapist and a nutritionist, and their personal experience to write two bestselling books, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, and the co-authored Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight, both of which are credited with transforming the weight discourse and inspiring a hopeful new course for the global body positivity movement. In their forthcoming book, Radical Belonging: How to Survive and Thrive in an Unjust World (and Transform it for the Better, Bacon takes their inspiring message beyond size, to shaping a culture of empathy, equity and true belonging. Visit for more.
Abby Stein is a Jewish educator, author, speaker, and activist. She was born and raised in a Hasidic family of rabbinic descent, and is a direct descendent of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidic Judaism. Abby attended Yeshiva, completing a rabbinical degree in 2011. In 2012, she left the Hasidic world to explore a self-determined life. In 2015 Abby came out as a woman of trans experience. Since coming out, she has been working to raise support and awareness for trans rights and those leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy. Her story has been covered in the New York Times, New York Post, Wall Street Journal,New York Magazine, Jewish Daily Forward, Daily Mail, NBC, Vogue, Instyle, and more, as well as live appearances on CNN, Fox News, HuffPost Live, ShowTime, NowThis, PopSugar and internationally. In 2016, Abby was named by The Jewish Week as one of the “36 Under 36” young Jews who are inspiring change in the world. In 2018 she was awarded the Pride Award by the Brooklyn Borough President. She studied gender studies and political science at Columbia University in New York City.
Joyce Short is a sexual assault survivor, a victims’ advocate, a TEDx Talk Presenter, the Founder of the Consent Awareness Network, and the author of three books on sexual assault. Her most recent book, “Your Consent – The Key to Conquering Sexual Assault,” and her TEDx Talk, “When YES Means NO – The Truth about Consent,” have been used by legislators to introduce new sexual assault bills that are currently pending in several states. She has also produced, “Your Consent for Kids,” a YouTube cartoon to help our younger generation understand the meaning of “consent.” Ms. Short has been featured in Nightline, BuzzFeed, Inside Edition, the CBS Evening News, the NY Times and more. She is the recipient of a “Woman of Distinction” honor by the NY State Assembly.
Anais Fortiz, I'm a 16 year old girl born and raised in Brooklyn. My parents came from El Salvador escaping the gang violence. I have helped spread the word about a voting app that is now created called “Vote In Or Out”. This app opened my eyes to the political world and has inspired me to want to major in law and maybe one day help inspire career in politics for me. Being part of the change is my calling. I’m currently in an AP seminar program where I work with the superintendent of the district of early college and urban association schools. In this program we gather research about the inequality we see in the school district and how to Improve it. I attend an early college school where I’m getting my associates degree and high school at the same time. I’m also a theatre director in a competition show in school. I also volunteer in school and in my community. I’m also very active in my church where I sing every Sunday with my family. My main goal is to make a difference and be someone who influences others to make a difference.
Amanda is the Executive Minister for Justice & Movement Building at Middle Collegiate Church, a progressive multiethnic inclusive Church in the East Village, and is the founder of Raising Imagination, a platform that encourages activism & social change. In her spare time, she's the mother of 5-year-old twins Zane and Levi and 3-year-old daughter Skyler.
Lisa Chin Mollica is the CEO and Founder of Vote In Or Out, a new non-partisan grassroots Voting App where voters create, fact-check and share information while building ballots for election day. Imagine Reddit for voting! The app has many features that will help increase voter participation, improve how we approach our political discourse, force public servants to be more accountable to the people that elect them instead of to the lobbyists that fund them and ultimately, encourage its users to help send fake news into a virtual trash bin. The app directly connects people to research and links them to the candidates, advocates and organizations they trust. Users will be able to explore who supports their stances on the issues in seconds with swipe-able candidate score cards. They’ll be able to collect and post research about the candidates so they become better informed before they make their voting decisions. Vote In Or Out launches at the end of January but people can sign up at voteinorout.com today.
Julia Fusco Luberoff is the Executive Director of the Women's March New York City chapter. She is also an educator in New York City having taught science and students with disabilities for 18 years in Brooklyn. She never learned how to shut her mouth and probably never will. Julia hopes to teach other women and young girls to use their voices to make effective lasting change to create the world they need. And she understands the value in using humor to do it. Julia's favorite people to hang out with are teenagers because she never learned to grow up. And that's probably her best quality. Julia's life mottos are "Be Kind Always" and "Don't tell me I can't do it, tell me what you think you're going to do to stop me."
NYC pop recording artivist & transgender star, Mila Jam fills every room with talent, personality & undeniable style.
A YouTube Sensation turned Original Pop Artist, Mila is known around the world for her unforgettable stage performances & one of a kind music videos.
Mila has toured internationally with the Broadway musical RENT; performed alongside James Brown, Mark Ronson, Laverne Cox, Travis Wall, Jody Watley, Lady Kier (Deee-Lite) & Natasha Bedingfield. Appearances include the BBC's The Lilly Allen Show, GLAAD Media Awards, MTV & MTV NEWS with special features on The Huffington Post, , OUT.com & Perezhilton.com. She is the Odyssey Nightlife Awards Breakthrough Artist (2015), the GLAM Nightlife Awards Best Video & Dance Artist (2013) and the talk show host of an original YouTube Talk Show Series titled 'I'm From Driftwood’.
Guided by a passion for music across all decades, New York singer-songwriter Alyssa Kayhill writes songs of the heart with heavy influences of pop, funk, rock and soul.She is passionate about using music as an opportunity to connect with people, support individuality and advocate for acceptance. Mending hearts by day as an interventional cardiology nurse and patient advocate, Kayhill believes in the healing power of music. Her ingenuity, sincerity and compassion for others take center stage throughout her artistry.
Armed with powerful vocals and enticing dynamics, Alyssa Kayhill has rocked the stage of legendary New York City staples such as The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, Pete’s Candy Shop, The Living Room, The Cutting Room and many more.
Kayhill's much anticipated solo project Love Is What It Is to be released January 24, 2020. Her new single “Love Is” is in stores now and available via Spotify, Tidal, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and more.
Zach Norris is the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and co-founder of Restore Oakland, a community advocacy and training center that will empower Bay Area community members to transform local economic and justice systems and make a safe and secure future possible for themselves and for their families. Zach is also a co-founder of Justice for Families, a national alliance of family-driven organizations working to end our nation’s youth incarceration epidemic.
Zach helped build California’s first statewide network for families of incarcerated youth which led the effort to close five youth prisons in the state, passed legislation to enable families to stay in contact with their loved ones, and defeated Prop 6—a destructive and ineffective criminal justice ballot measure.
Zach is a loving husband and dedicated father of two bright daughters, whom he is raising in his hometown of Oakland, California.
Zakiyah Ansari is the Advocacy Director of the New York State Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), the leading statewide organization that has been fighting for educational justice in New York State. Zakiyah is the mother of 8 children and grandparent of 4. Zakiyah has dedicated 20 years of her life to the fight for educational justice and ending the oppression of Black and brown peope.In 2017, Zakiyah was named one of City and State magazines "25 Most Influential in Brooklyn". Zakiyah volunteers her time with Justice League NYC who works to end childhood incarceration.
Caridad De La Luz is a multi-faceted performer known as “La Bruja”, who is considered one of America's leading spoken word poets and was named one of the ‘Top 20 Puerto Rican Women Everyone Should Know’. Caridad was awarded the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship 2020-2021, The Edgar Allan Poe Award from The Bronx Historical Society and has been titled a Bronx Living Legend, along with a Citation of Merit from the Bronx Borough President. She has performed at The Apollo, Lincoln Center, Gracie Mansion, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, City Hall in NYC and many international venues as well. Since her debut performance in the famed Nuyorican Poets Café in 1996, she continues to host the Monday Night Open Mics where people from all over the world come to perform. NY Times called her "a Juggernaut" and she is currently cultivating her own art space in the Soundview area of The Bronx called “ElGaraje”. CaridadDeLaLuz.com @LaBrujaNYC on Instagram & Twitter
“I refuse to live in the shadows," says Judith Paez Sanchez. Judith is a daughter, sister, mother, wife, friend and entrepreneur.
She migrated from Mexico over 25 years ago and remains passionate about the art and food of her culture. Judith is the mother of three, one of whom is a DACA recipient. Judith has dedicated her life for years to fighting our unjust immigration system.
In 2017, she joined the New Sanctuary Coalition. She began by volunteering her time to empower impacted community members. Judith’s compassion, fire, and dedication to helping others is as extraordinary as she is.
Judaline Cassidy established the non-profit Tools & Tiaras. The primary goals of this organization are to expose, inspire and mentor young girls and women about careers that are “non-traditional” for women such as construction, firefighting, stagehands, etc. Getting young girls excited about working with tools fuels Judaline, She is a dynamic speaker on the importance of girls and women having opportunities in every sphere.
Judaline’s dedication to equality extends beyond her own industry; she brings her powerful voice and passion to social and political issues that affect low-income and marginalized peopleacross all communities. She has a broad knowledge of women’s history and constantly strives not only inspire the next generation but also acknowledge the past struggles of women and men to achieve greater social justice and opportunity for all.
Althea Stevens- I roar for young people and voiceless communities
Pascale Bernard is a dynamic Haitian-American leader with extensive government, non-profit, education and labor experience. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at amherst, the Fordham University graduate school of social services, and is currently the Vice President of public affairs Planned Parenthood of Greater New York(PPGNY) Pascale is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority incorporated and has dedicated her life to the liberation of her community. Pascale is a dedicated mother of Dominic and Josephine and happily resides in the great village harlem with her children.
Olivia Owens is the Head of Partnerships at iFundWomen, the platform for female entrepreneurs to raise capital through crowdfunding, grants, coaching, and the connections needed to launch and grow successful businesses. Olivia was a founding team member of iFundWomen, which launched in 2016 and continues to help women raise millions of dollars in capital. Her leadership brokered critical partnerships to help scale the business, including Girlboss, The Riveter and a sponsored grant program with Systane, the #1 doctor-recommended brand of artificial tears, resulting in $40K in grants for female founders. In addition, she supported the creation of iFundWomen’s proprietary coaching program and helped build-out one of the nation’s largest connected communities of women business owners through the platform. Olivia previously held positions at Under Armour in People & Culture and received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland.
Amoy Barnes- I roar to create a government that is accessible and transparent for all communities.
Ema Eyasmin (She/Her) is a proud Bangladeshi-American who is the Youth Programs Coordinator at Planned Parenthood of Greater NY. Ema has dedicated her 12-year career to working with community by educating young people on their sexual reproductive health. Throughout her career at PPNYC/PPGNY, Ema has held many positions that have provided her with the opportunity to help expand youth programs and to develop creative ways to increase health access with young people. Ema's interest in health education began as a participant in PPNYC's Teen Advocate Program, a peer-education program where teens learn how to facilitate sexual health workshops at schools in their community. The experience in the program was empowering and eye-opening; it encouraged her to continue her knowledge of sexual health education and community engagement by becoming a full-time educator for the Office of Adolescent Health program, as well as the Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) program. Ema is now the Youth Programs Coordinator, and in her role she supports Jessica, the Associate Director of Youth Programs, with overarching program strategy, partnership cultivation, and implementation for the health education of youth in all five boroughs of NYC. Additionally, she is a member of the Sexual Reproductive Justice committee at PPNYC/PPGNY. Ema’s philosophy is that sexual health education and reproductive rights are human rights, and she is committed to ensuring that all marginalized communities in New York City receive the education and access they deserve.
Larissa Vasquez is the Director of Community Engagement at PPNYC. In this role, she oversees the Education Department’s Community Health Promotion programs that provide training, outreach, and support to adults in the communities served by PPNYC. Prior to joining PPNYC, she worked as a bilingual reproductive health educator and conducted weekly sexuality education classes and counseling sessions for youth and adults of reproductive age at New York Presbyterian Hospital's family planning clinic. Ms. Vasquez studied Biological Sciences at Connecticut College and has over ten years of experience in the field of public health as a leader, educator, program developer, and manager.