Welcome to our latest WLC-Suite! While summer promised beach reads, travel and relaxation, it also proved a terrific time for WLC activity. Between holidays and sun, we celebrated new members, helped get women workforce-ready and welcomed a new Co-Chair, Elizabeth Wahab. Now, as students gear up for school, we're also readying for a fantastic fall filled with engaging events and the first hints of our 10th Anniversary Luncheon.


Roseann Stichnoth
WLC Chair


Elizabeth joined the WLC four years ago after meeting Anna Patruno, then Chair. She knew the WLC would be part of her future when she left the meeting, crossed into Times Square and found an enormous billboard emblazoned with the message, "Elizabeth cares about her community." While it may not take neon lights to lead all women to the WLC, she hopes many share her level of excitement about its important work, especially in education, and the great women associated with the group.

Beyond her new role as WLC Co-Chair, Elizabeth is the Head of Investor Relations at Viking Global Investors, a $30 billion asset manager. She also leads the firm's charitable foundation. Elizabeth lives in NYC with her husband and two boys, and is an avid Yankees fan.


WLC volunteers empowered eleven women from the Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement’s (WCECA) WORKREADY Program on June 25. Ten volunteers conducted mock interviews and networking exercises to improve program participants’ job-search skills, which are key to taking bold steps toward self-sufficiency.



Lunch with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on September 11! That’s right—don’t miss the exclusive opportunity to hear from, and discuss local and national issues with, the Senator at UWNYC’s first thought leadership series event at Sidley Austin’s NYC offices. Stay tuned for more details.



Come celebrate UWNYC’s new partnership with Catalyst on November 18, 5:00–7:00PM. This nonprofit seeks to build inclusive work environments for women. To kick off this well-aligned partnership, the WLC will enjoy an evening of thought-provoking conversation and cocktails, featuring Deborah Gillis (President & CEO, Catalyst) and UWNYC Board Member Karyn Twaronite (Partner, Ernst & Young Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Officer). Mark your calendars!


ReadNYC Roundup

  • Catch up on ReadNYC’s Once Upon a Summer (OUS) program, a 7-week learning initiative, where almost 200 young readers, their parents and little siblings are transporting themselves into wondrous educational summers. See photos, OUS’s 2014 impact and what’s new this year: http://bit.ly/readnycOUS.
  • VOTE NOW to help build NYC families’ home libraries. This summer JetBlue’s literacy campaign Soar With Reading installed three book vending machines fully stocked with 100,000 books in Anacostia, Washington, D.C. Now, JetBlue is setting its sights on its next city sky, and with your help, NYC could be its final destination. Voting is open until August 31, 2015.
  • Beginning this September, over 600 students will benefit from ReadNYC’s Expanded Day Program at six Mott Haven ReadNYC-partner schools. The new initiative pairs schools with community partners to fill curriculum gaps and offer personalized learning, mentoring, sports, arts and service learning. Community-partner teammates include: East Side House Settlement, Inwood House, WHEDco, City Year, YMCA and Roads to Success. Learn more.

This issue Jeanine Khoury, new WLC Executive Committee Member, recommends The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls and a family-fun series, Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell.


The Glass Castle: Khoury couldn’t put this read down, as Walls recounts an extraordinary childhood. “It was fabulous…Overall, very powerful, emotional and thought-provoking piece. I highly, highly recommend this read.” Against grim backdrops of southwest desert and Appalachian mining towns, Walls and her siblings find themselves in a tug of war between unconditional love for their parents and catapulting dysfunction. Awe-inspiring, Walls tells an affectionate tale worth multiple reads.


Dork Diaries: Khoury’s nieces, ages 6–8, rave that these books are “big adventure stories.” The illustrated chapter books are the diary of fictional 14-year-old Nikki Maxwell, chronicling her escapades as a middle-schooler with truth and humor.

To recommend your favorite read, email Erin Hill at ehill@uwnyc.org.


Volunteerism: August 25 & 26, 6:00–7:30PM | UWNYC, 205 E. 42nd Street
Join UWNYC’s Young Leaders Council (YLC) to fill backpacks with supplies collected during UWNYC's summer Back-to-School Drive. Email William Vanasdale, Manager of Individual Giving, to sign up.

Thought Leadership: September 11, Luncheon (Time TBD) | Sidley Austin, 787 7th Avenue
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will speak exclusively at the first UWNYC thought leadership series event.

WLC Connects: November 18, 5:00–7:00PM | Ernst & Young, 5 Times Square
Enjoy a “fireside chat” and cocktail hour with Deborah Gillis (President & CEO, Catalyst), UWNYC Board Member Karyn Twaronite (Partner, Ernst & Young Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Officer) and more.

WLC Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon: March 9, 2016 | Cipriani, 42nd Street
Mark your calendars now for the 10th Anniversary affair! See 2015 photos.

Coming Soon: Fall 2015 
WLC Luncheon 10th Anniversary Kickoff Event. More details to come—see 2014 photos.

For more information about the WLC, to become a member or to recommend a new member, please visit us online or contact Erin Hill, Director of Individual Giving and Donor Engagement, at ehill@uwnyc.org. Enjoy our latest issue? Please share with your friends.

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