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Greetings from Roseann Stichnoth and Elizabeth Wahab, WLC Co-Chairs

Welcome to the May/June issue of WLC-Suite! What a wonderful, whirlwind spring it's been. From a gala, to volunteering, to an incredible Impact Series event, the empowering energy from our 10th Anniversary Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon hasn't stopped. This issue, enjoy reliving your favorite moments, catching up with us, and checking out our new "Make an Instant Impact" section below. We hope you have a happy start to summer, and look forward to seeing you soon!


Roseann Stichnoth Signature Elizabeth Wahab Signature
Roseann Stichnoth Elizabeth Wahab

WLC Impact Series Empowers over 100 Women

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“You have to build the muscle to appreciate who you are,” said Sheena Wright, President and CEO, United Way of New York City (UWNYC) at our Impact Series event, “Women: Empower Your Careers and Accelerate Inclusion” on June 15.

At the event, hosted by EY, we brought over 100 women together for networking and candid conversation on women in the workplace, career advancement, and mentorship. Wright moderated a panel of top women leaders that included: Hayley Boesky (Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Global Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch), Deborah Gillis (President and CEO, Catalyst), and Karyn Twaronite (Global and Americas Diversity and Inclusiveness Officer, EY).

For women at all stages of their careers, the panel agreed that having mentors and sponsors, and supplementing this support network with confidence and self-advocacy is key to professional advancement:

  • “Relationship building is crucial. ” —Deborah Gillis
  • Take more risks and understand that if you fall down, it’s a learning experience.” —Hayley Boesky
  • You have a voice.” —Karyn Twaronite

For more panelist sound bites and insights, check out our Impact Series highlight reel and photos.

Spotlight on Anne-Marie Biser


Meet Anne-Marie Biser! A new WLC member, Biser is a wealth management analyst with the LaGratta Mannix Group at Merrill Lynch, where she also serves on their Women’s Exchange board. Through an array of activities and events, the Exchange supports employee development, the community, and clients. Outside the office, Biser mentors for Student Sponsor Partners in NYC, which provides 1-on-1 mentoring for low-income high school students. With these experiences and passions in tow, she is “very excited to join the WLC and to support a great cause with great women!”

A Baltimore native, Biser majored in civil engineering with minors in environmental engineering and economics at the University of Delaware. When she’s not critically thinking about numbers and giving back in NYC, Biser enjoys pilates.

ReadNYC Round-Up: 4th Quarter Report Card

Wow, over 800 literacy kits packed for ReadNYC

Wow, over 800 Literacy Kits Packed for ReadNYC
In late April, Women's Leadership Council (WLC) members and friends packed literacy kits for over 800 ReadNYC students. These kits help build critical home libraries in a community where over 60% of families don't have one. Just one kit can boost a child's reading skills while giving his or her parents the tools they need to reinforce learning at home.

Make Way for Your 2016 Gridiron Gala MVPs

Make Way for Your 2016 Gridiron Gala MVPs
On May 10, UWNYC teamed up with the New York Jets and New York Giants to raise support for families living in ‪NYC‬’s most-challenged neighborhoods at the 23rd Annual Gridiron Gala. As part of the evening, UWNYC honored ReadNYC students as MVPs, celebrating the strides they're making toward reading on grade-level, which is helping break the cycle of poverty in Mott Haven. Above, the MVPs met fellow honorees Eric Decker (Wide Receiver, NY Jets) and Rashad Jennings (Running Back, NY Giants). See the Gridiron Gala post-game report!

ReadNYC Horizons Expand

ReadNYC Horizons Expand
Goal-setter, big dreamer, and community helper—aspirations ReadNYC Expanded Day Program leaders hold tightly for their students upon their graduations. They recently reflected on and doodled about their first Expanded-Day year—the goals, challenges, and successes as they look toward this fall. Expanded Day pairs schools with community partners to fill curriculum gaps and offer personalized learning, mentoring, sports, arts, and service learning. Learn more.

Building Bridges to Grow Healthy Readers

Building Bridges to Grow Healthy Readers
On June 15, UWNYC teamed up with Reach Out and Read of Greater New York and Colgate “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures” to bring cross-sector partners together for the Growing Healthy Readers Conference. Conference-goers discussed how we can build bridges among us to better support our City’s young readers and get them reading on grade-level. Read more and see photos.

Once Upon a July 7...

Once Upon a July 7...
On July 7, ReadNYC’s 7-week Once Upon a Summer (OUS) program begins. OUS aims to prevent summer learning loss by keeping our ReadNYC families engaged all summer long. In its third year, OUS will serve up to 150 rising second- and third-grade students and their families. The young reading explorers will embark on fun, jam-packed days of tutoring, group reading, outdoor play, and healthy eating. And new this year, ReadNYC will join forces with UWNYC’s FeedNYC team to provide weekly nutrition workshops for OUS parents, where they’ll learn about healthy meals and how to access nutritious foods in Mott Haven. Learn more.

ReadNYC Knows How to Party

ReadNYC Knows How to Party
On July 14, ReadNYC is taking over the New York Public Library, Mott Haven branch for an afternoon of reading, crafting, and more! Why they're partying: it’s National Summer Learning Day with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA). NSLA aims to reduce summer-learning loss and ensure all students have access to quality summer learning opportunities. See photos from last year’s jamboree.

Make an Instant Impact


Draw a ReadNYC Smile...It’s Easy as 1, 2, Click
UWNYC’s six partner ReadNYC schools need books—quality books. And you can help in 1, 2, click. Working with the ReadNYC team, we set up an Amazon Book Wish List brimming with books ReadNYC schools are seeking. So, take a moment. Peruse. Click. Give—a simple gift renders hours of adventure, creativity, and learning. All purchased books will benefit rising second- and third-grade students in ReadNYC’s Expanded Day program.

And we kindly ask that you consider shopping via Amazon Smile and select UWNYC as your charity of choice. For every Amazon Smile purchase you make, Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price. Happy shopping and thank you!



Empower Once Upon a Summer Reading Explorers
According to the National Summer Learning Association, during summer break, low-income students lose two to three months in reading while their higher-income peers make slight gains. This “opportunity gap” paired with the fact that 9 in 10 students can’t read on grade-level in Mott Haven is not okay—especially when students who can’t read on grade-level by the end of third grade are 75% more likely to drop out of high school.

Fortunately, ReadNYC’s Once Upon a Summer program is making substantial gains against these odds. Last year, 89% of participating students increased their overall reading level. OUS is breaking the cycle of poverty, and they’re doing it because of support like yours. Pledge now to empower this year’s program.


Volunteer with Us!
Friday, July 15, 2:30–5:00 PM |UWNYC (205 E. 42nd Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY)

Share your professional expertise with women setting out on their job searches. Volunteers will review resumes and conduct mock interviews for participants in the Coalition for the Homeless First Step Job Training Program. Sign up today!

For more information about the WLC, to become a member, or to recommend a new member, please visit us online or contact Meghan Droge, Manager, Individual Giving and Donor Engagement, at mdroge@uwnyc.org.

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