cordially invites you to the 26th Annual
Celebrating Women® Breakfast
Rachel Lloyd ● Founder & CEO, Girls Educational & Mentoring Services
Celebrating Women® Award
Tina Brown ● Founder & Editor In Chief, The Newsweek Daily Beast
Leymah Gbowee ● Nobel Peace Laureate & Liberian Peace Activist
The New York Women’s Foundation® (NYWF) will hold its 26th annual Celebrating Women® Breakfast, honoring Rachel Lloyd, Founder and CEO of Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), Tina Brown, Founder and Editor in Chief of The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, and Nobel Peace Laureate and Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, whose groundbreaking efforts to end the civil war in Liberia were the subject of the award-winning documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7:30 AM at the New York Marriott Marquis. NYWF will honor Lloyd with the Celebrating Women® Award, which is given in recognition of her significant achievements that have influenced the lives of – and provided a role model for –women and girls. Brown will be given the Vision Award in recognition of her significant contributions to women and girls, and Gbowee will be honored with theCentury Award for her social activism which has had an extraordinary and lasting impact on the lives of many. The event’s co-chairs and Board Members are Kwanza R. Butler, Anita Channapati, and Jennifer Giacobbe.
ABOUT THE HONOREES
Founder & CEO, Girls Educational & Mentoring Services
Reebok Human Rights Award and Ashoka Fellowship winner Rachel Lloyd is a leading advocate for commercially sexually exploited and trafficked girls and young women. In 1998, with only a computer and $30, Lloyd established GEMS: Girls Educational and Mentoring Services to support girls and young women victimized by the commercial sex industry. Since its inception as a one-woman outreach program, GEMS has grown steadily, building its services and programs and garnering increased visibility and recognition under Lloyd’s leadership. GEMS is now the nation’s largest organization offering direct services to domestic victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking.
Founder & Editor In Chief, The Newsweek Daily Beast
Tina Brown is the founder and editor in chief of The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. Starting as a writer for Punch magazine and the Sunday Times, she quickly rose through the ranks of the magazine industry to become editor in chief of Talker, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, publisher of Talk magazine and most recently, editor in chief of Newsweek & The Daily Beast. At Vanity Fair, Brown pioneered celebrity journalism and increased its circulation from 250,000 to 1.2 million. Following her success at Vanity Fair, Brown moved to The New Yorker, where she became the first woman to serve as editor. In March 2010, Tina launched the annual Women in the World summit. Recently she founded the Women in the World Foundation, which will serve as a resource to all who seek to learn about and engage on issues of importance to women and girls.
Nobel Peace Laureate & Liberian Peace Activist
2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, social worker, and women’s rights advocate. She is Founder and President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, and is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa. Gbowee’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace – which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003 – is chronicled in her memoir Mighty Be Our Powers and in the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Gbowee Peace Foundation and the PeaceJam Foundation, and is a member of the African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning.
ABOUT NYWF: The New York Women’s Foundation® is a cross-cultural alliance of women, serving as a voice for women and a force for change. The Foundation identifies innovative women-led organizations that are effecting change for women in the communities they serve. NYWF strategically funds organizations and programs that move women, girls and families toward long-term economic security through individual transformation and systemic change, mobilizing leaders and community partners as philanthropists and change agents. NYWF funds programs that promote economic security, anti-violence and safety, health, and sexual and reproductive rights for women and girls in New York City.
For information about the Celebrating Women® Breakfast and The New York Women’s Foundation®, visit www.nywf.org.
Thursday, May 9, 2013 7:30AM to 9:30AM
Press Check-In* 5:30AM-6:15AM
Press Check-In Closes 6:30AM
Step & Repeat | Arrivals 6:15AM-7:10AM
Guest Registration 6:30AM
Breakfast & Program 7:30AM sharp – 9:00AM
VIP Reception 9:30AM-11:00AM
The New York Marriott Marquis
Broadway Ballroom, Sixth Floor
1535 Broadway | between 45th & 46th Streets
New York City