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The prestigious Women of Power & Influence Awards celebrates the achievements of extraordinary women in government, finance, entrepreneurship, technology, law and business.  Every year since 1988, our Women of Power & Influence Awards gala has honored women who have made great strides in redefining leadership and are changing the way our country thinks about women in the workplace.

Heralding the women leaders among us

Many of our awardees have boldly forged their way to the top of their industries breaking barriers along the way and have made their mark as pioneers and role models.

“Ever since Betty Friedan inscribed the letters N O W on a napkin, NOW has advanced women’s rights. It has made possible the successes of all of tonight’s awardees. Personally, I owe a special debt of gratitude. Without NOW’s support, and that of other women’s groups, I doubt that I would have been Chair of the Federal Reserve.”

– Dr. Janet L. Yellen

About our event

Held at a premier New York City venue, the event is attended by over 400 leaders from the worlds of finance, business, and law, and supported by many Fortune 500 companies.

The proceeds from this annual dinner gala support NOW-NYC and Women’s Justice NOW in the critical work of advocating for and improving the lives of New York women and girls.

Alumnae Include:

Bess Weatherman

Bess Weatherman is Partner and Head of the Healthcare Group at Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm with more than $40 billion in current assets. Ms. Weatherman is one of the key architects of the firm’s’ approach to healthcare investing and has built more than 25 companies during her tenure. She is also a founding donor to support the creation of “Women, War & Peace,” a PBS documentary series chronicling women’s roles in brokering peace in conflict zones

Elinor L. Hoover

Elinor L. Hoover is Vice Chairman of Capital Markets Origination and Global Co-Head of the Financial Strategy & Solutions Group at Citi. She advises corporations globally on capital structure, valuation, capital deployment and enterprise risk management. Elinor began her career in finance in 1989 at CS First Boston in New York and then joined The Blackstone Group in Tokyo where she worked for two years specializing in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, before joining Morgan Stanley in 1994 in the Fixed Income Division.

Dr. Janet L. Yellen

Dr. Janet L. Yellen is an American economist and the immediate past Chair of the US Federal Reserve, appointed by President Obama in 2014. She is the first and only woman to assume this rank  in US history. Previously serving as Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve from 2010 to 2014, Dr. Yellen was also President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; and Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton.

Karen Halby

Karen Halby is Senior Vice President and Head of the Global Tax Office at Sony Corporation – one of the most iconic Japanese multinational conglomerates. As a member of Sony’s executive leadership, and the first woman in this global executive role, she has helped form the company’s first centralized tax department and oversees all tax matters for Sony and its various divisions around the world.

Kimberley D. Harris

Kimberley D. Harris, former Deputy White House Counsel for the Obama Administration, is Executive Vice President and General Counsel at NBCUniversal, the one of the largest multinational media conglomerates with more than $28 Billion in assets. Previously, she was a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell and served as Senior Counsel at the Department of Justice. Ms. Harris is a member of the National Women’s Law Center Leadership 35 Committee.

Liz Elting

Liz Elting co-Founded and led TransPerfect into the world's largest language solutions company. During her tenure as Co-CEO, she grew over $600 million in revenue, 4,000+ employees, 11,000+ clients, and offices in more than 90 cities worldwide. Today, she is Founder and CEO of the Elizabeth Elting Foundation, which strives to break down systemic barriers and advance true equality for all.

Mary Jo White

Mary Jo White served as the 31st Chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from 2013 - 2017. She was the first and only woman to be the US Attorney of the Southern District of New York, serving from 1993 – 2002, and oversaw the prosecutions of John Gotti and the terrorists responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Ms. White served as a Director of The NASDAQ Stock Exchange and was a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton.

Michelle H. Browdy

Michelle H. Browdy is IBM’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs. She leads IBM’s global legal, security, privacy, compliance, environmental, government and regulatory affairs functions. Previously, she served as Secretary to IBM’s Board of Directors and headed IBM’s worldwide litigation, overseeing IBM’s intellectual property, antitrust/competition, employment, class action, securities and commercial litigation globally.

Michelle McCloskey

Michelle McCloskey is President of Man Americas, President of Man FRM, and serves on Man Group’s Executive Committee. Man Group is the largest publicly traded hedge fund company in the world. Ms. McCloskey oversees key strategic relationships and leads the Managed Account Lifecycle team, one of the largest hedge fund managed account platforms globally.

Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow hosts the Emmy Award-winning and top-rated The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, and is the first openly gay journalist to anchor a major U.S. news program. Ms. Maddow is also the author of DRIFT: The Unmooring of American Military Power, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list.