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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.

Alums In The News

Our awardees are leaders making decisions today and influencing change tomorrow. They 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.

Janet Yellen

Dr. Janet Yellen is set to become the first woman Treasury Secretary following her nomination by President-Elect Joe Biden. Dr. Yellen is the immediate past Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, appointed by former President Barack Obama. She is the first and only woman to assume this rank in U.S. history. Dr. Yellen serves as a Distinguished Fellow in Residence with the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution.

Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch, former U.S. Attorney General and the first African-American woman to hold the post, is widely recognized for her commitment to defending and advancing civil rights during her historic tenure. Loretta’s legal career spans three decades of law practice and public service and currently serves at Partner at Paul Weiss, advising clients on government and internal investigations.

Audrey Strauss

WPI alum Audrey Strauss has taken the helm as acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Named by The National Law Journal as one of the country’s top 50 women litigators, Audrey is heading the prominent agency’s cases regarding Trump’s financials and the indictment of Ghislaine Maxwell related to underage sex trafficking.

Gretchen Carlson

Gretchen Carlson was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world and is a 20-year veteran of television news. Ms. Carlson is credited with ushering in a new era of workplace sexual harassment accountability.

Michelle Peluso

As Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of Digital Sales at IBM, Michelle Peluso has pioneered the use of agile marketing systems throughout all IBM brand initiatives. A committed champion for women, Michelle has spearheaded an initiative to recruit and assist highly-skilled women to reenter the workforce.

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. She is the author of "Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power" and "Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth," both of which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list.

Genie Cesar-Fabian

Genie Cesar-Fabian serves as the General Counsel and CCO at Palladium Equity Partners with over fifteen years of experience representing financial services firms. She has served as pro bono counsel for women, families, and children to ensure their freedom from violence and their access to economic stability and educational opportunities.

Michelle H. Browdy

Michelle H. Browdy is the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs at IBM. Ms. Browdy oversees all of IBM’s global legal, security, corporate governance and compliance activities and policies, as well as IBM’s environmental and government and regulatory affairs functions.

Kimberley D. Harris

Kimberley D. Harris is Executive Vice President and General Counsel at NBCUniversal. She served as a Deputy White House Counsel during the Obama administration. Ms. Harris is also a member of the National Women's Law Center Leadership 35 Committee.

Liz Elting

Liz Elting co-founded and lead TransPerfect in becoming the world’s largest provider of language and business solutions. She is recognized for her outstanding entrepreneurship and focus on developing women business leaders.

Linda Findley Kozlowski

Linda Findley Kozlowski is President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Apron. Before joining Blue Apron, she served as Chief Operating Officer of Etsy, Inc.

Elinor L. Hoover

Elinor L. Hoover is the Global Co-Head of the Consumer Products Group in Citi’s Corporate and Investment Banking division. Ms. Hoover serves as Vice Chairman of Capital Markets Origination at Citi. She is a key member of the Management Committee of Citi’s Corporate and Investment Banking group and coheads the division’s Diversity Committee.

Raj Seshadri

Dr. Raj Seshadri is President of Data and Services at Mastercard and a member of the company's Global Management Committee. She serves on the Boards of the American India Foundation, SAYA!, Mount Holyoke College, and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Mary Jo White

Mary Jo White served as the 31st Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission during the Obama administration. Under her leadership, the Commission's strengthened protections for investors and markets through transformative rule-makings that addressed major issues raised by the financial crisis. She is currently a Senior Chair at Debevoise & Plimpton.

“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

All Alumnae


Genie Cesar-Fabian
Loretta Lynch
Gwen Marcus
Michelle Peluso


Lara Abrash
Megan Clarken
Christa D’Alimonte
Liza Landsman
Sheri Roder
Dr. Raj Seshadri
Rose Stuckey Kirk


Gretchen Carlson
Karen L. Halby
Kirstin Hill
Linda Findley Kozlowski
Beth Levine
Angela Mwanza
Dr. Janet Yellen


Michelle H. Browdy
Leslie Dukker Doty
Geraldine Buckingham
Michelle McCloskey
Davia Temin
Marinela Tudoran


Stacey Antar
Leilani Brown
Dale Cendali
Liz Elting
Jennifer Kennedy
Dr. Robin L. Smith


Michelle Bottomley
Jane Gladstone
Elinor L. Hoover
Sharon Nelles
Desiree Ralls-Morrison
Jamie Wine


Nithya Das
Carolyn Edgar
Heidi Levine
Joy Marcus
Dr. Ellen Strahlman
Bess Weatherman


Kimberley D. Harris
Lauren Hochfelder
Ellen J. Rosenthal
Joan Solotar
Sandra Wilkin


Leslie Abi-Karam
Paula H. Anderson
Donna Dabney
Julie Macklowe
Kelly M. Williams
Melinda M. White


Susan Blount
Binta Niambi Brown
Melissa Cohn
Debra Coughlin
Lesley Rosenthal
Sung-Hee Suh


Sharon Bowen
Angela Buonocore
Justice Betty Ellerin
Bridget Healy
Andrea Nicolas
Edie Weiner


Dr. Nereida Correa
Dany Levy
Patricia A. Martone
Betty Santangelo
Elizabeth Thompson


Subha Barry
Sheila Birnbaum
Anucha Browne
Marlene Sanders +
Audrey Strauss


Cathy Fleming
Lesley Goldwasser
Daryl Hannah
Roberta A. Kaplan
Elizabeth Sackler


Preeta Bansal
Kay Booth
Betsy Levitt Cohn
LaMae Allen deJongh
Carrie A. McCabe
Donna Orender
Anna T. Pinedo




Amy Butte
Rita Henley Jensen +
Suri Kasirer
Rachel Maddow
Michele Medaglia
Anne C. Vladeck


Katha Pollitt
Meredith Wagner
Lizz Winstead


Martha Burk, Ph.D.
Elizabeth J. Coleman
Hon. Elizabeth Holtzman
Rhonda J. McLean
Nell Merlino


Donna Chaiet
Dorchen A. Leidholdt
Laraine S. Rothenberg
Allison Schieffelin


Madeline Lee Bryer
Nicole Miller
Amy Scherber
Elizabeth M. Schneider


Candace Krugman Beinecke
Janet Tiebout Hanson
Carolyn Kubischek
Cheryl Mills
Laura Ross


Catherine Abate
Sharon Emek
Marcia Ann Gillespie
Annette Gordon-Reed
Sarah L. Mandelbaum
Marcia Sells
Myra Vaugh


Mary Dorman
Merle Hoffman
Alexandra Lebanthal
Hillary Richard
Dr. M. Vicki Wacksman
Ruth Whitney +


Janet Benshoof +
Sylvia A. Law
Donna Lieberman
Elizabeth A. Mason
Valorie K. Vodjik
Mary Jo White
Patricia Williams


Harriet Newman Cohen
Janice Goodman
Adria Hillman
Patricia M. Hunes
Barbara T. Rochman


Pamela A. Liapakis
Kay C. Murray +
Judith P. Vladeck +


Joy Behar
Barbara Ehrenreich
Linda Ellerbee
Denisse Oller


Barbara Litrell
Carol Martin
Gloria Steinem


Patricia L. Francy
Mildred Robbins Leet +
Carol O’Cleireacain
Michaela Walsh
Dolores Wharton


Karen Alschuler
Adrienne Bresnan
Judith Edelman +
Laurie Maurer


Sophia Collier
Melba Duncan
Judy Lotas
Karen McIver
Sally Minard
Joanna Patton
Bernice Steinbaum


+ deceased