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Meet the 2020 Honorees

Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch was appointed U.S. Attorney General by President Barack Obama in 2015, becoming the first African-American woman to hold the post. Her commitment to defending and advancing civil rights was a hallmark of her historic tenure and she is widely recognized for prioritizing police reform throughout major cities across the U.S. Loretta’s legal career spans three decades of law practice and public service, including three presidential appointments and extensive pro bono work for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. At Paul Weiss, Loretta advises clients on government and internal investigations.

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. Previously, Michelle has served as CEO of Gilt and Travelocity, and CMO of Citigroup, where she led the launch of New York's first bike-share program, Citibike. Michelle, who was awarded an ARF Great Minds Award in 2017, is on the Board of Directors at NIKE.

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. After teaching Law & Literature as an adjunct professor at her alma mater St. John’s University School of Law, her passion for social justice led her to work as a pro bono counsel at Her Justice, an organization that provides legal assistance for women in NYC, and Say Yes to Education, an NGO committed to giving children resources to excel in secondary and post-secondary education.

H. Gwen Marcus

Throughout her thirty-six year tenure at SHOWTIME, H. Gwen Marcus has played an integral role in transforming the company into a gold standard of American television networks. As the Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Gwen serves as SHOWTIME's chief legal officer. Gwen is a frequent speaker on workplace diversity and she formerly served as Board Co-Chair of the LGBT Community Center of New York. Currently, Gwen is the Board Vice-Chair of Theatre Development Fund which serves NYC public school kids, among its other programs.


This year’s annual gala will be held on Thursday, October 8th. There are two ways to support our work! You can contribute directly to NOW-NYC or you can support our educational and charitable branch, Women’s Justice NOW. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the links below.

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Tickets via NOW-NYC

By donating directly to NOW-NYC, your contribution supports the legacy of our organization and our efforts to advance women’s rights. Please note that as a 501(c)(4) organization, contributions to NOW-NYC are NOT tax-deductible.

Tickets via Women’s Justice NOW

By donating to our charitable sister organization, Women’s Justice NOW, your contribution supports our work to empower and educate women and girls. Please note that as a 501(c)(3) organization, contributions made to WJN are tax-deductible.

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