2020 Honorees

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GINA BREEDLOVE

Medicine Woman gina Breedlove is a vocalist, composer, actor and sound healer from Brooklyn, NY. gina began her walk with spirit and music when she was 9 years old, singing in her family’s holy roller Baptist meets Pentecostal Church. She began her professional career at age 15, singing background for the incomparable Phylis Hyman. gina went on to tour the world with legendary “artivist” Harry Belafonte as his featured vocalist. She created the role of “Sarabi” in the Broadway production of “The Lion King” and has worked as an actor on two Spike Lee joints, “Living da Dream”and “Chi-raq.” A Sound Healer, gina holds grief circles with women who have lost their children to gun violence in Chicago, and tours the world with her music that she calls “folksoul,” holding sound healing circles in every city she visits. From Rwanda to Georgia, gina teaches people how to use their voices to move grief and rage through their bodies, creating opportunity for presence, embodiment and ease. She is the creator of “Vibration of Grace™, healing and soul retrieval through Sound.”

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ADRIENNE MAREE BROWN & AUTUMN BROWN

Autumn Brown is a mother, organizer, theologian, artist and facilitator. She is a Worker-Owner at the Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance (AORTA). She is the past Executive Director of RECLAIM!, and was a founding member of the Rock Dove Collective, a radical community health exchange active in New York City from 2006 to 2012. Autumn is a speculative, visionary and creative non-fiction writer. Her work has been published in Octavia’s Brood, Revolutionary Mothering, Pleasure Activism and the Procyon Science Fiction Anthology. She co-hosts the podcast How to Survive the End of the World with her beloved sister.

adrienne maree brown is the author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good. She is also a fiction writer, and was the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. She is a doula and pleasure activist, and facilitates black liberation movements across the country. She is the founder of the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute and co-hosts the podcast How to Survive the End of the World with her beloved sister.

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HOLLY FOGLE & MONIKA ESTRADA GUZMAN

Holly Fogle is a passionate advocate for the dreams of young children everywhere. Born in the foothills of Appalachia, Holly witnessed first-hand the impact of rural poverty and how a lack of hope could stymie families and communities.

As a child, Holly’s dream was to reinvigorate the only major business in the area – a steel company – and she attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to fulfill that dream. At Wharton, she realized that steel was not her future and decided to join McKinsey, where she spent 13 years honing her problem-solving skills. Ultimately, she was the senior partner in charge of the New Jersey office.

Holly kept coming back to the notion of reinvigorating Appalachia. She left McKinsey to contemplate how she could best achieve this goal, and she realized that the needs she saw in Appalachia also existed in her adopted home of NYC. This led to the creation of Nido de Esperanza (Nest of Hope) in 2017.

Holly is the co-founder and Executive Director of Nido de Esperanza in New York City where she works with immigrant families and their young children living in poverty. El Nido believes deeply in the power of women working together, and focuses on breaking the cycle of poverty through intensive intervention during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. The program provides one-on-one parent coaching, books and literacy support, diapers, baby formula, food for the family, English classes, community among the mamas, and most importantly: HOPE.

Even though these women and Holly were born on two different continents, she empathizes with them deeply. As mothers, we all want our children to flourish. As people, we all need hope and the ability to follow our dreams. It is the reason she left Appalachia, and it is the reason these women left their countries.

She is the mother of two children, ages 11 and 14. She serves on the Executive Committee of Christ Church New York and is Chairman of the Board at St. Luke’s Episcopal School. She lives in lower Manhattan and loves to explore the world with her family!

Monika C. Estrada Guzman, BA, MSW (she/her/ella) is the Program Director of Nido de Esperanza, a faith-based early childhood intervention program for families with infants and toddlers ages zero to three located in Washington Heights/Inwood. Monika works with mothers to effectively address the challenges that recent immigrants face in the U.S. Her work with clients is grounded in a two-generation approach, and uses an empowerment model to foster self-efficacy and resilience to help them better cope with stressors related to their immigration status and motherhood.

Monika immigrated with her mother at the age of seven from Guatemala. Seeing her mother navigate a new country, learn a new language, adapt to a new role and deal with her loss of familial connections, identity and attachment to her birth country, were all part of her journey. At a young age Monika witnessed how her mother relied on her Christian faith, her resilience and strength to create a home for herself and others. Monika’s mother was a strong advocate for others, creating a sanctuary in her own home for recent migrants and family members to arrive and find work.

Along their journey, Monika and her mother also found people who would do the same for them, creating safe spaces and sharing their human capital and connections to support, creating a cycle of never ending love and kindness for one another. Her personal experience growing up bicultural, undocumented and unafraid, and facing systemic barriers inspired her to obtain her Bachelor’s degree, and later her Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University. Following her mother’s example, during her studies Monika continued to create safe spaces for others. Her work was recognized by New York Silver School of Social Work, who granted her the Outstanding Student Program Award, and by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) New York Chapter, who gave her the Alex Rosen Award. In 2019, the Latino Social Work Coalition presented her the Leadership Award alongside Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz, Jr. and many other advocates of change in the community.

Monika has made it her mission to make safe spaces for anyone she encounters. She has worked with recent migrant students from the Caribbean, Mexico and South America in the Lower East Side, and studied the depths of the push/pull factors that drive unaccompanied minors to make the perilous journey across the border in Puebla, Mexico. Seeing her story reflected in the hopes and dreams of new arriving families into the U.S., she is committed to advocating on behalf of everyone she meets. Nido de Esperanza is a place of hope and safe spaces, born out of many dreams and stories that Monika hopes will continue the cycle of love and kindness for one another.

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RABBA SARA HURWITZ

Rabba Sara Hurwitz is Co-Founder and President of Maharat, the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as clergy, also serves on the Rabbinic staff at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. She completed Drisha’s three-year Scholars Circle Program, an advanced intensive program of study for Jewish women training to become scholars, educators and community leaders. After another five years of study under the auspices of Rabbi Avi Weiss, she was ordained by Rabbi Weiss and Rabbi Daniel Sperber in 2009.

In 2013 Rabba Hurwitz was awarded the Hadassah Foundation Bernice S. Tannenbaum prize, and the Myrtle Wreath Award from the Southern New Jersey Region of Hadassah in 2014. In 2016 she was the Trailblazer Award Recipient at UJA Federation of New York. She was named as one of Jewish Week’s 36 Under 36, the Forward50 most influential Jewish leaders, and Newsweek’s 50 most influential rabbis. In 2017, Rabba Hurwitz was chosen to be a member of the inaugural class of Wexner Foundation Field Fellows.

She and her husband, Josh Abraham, are parents to Yonah, Zacharya, Davidi and Natan.

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LYNNE TWIST

Lynne Twist is the founder of the Soul of Money Institute and author of the best-selling, award-winning book The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life. Over the past 40 years, Lynne has worked with over 100,000 people in 50 countries in the arenas of fundraising with integrity, conscious philanthropy, strategic visioning and having a healthy relationship with money. Her clients include: Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, the International Unity Church, Charles Schwab, United Way, The National Black Theater of Harlem, Harvard University and others.

A sought-after speaker, she has presented for the United Nations Beijing Women’s Conference, State of the World Forum, Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Governor’s Conference on California Women, among others. A recognized global visionary, Ms. Twist has been an advisor to the Desmond Tutu Foundation and the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Lynne is the recipient of numerous prestigious honors, including the “Woman of Distinction” award from the United Nations.

Lynne is a co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance — a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture. In addition, Lynne serves on a number of nonprofit boards including the Fetzer Institute, The Institute of Noetic Sciences, Bioneers, Conscious Capitalism and Women’s Earth Alliance. From working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, to the refugee camps in Ethiopia and the threatened rainforests of the Amazon, Lynne’s on-the-ground work has brought her a deep understanding of the social tapestry of the world and the historical landscape of the times we are living in.

2019 HONOREES

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STACEY ABRAMS

Stacey Abrams is an author, serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and political leader. She is the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States. In 2018, after serving for 11 years in the Georgia House of Representatives, including seven as Minority Leader, Abrams became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, winning more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. Over the course of her career, Abrams has founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training, and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels. She is the author of a guidebook on leading from the outside and making real change and also eight romantic suspense novels under the pen name Selena Montgomery. She is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award.

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SHIFRA BRONZNICK

Shifra Bronznick is seeking to transform the world by connecting the ideals, ideas, and actions of four waves of feminists. She is a strategist to social sector networks, organizations, and leaders. As Founding President of Advancing Women Professionals, she has supported hundreds of women in cultivating their full potential and advancing systemic change. The groundbreaking initiatives Shifra launched include the Better Work, Better Life paid leave campaign and Men as Allies. The leadership consultant to the White House Project for a decade, she is the co-author of Leveling the Playing Field and was chosen three times by The Forward as one of the 50 most influential Jews. She is a Ford Foundation Public Voices Fellow and teaches strategic leadership to the EMPA graduate students of NYU Wagner.

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PAULINA HELM-HERNÁNDEZ

Paulina is a queer artist, trainer, political organizer, and strategist from Veracrúz, Mexico, who has made the US South her home for more than two decades. For eleven years, she was the co-director of Southerners on New Ground, a social justice advocacy organization supporting LGBTQ people in the US South. Prior to that she coordinated the Southern regional youth activism program at the Highlander Research and Education Center. Paulina has a background in farmworker and immigrant/refugee rights organizing, anti-violence work, and gender and sexual liberation work that centers people most affected by poverty, war, and racism. Paulina is always exploring ways to deepen political unity with people and institutions willing to demand and organize for collective liberation.

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RESHMA SAUJANI

Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology while teaching girls confidence and bravery through coding. A lifelong activist, Saujani was the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. She is the author of three books, Brave, Not Perfect, Women Who Don’t Wait In Line and the The New York Times bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World. Reshma lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, their son, Shaan, and their bulldog, Stanley.

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THE REV. WINNIE VARGHESE

The Rev. Winnie Varghese is a Senior Priest for Trinity Church Wall Street. She is the author of Church Meets World, editor of What We Shall Become, and is a prolific writer and blogger of numerous articles and chapters on social justice and the church. Before coming to Trinity, Rev. Varghese was the rector of St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, a historic Episcopal congregation in New York City. She is the former Episcopal Chaplain at Columbia University and UCLA and previously worked with the Mental Health Association of Los Angeles as an outreach worker to people who were homeless and living with severe mental illness.

Previous Honorees

2018
The Reverend Jennifer Bailey
Isabel Rose
Susan Silbermann
Andrea Taylor
Resistance Revival Chorus

2017
Dr. Debbie Almontaser
Eileen Fisher
Lyla June
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
Rev. Eboni Marshall Turman, Ph.D.
Sharon Prince

2016
Yara Allen
Melissa Harris-Perry
James Perry
Wanda Bryant Hope
Sarah Kureshi, MD, MPH
Lekha Singh
Mamie Kanfer Stewart

2015
Abigail E. Disney
Lucia K. McBath
Dr. Georgette F. Bennett
Tamika D. Mallory,
Teresa Wynn Roseborough
Nadia Roumani

2014
Patricia Fili-Krushel
Sapreet Kaur
The Rev. Dr. 
Jacqueline J. Lewis
Rabbi Jennie Rosenn

2013
Lauren Bush Lauren
Sister Simone Campbell
SSS
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth
Salem Abdelrhman
Miki Joelson
Alexander Posner

2012
Cecile Richards
Cecilia Guthrie Boone
Rabbi Sharon Brous
Rev. Kanyere Eaton

2011
Kayrita Anderson & 
Deborah Richardson
Bishop Minerva Carcano
Jensine Larsen
Dr. Gail T. Reimer
Chely Wright

2010
Nurah Amat-ullah
Violet L. Dease
Emma Bronznick Goldberg
Jacki Zehner,

2009
Abigail Disney
Wendy Paulson
Angela Buchdahl
Fatima Haidara

2008
Barbara Friedman
Farhana Khera
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

2007
Lena Alhusseini
Blu Greenberg
Alice Walker
Diana Chapman Walsh

2006
Zainab Salbi
Leah Hunt-Hendrix
Helen LaKelly Hunt
Nicki Newman Tanner

2005
Ronit Avni
Dr. Johnetta Cole
Daisy Khan

2004
Jenise Harrell
Ruth Messinger
Mary Robinson
Shalimar Yamin-Khan

2003
Caroline Baron
Judy Collins
Rachel Lloyd

2002
Wendy Kopp
Aasma Khan
Lilia Gerberg

2001
Dr. Ruth Simmons
Margot Stern Strom
Kirsten Pratt

2000
Dr. Jane Goodall
Henna White
Jean Griffith-Sandiford
Maria Rogers

1999
Faye Wattleton
Dr. Dorothy Height, Stephanie Schwartz Ferdman,

1998
Dr. Margaret C. Heagarty
Alexa Rosas-Pereira
Marlo Thomas

1997
Sr. Helen Prejean
The Rev. Annie Bovian
Zoe Tananbaum