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Barbara

BARBARA DOBKIN

A pioneer in the Jewish community as a donor-activist for programs to empower women and girls, Barbara Dobkin is one of the most visible and committed advocates for social change. She was the Founding Chair of Ma’yan, a program of The JCC in Manhattan, the Jewish Women’s Archive in Boston and the Hadassah Foundation. She was a founder of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community and was board chair of American Jewish World Service. She also served on the boards of The Women’s Funding Network, The White House Project, the Women Donors Network and Lilith Magazine. A frequent speaker on women’s philanthropy and leadership, she is a significant supporter of and adviser to a variety of not-for-profits, both Jewish and secular in the U.S. and internationally. Barbara has been recognized by several organizations including the New York Women’s Foundation, the Jewish Funders Network and the Council on Foundations for her innovative philanthropic work.

Alicia

ALICIA GARZA

Alicia believes that Black communities deserve what all communities deserve—to be powerful in every aspect of their lives. An author, political strategist, organizer, and cheeseburger enthusiast, Alicia founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. In 2018, the Black Futures Lab conducted the Black Census Project—the largest survey of Black communities in over 150 years.

Alicia is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, an international organizing project to end state violence and oppression against Black people. The Black Lives Matter Global Network now has 40 chapters in four countries. She also serves as the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s premier voice for millions of domestic workers in the United States. Additionally, Alicia is the co-founder of Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism.

Alicia has become a powerful voice in the media and frequently contributes thoughtful opinion pieces and expert commentary on politics, race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity. Her work is featured in Time, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, Elle and Essence.

In addition, Alicia has received numerous accolades and recognitions, including being on the cover of TIME’s100 Most Influencial People in the World issue (September 2020), named to TIME’s 100 Women of the Year list (March 2020), Bloomberg 50 (2020), BBC’s 100 Women 2020, Fortune’s 40 Under 40, Fast Company’s Queer 50 list, Politico 50 and 3x recipient of The Root’s list of 100 African American achievers and influencers. Alicia has received the Sydney Peace Prize, Adweek Beacon Award, Glamour’s Women of the Year Award, Marie Claire’s New Guard Award, and washonored as the Community Change Agent at BET’s Black Girls Rock Awards.

Alicia’s first book, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart, released October 20, 2020 with One World (Penguin Random House.) She shares her thoughts on politics and pop culture on her podcast, Lady Don’t Take No.

Alicia warns you – hashtags don’t start movements. People do.

Imara

IMARA JONES

Imara, whose work has won Emmy and Peabody Awards, is the creator of TransLash Media, a crossplatform journalism, personal storytelling and narrative project, which produces content to shift the current culture of hostility towards transgender people in the US. She is also the first Journalist-in- Residence at WNYC’s The Greene Space where she hosts the monthly program Lives At Stake, and is the host of the TransLash Podcast. In 2020 Imara was featured on the cover of Time Magazine as part of its New American Revolution special edition. In 2019 she chaired the first-ever UN High Level Meeting on Gender Diversity with over 600 participants. Imara’s work as a host, on-air news analyst, and writer focuses on the full-range of social justice and equity issues. Imara has been featured regularly in The Guardian, The Nation, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, Mic, Colorlines, and is a frequent guest host of the In The Thick podcast. Imara has held economic policy posts in the Clinton White House and communications positions at Viacom. Imara holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Columbia. Imara is a 2019 Soros Equality Fellow and on the board of the Anti-Violence Project, and the New Pride Agenda. She goes by the pronouns she/her.

Kifah

KIFAH SHAH

Kifah Shah is a campaign strategist and digital/field organizer. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Analyst Institute, adjunct faculty at Columbia University, and co-facilitates a large cross-sectional organizing space called RISE Organizing. Her work spans several places and spaces: migration in the EU with the Migration Policy Group in Brussels; research on economic empowerment with USAID in Karachi; labor rights with Unite HERE! and CLUE in Los Angeles; and civic engagement with MPower Change. Recently, she co-authored Hold the Line: a Guide to Defending Democracy, which predicted the scenarios witnessed surrounding the 2020 general election. In her spare time, Kifah overindulges in chocolate, works out to get stronger, and coordinates teach-ins on organizing with her friends and cofounders at Rad Organizing. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, TED, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, NPR, and more. Kifah holds a Masters in Public Administration in Economic Policy from The London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley.

Urvashi

URVASHI VAID

Urvashi Vaid is an attorney, organizer and social entrepreneur who is President of The Vaid Group, a mission driven consulting and innovation firm working for racial, gender and economic equity. Vaid has worked as: Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation; Deputy Director of the Governance and Civil Society Unit at the Ford Foundation; Director of the Engaging Tradition Project, at the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School; Senior Fellow at CUNY Graduate Center Department of Sociology; Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force; and Staff Attorney at the National Prison Project, ACLU.

Vaid’s community based research and advocacy includes the first survey of HIV/AIDS policies in US prisons (conducted in 1984); the Black Pride Survey 2000; the first national policy agenda on criminalization of LGBTQ people called A Roadmap for Change: Public Policy Issues Affecting the Criminalization of LGBTQ People and People Living with HIV (2014); a participatory research project to develop a national agenda addressing LGBTQ poverty called Intersecting Injustice: Addressing LGBTQ Poverty and Economic Justice for All (2018), and the forthcoming National LGBTQ+ Women’s Community Survey (2021).

Vaid is co-founder of the Donors of Color Network, LPAC, the National Religious Leadership Roundtable, the Federation of Statewide LGBTQ Organizations (which became Equality Federation), and the Creating Change, among other projects.

She is author of Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and The Assumptions of LGBT Politics(Magnus, 2012); Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay & Lesbian Liberation (Anchor/Doubleday, 1995). She co-edited the anthology Creating Change: Public Policy, Sexuality and Civil Rights (St. Martin’s Press, 2000), with historians John D’Emilio and William Turner. Vaid is a graduate of Vassar College and Northeastern University School of Law.

Katharine

THE REV. DR. KATHARINE RHODES HENDERSON

The Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson is president of Auburn Seminary, a 200-year-old institution that equips bold and resilient leaders of faith and moral courage to build communities, bridge divides, pursue justice, and heal the world.

Author of God’s Troublemakers: How Women of Faith are Changing the World (Continuum, 2006),

Henderson is an internationally known speaker and has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, MSNBC, NPR, TEDx, and more.

Henderson was named co-recipient of the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize for her lifelong passion to create spaces for authentic interfaith engagement, including spearheading the creation of “MountainTop,” a national gathering of 80 faith leaders to catalyze a multifaith movement for justice. Past recipients include His Holiness the 14thDalai Lama of Tibet.

She earned her Masters of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary and her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).

2020
Gina

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.”

Adrienne & Autumn

ADRIENNE MAREE BROWN & AUTUMN BROWN

Autumn Brown is a mother, organizer, theologian, artist and facilitator. She is a Worker-Owner at theAnti-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.

Holly & Monika

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 faithbased 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.

Rab Sarah

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.

Lynne

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.

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