Dynamic women leaders, including Stacey Abrams and Reshma Saujani, to be celebrated for their moral courage

FEB 4, 2019
Contact: Loretta Kane (917-410-7242 or [email protected])

23rd annual Auburn Lives of Commitment Awards honorees announced

NEW YORK — Today, the honorees of the annual Auburn Lives of Commitment Awards were announced. This year, dynamic women leaders — from grassroots activists to religious leaders — will be celebrated. Auburn President the Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson will host the event and honorees will be recognized for their innovative, cutting-edge work to bridge divides, build community, pursue justice and heal the world. Following the awards ceremony, Emma Goldberg, a writer, journalist and feminist activist, will moderate an in-depth conversation with the Lives of Commitment honorees.

WHAT: 23rd annual Auburn Lives of Commitment Awards, hosted by Auburn Seminary


WHEN: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 7:30 a.m. EST

WHERE: New York, NY (Exact location to be announced)

WHO: Live of Commitment honorees:


Stacey Abrams

The first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States. Her historic campaign for governor of Georgia was nearly successful, despite reports of voter suppression. 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 scheduled to give the Democratic response to the 2019 State of the Union Address.


Reshma Saujani

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. Notably, she has sparked a national conversation about empowering girls. A lifelong activist, Saujani was the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. She is the author of three books, including the New York Times Bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World. Saujani was recently featured on Good Morning America.


Paulina Helm-Hernández

A queer artist, trainer, political organizer and strategist from Veracrúz, Mexico, who lives in the U.S. South. For eleven years, she was the co-director of Southerners on New Ground, a social justice advocacy organization supporting LGBTQ people. Helm-Hernández has a background in farmworker and immigrant/refugee rights, anti-violence and gender and sexual liberation work that centers people most affected by poverty, war and racism.


Shifra Bronznick

A strategist to social sector networks, organizations and leaders. Bronzick is the founder and president of Advancing Women Professionals & the Jewish Community, recognized annually by the philanthropic guide, Slingshot, for leadership and innovation. She has been a senior fellow at the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU/Wagner where she teaches strategic leadership for the Executive Masters in Public Administration program.


The Rev. Winnie Varghese

A senior priest for Trinity Church Wall Street. Varghese is the author of “Church Meets World,” editor of “What We Shall Become,” and a prolific writer of numerous articles and chapters on social justice and the church. Before coming to Trinity, she 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.

This year’s awardees join an illustrious group of past honorees, including Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton, Melissa Harris-Perry, Cecile Richards, past-president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL 8th District).


Auburn is a leadership development and research institute, working to build the field of the multifaith movement for justice. From local to global, Auburn equips leaders of faith and moral courage and brings together unlikely partners to address today’s seemingly intractable challenges, strengthen communities and inspire hope.


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