The NCWUS 125th Anniversary Conference

On Friday, March 28th I had the privilege to moderate a panel titled, Unfinished Business: The Business Case for Women’s Economic Empowerment at the Conference
Unfinished Business: Exploring New Horizons For Societal Change
held at The Cooper Union in New York City.

The conference marked the 125th Anniversary of The National Council of Women of the U.S. and celebrated its work to end sexism and racism by bringing together women and men from all backgrounds that care about the advancement and inclusion of women in society with the goal of  energizing all sectors of society to continue the work started by the Council’s founders.

When Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton met in Seneca Falls IN 1848, they never imagined their legacy would be so far reaching.  In 1888 they founded The National Council of Women of the U.S. which remains the oldest, nonpartisan, nonsectarian women’s organization in the country.  The International Council of Women, organized at the same time, also continues to serve the needs of women throughout the world.

Highlights of this historic event:

US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney presented the recognition of the NCWUS 125th Anniversary as entered into the Congressional Record

Governor Andrew Cuomo sent his congratulations
National Council of Women of the U S 125th anniversary conference Governor Letter

Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a Proclamation naming Friday, March 28, 2014 as National Council of Women of the United States Day:


Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer gave congratulatory comments at the Gala Reception that followed the conference.

Lynn Sherr, Emceed The Event

Rita Henley Jensen interviewed Martha Burk on Unfinished Business: The Power of the Vote

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, gave the Keynote, Unfinished Business: Looking Back, Guiding Progress

Dr. Eleanor Baum received the Susan B. Anthony Award for Outstanding Service

Jennifer Parmelee gave a dramatic reading: Sojourner Truth’s, “Ain’t I A Woman”

Karen V. Hill, President and CEO of the Harriet Tubman Home, Inc.
Lessons learned from the work of Harriet Tubman

Angela Clark-Taylor, University of Rochester
Unfinished Business: Women’s Studies – Changing the future?

Unfinished Business: Slavery and Violence against Women
Patricia Latona, UN Representative, Zonta International Catherine Cerulli, J.D., PhD, Director, University of Rochester Susan B. Anthony Institute
Nancy Rivard, President and Founder, Airline Ambassadors
Cecelia Gastón, Executive Director, Violence Intervention Program

Unfinished Business: The Business Case for Women’s Economic Empowerment
Wendy Amengual Wark, Founding Partner of Inclusion Strategy Solutions LLC
Dr. Patricia Flynn, Professor, Bentley University and former Dean of the McCallum Graduate School of Business
Carmen Oveissi Field, Principal, Deloitte Discovery
Ursula Wynhoven, General Counsel, and Chief, Social Sustainability UN Global Compact

Beverly Cooper Neufeld, Director, Equal Pay Coalition NYC
Morning Wrap-up and Call to Action

Julia Weisner gave a dramatic reading: Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s, “Solitude of Self”

Unfinished Business: Giving Back to Support Women’s Progress
Dr. Jacqueline Plumez, psychologist and writer
Marianne Virgilio, University of Rochester Trusts and Estates
Lori Blaker, President of TTi Global and committed to Women of Tomorrow Mentorship & Scholarship Program
Mary Singletary, President, National Council of Women of the US.

Diana Hinojosa gave a dramatic reading: Susan B. Anthony’s “Working Woman”

Anita, A young woman who recently turned 18 years old
Unfinished Business: Expectations of the Right to Vote

Unfinished Business: Challenges for the Next Generation
Dr. Teresa Dahlberg, Dean of Albert Nerken School of Engineering, Cooper Union
Nancy Ploeger, President, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
Gloria Feldt, Co-founder and President, Take the Lead


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