Honoring 25 of New York’s most remarkable women of 2017

25 of new york's most remarkable women

The day after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, millions of women marched in Washington, D.C., New York City and other cities across the country and around the globe. Provoked by Trump’s controversial rhetoric on the campaign trail, they came out in record numbers to rally for the rights of women and others who felt threatened by the new administration.

Of course, women are not a monolithic voting bloc, and many of them are staunch supporters of the president. But the massive crowds displayed the influence that women can wield, at least when political winds bring so many of them together.

Unchastened, Trump went on to fill his cabinet largely with white men, appointing just four women and relegating them to less consequential posts. To be fair, there’s also plenty of room for improvement in New York, where politicians pride themselves on their efforts to promote gender equality. No woman has ever been elected governor of the state or mayor of New York City. In Albany, it’s still three (or four) men in a room. In the state Legislature, only about one in four lawmakers are women.

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Still, women in New York have been making notable gains in both the private sector and in the public sphere, rising to the top ranks – even in traditionally male-dominated fields like law and technology. In our annual Above & Beyond list, we put the spotlight on some of these remarkable women. This year, we’re featuring honorees in five sectors: business, health care, education, advocacy and government. Among the honorees are one of the state’s top political strategists, a former head of the American Civil Liberties Union and a pair of elected officials who have been striving to reach positions of leadership – and many more.

Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker

Jennifer Cunningham


Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker

Chief of Staff, Real Estate Board of New York

Ali Davis


Chief of Staff, Real Estate Board of New York

Founder and CEO, New York Grant Company

Ann Kayman


Founder and CEO, New York Grant Company

Associate Vice President, Capalino+Company

Safeena Leila Mecklai


Associate Vice President, Capalino+Company

CEO, Nicholas & Lence Communications

Cristyne Nicholas


CEO, Nicholas & Lence Communications

Partner, Gibson Dunn

Mylan Denerstein


Partner, Gibson Dunn

President, Northeast Region, Allied Universal

Caress Kennedy


President, Northeast Region, Allied Universal

President, Lemire LLC

Katherine A. Lemire


President, Lemire LLC

Vice President, Wealth Management Office of Business Management, Morgan Stanley

Nekpen Osuan


Vice President, Wealth Management Office of Business Management, Morgan Stanley

Executive In Residence, Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York at Cornell Tech

Judith Spitz


Executive In Residence, Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York at Cornell Tech

Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science, Columbia University

Ester Fuchs


Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science, Columbia University

Dean, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

Sherry Glied


Dean, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

President, LaGuardia Community College

Gail Mellow


President, LaGuardia Community College

Professor of Law, New York Law School

Nadine Strossen


Professor of Law, New York Law School

Executive Director, Midori & Friends

Suzanne Wilson


Executive Director, Midori & Friends

Chief of Staff, New York state Department of Transportation

Cathy Calhoun


Chief of Staff, New York state Department of Transportation

New York City Councilwoman

Julissa Ferreras-Copeland


New York City Councilwoman

First Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Small Business Services

Jackie Mallon


First Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Small Business Services

Assemblywoman

Catherine Nolan


Assemblywoman

Chairwoman and CEO, New York City Housing Authority

Shola Olatoye


Chairwoman and CEO, New York City Housing Authority

Executive Director, American Autism Association

Eliane Abou-Assi


Executive Director, American Autism Association

Vice President, Office of Transformation, NYC Health + Hospitals

Andrea Cohen


Vice President, Office of Transformation, NYC Health + Hospitals

President and CEO, Urban Health Plan

Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez


President and CEO, Urban Health Plan

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Commonwealth Fund

Kathleen Regan


Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Commonwealth Fund

Deputy Director of NYC Smoke-Free, Public Health Solutions

Deidre Sully


Deputy Director of NYC Smoke-Free, Public Health Solutions