City & State is pleased to announce the 2016 Above & Beyond Gala, an annual celebration honoring 25 exceptional New York women in the fields of public service, business, organized labor, nonprofit and media. The gala will be held March 31 at Pier A in New York City.

The honorees will be featured in a special print publication that will outline their outstanding contributions to New York. The publication, City & State’s first Women’s Issue, will also include editorial content analyzing some of the most pressing issues women are facing across the state today.

“City & State is pleased that we can play a role in acknowledging the accomplishments and contributions of New York’s female leaders,” said City & State Editorial Director Michael Johnson. “This year, we are building on our previous coverage to include editorial content on issues important to women, from paid family leave to female entrepreneurship.”

The gala has previously featured notable speakers including Julie Menin, recently appointed commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and former commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, as well as former Fox News political commentator Margaret Hoover.

This year, Maya Wiley, counsel to the mayor, will keynote the event. Wiley advises the mayor on the legal aspects of policy matters and spearheads special projects, like expanding affordable broadband access throughout the five boroughs and improving civil rights and gender equity in the workplace. She also serves as director of the city’s minority- and women-owned business enterprises program.

Women are over half of our population and central to the prosperity of our city and state,” Wiley said. “From launching businesses at twice the rate of men to breaking through glass ceilings, women are not just sitting at the table, we're building the table. And there is so much more to do to ensure the views and voices of women are heard. City & State’s Above & Beyond honorees deserve celebration and the first-ever Women's Issue is forward-thinking and much needed.”

“The Above & Beyond Gala has been an opportunity for City & State to recognize the incredible leadership of New York women every year,” City & State Publisher Andrew Holt said. “This year, we’re pleased to expand on this celebration by allocating our editorial resources to cover current policy issues that impact women.”

View the list of 2016 Above & Beyond Honorees here.