Event Features

Date & Time:
March 21, 2018
9:00am – 3:30pm

Manny Cantor Center
197 East Broadway
New York, NY

Event Features

2017 provided a wakeup call for gender roles and responsibilities in the work place across all industries. Where is your organization in this time of change – leading it or being left behind? This event will address the latest research and strategies on how to grow the next generation of leaders and change agents – women and men – on gender parity.


9:00am   Registration & Networking Breakfast

10:00am  A Revolution in Gender Parity

2017 was a breakthrough year for gender policies in the workplace.  On gender parity, change is vital – and inevitable. And for those organizations in the forefront of change, the advantages in talent, engagement, reputation, innovation, and eventually behaviors will be great. How do we instill government leaders with a call to action: to serve as change leaders, and a supporters of other change leaders.

  • Jacqueline Ebanks, Executive Director, NYC Commission on Gender Equity
  • Assembly Member NilyRozic, Chair, Task Force on Women Issues
  • Rose Rodriguez, Chief Diversity Officer, Office of the Governor Andrew M. Cuomo


11:00am  How MWBE can help your business

Certification can significantly help your business gain access to government contracts. Businesses with certification see requests for proposals as the State agencies must make good faith efforts (sometimes 10-25%) participation by women and minorities. Agencies, the government and prime and subcontractors are being measured on it. In this session, learn how to amplify the benefits of your certification and learn how codes and profiles effect your business opportunities.

  • Lourdes Zapata, EVP, Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development, Empire State Development 


12:00pm  One on One: A Leadership Journey

A one-on-one conversation with a remarkable woman in New York’s government exploring both the personal journey to a height of leadership, and how that journey motivates colleagues and employees throughout her organization.

Featuring:  Lieutenant Governor of New York Kathy Hochul and City & State Editor Jon Lentz


12:30pm  Lunch break


1:30pm  Equity in Business Leadership

Today, it is broadly accepted that workplace diversity is good for business.  Companies with both women and men leaders are set up to attain sustainable big wins for their organizations.  Compared to companies without women executive leaders, companies with gender-inclusive leadership teams tend to have higher levels of philanthropy and higher quality CSR initiatives. Investing in women and girls is good for the business and makes for a sustainable future for all.

  • Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Co-Chair, Women's Caucus 


2:30pm  Advancing Women’s Participation in Science and Technology

This panel will examine the participation of women in STEM education, science, technology and other occupations in New York over the past several decades. Experts will share tools and advice to attract more women to these fields. 

  • Katy Kadree, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, NYC Department of Education