Power of Women to Make a Difference Honors Iconic Female Leaders Andrea Jung and Hayley Boesky

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NEW YORK, NY– Nearly 600 female leaders in the business, finance and nonprofit sectors came together at Cipriani 42nd Street on Wednesday, March 11, for United Way of New York City’s Women’s Leadership Council’s (WLC) ninth annual Power of Women to Make a Difference award luncheon. The luncheon honored female leaders who have positively impacted their communities and made a difference in the lives of others. The event raised over $875,000 to support United Way of New York City’s education initiatives, serving thousands of young people across the five boroughs each year.

Hosted by Tracie Strahan, Emmy Award-winning reporter for NBC 4 New York, this year’s event honored Hayley Boesky, Vice Chairman of Global Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Andrea Jung, President and CEO of Grameen America. The event featured an inspirational conversation between Strahan and the honorees on the collective power of women and the challenges and triumphs of their corporate careers. Sheena Wright, President and CEO of United Way of New York City, Monique Nelson, CEO of UniWorld Group, Tory Burch, fashion designer and CEO of Tory Burch LLC, Lori Silverbush, filmmaker and hunger relief advocate, Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, and Marianne Collins, Chief Revenue Officer of Source Media, were also in attendance.

“I am thrilled to be recognizing two exceptional women today for their accomplishments, exceptional leadership and commitment to community service,” said Sheena Wright, President and CEO of United Way of New York City. “These women embody the spirit of philanthropy and the true power of women to make a difference.”

“It is an honor to be recognized by United Way of New York City,” said Andrea Jung, President and CEO of Grameen America. “We are aligned in our conviction that women are the engines of growth in their communities. When women contribute, everyone benefits.”

“I am honored to be receiving this acknowledgement and proud to represent Bank of America – I am especially humbled to receive this award in the presence of the many inspiring women leaders gathered in this room,” said Hayley Boesky, Vice Chairman of Global Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Luxury Italian fashion house Max Mara, presenting sponsor of the honoree reception, showcased its Spring 2015 collection at the event and dressed both Strahan and Wright for the red carpet. Additionally, banking and financial services company Barclays was the event’s signature sponsor, and Source Media, parent company of financial services industry newspaper American Banker was the executive media sponsor. Special gifts for the honorees, the WLC’s luncheon host committee and the WLC Executive Committee were provided by Swarovski and Max Mara. One special guest chosen at random received a luxurious leather handbag valued at $1,200 courtesy of Max Mara.

The Women's Leadership Council is a network of women who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of New York City's young people. The WLC celebrates the power of women by honoring those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in business and philanthropy. WLC has raised nearly $5 million in support of United Way of New York City’s education programming.

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About United Way of New York City
For more than 75 years, United Way of New York City has been the activist inside, working deep within the system to weave a net of interconnected solutions to catch our poorest neighbors. We orchestrate hundreds of partners in a symphony of hope, and mobilize communities to break down barriers and build opportunities that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers for the benefit of all. We help ensure that short-term needs are being met while simultaneously working on long-term solutions to the city's most intractable problems. We envision caring communities where all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives. We are the activists inside, working to make New York City work for every New Yorker. Follow, Like and Pin us, and learn more at unitedwaynyc.org.

About United Way of New York City’s Women’s Leadership Council
The Women's Leadership Council (WLC) is a network of women dedicated to making a difference in the lives of New York City's young people. The WLC has raised nearly $5 million in support of United Way of New York City's youth empowerment initiatives.

About Max Mara
Max Mara, the premiere collection within the Max Mara Fashion Group, is the epitome of Italian luxury and style; a contemporary collection for the confident woman consisting of opulent fabrications with couture details applied to Women’s ready-to-wear. Known for classic silhouettes with a timeless sensibility, constructed with the most luxurious fabrics, Max Mara is revered for the classification of the coat, sharp suiting and elegant accessories. Max Mara, was founded by the late visionary Achille Maramotti in 1951. The collection is now available in 2,368 locations in 100 countries. Max Mara Fashion Group counts 19 different collections. The company remains privately held and managed by the Maramotti family.

About Barclays
Barclays is an international financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays’ purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions – in the right way. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs approximately 135,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. For further information about Barclays, please visit our website barclays.com.

About Source Media
SourceMedia, an Observer Capital company, is a diversified business-to-business digital media company serving senior professionals in the financial, technology, and healthcare sectors. Brands include American Banker, The Bond Buyer, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Planning, On Wall Street, Accounting Today, Health Data Management, and Employee Benefit News. Information about SourceMedia is available at sourcemedia.com.