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Feature: The Women's Forum of New York

The Women’s Forum of New York is an invitation-only organization of more than 500 women representing the highest levels of achievement across all professional sectors and spheres of influence. Forum members form a driving force in New York City as thought leaders, influencers, trailblazers, policymakers, change agents, power brokers, innovators, icons, creators and business builders.

In addition, the New York Women’s Forum has several signature programs, among them the Education Fund, which provides educational awards to high-potential women 35+ who have faced extreme adversity, and the Corporate Board Initiative, which helps accelerate gender balance on corporate boards.

The Women’s Forum of New York was created by civic leader and philanthropist Elinor Guggenheim in 1974, at a time when women were first entering the executive ranks across most professional sectors. By 1979, the Women’s Forum of New York had inspired Forums across the United States and in 1982 the Forum expanded into the global arena. The International Women’s Forum (IWF) was established in 1987 as an umbrella organization to bring Forums together worldwide and is headquartered in Washington, DC. Today there are 74 Forums around the world in 33 countries representing over 6,800 outstanding women leaders.

Recently, Kay Unger, member of the Women’s Forum, President of Kay Unger Design and Chair of the Board of Governors of the New School’s Parsons School of Design, hosted several Women’s Forum members at Parsons’ annual Marvin Traub Lecture Series featuring Gucci President & CEO, Marco Bizzarri in conversation with Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large of The Business of Fashion. Society & Diplomatic Review exclusively covered this event:

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