Hillary Rodham Clinton Delivers Keynote Address At The 8th Annual Elly Awards

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Women’s Forum of New York hosted the 8th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon benefiting The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum on Monday, June 18th at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The awards, named for the Women’s Forum founder Elinor Guggenheimer, honor outstanding women leaders.

This year marked the 31st anniversary of the Education Fund of the Women’s Forum; the organization has helped over 220 women, ages 35 and over, whose lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity to complete their college degrees. The event raised over $350,000 for its Education Fund.

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The 2018 Elly Award recipients were:

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former First Lady, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State, and presidential candidate.

Sheila C. Johnson, Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts.

Deirdre Quinn, CEO and Co-Founder of Lafayette 148 New York.

This year’s Elly Award presenters were Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, who presented the Elly Award to Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton; Kay Unger, President of Kay Unger Design, & CEO of the Kay Unger Family Foundation, presented the Elly Award to Sheila C. Johnson; and Dr. Joyce F. Brown, President of the Fashion Institute of Technology, presented the Elly Award to Deirdre Quinn.

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Marcy Syms, Former Chairman and CEO of Syms Corporation, was the Chair of the 2018 Elly Awards. Paula Zahn, nine-time Emmy Award winning host and executive producer of “On the Case with Paula Zahn,” moderated a conversation on leadership with honorees Sheila C. Johnson and Deirdre Quinn following the presentation of the awards.

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“Thirty-one years ago, the Education Fund embarked on a mission to help women who had overcome devastating hardships in their lives realize their dream of a college education. Since then, we are proud to have given over $1.43 million in financial awards to over 220 women to help them return to school, earn their degree, and take their place in the professional work world. Our financial awards have transformed their lives, influenced their families, and improved communities.” — Ilene Wachs, President, The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum.

VIP’s who attended the event included: Daryl Roth, Carolyn Maloney, Emily Rafferty, Kay Koplovitz, Lulu Wang, Jonelle Procope, Rikki Klieman, Marissa Shorenstein, Catherine Kinney, Marigay McKee, Gena Smith, Dee MacDonald-Miller, Pamela Baxter, Deanna Mulligan, and Abbe Raven.

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