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The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Inducts
Washington, DC Member, Barbara Hackman Franklin
IWF Washington, DC member, Barbara Hackman Franklin is President and CEO of Barbara Franklin Enterprises. She was the 29th US Secretary of Commerce and led the first White House effort to recruit women for high-level government positions. To read more about this special honor, click here.
IWF New York and Southern California Member, Loreen Arbus, Will be Honored with
the Womensphere Global Award for Philanthropic Leadership
The Womensphere Foundation will honor Loreen Arbus, humanitarian, disability rights activist, producer, author, President of the Loreen Arbus Foundation, the Goldenson-Arbus Foundation and Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc., with the Womensphere Global Award for Philanthropic Leadership at the Womensphere Global Awards on October 2nd in New York City.
“The Womensphere Global Awards are given to outstanding individuals and institutions that demonstrate extraordinary leadership and impact the mission of the Womensphere Foundation: to unleash the potential of women and girls, to build a more inclusive and more sustainable world, and to create a better future,” says Analisa Balares, CEO of Womensphere, Chair of the Womensphere Foundation and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
“Arbus has demonstrated genuine passion for advancing women, for creating a more inclusive world, and for building a better future,” says Balares, who will present the award. “Over the decades, Loreen has shown exceptional impact through her philanthropy and leadership in Women Moving Millions, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, The Women’s Media Center, The Women’s Leadership Board at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and across many causes and organizations, from health and education, to women’s media, public policy, minority rights, and the arts.”
For more information about Womensphere Foundation please click on the following link: http://www.womenspherefoundation.org/
A Tribute to Muriel Siebert
Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times
The International Women’s Forum pays tribute to the passing of a pioneer who forever changed Wall Street – IWF’s Hall of Fame Honoree and New York Women’s Forum member, Muriel Siebert. She was the first woman to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, back in 1967, and remained so for a decade. Siebert also was the first woman to head one of the exchange’s member firms.
Please follow the link to read about her story and battle for equality on Wall Street.
IWF South Africa member, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is appointed Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women). Mlambo-Ngcuka was the first woman to hold the position of Deputy President of South Africa. She brings a wealth of experience in advancing the role of women in a dynamic and multi-cultural society and has also demonstrated a tireless commitment to the mentoring and coaching of women and girls from all walks of life.
The 67th Tony Awards was a very big night for “Pippin,” and for Boston-area theater.
For Diane Paulus, the third time was the charm. The American Repertory Theater artistic director won her first Tony for directing tonight, collecting the trophy for her popular revival of “Pippin,” which won the Tony for best revival of a musical. Paulus had previously been nominated for her revivals of “Hair” and “The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess.”
In her acceptance speech, Paulus gave thanks to all at the ART where the show was created, the Boston audiences who saw it first, and Harvard president Drew Faust, whom she quoted as saying “creativity is a form of knowledge.”
Patina Miller of “Pippin” also won the award for leading actress, saying it was a childhood dream come true. She thanked Paulus and called her “a visionary.” And veteran actress Andrea Martin won the Tony for featured actress in a musical for her role as Berthe in “Pippin,” bringing the show’s total number of awards to four. The excited Martin thanked the “extraordinary” Paulus for giving her the opportunity.
3 Fly Aviators Meet From Across the World
(From left to right: Valentina Tereshkova, Barbara Barrett and Ludmila Shvetsova)
Barbara Barrett, Past IWF President & IWF Member of Arizona and Montana, paid a brief visit to Ludmila Shvetsova, IWF Vice President and President of IWF-Russia. While there, she met Shvetsova’s colleague and friend, Valentina Tereshkova.
Each of these three women has an extraordinary aviation origin story. Barrett earned her distinction as the first civilian woman to land in an F/A-18 on an aircraft carrier. Since then she has served as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and received cosmonaut certification from her training from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.
As a retired Astronaut, Tereshkova is the first woman to have flown in space in the Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963. Coincidentally, next month will be the 50th milestone since her flight into space.
Shvetsova herself early in her career, worked on the wing of the Antonov (An-225) Mryiva (meaning ‘Dream’ in Ukrainian) strategic airlift cargo aircraft. One day while working on the aircraft, a leader told her that she would do much bigger things in her life. Today, she serves as Deputy & Co- Speaker for the State of Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
Three women from across the world met for a brief moment in time and forged a connection between their parallel pasts and their remarkable successes thereafter.
On May 5th, 2013 the Lieutenant Governor of Québec, the Honorable Pierre Duschesne, awarded Françoise Lyon, Senior Vice-President at Pembroke Private Wealth Ltd., with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her years of dedication to philanthropic efforts and work with Women in Finance. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a commemorative medal created in 2012 to mark the 60th anniversary of the crowing of Queen Elizabeth II. The medal honours significant contributions and achievements by Commonwealth country citizens and was awarded in Canada to citizens who made a significant contribution to their fellow countrymen, their community, or to Canada.
Mme Lyon was also the recipient of the 2013 AFFQ Bursary of the Collège des administrateurs du Québec, a grant which is given on an annual basis to a member of the Association des femmes en finance du Québec (Quebec’s Women in Finance Association) whose professional contribution has stood out amongst committee and board members.
On the passing of The Right Honourable Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister (1979-1990), the International Women’s Forum pays tribute to our own honorary member and one of the first inductees into the inaugural International Hall of Fame.
Mrs. Thatcher’s induction into the Hall of Fame took place at the British Embassy Residence in Washington, DC in 1986 when the International Women’s Forum was still the “National Women’s Forum”. Please follow the link to relive a distinctive moment in IWF history as she addresses IWF members: