This premier event honors women who have attained the ultimate distinction in their careers and who personify the essence and vitality of our city and our country.  It has been presented to women in business, politics, entertainment and philanthropy. 

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Andrea Catsimatidis serves as an executive of the Red Apple Group. In addition to contributing to the leadership of the company as a whole, she has specific responsibilities as a Principal of Red Apple Real Estate, a member of Red Apple Group’s investment committee, Vice President of First Federal Guarantee Insurance Company, and Managing Director of Gristedes Supermarkets.

In September 2017, Andrea was elected Chair and CEO of the Manhattan Republican Party and was subsequently elected as a Vice Chair of the New York State Republican Party, in charge of representing all of New York City. A member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), Andrea also serves on the board of the Dough Main Financial Literacy Foundation to promote children’s financial literacy. She is also actively involved in many other charities.

Andrea graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2012, with a B.S. in Business Management and double minors in Political Science and Communications.


Headshot-websiteSomers Farkas, a former model and advertising executive, today consults with non-profit and profit organizations, initiating development partnerships, advising on new business and impact investing. She also initiated the formation of an international beverage company. Her company, SW FARKAS produces brand-enhancing events and cross-marketing opportunities.

Actively involved in local and national politics, she was appointed to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships in 2017, and serves as a Vice President of the Manhattan Republican Party. A committed philanthropist, she has raised millions for organizations including: ASPCA, The Alzheimer’s Association, Lighthouse Guild, and The New York Women’s Foundation, of which she is a former member of the board.

A Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation, Somers serves on the Nominating Committee and Crime Stoppers Committee and is an Honorary Battalion Chief of New York City’s Fire Department and co-producer of the documentary “FDNY: 150 Years.”

Born in Virginia, on the Chesapeake Bay, her family has a centuries old dedication to the Tidewater peninsula. They supported passage of a wetlands protection bill, the formation of The Barrier Islands Center, capital improvements in the Eastern Shore Community College and Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital and were instrumental in building the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

Somers received her BA in Communications from the University of Virginia.


Headshot-websiteLucida Plummer is the Executive Director, Global Head of Diversity, Asset & Wealth Management, at J.P. Morgan. She is responsible for working with senior leaders to drive accountability and engagement around attracting and promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Previously, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion for Wyndham Worldwide, she created and executed key initiatives. She led the Global Diversity Council, chaired by the CEO, and led an initiative to identify diverse high growth consumer segments across Wyndham’s lines of business. Lucida worked across the enterprise to identify strategic opportunities and partnerships with key leaders, diverse populations, and external organizations to enhance Wyndham's reputation as an employer of choice.

Prior to that role, Lucida was the Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, for MetLife, accountable for restructuring 30 US diversity networks with over 5,000 members and launching global women’s business networks in over 20 countries in alignment with MetLife’s diversity and inclusion strategy.

Before moving into Diversity & Inclusion, she leveraged her human resources experience across a wide range of industries with a particular focus on employee relations and employee engagement.

Lucida obtained a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY and her undergraduate in Psychology from the State University at Albany, Albany, NY.


 

EVENT CHAIR & HOST
The Honorable Barbara S. Jones (ret.)

HONORARY CHAIR
Amelia Bernstein

CO-CHAIRS
Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE
Margo Catsimatidis
Joan Ganz Cooney
Lisa M. Friel
Rikki J. Klieman
Pamela J. Newman
Yoko Ono
Dame Donna Anne Soloway
Julie Myers Wood
Ellen Zimiles


2018 WOMEN OF THE YEAR SPONSORS

$20,000

Amelia & Richard A. Bernstein 

$15,000 - SuperStar

 $10,000 - celebrity

Hon. Barbara S. Jones (ret.)

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