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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Lisa Friel joined the NFL in April 2015 as Special Counsel for Investigations. She oversees investigations related to alleged violations of the League’s Personal Conduct Policy and assists in the development and delivery of education regarding domestic violence and sexual assault. 


Previously at T&M Protection Resources, Ms. Friel and her team developed policies and procedures, provided training workshops and conducted sensitive investigations into issues of sexual misconduct, domestic/dating violence, harassment, hazing and bullying for primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, athletic teams and leagues, non-profit organizations, corporations and individuals. 

Ms. Friel began her professional career at the New York County District Attorney’s Office where she was Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit for a decade and its Deputy Chief for 11 years. Lawmakers repeatedly call upon her to toughen laws against sexual predators, combat human trafficking, create DNA databanks and establish laws and protocols to eliminate the backlog of untested rape kits in police departments across the country.

An instructor, educator, lecturer, and former Division 1 varsity basketball and tennis player and basketball coach, Ms. Friel has connected with diverse audiences ranging from seasoned detectives to school children, doctors to volunteer sexual assault advocates, as well as athletes and athletic personnel at all levels.

Ms. Friel earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Dartmouth College, graduating cum laude. At the University of Virginia Law School, she finished in the top seven percent of her class and was awarded the Order of the Coif upon receiving her Juris Doctor. 


Headshot-websiteKathryn A. Lu is Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at Mutual of America Life Insurance Company.

Ms. Lu began her career at Mutual of America Life Insurance Company in 1986 as a member of the Corporate Law Department. During the next 22 years, she held positions of increasing responsibility within the Department, eventually being appointed a Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, in which she advised senior and executive management on a broad range of corporate, insurance and securities laws.  

In 2008, Ms. Lu was appointed Chief Compliance Officer of Mutual of America, Mutual of America Capital Management LLC, Mutual of America Investment Corporation, Mutual of America Institutional Funds, Inc., Mutual of America Securities LLC and Mutual of America Holding Company LLC. 

Ms. Lu holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and JD from Fordham University School of Law.  She is a member of the Investment Company Institute (“ICI”) Chief Compliance Officer Committee, the ICI Advisory Issues Subcommittee, the American Council of Life Insurers Market Conduct Committee and the Fordham Law Compliance Affinity Group.  

Ms. Lu is active in the community and volunteers to help inner-city middle school students navigate the public high school entrance process. She also has mentored Fordham law students on careers.  She is married to Patrick Rizzo, a former NBC news editor.  They have two children, Dylan (21) and Alessandra (17).

 

2017 WOMEN OF THE YEAR SPONSORS

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Amelia & Richard A. Bernstein

$15,000 - SuperStar

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