Date: Mar 08, 2018Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The Business Case for Women’s Economic Empowerment

Thu, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Polsinelli
General PublicSocial Enterprise Prog.


Please join us to celebrate International Women's Day with a dynamic discussion about how an equitable and just future for women is not only good policy, but also good for the economy and for families and communities. Research shows that promoting women's economic empowerment and pursuing gender equality can raise GDP growth by 6%.

As UN Women notes: "When more women work, economies grow. An increase in female labor force participation results in faster economic growth." Investing in women's economic empowerment improves a range of social outcomes for families – including better health outcomes and higher educational attainment for children.
Policies to promote gender equality, address gender discrimination, and increase access to reproductive healthcare are critically needed in order to enable women to participate in the labor force and reduce gender gaps in pay, facilitate access to finance, and create economic opportunities. Moderator Tara Abrahams of The Girl Project will engage Pat Eng of the New York Women's Foundation and Joann Smith of Planned Parenthood,as they share their thoughts on this important topic. They will discuss how their organizations are working to advocate for, and promote, women's rights, education, and healthcare access, and ultimately, women's economic empowerment.

Date: March 8, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Registration and Welcome Reception
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Moderated Program
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM: Audience Q & A
Venue: Polsinelli
600 3rd. Avenue (between E. 39th & E. 40th), 42nd Floor, New York, NY 10016
$15/Member; Member Guest
$35/Non Member
Free/Patron Member (please email



Tara Abrahams

Executive Director, The Girl Project at Glamour,

Tara Abrahams is the executive director of The Girl Project at Glamour, the brand's philanthropic initiative to support girls' secondary education around the world. Tara previously served as president and deputy director of the Girl Rising campaign and has worked with Girls Who Code, International Center for Research on Women, Maverick Capital Foundation, and The Bridgespan Group.

Tara graduated with honors from Harvard College and completed her MBA at the Harvard Business School, where she received the Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship for outstanding contributions to the nonprofit sector. She currently serves on the board of Strong Women, Strong Girls and the Harvard Alumni Association and is an advisor to She's the First.


Patricia Eng

Vice President of Programs, New York Women's Foundation

Patricia comes to The Foundation with a wealth of knowledge and experience, both from community-based work, as well as from philanthropy, as a grant maker in the areas of economic justice, women's health and ending violence.

Most recently, Patricia was Director of Programs at Bolder Giving, where she helped launch the first nationally coordinated on-line fundraising day in support of LGBTQ communities across the country From 2008 until 2013 she was Vice President for Grants and Capacity Building at the MS. Foundation for Women. Patricia also served as Senior Vice President of Programs at Safe Horizon from 2005 – 2007, overseeing a range of programs, including 8 shelters. Prior to working at Safe Horizon, Patricia was the founder and executive director of the New York Asian Women's Center, the first organization addressing violence against Asian women on the East Coast, and a past grantee partner of The New York Women's Foundation.

Patricia is a past Board member of The New York Women's Foundation. Patricia received her B.A. with honors from Princeton University and a Masters in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work.


JoAnn D Smith

President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County

JoAnn D. Smith has been at the helm of Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) as President & CEO since 2005. In this position, she is responsible for fulfilling the agency's mission of providing quality, affordable healthcare and information to the people in her community, as well as the leadership for advocacy efforts to preserve reproductive rights.

Smith has had the privilege of working for not-for-profits the majority of her professional life. She joined PPNC in 1998 as the Vice President for Community Affairs, and was responsible for fundraising, education, public affairs and marketing.

During her tenure at PPNC, Smith has devoted her efforts to advancing reproductive health and rights on the national, state and local levels by: meaningfully increasing access to services for the people and communities served by PPNC; greatly expanding the number of education programs to young people in at-risk communities; significantly augmenting grassroots efforts to educate supporters about the importance of safeguarding reproductive rights and access to the full range of reproductive health care; and dramatically increasing private philanthropy to support these critically important initiatives.

In addition to her work at PPNC, JoAnn serves on the Board of Directors of the Health & Welfare Council of Nassau County, and is a member of an advisory council of the Political Action Committee of Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, the electoral arm of the Planned Parenthood affiliates in New York State.

Before joining PPNC, JoAnn was the Capital Campaign Director of the Robert Ludwig Company and served as the Vice President of Development and Alumni Affairs at Molloy College. Prior to that, she was the Director of Alumni Relations and Director of Government Grants at Adelphi University. In addition to fundraising, JoAnn has held a series of positions in community-wide volunteer activities and served as a staff accountant at Price Waterhouse and Company.

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Date: Mar 08, 2018Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Polsinelli600 3rd Ave
42nd Floor, New York NY
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  • 35 / Non Member
  • 15 / Member; Member Guest


Chloe Kiernan MBA 2008, Hui Wen Chan MBA 2010


Organizers: Chloe Kiernan MBA 2008, Hui Wen Chan MBA 2010


600 3rd Ave, 42nd Floor, New York, NY, 10022