• Above & Beyond Gala

    Presented by: City & State

     Mar 28, 2017

     New York, NY

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Time & Date:
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom
311 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001

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City & State’s annual Above & Beyond Award honors exceptional women from New York for their accomplishments across various sectors including politics, media, education, nonprofit, and beyond. This year’s honorees will be celebrated at a gala during Women History Month in March. Join us for a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner to help us congratulate the award recipients! Christine Quinn, President & Chief Executive Officer at Win, and Maggie Moran, Managing Partner at Kivvit, will each deliver keynote remarks at the event. 


2017 Above & Beyond Honorees



  • Jennifer Cunningham, Partner, SKDKnickerbocker
  • Ali Davis, Chief of Staff, Real Estate Board of New York
  • Ann Kayman, Founder and CEO, New York Grant Company
  • Safeena Leila Mecklai, Associate Vice President, Capalino+Company
  • Cristyne L. Nicholas, CEO, Nicholas & Lence Communications



  • Mylan Denerstein, Partner, Gibson Dunn
  • Caress Kennedy, President, Northeast Region, Allied Universal
  • Katherine A. Lemire, President, Lemire LLC
  • Nekpen Osuan, Co-Founder, WomenWerk
  • Judith Spitz, Ph.D., Founding Program Director, WiTNY, Cornell Tech



  • Ester R. Fuchs, Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science, Columbia University
  • Sherry Glied, Dean, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University
  • Dr. Gail O. Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College
  • Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Suzanne Wilson, Executive Director, Midori and Friends



  • Cathy Calhoun, Chief of Staff, New York State Department of Transportation
  • Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, Chairwoman, New York City Council Finance Committee
  • Jacqueline Mallon, First Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Small Business Services
  • Catherine Nolan, Chairwoman, Assembly Education Committee
  • Shola Olatoye, Chair & CEO, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)


Health Care:       

  • Eliane Abou-Assi, Executive Director, American Autism Association
  • Andrea G. Cohen, Vice President, Office of Transformation, NYC Health + Hospitals
  • Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez, President & Chief Executive Officer, Urban Health Plan
  • Kathleen Regan, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Commonwealth Fund
  • Deidre Sully, Deputy Director of NYC Smoke-Free, Public Health Solutions


For more information on congratulatory ads, please contact Lissa Blake at lblake@cityandstateny.com or call 646-517-2741. 

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