Event Features

Time & Date:
Thursday, May 25
8:00am - 12:00pm
New York Academy of Medicine
1216 5th Ave
New York, NY 10029

Event Features

This year we saw the potential “Year of the Woman” shift to the women of the country aligning in Washington and all over the country for the Women’s March.  Setting aside political lines, hear from inspiring women of NY regarding the current state of NY affairs. Listen to how our prestigious women rose through the ranks, how they established a work-life-balance, and the impact of solutions and innovation in government to the work-in-progress. Panels will also cover where we see NY women’s roles evolving whether it be in politics, tech, health, construction, etc. The 2017 State of NY Women forum will bring together over 200 professionals from across the state, including elected officials, public sector leaders, nonprofit and business innovators and trailblazers among NY women.


8:00am         Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:45am          Keynote Remarks

9:15am          Panel: Women Breaking Through in Male-Dominated Industries

There is a culture based on old stereotypes that women do not belong in fields such as technology, construction, and politics. The panelists will discuss creating a space where there is common interest, meaningful conversations and support for all, while also incorporating trends and a full representation of the various industries. Hear from those who have broken through in technology, construction, politics and other typically male-dominated industries and how they have achieved success.


  • Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Co-Chair, Women’s Caucus


10:00am       Panel: Women’s Role in Health Care

As critically important as women’s health concerns are to many American women who struggle with the country’s meager health care coverage, both political parties need to be held accountable.  The evolution of the women's health agenda has been a reaction to the empowerment of women in the years after the emergence of the ongoing women's movement and the subsequent 'social reconstruction' of women from dependent to advantaged population.  How can women play a more significant role in New York’s health care situation?


  • Assemblymember Shelley B. Mayer, Chair of the Assembly Task Force on Women’s Issues
  • Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick, Sponsor of the Reproductive Health Act


10:45am       Panel: Women’s Think Tank:  Ideas, Solutions and Innovations

Women entrepreneurs of all ages, races, and ethnicities are having an increasingly large impact on New York City’s economy. But even as the number of female-owned firms is soaring in every borough, the city has only just begun to harness the full potential of women entrepreneurs. This session serves as a think tank, an “ideas organization”, that promotes critical thinking and innovative solutions on issues related to women. What are the resources necessary to provide a safe environment for women to develop their businesses and organizations while balancing their practical life?  We discuss.


  • Marlene Cintron, President, Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation

11:30am         Sessions Conclude


For more information on programming and speaking opportunities, please contact Lissa Blake at lblake@cityandstateny.com or call 646-517-2741. 

Members of the press are invited to attend. Please contact Jenny Wu at jwu@cityandstateny.com for details.