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 250 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 by Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development

9:15am         Keynote Remarks by Maria T. Vullo, Superintendent, New York State Department of Financial Services

9:45am          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.


  • Sandra Wilkin, President and CEO, Bradford Construction (moderator)
  • Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner, NYC Department of Transportation 
  • Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, Director, Office of Public/Private Partnerships, New York City Housing Authority
  • Maggie Moran, Managing Partner, Kivvit
  • Deborah Silodor, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Amalgamated Bank


10:30am       Panel: Women’s Role in Health Care 

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 a more modern-thinking population. This panel speaks to how women can play a more significant role in New York’s health care situation and in a decision-making capacity that will help all New Yorkers.


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


11:15am       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.


  • Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, President of the NYS Senate & Chair, Regional Economic Development Councils & NYS Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission
  • Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, Chair, Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises
  • Marlene Cintron, President, Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation


12:00pm         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.

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