2020 Responsible 100 Virtual Luncheon

December 16, 2020  
1:00PM - 3:00PM
Event Description

Please join us in honoring New York’s 100 most outstanding corporate citizens at a special December 16th virtual celebration.

This event is a unique opportunity to honor this elite group of NY’s most powerful executives, thought leaders, visionaries and influencers, who are setting new standards of excellence, dedication and leadership in improving their communities and making transformative change.

The virtual luncheon will include special presentations by noted figures from the New York’s business, nonprofit and academic communities working at the forefront of the Corporate Social Responsibility movement.


Reverend Al Sharpton
Rev. Al Sharpton is an internationally renowned civil rights leader and founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN). For decades, he has dedicated his life to the fight for justice and equality, turning the power of dissent and protest into tangible legislation impacting the lives of the disenfranchised. Former President Barack Obama has called Rev. Sharpton a “voice for the voiceless” and a “champion for the downtrodden.” In fact, during President Obama’s presidency, in a profile of Rev. Sharpton on CBS’s 60 Minutes, Rev. Al Sharpton was called President Obama’s go to Black leader.” Today, Rev. Sharpton continues to be on the front line of civil rights and social justice cases as he serves as a “voice for the voiceless.” According to a recent article in The Atlantic (January 14, 2019) “Rev. Sharpton occupies a distinct space. Other than Barack Obama, there is no better-known black leader in the country, nor one with bigger reach: The National Action Network has 100 chapters across America, and Sharpton himself hosts a radio show on 70 stations every weekday and a TV show on MSNBC on Saturdays and Sundays.” As host of MSNBC’s “Politics Nation that airs each Saturday and Sunday from 5-6 p.m. EST,” and a radio host with three different shows, Rev. Sharpton also leads a civil rights group that has 111 chapters and 7 regional offices across the United States. He hosts “Keepin’ it Real,” a three-hour nationally syndicated daily radio show, and a national Sunday radio show titled “The Hour of Power.” Additionally, he hosts a Saturday action rally from NAN’s Harlem headquarters which is broadcast live on Impact Television and WLIB Radio. As head of NAN, Rev. Sharpton has taken the teachings of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and applied them to a modern civil rights agenda. He has been a tireless advocate for everything from police reform and accountability to protection of voting rights and education equality. A 2016 Vanity Fair profile described him as “arguably the country’s most influential civil rights leader.” It was Rev. Sharpton and NAN that raised national awareness around draconian new voter laws in many states and modern mechanisms of voter disenfranchisement. In both 2008 and 2012, the African American vote was pivotal in getting Barack Obama elected, and Rev. Sharpton was instrumental in encouraging voter registration and engagement. He was a fierce advocate for health care reform and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, as well as criminal justice reform, some of which was adopted by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Rev. Sharpton and NAN work tirelessly to bring national attention to the startling trend in police brutality in the United States. The Reverend and NAN were the first to organize a rally to protest the tragic death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer as he walked home with a bag of skittles and an iced tea, and NAN called attention to the cases of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, thus launching the Black Lives Matter movement. When 18-year-old Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., Rev. Sharpton organized a peaceful rally, delivered the eulogy at the teen’s funeral, and reaffirmed his continuous call for police reform while urging calm during the tense climate. NAN stands alongside families in their difficult quests for justice and police accountability. In the Garner case, Rev. Sharpton and other civil rights groups put pressure on Governor Cuomo, which eventually led to the appointment of a special prosecutor in New York City to investigate police killings of unarmed civilians. It set a precedent and standard for the rest of the nation to emulate. In 2015, when a gunman murdered nine African Americans during Bible study at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., Rev. Sharpton traveled to Charleston immediately to speak at some of the victim’s funerals. In Florida, he delivered the eulogy for 31-year-old Corey Jones, who was shot and killed by an off-duty officer as he waited for assistance on Interstate 95 after his vehicle broke down. And it was Rev. Sharpton who spearheaded the call for a special prosecutor after 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times in Chicago. “Change doesn’t happen overnight, but it happens as long as we don’t purposely give our power away,” stated President Obama at NAN’s 16th annual convention. “Every obstacle put in our path should remind us of the power we hold in our hands each time we pull that lever or fill in that oval or touch that screen. We just have to harness that power. We’ve got to create a national network committed to taking action. We can call it the National Action Network.” Rev. Sharpton and National Action Network have been on the frontlines of advocacy for people of color, immigrants, the LGBT community, women, the poor and all disenfranchised people, and 2017 marks NAN’s 26th anniversary of social justice work, activism and fighting for equality. Born on October 3, 1954 in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rev. Sharpton began his ministry at the tender age of four, preaching his first sermon at Washington Temple Church of God & Christ. Just five years later, the Washington Temple Church’s legendary Bishop F.D. Washington licensed his protégé, Rev. Sharpton, to be a Pentecostal Minister. Rev. Sharpton’s civil rights career began almost as early as his ministry. At 13, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. William Jones appointed him Youth Director of New York’s SCLC Operation Breadbasket, an organization founded by Dr. King in 1971. Rev. Jackson says Rev. Sharpton was a boy prodigy who had a mind like a sponge—absorbing everything. At the age of 16, Rev. Sharpton founded the National Youth Movement, Inc., which organized young people around the country to push for increased voter registration, cultural awareness and job training programs. It was at that time that he forged a friendship with Teddy Brown, the son of the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown. Tragically, Teddy was killed in a car accident and in the months that followed his passing, James Brown took Rev. Sharpton in as though he was his own and they developed an inexplicable bond. Rev. Sharpton was shaped by his surrogate father Mr. Brown who taught him, “You can’t set your sights on nothing little; you got to go for the whole hog.” Young Sharpton went on the road later with James Brown, and for several years, he also served as the Director of the Ministers Division for the Rainbow Push Coalition under Rev. Jackson. In 1991, Rev. Sharpton founded NAN to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender. NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. King, and today the non-profit organization boasts over 100,000 members and employs dozens. Long before combatting police brutality became a mainstream issue, Rev. Sharpton was on the front lines marching and leading the call for justice – even risking his own life while doing so. In the 1980s, following the death of 23-year-old Michael Griffith, who was chased by a white mob onto a highway in Howard Beach, Queens and hit by a car, Rev. Sharpton led massive rallies through that very neighborhood even as angry onlookers hurled racial slurs at him and the protesters. The City appointed a special prosecutor and eventually the nine attackers were convicted. In 1991, Rev. Sharpton was preparing to march in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn in another demonstration following the horrific death of 16-year-old Yusef Hawkins, who was shot and killed by a White mob, when a man stabbed Rev. Sharpton in the chest with a knife. He survived the attempt on his life, forgave the assailant, asked a judge for leniency for the man’s sentence and even visited this individual in jail. Despite the traumatizing experience, Rev. Sharpton pressed on and continued his life’s mission of fighting for justice and civil rights for all. Whether it was bringing about reform to the NJ State Police following the shooting of three young Black and Latino men on their way to a basketball game, or voicing concern over the arrest, rush to judgment, and conviction of the Central Park Five, Rev. Sharpton has always put a spotlight on societal ills even if he was standing alone while doing so. Other cases that he has been at the forefront of include Abner Louima, Amadou Diallo, Patrick Dorismond, the Jena Six, Sean Bell, Omar Edwards, Ramarley Graham, Kendrick Johnson and many more. Through NAN, Rev. Sharpton has organized campaigns on ending gun violence, pushing for worker’s rights, eliminating unjust policies like stop-and-frisk, fighting for more women and minority owned businesses, a minimum wage increase, education reform – he even embarked on a national education tour with former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich at the request of President Obama – arguing for the protection of voting rights, immigrant rights, pay equity for women, gay and lesbian rights and a plethora of other causes. Today, though the challenges at hand may have changed, the need for activism and the need for a champion of equality are just as necessary as they were in the past. Rev. Jackson recently remarked that Rev. Sharpton didn’t burn out, but rather, he kept remaking himself, all the while working as diligently as ever – often up to 16 hours a day. In the Vanity Fair piece on Rev. Sharpton, Jackson said: “He didn’t just happen to be a leader. He really meant to be one, and he has pursued getting enough power through relationships to achieve his purpose.” Whether it was his noteworthy Presidential run as a candidate for the Democratic Party in 2004, his contribution to end U.S. Navy exercises in Vieques, Puerto Rico, or his ability to hold people like radio host Don Imus accountable, Rev. Sharpton has continually used his ingrained talents to fight for what is right. His stance on behalf of the disenfranchised has taken him, in his own words, “from the streets to the suites”. It is because of that unique ability to maneuver in various circles that Rev. Sharpton understands the dynamics of what it takes to be a true leader who never forgets where he or she came from. He has received praise and acknowledgment from all ends of the political spectrum for his work throughout the decades. Even former President George W. Bush has stated, “Al cares just as much as I care about making sure every child learns to read, write, add and subtract.” Rev. Sharpton regularly preaches about the importance of political participation. With everything from Supreme Court nominees to issues like voting rights, criminal justice reform, abortion rights and much more on the line, he continues to remind people of the significance of civic engagement because at the end of the day, all decisions directly impact the citizenry. As Rev. Sharpton has tirelessly shown the world with his life’s work, we must be the change we wish to see. In March 2016, Rev. Sharpton was honored with the “Mandela Legacy Hope, Success & Empowerment Award” in recognition of his long history of achievements in advancing civil rights causes around the world. Connecting the dots between domestic challenges in a global context, Rev. Sharpton often addresses international audiences and issues impacting people around the globe. In 2015, he delivered a resounding speech on civil rights, race relations and more at the prestigious Oxford Union in England. At the end of his speech, he received a 10-minute standing ovation. Rev. Sharpton was educated in New York public schools and attended Brooklyn College. He has an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Bethune-Cookman University, Virginia Union University and an honorary degree from A.P. Bible College. He resides in New York City and has two daughters, Dominique and Ashley, who are both active in NAN and with his radio and television shows.
Bie Aweh
Senior People Growth Manager, Women, and Underrepresented Talent Development, Door Dash
Bie Aweh is a sought after talent developer focused on instructional learning and equity and inclusion strategy, helping professionals evolve behaviors, advance skills, and lead inclusively. Bie's passion for connecting underrepresented populations to the innovation economy fuels the work she does today at DoorDash as a Senior People Growth Manager for women and underrepresented development. As technology continues to drive economic growth, she is a firm believer that people from underrepresented groups need to be in positions to contribute to unlock their potential. With nearly a decade of experience in coaching adult learners, building sustainable partnerships, designing and facilitating training, and driving social change by providing career pathways for underrepresented groups. As a founding team member of HBCU.vc and formerly of Geometry Global, UC Berkeley, and Devbootcamp, Bie consults and develops relationships that result in greater access for Black & Latinx populations.
Paige Carlson-Heim
Director, TD Charitable Foundation & Office of Charitable & Corporate Giving
Paige Carlson-Heim is Director, TD Charitable Foundation & Office of Charitable & Corporate Giving. In this role she is responsible for the strategic direction and the overall administration of the TD Charitable Foundation and community giving in alignment with the overall TD Bank Group Corporate Citizenship strategy. Paige previously served as the Regional Community Development Manager for Metro PA/NJ for TD Bank, delivering banking products and services that meet local community needs. Paige was recently recognized with a WOW! CEO Leadership Award in 2018. She serves on the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations Board, as well as on the Housing & Community Development Network of NJ Executive Board. In Philadelphia she serves as Chair of the Philadelphia LISC Local Advisory Board. Prior to coming to TD Bank, Paige was the Managing Director of the Housing & Community Development Network of NJ, a statewide association of more than 250 affordable housing and community development corporations, individuals and other organizations that support the creation of housing and economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income New Jerseyans. Paige spent 8 years with the Network, serving initially as the Organizational Development Specialist and Associate Director before becoming the Managing Director in 2007. From March 2006 through February 2007 she served as Acting Executive Director during the founding Executive Director’s sabbatical. While at HCDNNJ, Paige helped to strengthen relationships with state administrators of housing programs, supported the ongoing development of the Network’s advocacy capacity, refined technical assistance programs to better meet the needs of members and solidified partnerships at local, state and national levels to achieve community development policy and capacity building goals. Prior to coming to the Network, Paige worked in international community development for 15 years. Paige graduated from Georgetown University and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire). She has spent time living and working in Madagascar and Mali, and consulted with programs in Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, Ethiopia and Brazil. Paige currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Mark, and Jack Russell Terrier, Patch.
Carmelyn Malalis
Commissioner, NYC Commission on Human Rights
Carmelyn P. Malalis was appointed Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights (the Commission) in November 2014 following more than a decade in private practice as an advocate for employees' rights in the workplace. Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Malalis was a partner at Outten & Golden LLP where she co-founded and co-chaired its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Workplace Rights Practice Group and co-chaired its Disability and Family Responsibilities Discrimination Practice Group; and successfully represented employees in negotiations, agency proceedings, and litigation involving claims of sexual harassment, retaliation, and discrimination based on race, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy, disability, and religion. Throughout her career, Ms. Malalis has demonstrated a fierce commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion, and preventing and prosecuting discrimination and intolerance. Since she assumed her role as Chair and Commissioner in February 2015, Commissioner Malalis has revitalized the agency, making it a recognized venue for justice for all New Yorkers through increased enforcement, novel restorative justice approaches to case and conflict resolution, and robust public education and outreach to prevent discrimination in New York City. She has served on the New York City Bar Association's Executive Committee and Committee on LGBT Rights, Human Rights Watch's Advisory Committee to its LGBT Rights Program, the American Bar Association's Section on Labor and Employment Law Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession, and the board of Queers for Economic Justice. Commissioner Malalis earned her J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law and received a B.A. in Women's Studies from Yale University. She and her wife live in Brooklyn with their two children. Currently admitted to the NY State Bar.
Gilda Doria
Corporate Social Responsibility lead, IBM
Gilda Doria is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Lead at IBM overseeing the CSR portfolio for non-profit clients in the Tri-State and DMV area. Her focus is in education reform, sustainability, and economic recovery. Throughout her career, Gilda has been focused on providing her clients with innovative solutions and professional services to help drive efficiencies and impact at their organizations. She believes she is living out her life’s purpose through her CSR work by creating equal opportunities for those with limited access to resources need to grow and develop personally and professionally. Prior to her current role, Gilda worked as the Chief of Staff to Fletcher Previn, IBM’s Chief Information Officer. During her time at IBM, she has explored and experienced different sides of the organization, including 3 years in the sales organization covering C-level relationships in the Industrial Sector. This has allowed her to have a strong understanding of what constitutes the IBM portfolio and what will help create impact in her current role. Gilda holds a Masters from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business where she also started and captained the Division I Women’s Soccer team. Gilda was born in Asuncion, Paraguay and currently resides in Manhattan.
Peta-Gay Clarke
Diversity Manager, Google, Inc.
Peta-Gay is a well-rounded professional with over 15 years of experience as a Business, Information Technology, and Community leader. In 2015, Peta-Gay joined the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion division at Google Inc., where she is the Program Manager for Code Next -- Google's first community-facing initiative that works to cultivate Black and Latinx tech leaders. Through the development of culturally responsive programs, events, and the build-out of innovation labs, Code Next removes barriers, expands social capital, and provides unparalleled access to technology. Peta-Gay is a member of the Board of Trustees at Pace University and is an Adjunct Professor at the University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science. Before joining Google, Peta-Gay was the Deputy Director of IT at the Columbia University School of Journalism. Earlier in her career, she worked as a Software Engineer building web-based applications for companies such as Federal Reserve Bank, NYC Department of Education, New York Magazine, and COACH Inc. From 2013 - 2015, Peta-Gay voluntarily spearheaded the launch and co-lead the NY Chapter of Black Girls Code - a nonprofit on a mission to increase the number of women of color in the tech industry. The NY Chapter has held technical workshops and events for over 500 young girls of color ranging between the ages of 7 - 18, and many of the senior girls have since graduated from college with a degree in Computer Science. Peta-Gay was a 2019 winner of the Caribbean Life Impact Awards. She has received the Corporate Vision Award from 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation, the Civic Engagement Award for Academic Excellence and Community Service from Pace University, and the President's Award for Commitment, Service, & Leadership from Farmingdale State University. Peta-Gay holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Programming from Farmingdale State University of New York (SUNY) and has earned a Master's Degree from Pace University. Peta-Gay is a 1st generation Jamaican-American. She is a native New Yorker and resides in Long Island, NY.
Mark Chambers
Director, Mayor's Office of Sustainability
Mark Chambers is an urbanist, an architect, and the Director of Sustainability for Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City of New York. In this role, he leads the development of policies, implementation, and advocacy programs that enhance the near-term and long-term sustainability of New York City’s energy, waste, transportation and buildings sectors. Most recently, Mark served as the Director of Sustainability and Energy for the Government of the District of Columbia where he managed energy supply and demand, as well as water and waste resource conservation efforts across Washington, D.C.’s municipal portfolio of buildings and properties. He holds a graduate degree in Public Policy and Management and an undergraduate degree in Architecture, both from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He lives in Washington Heights with his wife and two children.
Sheryl Huggins Salomon
Chief Communications Officer, NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research
Sheryl Huggins Salomon is Director of Communications at the McSilver Institute, where she oversees internal and external communications, events and policy initiative promotion. Prior to joining the McSilver Institute, Huggins Salomon was the Principal of Media Adept, a communications consultancy through which she served as Communications Lead for the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, among other roles in the non-profit and corporate sectors. Also, she has been Editorial Director of NewsOne.com; Managing Editor of The Root; Managing Editor of Black Voices (at AOL); and held prior roles in digital and traditional news media at the Washington Post Company, Time Inc., Dow Jones Newswires, and other outlets. She is a Contributor to Everyday Health, where she reports about diabetes, nutrition and other physical health conditions. She was an Adjunct Lecturer for journalism at York College – The City University of New York. Huggins Salomon holds a BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS degree from Columbia Journalism School.

Welcome By Ralph Ortega, Interim Editor-in-Chief, City & State NY


Introduction By Bie Aweh, Senior People Growth Manager, Women, and Underrepresented Talent Development, Door Dash


Keynote Address By Reverend Al Sharpton


Introduction By Paige Carlson-Heim, Director, TD Charitable Foundation & Office of Charitable & Corporate Giving



Sheryl Huggins Salomon, Chief Communications Officer, NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research (moderator)
Carmelyn Malalis, Commissioner, NYC Commission on Human Rights
Gilda Doria, Corporate Social Responsibility lead, IBM
Peta-Gay Clarke, Diversity Manager, Google, Inc.
Mark Chambers, Director, Mayor's Office of Sustainability


PowerPoint Presentation of the CSR Winners


Closing Remarks By Ralph Ortega, Interim Editor-in-Chief, City & State NY

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