2021 Above & Beyond

March 31, 2021  
5:00PM - 6:30PM
Honoring Distinguished Women in New York
Event Description

On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, City & State will honor 40 women who exhibit exemplary leadership in their fields and have made important contributions to society in the sectors of business, public service, media, nonprofit and organized labor. These accomplished women will be profiled in a special edition of City & State magazine and celebrated at the virtual event on the evening of March 31st.

Rodneyse Bichotte
Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn
New York State Assembly Member
Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn is the Assemblymember and State Committee Woman / District Leader for New York State’s 42nd Assembly District. She is also the first Haitian-American woman elected in the city of New York. Assemblymember Bichotte holds the position of Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs). Assemblymember Bichotte is the Co-Chair of the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Workshops Committee, and has been appointed to Governor Cuomo’s Advisory Council on Domestic Violence, and appointed by Mayor de Blasio’s Advisory Council on Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise. By her second legislative term, Assemblymember Bichotte introduced over 60 pieces of legislation, of which five became law. In addition, the Assemblymember co-sponsored over 200 pieces of legislation. She is notable for the High Profile Bill -The Elimination of the Personal Net Worth Cap. In addition to a business focus, Assemblymember Bichotte has given legislative attention to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematic (STEM) and criminal justice reform as well as resolutions on international human rights reform. She holds an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, a BS in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo, a BS in Mathematics in Secondary Education and a BT in Electrical Engineering -- both from Buffalo State College.
City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera
Carlina Rivera
Council Member, New York City Council District 2
Carlina Rivera represents the 2nd Council District which includes the diverse neighborhoods of the East Village, Flatiron, Gramercy Park, Rose Hill, Kips Bay, Murray Hill, and the Lower East Side. Carlina has been riding her bike on the streets of her Lower East Side neighborhood since she was a kid, and upon taking office in 2017, she prioritized making New York City streets safer and more equitable for all. One of her first major victories was passing legislation requiring the creation of supplemental bike lanes when an existing lane is blocked by construction. Since then, she has championed numerous protected bike lanes in her District, as well as the City's first-ever Busway on 14th Street. She also co-sponsored the Safe Streets Master Plan, which requires the creation of 250 miles of protected bike lanes in the next five years, and introduced legislation calling for the creation of an Office of Active Transportation to ensure that the City is effectively responding to the street safety concerns of all New Yorkers. And when COVID-19 struck, she introduced a bill calling on the city to open 100 miles of street space to pedestrians and cyclists. The bill played a pivotal role inspiring the city’s current Open Streets program, and Carlina is currently working on amended version of her bill to ensure their is a pathway to permanence for the Open Streets program.
Kristin Malek
Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity, CDW
Kristin Malek serves as the Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity at CDW. In this capacity, she drives CDW’s strategies to achieve supplier diversity objectives. She is responsible for CDW’s $1.9+ Billion Dollar annual Supplier Diversity spend initiatives. Kristin is the architect of the CDW’s diverse supply chain which today is defined as more than 800+ suppliers that serve the needs and offers solutions to CDW and their customers. She is a member of the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council and TIG (Technology Industry Group), sharing her voice and best practices on inclusive business strategies. Kristin brings more than 16 years of senior leadership experience making her a SME on diversity growth and development. As the Director of Field Projects for a Fortune 200 company, where she was responsible for establishing and executing the organization’s diversity objectives, initiatives and strategies, as well as focusing on the company’s optimization and localization initiatives. Most recently, Kristin served as the Chief Operating Officer for a National Non for Profit, where she created and led the vision and strategy for the organization in partnership with the National Board of Directors and other senior leaders. In her role as COO, Kristin placed a large focus on identifying, onboarding and managing strategic partnerships of all kinds.
Camille Joseph
Camille Joseph-Goldman
Group Vice President for Government Affairs, Charter Communications
Camille C. Joseph-Goldman is currently a Group Vice President for Government Affairs at Charter Communications. In this role, Mrs. Joseph-Goldman oversees and manages all government affairs, strategic partnerships and investments, consumer protection and telecommunications regulation from New Jersey to Maine, which includes the company’s large presence in New York State and throughout New England. Mrs. Joseph-Goldman previously served as New York City's youngest appointed Deputy Comptroller. As Deputy Comptroller for Public Affairs, she served as the inter-governmental liaison to the public, mayoral agencies, federal, state, and local authorities. In addition, the bureau she spearheaded handled all external functions, including community relations and outreach, contact with the media, financial education forums, and other duties – including the Community Action Center, which provides information and assistance to New Yorkers who have complaints about inadequate or lack of municipal services. Mrs. Joseph-Goldman has an extensive background in politics and public policy and is dedicated to promoting the public interest. Previously, she served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Special Adviser in the Office of United States Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand. As a member of the Senator’s senior team, Mrs. Joseph-Goldman was responsible for advancing Senator Gillibrand’s public policy priorities as well as establishing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders statewide. She was also the National African American Vote Deputy Director for the Obama Presidential Campaign in 2012. In this role, she worked with national campaign leadership to develop and implement constituency outreach strategies to increase African American voter registration, motivation and turnout in key battleground states. Mrs. Joseph-Goldman was the Campaign Manager and Political Director for former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner’s 2013 mayoral campaign, and has worked on several other national, state, and local campaigns. She also served as Director of Youth Engagement for SHOW UP New York, an organization focused on increasing civic participation among youth and people of color throughout New York State. Born and raised in the Bronx, Mrs. Joseph-Goldman earned a BA in Politics and History as a Presidential Scholar as well as her MA in Politics at New York University. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, participates as a mentor at various youth empowerment programs across the City, and is involved in several educational and healthcare initiatives for undeserved youth in Jamaica and Haiti. Most recently, Mrs. Joseph-Goldman joined the board of the National Action Network, one of the leading civil rights organizations in the country founded by the Reverend Al Sharpton. She also serves as a trustee for the Citizen’s Budget Commission of New York City, a civic organization whose mission is to achieve constructive change in the finances and services of New York State government.
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