YARA SHAHIDI, OF ABC’s BLACK-ISH; FABRIZIO FREDA, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES; AND TRAILBLAZERS KIMBERLEY HATCHETT OF MORGAN STANLEY AND SHERRIE WESTIN OF SESAME WORKSHOP TO BE HONORED BY YOUNG WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP NETWORK (YWLN) FOUNDED BY ANN TISCH
Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN), founded by public education reformer and advocate Ann Tisch, will celebrate a stellar line-up of distinguished individuals at its (Em)Power Breakfast on October 15, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. at Cipriani on 42nd Street.
2015 (Em)Power honorees include Yara Shahidi, who plays “Zoey” on ABC’s new hit show Black-ish; Fabrizio Freda, President and CEO of The Estée Lauder Companies; Kimberley Hatchett, Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and among Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors; and Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop.
“We are thrilled to celebrate such distinguished honorees and applaud their commitment to educational access and young women’s leadership development,” said YWLN Founder Ann Tisch.
Nearly twenty years ago, in 1996, The Young Women’s Leadership School (TYWLS) of East Harlem made history as the first single-sex public school to open in the United States in more than 30 years. YWLN now supports a network of five high-performing schools serving more than 2,200 girls in New York City. Alumnae from The Young Women’s Leadership Schools achieve four-year college degrees at nearly triple the rate of their peers. Its academically rigorous program, which has strong social-emotional supports, integrates the best practices of all-girls education with effective strategies that address the array of challenges faced by low-income students.
The success of YWLN’s girls’ schools has inspired the opening of dozens of single-sex schools nationwide, including 12 affiliates in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, and Texas. “We are both humbled and proud that The Young Women’s Leadership Schools continue to be a model for single-gender public schools across the country,” said Tisch.
Proceeds from the event, which will be attended by more than 700 guests, will support YWLN’s efforts to offer inner-city girls a first rate education and help them achieve their college-going dreams.
Contact: Tamara Zachery