The event also raised funds for ContractHER, a new NYWCC program working to increase the number of city, state and private contracts awarded to women entrepreneurs, with a focus on women of color.
Presenters included NYWCC board members Claire: Scanlon, former vice president, BNY-Mellon; Eugenia Foxworth of Foxworth Realty; and Stephanie Burns, director, community affairs, Turner Construction Co.
Abreu and Jacquelyn Martell, NYWCC deputy director, program management & development, outlined the ContractHER program to a a group that included many heads of MWBEs (minority and women-owned business enterprises).
Caption: L-R: Jacquelyn Martell, NYWCC; Mark Gjonaj, Council Member & Small Business Committee; Quenia Abreu, NYWCC; Vanessa Best, Healthcare Consultants; Annabelle Santos, Spadet; Rodneyse Bichotte, Assembly Woman; Jonell Doris, NYC Mayor's Office; and Eugenia Foxworth, Foxworth Realty.
NYWCC President and CEO Quenia Abreu hosted the event.
Caption: Accepting a check for the NYWCC from the US Small Business Administration are, L-R: Eugenia Foxworth, owner, Foxworth Realty; Quenia Abreu, president and CEO, NY Women's Chamber of Commerce; Lina Gottesman, chair, NYWCC and president and CEO, Altus Metal, Marble and Wood; Beth Goldberg, NY District Director, US Small Business Administration.
NYWCC president Quenia Abreu called all of the honorees "outstanding women" and said that New York's workforce of women is "the economic engine that drives the City."
Suzie David, NYWCC chair and president of Asian & Hispanic Trading & Consulting, praised the "extraordinary women" being recognized by for their "dedication, commitment, leadership and advocacy."