Past Events

Here are some of the major activities we’ve been up to recently. Be sure to join us for our upcoming events — time flies when you’re having fun!

March 18, 2021: Basic Income Tax Filing Workshop

Hosted by: NYS Senator Roxanne J. Persaud
Guest Speaker: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

This financial literacy workshop covered:
‣ Identifying tax documents and tax forms
‣ 2021 due dates for filing 2020 tax returns
‣ Types of income
‣ Free tax preparation resources

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation are available here:

March 17, 2021: Financial Literacy Series: Tax Trauma Terminated Part 3, New York State Personal Income Tax Overview

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

This March workshop covered:
‣ New York State tax forms
‣ New York State personal income tax
‣ New York State tax credits
‣ New York State deductions

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation are available here:

March 11, 2021: “First But Not the Last” – A Women’s History Month Discussion

Guest Speakers:
Melinda Katz,
Queens District Attorney
Juanita Holmes, NYPD Chief of Patrol

CWNY had a “First But Not The Last” discussion celebrating Women’s History Month with Queens’ first female District Attorney, Melinda Katz and the NYPD’s first female Chief of Patrol, Juanita Holmes. They spoke about gender equality in the workplace – Challenges of being the only woman in the room and a female leader, and the realization of having opened a door that was previously closed to women.

March 8, 2021: International Women’s Day GPK Foundation Panel

CWNY participated in the International Women’s Day Panel Discussion Hosted by GPK Foundation.

Click here to check out the flyer.

February 22-28, 2021: “How a Mom Rescued Her Daughter from Anorexia” Interview – National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

After noticing her 12-year-old daughter had not been eating, resulting in her becoming increasingly thin, a mother realized she needed to take action for the sake of her daughter’s well being. In this interview, we will hear from a mother as she discusses how she found medical intervention for her daughter. She will also discuss her daughter’s long road to recovery from body dysmorphia and anorexia nervosa. In addition, we will learn about another 12-year-old girl’s bout with bulimia.

February 2021: “Black History Always with Dr. Blake” Video Interview

Center for the Women of New York had a chance to connect with Dr. Bessie W. Blake, a widely known and respected educator, adjunct professor of English at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, New York, and a recognized expert on adult learning. Her lecture tours have carried her to every corner of the United States and abroad to countries like England, Scotland, and Senegal. Dr. Bessie W. Blake spoke to Kati Fernandez and Cecilia Venosta at CWNY about the women before her, the impact of mothers on her journey, and the “shecession” and mental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. She also shared with us her fondest moment with Rosa Parks, her fight for equality and justice, and her life’s work.

Feb 17, 2021: Financial Literacy Series: Tax Trauma Terminated Part 2,
$$$ in Your Pocket – Credits & Deductions Overview

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

This February workshop covered:
‣ Tax credits: earned income, child credit, dependent care, education
‣ Deductions

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation are available here:

January 2021: Interview with Dr. Rochelle Joly, M.D. on Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention

Listen to our interview with Dr. Rochelle Joly, M.D. for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month on our podcast on our

Jan 20, 2021: Financial Literacy Series: Goodbye to the Tax Filing Blues, Tax Trauma Terminated Part 1

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

This January workshop covered:
‣ identification of tax documents
‣ which tax forms need to be filed
‣ e-filing
‣ New York State taxes

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation are available here:

Jan 19, 2021: Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking Panel Discussion

A discussion on the response to Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking and resources available to victims and providers from the NYPD, Safe Center of Long Island, and Mount Saini SAVI.


Sgt. Joseph AlohanNYPD Domestic Violence Unit
Keith Scott, Director of Education at The Safe Center
Alpana Patel, LCSW, Program Coordinator/Clinician at Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention (SAVI) Program

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation are available here:

Jan 8, 2021: Virtual Wine Tasting

Virtual Wine Tasting Event Fyer

Cheers to 2021! CWNY rang in the new year with a virtual wine tasting.

Ticket buyers were provided with:
* Eight glass bottles of California Coastal Wines (six ounces each) delivered for them to try at the event and experience a variety of new flavors.
* Snack and pairing suggestions sent prior to our event.  
* A wine expert via videoconference to educate them on each wine & suggest yummy pairings. 
* General high-level wine knowledge about how to taste wines.
* Fun facts & wine trivia about the grapes & their harvest regions.
* Knowledge of what to look for when buying wines at a store or local wine shop.

Nov 25-Dec 10, 2020: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Thumbnail for CWNY Report: Domestic Violence Increases in Natural and Man-Made Disasters

The PowerPoint slides for our presentation on “Domestic Violence Increases in Natural & Man-Made Disasters” are available here:

Nov 23-30, 2020: Food Drive

We were pleased to partner with City Harvest to help feed hungry New Yorkers. For a week we had a donation box for non-perishable food in front of our Ft. Totten building.

Nov 22-30, 2020: CWNY Virtual 5K Run/Walk/Jog/Ride

CWNY Run/Walk/Jog/Ride donation campaign thanks to participants image

Champions who did a 5K run/walk/jog/ride had people cheer them on through donations to CWNY.

Nov 15, 2020: St. John’s Women in Philanthropy Discussion

In celebration of National Philanthropy Day on November 15, Victoria Pilotti, CWNY President, proudly joined an inspirational conversation with St. John’s alumnae pioneers on women helping women in underserved communities.

Jennifer Daniel, ’07TCB, Founder/Executive Director, Princess Chambers Inc.
Andreia Gibau, ’18CPS, Miss New York USA 2020
Victoria Pilotti, Ed.D. ’90GEd, ’11Ed.D, President, Center for the Women of New York (CWNY)
Patricia A. Shea, ’62Ed, Founder and Executive Director of MOMMAS House

Nov 13, 2020: Cocktails, Art, & Music

Art Sale & Auction Kick-Off Event

Musical performance by the violinist, Erica Quach
Conversation with the artist, Argie Moutafis-Agelarakis
Art auction took place Nov 13-21, 2020
Art sale ended Nov 28, 2020

2 original artworks were auctioned.
59 original artworks were for sale in a variety of media (watercolor, oil, and mixed media).
A 10% discount was offered for art sold at kick-off, only.
30% of the proceeds of the artwork was graciously donated to CWNY to support services for women.
Artwork pick-up hours will be available at the CWNY for any art purchased.
Shipping and handling will be processed separately. 

Nov 10, 2020: The Power of Financial Independence, COVID and Beyond


Anna-Marie Vallone & Patricia Fulton
First Central Savings Bank

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation are available here:

October 2020: Domestic Violence Awareness for Beauty Professionals

Interview on CWNY’s Youtube channel with a hairstylist who has helped women who are abused

The PDF transcript for this interview is available here:

Oct 22, 2020: Breakthroughs in Breast Cancer Treatments


Seeta Trivedi, M.D.
Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
Argie Moutafis-Agelarakis
Breast Cancer Survivor

The PowerPoint slides from the above webinar are available here:

Oct 15, 2020: Parenting School Children During a Pandemic

Parenting School Children During a Pandemic Workshop banner

The PowerPoint slides from the above webinar are available here:

Sept 26, 2020: Art as Therapy

Art as Therapy

The PowerPoint slides from the above webinar are available here:

Aug 22, 2020: Global Human Trafficking Zoom Conference

The PowerPoint slides from the above conference are available here:

July 30, 2020: Sustainability Webinar


  • Catherine Bealin, Consultant, UN Development Programme. President, Douglas Manor Environmental Association.
  • Jennifer Greenfeld, Assistant Commissioner, Forestry, Horticulture & Natural Resources, NYC Parks

The Powerpoint in the above presentation is available for download below:

July 6, 2020: Getting Back to Business in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis Webinar

Learn about Workforce1 job recruitment and training in NYC and Queens Economic Development Corporation resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs in NYC.

The PowerPoint from the above presentation is available here in PDF format:

June 27, 2020: Global Forum on Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking During & Post COVID-19

The PowerPoint from the above presentation is available here in PDF format:

June 11, 2020: Korean Women’s Issues Roundtable

This meeting focused on issues of domestic violence, human trafficking, forced marriage, elder abuse, compulsive gambling and alcoholism.

June 9, 2020: Human Trafficking Webinar


• Assistant District Attorney Jessica Melton, Chief, Human Trafficking Bureau, Office of Queens County District Attorney Melinda Katz

• Amanda Eckhart, Executive Director, RESTORE NYC

• Tori Curbelo, Manager of Education, Training & Advocacy, LifeWay Network

• Kyra Wooden, Youth Outreach Manager, ECPAT-USA

• Karen Lynne Siegel, Ph.D., Founding President Zonta Club of Greater Queens

PowerPoint slides from the webinar are available for download as a PDF file:

May 27, 2020: Rebooting Your Career Webinar

Featuring executive career coach and resume writer Ann-Marie Ditta.

The PowerPoint slides from the webinar are available for download as a PDF file:

May 7, 2020: South Asian Roundtable Discussion on Women’s Issues

This conference call touched on issues of domestic violence, human trafficking, forced marriage, and suicide.

Spring 2020 Poetry Contest

Read the winning poem from fifth grader Zoe Beharrylal.

Apr 30, 2020: Health & Wellness During Quarantine Webinar

Marianna Zara
 Psychotherapist, Certified Recovery Coach
Izzy Jacobus
 Certified Nutritionist, Certified Trainer
Paige Bellenbaum
 Founding Director, The Motherhood Center of New York

Thank you to our sponsor, Wisselman, Harounian & Assocs. The PowerPoint slides are available for download as a PDF file:

Apr 21, 2020: Pandemic Legal Issues Webinar

A webinar covering Asset Protection Law, Advance Directives, and Family Law

Ann-Margaret Carrozza, Esq.
 Law Offices of Ann-Margaret Carrozza
 Elder Law and Estate Planning
 Former New York State Assembly Member
Jacqueline Harounian, Esq.
 Partner, Wisselman, Harounian & Associates
 Matrimonial and Family Law

PowerPoint slides and other webinar resources are available for download:

Apr 14, 2020: Domestic Violence Webinar

February 2020: Poster Contest

See the winners of our women’s rights poster contest. Thanks to all the participants!

Feb 12, 2020: Domestic Violence Panel

We had a very successful and well attended panel on domestic violence at Queens Borough Hall. Experts in the field made presentation, followed by a question and answer session. The panelists were:

Susan Jacob, Executive Director, New York City Family Justice Center, Queens Mayor’s Office to End Gender-Based Violence
Joseph Alohan & Police Officer Yussef Vass, NYPD Domestic Violence Unit
Amanda Burden, Training and Outreach Supervisor & Rita Abadi, LMHC, Mount Sinai Sexual Assault Violence Intervention Program (SAVI)
Shilpi Chatterjee, Domestic Violence Program Advocate, Sakhi for South Asian Women
Jennifer Ruiz Diaz, Sexual Violence Project Coordinator, Violence Intervention Program, Inc. (for Latina Victims)
Joan Serrano Laufer, LMSW, Executive Director, Queensboro Council for Social Welfare
Jaqueline Harounian, Esq. & Joseph Bracconier, Esq., Wisselman, Harounian & Associates

Program from afternoon session
Program from evening session

Dec 8, 2019: Fort Totten Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting

The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for CWNY’s new Fort Totten location was held on the afternoon of December 8, 2019. We’re very excited about what we’ll be able to offer at our newly renovated landmark building at 207 Totten Avenue, Fort Totten, Bayside, NY 11359. Check out the Commemorative Journal.

Above, 207 Totten Avenue pre-renovation
Above, 207 Totten Avenue post-renovation

Apr 28, 2019: 32nd Annual Luncheon

Honoring Trailblazers for Women’s Rights.

Jan 19, 2019: Third Annual Women’s March

Nov 2, 2018: 31st Annual Career Conference: World of Working Women

See Career Conference archives

Sept 22, 2018: 10th Annual Fort Totten Walk-a-thon

Oct 10, 2017: Violence Against Women: A Discussion

Sept 16, 2017: 9th Annual Walk-a-thon