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!


January 6, 2022: Career Workshop Series: “NYC Civil Service 101”

Guest Speaker: NYC DCAS’ Office of Citywide Recruitment

We discussed how to apply for a NYC government job and become a civil servant.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please send us an email to events@cwny.org


December 2, 2021: Career Workshop Series: “Human Rights Law and Disability”

Guest Speaker: Katherine Greenberg, NYC Commission on Human Rights

We discussed how Project Equal Access Program protects people with disabilities from discrimination at work, in their homes, and in public spaces. The presentation defined terms such as disability, protected class, reasonable accommodation, and undue hardship. We also discussed how business owners work with the Commission to make NYC more accessible.


November 17, 2021: Financial Literacy Series: “Credit Scores – Mysterious But Important!”

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please send us an email to events@cwny.org


November 5, 2021: Career Workshop Series: “Human Rights Law and the Workplace”

Guest Speaker: Belinda Simmons, NYC Commission on Human Rights

Topics discussed:

  • The history of the NYC Commission
  • Protected classes
  • Reasonable accommodations
  • Retaliation
  • The complaint process

October 23, 2021: Halloween Family Fun Evening

CWNY was honored to have co-sponsored a “Halloween Family Fun Evening” at Fort Totten Park hosted by Council Member Paul Vallone. There was a haunted house, an obstacle course, arts and crafts, sack races, puppet shows, and nature-themed games. We had a great time serving the community!


October 20, 2021: Financial Literacy Series: “Consumer Credit: Good or Bad for Financial Freedom?”

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

This October workshop covered:
‣ Types of consumer credit
‣ Interest
‣ Billing statements
‣ Reading the warnings
‣ The benefits and drawbacks of credit cards

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please send us an email to events@cwny.org


October 16, 2021: CWNY’s 13th Annual Walk/Run (In Person)

Group photo of CWNY's in-person Walk/Run event

CWNY held its 13th Annual Walk/Run at our Fort Totten location at 207 Totten Avenue, Fort Totten Park, Queens in person. For those who couldn’t make it in-person or felt more comfortable supporting us from the comfort of your home, we also offered our Virtual Walk/Run from Oct. 16-24, 2021.


October 14, 2021: Career Series: “#CareerFocused Mode: Reaching Your Wildest Dreams”

Dayana Falcon shared her passion for creating equal access to opportunity through mentorship and sponsorship. She touched on the importance of defining personal goals, ensuring wellness, strength assessments, asking for what you want, having a strong LinkedIn Profile and Networking Environment to reach your wildest dreams

Presenter: Dayana Falcon, Founder of Gators Unidos
Moderator:
Stewart Hamilton


September 30, 2021: She-cession Panel Discussion: Where Are the Jobs and How Do We Get Them?

CWNY dedicated our annual career conference to job re-entry and career development. The goal was to help combat the disproportionate impact the COVID pandemic has had on women in the workplace and the on-going she-cession, in which the women’s unemployment rate is higher than the men’s.

Moderator: Stewart Hamilton

Panelists:

  • Lisa Boily, US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Belinda Simmons, NYC Commission on Human Rights
  • Kati Fernandez, ESPN+ and ESPN Films

September 15, 2021: Financial Literacy Series: Financial Services are for Everyone – Planning, Banking, and More!

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

This September workshop covered:
‣ Paychecks & Cashing Checks
‣ Online & Mobile Banking
‣ Checking & Savings Accounts
‣ Credit & Debit Cards
‣ ATMs & Fees
‣ Automatic Bill Payment

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please send us an email to events@cwny.org


August 25, 2021: “Nature in NYC” Interview launched in celebration of National Park Service Founders Day

Jennifer Greenfeld, NYC Parks Assistant Commissioner for Forestry, Horticulture & Natural Resources, takes us on a tour of the parks and ecosystems in NYC. She discusses how NYC Parks cares for nature and how we can protect nature in NYC.

Listen to our interview on our podcast on our Anchor.fm.


June 16, 2021: Financial Literacy Series: Budgeting – The Foundation of Financial Planning

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

This June workshop covered:
‣ Income
‣ Gross and Net Pay
‣ Expenses
‣ Formulating a budget
‣ Importance of timely payments

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please send us an email to events@cwny.org


May 19, 2021: Financial Literacy Series: Female Financial Freedom – Gaining Control of Your Financial Life

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

This May workshop covered:
‣ Personal finance
‣ W-4 (Tax withholding certificate)
‣ Financial goals with a S.M.A.R.T. approach
‣ Emergency fund

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation are available here:


April 29, 2021: CWNY’s 34th Anniversary Virtual Gala

Center for the Women of New York held its 34th Anniversary Virtual Gala on Thursday, April 29, 2021. CWNY honored supporters of women’s rights with awards for leadership.

34th Anniversary Honorees:

  • Alina Bloomgarden, Music On The Inside, Inc.
  • Mona Charles, NYC Health + Hospitals Queens
  • Felicia Fonrose, Felicia’s Promise
  • Maria Markou, Markou Global Legal Group, LLC
  • Congressman Gregory W. Meeks
  • Victoria Schneps-Yunis, Schneps Media
  • Council Member Paul A. Vallone
  • Youth Volunteers, Bake Back America
    • Caroline Farber, Ryan Fenster, Emma Klein, Shreya Sriram, and Abigail Zaroff

Musical performances:

Dawud Rahman and Naomi Blount from Music on the Inside


April 21, 2021: Financial Literacy Series: Tax Trauma Terminated Part 4, Changes and More Changes

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

This April workshop covered:
‣ Changes to filing 2020 taxes and extensions
‣ Unemployment benefits
‣ Recovery Rebate Credit and stimulus checks
‣ Advance payments of Child Tax Credit

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation are available here:


April 2021: Dr. John Albers interview – Sustainable Urban Gardening

CWNY interviewed Dr. John Albers, a research scientist and professor of medicine at the University of Washington, to discuss urban sustainability. He is also a passionate environmentalist and the author of several books about sustainable gardening. Although recently retired from teaching, Dr. Albers continues to review scientific and medical research papers, as well as continuing to assist young investigators in their research.

Interview hosts:

  • Victoria Pilotti, CWNY President
  • Scotia Hille, CWNY Green Team Coordinator

Guest Speaker: Dr. John Albers

The transcript for the above interview is available here:

The interview summary article written by Scotia Hille is available here:


April 2021: Sustainability Webinar recording can now be watched

Panelists:

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

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation is available here:


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 Anchor.fm


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.

Panelists: 

  • 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.

Panelists:

  • 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

GUEST SPEAKERS:

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

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • 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

Panelists:

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

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation is available here:


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

Panelists:

  • 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

Featuring:

  • 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

Featuring:

  • 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