Past Events

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

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May 6, 2024: Career Workshop Series: “Vision Board”

Guest Presenter: Gail Lewis, CUNY Professor of Communications & Toastmasters Public Speaking Champion

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Career Workshop 05/06/2024 Vision Board”


May 2, 2024: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “All about Herbs”

We planted up a raised bed “kitchen garden”! Basil, Oregano, Rosemary & Thyme were a few Herbs that were discussed & planted.


April 25, 2024: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Irrigation for Raised Bed Gardens

We discussed various ways of watering our garden. Cost effective and most efficient ways were demonstrated!


April 24, 2024: Women’s Issues Think Tank: “Environmental Injustice”

Our Women’s Issues Think Tank Guest Panelists each month lead us in finding actions CWNY & our community can take to advance the cause, raise awareness, help find solutions, & answer questions.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Women’s Issues Think Tank 04/24/2024 Environmental Injustice”


April 18, 2024: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Tool Maintenance”

Keeping our gardening tools clean and properly sharpened is a must! We showed different ways of sharpening, safety, and tips to keep our tools lasting a long time!


April 11, 2024: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “First Ever Seed Swap”

We brought our heirloom, organic, whatever other seeds we wished to share!


April 8, 2024: Career Workshop Series: “Goal Setting”

Guest Presenter: Gail Lewis, CUNY Professor of Communications & Toastmasters Public Speaking Champion

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Career Workshop 04/08/2024 Goal Setting”


April 6, 2024: CWNY Wellness Day

We hosted a Wellness Day at our Fort Totten Center. We had Strength Training & a Wellness Circle, Spa-like Pampering, and a Book Club Information & Welcome Session


April 4, 2024: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Cool Crops”

We discussed cool hardy spring crops to plant in the garden now, beginning with peas!


March 28, 2024: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Spring Container Garden”

We filled up some containers with pretty Spring bulbs and flowers. From soil types to watering, we discussed and planted to beautify our Women’s Center!


March 27, 2024: Women’s Issues Think Tank: “Women’s Health & Wellness”

Guest Panelists:
Jacqueline Diaz, Founder, The Steven Spectrum Career Project
Carmela Frattasi, National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach
Angelica Marie, Founder & Owner, Valiosa Wellness

Our Women’s Issues Think Tank Guest Panelists each month lead us in finding actions CWNY & our community can take to advance the cause, raise awareness, help find solutions, & answer questions.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Women’s Issues Think Tank 03/27/2024 Health & Wellness”


March 21, 2024: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Vernal Equinox”

Spring has sprung! We prepared the raised garden bed! We learned the type of soil, compost and fertilizer requirements! 


March 16, 2024: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Visit to Planting Fields Arboretum and Greenhouse with guest instructor, Gabrielle Chrysostomou”


March 14, 2024: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Irish Plants & Fairy Gardens”

From Shamrocks to Bells of Ireland, we discussed the contribution of all things from the Green Isle!! To the myths of fairy gardens and the lore surrounding, we had some wee fun!


March 7, 2024: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “March Garden Tasks”

We were getting the garden ready, from bulbs to perennials & annuals and seeding!


March 5 – April 9, 2024: “Free In-Person One-On-One Tax Preparation Assistance”

CWNY had multiple sessions of free in-person one-hour tax prep assistance with Kathy Carroll, E.A. on Tuesday afternoons at our two locations in Queens Borough Hall and Fort Totten.


March 4, 2024: Career Workshop Series: “Mock Interviews”

Guest Presenter: Gail Lewis, CUNY Professor of Communications & Toastmasters Public Speaking Champion

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Career Workshop 03/04/2024 Mock Interviews”


February 29, 2024: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Planning the Spring Garden”

From choosing seeds, site, zone, and soil, we began to plan our garden!


February 28, 2024: Women’s Issues Think Tank: “Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking Awareness”

Guest Panelists:
Paige Nyer, Assistant District Attorney
Elizabeth De Jesus, The Cottontail Corner, El Centro Pedagogico
Sgt. Mona Lawrence, NYPD DV Unit
Lauren Kay, Stop Stalking Us (Video Resource)

Our Women’s Issues Think Tank Guest Panelists each month lead us in finding actions CWNY & our community can take to advance the cause, raise awareness, help find solutions, & answer questions.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Women’s Issues Think Tank 02/28/2024 IPV and Stalking”


February 23, 2024: Art Workshop

CWNY polled our followers through social media about a new class to be hosted at the center. Our followers selected an Art Workshop and CWNY delivered! Within a week, CWNY organized an Art Workshop with facilitator, Kerri McKay, from Bayside High School’s Art Department. The workshop was a massive success! Participants made watercolor paintings, mini bookmarks and mini sunset paintings. Participants also made bracelets with empowering messages to uplift women and girls who are the most vulnerable.


February 17, 2024: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Demystifying Houseplants Part 2 with guest instructor, Gabrielle Chrysostomou”


February 5, 2024: Career Workshop Series: “Time Management in the Workplace”

Guest Presenter: Gail Lewis, CUNY Professor of Communications & Toastmasters Public Speaking Champion

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Career Workshop 02/05/2024 Time Management”


February 3, 2024: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Demystifying Houseplants Part 1 with guest instructor, Gabrielle Chrysostomou”


January 24, 2024: Women’s Issues Think Tank: “Caregiving Part II, Applying for Medicaid”

Guest Panelists: Representatives from
Sunnyside Community Services – scsny.org
Carino Law – carinolaw.com
Queensboro Council for Social Welfare – [email protected]

Our Women’s Issues Think Tank Guest Panelists each month lead us in finding actions CWNY & our community can take to advance the cause, raise awareness, help find solutions, & answer questions.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Women’s Issues Think Tank 01/24/2024 Caregiving Part II”


December 14, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “December tasks in the garden”

We learned about tasks, from extending the growing season with row covers to preparing the beds for winter.


December 7, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Ground covers”

From Evergreens to different types of mulch, we discussed an often-overlooked important part of our landscape.


December 5, 2023: Career Workshop Series: “Managing Change in the Workplace”

Guest Presenter: Gail Lewis, CUNY Professor of Communications & Toastmasters Public Speaking Champion

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Career Workshop 12/05/2023 Managing Change”


November 30, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Park Ranger walk”

Park Rangers led us on a walk in Fort Totten Park and told us the history of the Fort and its structures.


November 28, 2023: CWNY’s Giving Tuesday Fundraiser 2023

All funds raised go towards Center for the Women of New York mission in advocating for full gender equality and empower women by offering them programs and resources to aid, uplift, and address their challenges. Donors’ generosity is essential and very much appreciated! DONATE HERE!


November 23, 2023: Thanksgiving meals donation

Center for the Women of New York partnered with Local 1199 Union in an initiative to provide Thanksgiving meals to a local women’s shelter. CWNY is honored to contribute to a successful day.


November 16, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Garden harvest celebration at CWNY”

We celebrated various cultures & our hard work in the garden through food & companionship.


November 15, 2023: Women’s Issues Think Tank: “Caregiving, A Women’s Issue”

Guest Panelists: Representatives from
Queensboro Council for Social Welfare – [email protected]
Sunnyside Community Services – scsny.org
Carino Law – carinolaw.com

Topics included:
Legal issues affecting caregivers
Caregiving services
Self-care for caregivers 

Our Women’s Issues Think Tank Guest Panelists each month lead us in finding actions CWNY & our community can take to advance the cause, raise awareness, help find solutions, & answer questions.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Women’s Issues Think Tank 11/15/2023 Caregiving”


November 11, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Daffodil planting”

We planted 500 daffodil bulbs around our Fort Totten building!


November 9, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Compost with guest instructor, Queens Botanical Garden”


November 7, 2023: Career Workshop Series: “Cultural Competence in the Workplace”

Guest Presenter: Gail Lewis, CUNY Professor of Communications & Toastmasters Public Speaking Champion

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Career Workshop 11/07/2023 Cultural Competence”


November 2, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “November tasks in the garden”

From mulching to watering, we learned what the garden needs to know!


November 1, 2023-Present: Outdoor & Indoor Yoga Classes

We had outdoor yoga classes that have moved indoors in the cold and wet weather starting in the late Fall twice a week on Wednesdays at 12-1 PM and Fridays at 10:30-11:30 AM at our Fort Totten location. All levels of yoga experience are welcome and is led by Certified Yoga Instructor, Robin Stuelpner.


October 28, 2023: “Fort Totten Halloween Festival”

Throughout October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we offered education and resources to the public. We thank the NYC Parks Dept. for having CWNY at their “Fort Totten Halloween Festival”. It was great speaking to our community and raising awareness on domestic violence and we made flowers with families in honor of the women in our lives. The local event was a spooky day of fun including pumpkins, haunted houses, hayrides, and more.


October 26, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Compost”

We got down and dirty and discussed everything compost!


October 25, 2023: Women’s Issues Think Tank: “Domestic Violence Awareness: A Women’s Issue Virtual Panel”

Guest Panelists: Representatives from
Queens District Attorney Domestic Violence Bureau – queensda.org
Safe Horizon – safehorizon.org
Mount Sinai Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Program – mountsinai.org
Sakhi for South Asian Women – sakhi.org
Violence Intervention Program – vipmujeres.org

Our Women’s Issues Think Tank Guest Panelists each month lead us in finding actions CWNY & our community can take to advance the cause, raise awareness, help find solutions, & answer questions.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Women’s Issues Think Tank 10/25/2023 Domestic Violence Awareness”


October 23, 2023: “CWNY’s Annual Membership Meeting & Election 2023”

CWNY held its Annual Membership Meeting in-person for the first time since 2019 and we were able to have it at our Fort Totten location. Only individual Members were eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting for CWNY Board of Directors and Officers positions,


October 19, 2023: “Bay Terrace Shopping Center Fall Festival”

Throughout October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we offered education and resources to the public. CWNY thanks PS 169Q PTA & Cord Meyer for the invitation to participate in the “Bay Terrace Shopping Center Fall Festival.” It was great speaking to our community and raising awareness on domestic violence and we made flowers with families in honor of the women in our lives. The local event included a stage for performances, a DJ, a pumpkin patch, and more.


October 19, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Planting Fall vegetables”

We planted lettuces, root vegetables, garlic, and others.


October 12, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “All about Bulbs”

We learned what bulbs are and how to plant them properly to get the best blooms in Spring! We planted our own Spring bulbs!


October 11, 2023: “International Day of the Girl”

The United Nations marks October 11 as the International Day of the Girl since 2012. International Day of the Girl focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. Click here for resources about this day!


October 5, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Fall planting”

We covered Fall planting, weeding, and preparing beds.


October 3, 2023: Career Workshop Series: “LinkedIn 101”

Guest Presenter: Gail Lewis, CUNY Professor of Communications & Toastmasters Public Speaking Champion

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Career Workshop 10/03/2023 LinkedIn 101”


September 28, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Let’s talk about root vegetables! From carrots to turnips, beets to, yes, potatoes!”


September 27, 2023: Women’s Issues Think Tank: “Human Trafficking: A Women’s Issue Virtual Panel”

Guest Panelists: Representatives from
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women — catwinternational.org
New York County District Attorney’s Office — manhattanda.org
NOW NYC — nownyc.org
PACT — WeArePact.org
Zonta International District 3 — zontadistrictthree.org

Our Women’s Issues Think Tank Guest Panelists each month lead us in finding actions CWNY & our community can take to advance the cause, raise awareness, help find solutions, & answer questions.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Women’s Issues Think Tank 09/27/2023 Human Trafficking Awareness”


September 21, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Let’s celebrate the Autumnal Equinox as we take a walk around beautiful Fort Totten and Little Bay Park”


September 19, 2023: CWNY’S 2nd Annual Food Tasting: “A Taste of the World at Fort Totten”

We held our second annual food tasting event on our scenic lawn! 18 local restaurants donated tasting-sized portions of their signature dishes of delicious international food to all our attendees who purchased event tickets. We also welcomed our new Executive Director, Racquel Chariah during the event.

Music by DJ IZZY
Live music by FOGO AZUL DRUMLINE
Dances by DOMINICAN DANCE GROUP, INC.

GOLD SPONSORS
First Central Savings Bank, Coran Ober, Schwartz Family, Leith ter Meulen

FRIEND SPONSORS
Robert Levy, QG Floral + Landscape, Malini Shah, John Tandana

RESTAURANTS
Aegea West Mediterranean Kitchen • Avo Taco • Baybridge Szechuan Restaurant • Bayside Milk Farm • Bourbon Street • Cascon Baking Company • Cupcakes by Lauren • D Roti Hut • Il Bacco • Marbella Restaurant • Maria’s Mediterranean • Martha’s Country Bakery • The Monster Crab • One Station Plaza • Picciotto NY • Riviera Ristorante • Robert’s Butcher Shop • Trattoria 35


September 14, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “All about Autumn soil!”

We learned how to amend soils and prepare for a bountiful harvest!


September 7, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “What to plant in September! From shrubs, trees to annual & perennial!”

We welcomed back Gardeners after our mid-summer break. At our first class back we went over shrubs, trees, annuals, and perennials and we planted.


August 10, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Native vs. Invasive Plants”

We discussed flowers, vegetables, grasses, trees, and shrubs.


August 3, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “What’s a Weed?”

We identified common weeds and “green” ways to deal with them!


July 27, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Kids Garden: Let’s plant up another raised bed, our third one in this series.”

From radishes to greens, kale, swiss chard and lettuces! We had storytelling first!


July 20, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “What to plant in July, from vegetables to flowers to herbs.”

We sowed various seeds. Each participant took home one pot of seeds!


July 13, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Learn About Essential Oils”

Attendees learned about essential oils from our Guest Speaker, Irene. Irene is a local businesswoman from right here in Queens!


July 6, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “All About Hydrangeas: History, Varieties, and Caring for Them.”


June 29, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Kids Gardening!”

Attendees brought their kids and planted kid friendly veggies & sweet-smelling flowers. Each child brought home one plant.


June 28, 2023: Women’s Issues Think Tank: “Gender Equity in Education and Developments in Title IX”

Guest Presenters:
Shiwali Patel, Director of Justice for Student Survivors & Senior Counsel at National Women’s Law Center
Zoey Brewer, Policy Organizer at Know Your IX

Our Women’s Issues Think Tank Guest Panelists each month lead us in finding actions CWNY & our community can take to advance the cause, raise awareness, help find solutions, & answer questions.


June 27, 2023: “Rueda” Salsa Lesson Party with Carol

Attendees danced at CWNY before the “Independence Day Celebration at Fort Totten Park” fireworks display began.


June 22, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “All About Pollinators!”

We learned about which butterflies visit our garden and Fort Totten as we went searching for these beautiful & important pollinators!


June 21, 2023: Financial Literacy Series: “Youth Finance”

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected]


June 21, 2023: International Yoga Day Celebration

We had our celebration in-person at our Fort Totten location. We had a Yoga Class led by Robin Stuelpner, Certified Yoga Instructor and Meditation led by the Sri Chinmoy Meditation Center.


June 15, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Bees and Beehives 101”

Guest Presenter and Beekeeper: Ruth Harrigan


June 8, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “All About Herbs!”

Registrants took home an herb container and we planted one too for the garden!


June 6, 2023: Career Workshop Series: “Networking”

Guest Presenter: Gail Lewis, CUNY Professor of Communications & Toastmasters Public Speaking Champion

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Career Workshop 06/06/2023 Networking”


June 1, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “It’s All About Tomatoes!”

From Heirlooms to hybrid to Beefsteak to cherry, we talked Tomatoes!


May 25, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Let’s Get Planting!”

We’ve sown the seeds, transplanted, and now we are ready to garden! Let’s go!


May 24, 2023: Women’s Issues Think Tank: “Inequities in Women’s Health”

Guest Presenter: Giovina Lara Collura, MDAssistant Clinical Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai / NYC Health + Hospitals / Queens
Moderator: Victoria Pilotti – CWNY Vice President

Our Guest Presenter shared knowledge, did Q&A, & discussed actions to take to improve women’s healthcare & close the inequities gap.

Our Women’s Issues Think Tank Guest Panelists each month lead us in finding actions CWNY & our community can take to advance the cause, raise awareness, help find solutions, & answer questions.


May 18, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: Waking Up the Garden Series Part 6: “Kid-Friendly Gardening: Flowers & Vegetables”


May 17, 2023: Financial Literacy Series: “Retirement Planning”

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected]


May 11, 2023: CWNY Gala 2023

We honored supporters of women’s rights and those who have made significant contributions to our community. The evening included: Dinner, an awards presentation, musical performances, & raffles.

2023 Honorees

LETITIA JAMES – New York Attorney General (Invited)
TOM SUOZZI ~ Former U.S. Congressman
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HELEN ARTEAGA LANDAVERDE ~ Elmhurst Hospital Chief Executive Officer
DANIELLE GIUNTA ~ NYC Community Education District 26 Superintendent
TARYN SACRAMONE ~ Queens Theatre Executive Director
MATTHEW SYMONS ~ NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation Northeast Queens
Parks Administrator
ANNA-MARIE VALLONE ~ First Central Savings Bank Vice President

Performers

“2 Complicated”
Jaleya, District 26 Student
Anissa Gathers
“Potri Ranka Manis”

Watch our gala slideshow of that night’s program in our video above or view our slides below:

Watch videos of our Gala in two parts:

Check out over a hundred of our Gala photos:


May 11, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: Waking Up the Garden Series Part 5: “Pollinator-friendly flowers”


May 4, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: Waking Up the Garden Series Part 4: “Beginning planting cool-weather vegetables”


May 2, 2023: Career Workshop Series: “Mentoring”

Guest Presenter: Gail Lewis, CUNY Professor of Communications & Toastmasters Public Speaking Champion

A good mentor can help you make positive changes in your work and career life. But how do you find a mentor? And once you’ve found one, how should you navigate the relationship? This workshop on mentoring assisted in finding a mentor & in making the relationship an asset to your professional growth.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Career Workshop 05/02/2023 Mentoring”


April 27, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: Waking Up the Garden Series Part 3: “Hardening Off Transplants”


April 26, 2023: Women’s Issues Think Tank: “Sexual Assault Awareness”

Guest Presenters:
Lindsey Curtis
 – Training, Outreach & Education Supervisor, Mount Sinai Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Program (SAVI)
Assistant District Attorney Eric Rosenbaum – Chief, Special Victims Bureau, Queens County District Attorney’s Office

Our guest presenters shared their knowledge, answered questions, and led a conversation with the goal of finding actions CWNY and our community can take to protect women from sexual assault, collaborate with partner organizations, and more.


April 20, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: Waking Up the Garden Series Part 2: “All about soil & preparing a raised bed for planting”


April 19, 2023: Financial Literacy Series: “Basics of Investing”

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected]


April 6, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: Waking Up the Garden Series Part 1: “Spring cleaning, raking, and planting Spring bulbs”


April 4, 2023: Career Workshop Series: “Listening Skills in the Workplace”

Guest Presenter: Gail Lewis, CUNY Professor of Communications & Toastmasters Public Speaking Champion

Our Soft Skills Workshop continued with developing the listening skills valued in the workplace.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Career Workshop 04/04/2023 Listening Skills in the Workplace”


March 30, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Spring Walk & Tree Identification”


March 23, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Master Seed Program Part 6”


March 22, 2023: Women’s Issues Think Tank: “Pay Equity”

Guest Panelists: 
Beverly Cooper Neufeld– President, PowHer New York
Jessica Ramey Stender– Policy Director & Deputy Legal Director, Equal Rights Advocates

This discussion on pay equity included the pay gap for women, equal pay for equal work, wage discrimination, pay transparency, and more.

Our Women’s Issues Think Tank Guest Panelists each month lead us in finding actions CWNY & our community can take to advance the cause, raise awareness, help find solutions, & answer questions.


March 16, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Master Seed Program Part 5”


March 15, 2023: Financial Literacy Series: “Income Tax Basics for 2022 Returns”

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation are available here:


March 9 – April 6, 2023: “Free In-Person One-On-One Tax Preparation Assistance”

CWNY had multiple sessions of free in-person tax prep assistance with Kathy Carroll, E.A. on Thursday afternoons at our two locations in Queens Borough Hall and Fort Totten.


March 9, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Master Seed Program Part 4”


March 7, 2023: Career Workshop Series: “Soft Skills”

Guest Presenter: Gail Lewis, CUNY Professor of Communications & Toastmasters Public Speaking Champion

Technical Skills help you get the job. Soft Skills help you keep the job! This Soft Skills Workshop assisted in developing the skills most valued in the workplace:
Decision making, leadership, problem solving, and more.
Attendees learned about the skills critical to workplace success!

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Slides from Career Workshop 03/07/2023 Soft Skills”


March 2, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Master Seed Program Part 3”


February 22, 2023: Women’s Issues Think Tank: “Stalking Awareness”

Guest Panelists:
Dana Fleitman – Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC)
Paige L. Nyer – Domestic Violence Bureau, Queens County District Attorney’s Office

Our Women’s Issues Think Tank Guest Panelists each month lead us in finding actions CWNY & our community can take to advance the cause, raise awareness, help find solutions, & answer questions.


February 16, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Master Seed Program Part 2”

Sowing seeds: Organic, open-pollinated, non-gmo? What’s the difference? We continued with Celery seeding.


February 15, 2023: Financial Literacy Series: “Disability & Life Insurance”

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.


February 9, 2023: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Master Seed Program Part 1”

We learned the basics of seeding: How, why, & when to start seeds. We began our own seeds at that time, We went over bell peppers.


February 7, 2023: Career Workshop Series: “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace”

Guest Presenter: Orlando Torres, Director of the Bronx Community Service Center for the NYC Commission on Human Rights


January 17, 2023: Financial Literacy Series: “Health Insurance”

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.


December 15, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Winter Botany and Holiday Brunch”


December 2, 2022 – January 2, 2023: Holiday Art Exhibition & Sale – “Art for a Cause”

50+ art pieces through “Artists for a Cause” were available for purchase or bidding. One painting was also available as a raffle prize for those who bought raffle tickets. Raffle winner was randomly chosen virtually on January 3, 2023.

Those who purchased original art supported programming at the CWNY and the artists that generously donated a portion of the proceeds. All funds raised helped CWNY’s Art Program that focuses on Female Artists Representation and Gender Justice Social Transformation through Art.

Our opening reception was on Friday, December 9, 2022 and attendees had the opportunity to view and buy original artwork and meet the artists, Evening entertainment:
Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres,
A book reading/signing by Nationally Acclaimed Long Island City Author, Dr. Bessie W. Blake. She presented and signed her third book Love Lifted Me.
Musical performance by Peruvian Vocalist and Activist, Noelia Robles


December 6, 2022: Career Workshop Series: “Elevator Pitch”

Guest Presenter: Gail Lewis, CUNY Professor of Communications & Toastmasters Public Speaking Champion


December 1, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Winter Wildlife: Nature Walk with Park Rangers”


November 29, 2022: CWNY’s Giving Tuesday Fundraiser 2022

All funds raised went towards Center for the Women of New York mission in advocating for full gender equality and empower women by offering them programs and resources to aid, uplift, and address their challenges. Donors’ generosity was essential and very much appreciated!


November 17, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Fall Flower Arrangement Workshop and Thanksgiving Lunch”

Attendees brought seasonal dishes to share at our potluck lunch.


November 16, 2022: Financial Literacy Series: “Keep Your Assets Safe: Home & Auto Insurance”

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation are available here:


November 12, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Root Vegetable Garden”


November 3, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Garlic Planting”


November 1, 2022: Career Workshop Series: “Interview Skills”

Guest Presenter: Gail Lewis, CUNY Professor of Communications & Toastmasters Public Speaking Champion


October 29, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Daffodil Planting: Let’s Beautify the Lawn of CWNY!”

Gardening tools were provided by NYC Parks Dept. Activities included bulb planting, raking, weeding, trimming small bushes. We planted in honor of CWNY Founder, Ann Jawin, and the women in our lives. Daffodil Project is the largest volunteer effort in NYC history. It is a living memorial to the victims of 9/11 and Covid-19, a celebration of the New Yorkers championing parks equity in their communities.


October 27, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Autumn Walking Tour: Why do Trees Change Colors?”


October 26, 2022: Queens Borough President’s “Healthy Relationship Resource Fair and Conference”

Throughout October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we offered education and resources to the public. Along with many other organizations that do amazing work for women, we participated in Queens Borough President’s “Healthy Relationship Resource Fair and Conference”.


October 26, 2022: “Queensborough Community College’s DVAM – Every1KnowsSome1” Virtual Panel Discussion

Throughout October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we offered education and resources to the public. Along with many other organizations that do amazing work for women, we participated in “Queensborough Community College’s DVAM – Every1KnowsSome1” virtual panel discussion.

This conference and workshop was held for QCC’s students, faculty, and staff. The Office of Title IX Compliance presented a panel discussion for October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month on what it is and it’s not just physical. The panel also discussed what individuals can do for others they know who are in domestic violence situations. Each organization presented what services they provide.

Only individual Members in good standing were eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting held on Zoom for CWNY Board of Directors and Officers positions,


October 24, 2022: “CWNY’s Election & Annual Membership Meeting 2022”

Only individual Members were eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting held on Zoom for CWNY Board of Directors and Officers positions,


October 22, 2022: “Fort Totten Halloween Festival”

Throughout October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we offered education and resources to the public. We thank the NYC Parks Dept. for having CWNY at their “Fort Totten Halloween Festival”. It was great speaking to our community and raising awareness on domestic violence and we made flowers with families in honor of the women in our lives. The local event was a spooky day of fun including pumpkins, obstacle courses, haunted houses, hayrides, and more.


October 20, 2022: “Bay Terrace Shopping Center Fall Festival”

Throughout October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we offered education and resources to the public. CWNY thanks PS 169Q PTA & Cord Meyer for the invitation to participate in the “Bay Terrace Shopping Center Fall Festival.” It was great speaking to our community and raising awareness on domestic violence and we made flowers with families in honor of the women in our lives. The local event included a stage for performances, a DJ, a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo. and more.


October 20, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Gardening Day”

Attendees took care of CWNY’s raised bed garden.


October 13, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Bulb Planting: Which Ones Do We Lift In Winter?”


October 11, 2022: “International Day of the Girl”

The United Nations marks October 11 as the International Day of the Girl since 2012. International Day of the Girl focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. Click here for resources about this day!


October 6, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Beginning The Fall Garden: Tomatoes Out Mums In”


October 4, 2022: Career Workshop Series: “Civil Service 101 – City Jobs Fall 2022”

Guest Presenter: Representatives from the DCAS Office of Citywide Recruitment and the DCAS Office of Citywide Equity & Inclusion

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

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation and additional information are available here:


September 22, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “All About Vines, How to Identify Poison Ivy & Steps to Remove It”


September 20, 2022: Food Tasting Event: “A Taste of the World at Fort Totten”

"Taste of the World" Food Tasting Event banner

CWNY held our first-ever Food Tasting Event on the very last night of Summer 2022 and were delighted to host it outdoors in beautiful weather at our Fort Totten location’s front lawn. Over a dozen restaurants participated by each donating tasting-sized portions of their signature dishes to all our attendees who purchased event tickets. We had live music by the World/Latin-fusion band, Sangha Tierra playing throughout the evening for all to hear. The event was such a big success that we can’t wait until we get to host another Food Tasting Event!


September 14, 2022-October 26, 2023: Outdoor & Indoor Yoga Classes

We had outdoor yoga classes in the Fall that had moved indoors starting in the late Fall twice a week on Wednesdays at 12-1 PM and Thursday evenings at 6-7 PM at our Fort Totten location. All levels of yoga experience are welcome and is led by Certified Yoga Instructor, Robin Stuelpner.


September 8, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Plant Cutting and Progation”


September 1, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “All About Transplanting Plants and Re-Potting”


August 25, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “In the Garden – Garden Pests: Spotted Lantern Fly, Long Horn Asian Beetle”


August 4, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Designing a Rain Barrel”


July 28, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Let’s Talk About Tomatoes”


July 14, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Taking Care of Your Summer Garden”


July 14-August 6, 2022: Summer Outdoor Yoga Classes

We had outdoor yoga classes in the Summer twice a week on Thursday and Saturday mornings from July 14 – August 6 at our Fort Totten location. All levels of yoga experience were welcome and was led by Certified Yoga Instructor, Theresa Rossini.


July 7, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Container Gardening and Herb Gardens”


June 30, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Nature Walk in Fort Totten Park”

We explored the Fort Totten Park vegetation: wildflowers, bushes, trees, and birds.


June 23, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “In-depth proper use and maintenance of gardening tools”

We learned how to properly use tools for the best gardening outcomes.


June 16, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Tree Identification”

We took a walk in the beautiful Fort Totten Park and learned to identify the local trees.


June 15, 2022: Financial Literacy Series: “Personal Residences: Buying or Renting a Home”

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.


June 4, 2022: “8th International Day of Yoga”

CWNY held a free yoga session on the lawn of our Fort Totten location in partnership with “Indo-American Arts & Cultural Forum” and Counsel General of India, NY.


June 2, 2022: Career Workshop Series: “Public Speaking for Career Advancement and Acing Your Interview”

Guest Speaker: Gail Lewis, CUNY Professor of Communications & Toastmasters Public Speaking Champion

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation are available here:


May 26, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Master Seed”

We learned the basics of Seeding by doing hands-on activities. All workshop attendees left with a pot with seeds.


May 21, 2022: Street Co-Naming Ceremony: “Ann Jawin Way”

CWNY, the Doug-Bay Manor Civic Association, and Ann Jawin’s Family all took part in a very special ceremony. We posthumously honored our dear founder, Ann Juliano Jawin, by co-naming 233rd Street (intersection of 233rd Street and 39th Ave.) as Ann Jawin Way and planted a tree in her honor.

Ann Juliano Jawin founded the Center for the Women of New York in 1987 and the Doug-Bay Manor Civic Association in 1968. In light of Ann’s unparalleled dedication to women’s rights, as well as her service to the Douglaston community, Council Member Paul Vallone introduced this co-naming which was approved by the NYC Council on December 15, 2021. CWNY thanks District Leader Dave Fisher for his assistance in scheduling and planning the Ann Jawin Way co-naming ceremony.

Click here to read more and see photos and watch the unveiling of the street sign on video.


May 18, 2022: Financial Literacy Series: “Car Ownership: Buying, Leasing, and Selling and the Current Unique Market Conditions”

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation are available here:


May 12, 2022: Gardening & Sustainability Workshop Series: “Planting and designing raised beds and pollinated gardens”

We started a CWNY Community Garden together. Plus, workshop attendees learned how to do their own!


May 7, 2022: Art Exhibit Opening: “Art for a Purpose” – A Multivenue Global Exhibition with CWNY and Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation

CWNY was pleased to participate with Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation in hosting a Multi-Venue Global Exhibition, “Art for a Purpose” at our Fort Totten Park location in-person on Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21, and June 11 & 18. This multi-venue global exhibition had shed light on social issues to inspire change. Art materials were also on hand for everyone to create their own art for a purpose. The opening reception was on May 7th from 1 – 5 PM and was sponsored by The French Workshop.


April 7, 2022: “CWNY’s 35th Anniversary Virtual Gala”

CWNY honored those who have gone above and beyond in empowering women and those who have made significant contributions to our community.

2022 HONOREES

Grace Meng, U.S. Congresswoman
Adrienne E. Adams, Speaker of the New York City Council
Joseph Alohan, Sergeant NYPD
Bessie W. Blake, Ph.D., Author and Activist
Racquel Chariah, Executive Director of the Hance Family Foundation
Mary Crimmins, NYCDOE Physical Education Teacher
Stephanie Lake, Ph.D., Director of Criminal Justice Program, Adelphi University
Lisa Liberatore, MD, ENT, Founder of Luv Michael

PERFORMANCES by Dawud Rahman, Rowan McKiernan, and Sol Marattin


April 6, 2022: Financial Literacy Series: “NYS Income Tax & Wrap-up”

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please send us an email to [email protected]


March 28, 2022: Members-Only Virtual Meet & Greet

CWNY had a Members-Only Virtual Meet & Greet in the evening on Zoom with CWNY Board of Directors, Board Members, volunteers, and members.


March 26, 2022: “2022 Women in Achievement Award posthumously awarded to Ann Jawin at St. John’s University”

On March 26, 2022 in celebration of Women’s History Month at the Garden City Hotel, St. John’s University presented the 2022 Women in Achievement Award Posthumously to Ann Juliano Jawin, PD ’77.  On behalf of our founder, Ann Juliano Jawin, and the Jawin family, the Center for the Women of New York proudly accepted the St. John’s Women 2022 Women in Achievement award. Ann’s legacy of activism and advocacy for women’s equality lives on through CWNY’s current services and programs.

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation and additional information are available here:


March 24, 2022: Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz’s Women’s History Month Celebration

CWNY was proud to co-sponsor with Queens County Women’s Bar Association for Queens District Attorney, Melinda Katz’s Women’s History Month in-person event at Queens College’s Rosenthal Library in the evening.

Keynote Speaker: New York State Attorney General Letitia James
Special Guest: NYC Council Speaker Adrienne Adams
Moderator: Investigative reporter, Mary Murphy Mystery of PIX11


March 16, 2022: Financial Literacy Series: “Income Tax Preparation Continued”

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please send us an email to [email protected]


March 9 – April 6, 2022: “Free In-Person One-On-One Tax Preparation Assistance”

CWNY had multiple sessions of free in-person tax prep assistance with Kathy Carroll, E.A. on Wednesday afternoons at our two locations in Queens Borough Hall and Fort Totten.


March 3, 2022: Career Workshop Series: “Networking for Career Success: Make Valuable Connections”

Guest Speaker: Regina Bonolo – Owner, Aspire Higher

Topics covered:

  • Referral Networking
  • The Hidden Job Market
  • Your Online Presence
  • Resourceful Connections
  • Job Opportunities Worksheet

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation and additional information are available here:


February 2022: “Black History Month is Every Month!” with Adrienne Whaley – A CWNY Interview

Guest Speaker: Adrienne Whaley, Queens Underground International Black and Brown Film Festival Founder

Hosts: Kati Fernandez and Cecilia Venosta-Wiygul, CWNY


February 16, 2022: Financial Literacy Series: “Income Tax Basics for 2021 Returns”

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please send us an email to [email protected]


February 3, 2022: Career Workshop Series: “Resume Writing”

Guest Speaker: Sarah Dutille – Recruitment Operations Manager, NPD Group

This informative presentation was filled with tips to help improve your resume.

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation and additional information are available here:


January 19, 2022: Financial Literacy Series: “Preview of 2021 Income Tax Returns – including the Advance Child Tax Credit”

Presenter: Kathy Carroll, E.A.

To receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides for the above presentation, please send us an email to [email protected]


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.

The PowerPoint slides for the above presentation and additional information are available here:


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 [email protected]


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 [email protected]


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 [email protected]


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 [email protected]


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:


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