WomenLeadNYC 2016

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WomenLeadNYC 2016: Collaborative Women’s Leadership Conference  Staten Island

“Throughout history, women have driven humanity forward on the path to a more equal and just society, contributing in innumerable ways to our character and progress as a people.  In the face of discrimination and undue hardship, they have never given up on the promise of America:  that with hard work and determination, nothing is out of reach”.(4)

In celebration of Women’s History Month the popular “digilive” conference WomenLeadNYC comes to the Staten Island Art’s Culture Lounge March 24th 2016 at 6P.M.

WomenLeadNYC 2016: Women’s Leadership Conference Staten Island. Women are underrepresented in leadership in business, or in panel discussions, or events. This must change. #WomenLeadNYC is a collaborative effort helping to create a clearinghouse for empowerment and Women’s Leadership. Taking place at Staten Island Art’s Culture Lounge in the Staten Island Ferry Terminal on March 24th at 6pm. Four Entrepreneurs will come together to discuss the important  issues and obstacles facing women who desire leadership roles.

Created in 2012, #WomenLeadNYC 2016 is part conference, part workshop, part networking with a panel discussion and a virtual and in-person workshop that will create teams that will collaborate on action plans to enable/empower/promote women as leaders.  Curated by Amy Vernon, Marilyn Zayfert and Nancy Ayala, this popular event enables women to work together and set their goals and move in strategic direction.

Co-Curator Marilyn Zayfert has found “Women don’t get to climb up the corporate ladder one rung at a time.  The climb is convoluted like the game Chutes and Ladders. There are ways to shape change and promote women leaders. Events like #WomenLead2016 continually motivate women to work toward their professional goals.”

#WomenLeadNYC 2016 begins with fast-paced interactive presentations. After this, the audience (online and in-person) will divide into small groups to interact and brainstorm for a half hour followed by a debriefing session and networking. The panel will then present each group’s action points. This unique event that combines a live event with a digital online counterpart.  By doing this WomenLeadNYC creates unique collaborative environments that produce actionable takeaways– for women, by women, although men are welcome and actually, our experience shows, can provide valuable contributions.

The Curators of WomenLeadNYC chose Staten Island Arts Culture Lounge venue at the Ferry not only for it’s convenient location to everywhere in NYC, but for the work it does empowering Artists to overcome obstacles. In the Arts 51% of visual artists today are women and only 28% of museum solo exhibitions spotlighted women in eight selected museums throughout the 2000s. (1). Though women earn half of the MFAs granted in the US, only a quarter of solo exhibitions in New York galleries feature women.(2) Research has shown that women, more than men possess leadership styles associated with effective performance as leaders. So why are significantly fewer women in leadership roles than men?(3) Combining the power of the Arts with creative ideas, collaboration and communication Women lead.

The Collaborators for WomenLeadNYC 2016 are: 

WomenLeadNYC 2016: Collaborative Women's Leadership Conference Staten Island
WomenLeadNYC 2016 Curators and Collaborators: Amy Vernon, Marilyn Zayfert, Nancy Ayala, Aileen Gemma Smith, Adrian Wilton, Vanessa Coppes and Jen Slaw.

Aileen Gemma Smith, CEO and Founder at Vizalytics Technology, Incorporated Aileen founded Vizalytics Technology, the creators of Mind My Business to serve the needs of brick and mortar businesses. The team also built neighborhoods.nyc. She puts a strong emphasis on listening and building relationships. She prefers hard work and problem solving over fancy titles. She believes in the value of collaborative process. Aileen and team are honored to be part of 500 Startups Batch 10, a winner at NYC Big Apps, and a finalist in the AWS City on Cloud competition.

Adrian Wilton, Entrepreneur, Urban Farmer  Principal Owner at Living Restoration LLC. Adrian is  project director of Living Restoration — a start-up focused on integrating nature, especially edible plants, into the “built” environment — has spearheaded the planting of a vertical farm, which is cultivating plant life on vertically inclined surfaces on Staten Island. Living Restoration is part of a collaborative of green roof, environmental, architecture and marketing professionals that specialize in the design, installation and maintenance of urban agricultural spaces.

Jen Slaw, Speaker, Educator, Host, Non-profit Director,  Jen Slaw . Jen Slaw is a nationally touring speaker and educator and has shared her unique approach to problem solving and life balance on ABC News, Fox, Huffington Post Live, Good Day Sacramento, Good Day Philadelphia, the Late Show with David Letterman, Off-Broadway and TEDx stages & more. A recovering structural engineer and world-record-holding expert juggler, she uses principles of juggling to teach strategies that result in more balanced, productive, motivated, creative problem solvers and effective collaborators. Weaving juggling into training programs for clients including Fortune 500 companies, associations and non-profit organizations, Jen provides them with tools for fostering creative thinking, achievement, work-life balance, change management, and team building. She inspires her audiences to discover and pursue their own unique path. Jen also serves as the director of the non-profit Juggling Life, an organization with a mission to engage and inspire youth through interactive arts programming.

Vanessa Coppes, Author. Social and Digital Media, VCoppes.com. Vanessa is the Social and Digital Media Strategist for BELLA New York Magazine and the Co-Founder of ETTWomen.  ETTWomen is a community of entrepreneurs that network with intention. ETTAWomen learn from and support each other in personal and business growth.


WomenLeadNYC 2016: Women’s Leadership Conference Staten Island at the

Staten Island Arts Culture Lounge at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal- MAP

March 24th 2016 6 to 9pm Cost per ticket: $25/15 Earlybird sale ends March 15th limited seating Tickets available here: https://womenleadny2016.eventbrite.com


1. The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium, 2013.
2. Brainstormers Research, 2006 and Saltz, Village Voice, September 21, 2006.
3.  http://www.hbs.edu/faculty/conferences/2013-w50-research-symposium/Documents/eagly.pdf
4. https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/02/29/presidential-proclamation-womens-history-month-2016