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Stellar Honorees -- NCRW Celebrates 30th Anniversary March 6th

At a stellar gathering of leaders from business, philanthropy, government, and non-profits, the National Council for Research on Women will kick off 30 years of transforming the way the world looks at women and girls at its annual Making a Difference for Women Awards Dinner on Tuesday, March 6th.
            The Council will honor: Beth Brooke of Ernst & Young; Abigail Disney, Pamela Hogan, and Gini Retiker of the Women, War & Peace series on PBS; Anita Hill of Brandeis University; and Soledad O’Brien of CNN at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
            “Our honorees reflect the depth and breadth of our network of researchers, policy specialists, and advocates across business, communication, academia, and the arts. We will not only celebrate all that we’ve accomplished but also focus on all that still needs to be done to improve women’s economic security and advance a critical mass of women into leadership positions by 2015,” said Linda Basch, PhD, President of NCRW.
            Honorees will participate in an interactive panel to initiate the Council’s 30th Anniversary celebration. Since its launch in 1982, NCRW has grown from 28 research, policy, and advocacy centers to more than 100 member centers today. Leveraging research to challenge misinformation and develop solutions to the most pressing issues of our times, the Council has become a national leader in exploding myths about the gains and gaps in the lives of women and girls.
            In addition to its historic role as a network of women’s research and policy centers, the Council works closely with the private sector through its Corporate Circle of major companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders to pave the way for more diversity in the workplace and in top-level positions.
            At its 30th Anniversary Awards Dinner, the Council will also recognize 30 outstanding leaders for their contributions to changing the way the world looks at women. Immediately preceding the Awards Dinner, the Council will present an expert roundtable: Women 2012: Taking a Worldwide Reading at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (RSVP details at which will feature top experts from the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, the White House Domestic Policy Council, as well as the Harvard Kennedy School.
            “The work of the Council is far from finished when we look at the numbers of women in poverty (17 million), the intractable glass ceiling, and the on-going inequalities of income and opportunity in the United States. We and our network experts will continue to uncover disparities and propose solutions to ensure that women, their families, and communities are able to lead more economically secure and sustainable lives,” Dr. Basch said.

Honoree Bios
Beth A. Brooke is Global Vice Chair - Public Policy at Ernst & Young and a member of the firm’s Global Executive Board. Previously, she served for two years in the US Department of Treasury under President Bill Clinton. She is also a member of the U.S. delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, serves as a Pathways Envoy for the U.S. State Department, and was asked to serve on the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She actively works with numerous organizations including the Henry Crown Fellows of the Aspen Institute and the Committee of 200. She has been named four times to the list of Forbes World's 100 Most Powerful Women, and was named 2009 Woman of the Year by Concern Worldwide.

Abigail E. Disney is a renowned filmmaker, writer, and executive producer of award-winning documentaries and films, including the recent Women, War & Peace series on PBS and Pray the Devil Back to Hell. She is a sought-after speaker on women’s equality and social justice issues. Disney founded, along with her husband, Pierre Hauser, the Daphne Foundation, which works with low-income communities in New York City. She has received several prestigious awards including The White House Project’s Epic Award, the Changing the Landscape for Women Award from the Center for the Advancement of Women, and the International Advocate for Peace (IAP) Award from Cardozo Law School’s Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Pamela Hogan is a distinguished filmmaker and producer who also wrote two segments of the 4-part Women, War & Peace series on PBS. Previously, she produced PBS’s Emmy-winning, international documentary series WIDE ANGLE, a standard-bearer on films about women. She has directed co-productions for National Geographic Television, and produced for Bill Moyers, and NBC among many others. She has been a judge, panelist, and featured speaker at numerous national and international film festivals and forums.

Gini Reticker is one of the world’s leading documentary filmmakers putting a lens on the real-life dramatic stories of women’s rights and international social justice issues. Along with Disney and Hogan, she is one of the co-creators of Women, War & Peace. Her directing, writing, and producing credits include the WIDE ANGLE series and the Emmy-award winning Ladies First and Out of the Darkness as well as the Academy Award®-nominated short Asylum.

Anita Hill was the youngest of 13 children from a farm in rural Oklahoma. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980 and began her career at a private law firm in Washington, D.C. and then at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1989, Hill became the first African American to be tenured at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law. In 1991, Anita Hill was thrust into the public spotlight when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Judge Clarence Thomas. After the hearing, she became a public speaker on women’s rights and continued to teach and conduct research. Her latest book is, Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home (Beacon Press).

Soledad O’Brien is anchor for the CNN morning show Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien and special correspondent for CNN/U.S. Since joining the network in 2003, O’Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning reports and documentaries on the most important stories facing the world today including coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the series Black in America and Latino in America. Previously she worked for NBC News, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News and TODAY. In 2010, she wrote a critically-acclaimed memoir The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities.  She has received countless awards and recognition for her work including Journalist of the Year from the National Association of Black Journalists and an Edward R Murrow Award. The NAACP honored her with its President’s Award in 2007 for her humanitarian efforts and journalistic excellence.

The National Council for Research on Women acknowledges our Underwriters: Ernst & Young and Prudential Financial as well as our Sponsors: Bloomberg; Brysam Global Partners; The Chubb Group of Insurance; Citi; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Deborah Slaner Larkin; PepsiCo; and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. The Council also wants to recognize the contributions of our Dinner Co-Chairs Deborah Slaner Larkin and Kathleen Lundquist as well as Board Chair Lucie Lapovsky.

The National Council for Research on Women is a network of leading research, policy and advocacy centers committed to improving the lives of women and girls. NCRW provides the latest news, research, and strategies needed to ensure fully informed debates, effective policies, and inclusive practices. In partnership with business, academic, non-profit, and philanthropic organizations, we advance collaborative and transformative change, both nationally and globally.

For more information about the Awards Dinner, or to reserve a table, email:, telephone (646) 786-1794 or visit our website: Interview and media requests, contact: Vivienne Heston-Demirel, NCRW Director of Communications email:, tel: 212.785.7335, ext. 201.

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