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Westchester Women’s Summit

November 19, 2021 @ 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM



Keynoters and Other Trailblazers Share Their Stories and Wisdom at a full day virtual conference for women living or working in Westchester:

Chita Rivera, an American theatrical icon and one of the most nominated performers Tony Award history; and Tamika D. Mallory, an award-winning social justice leader and movement strategist, who was one of the leaders of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, will be the two keynote speakers at this year’s Westchester Women’s Summit (WWS), a full day virtual conference on November 19, 2021, 9 am to 6 pm, that will bring a powerhouse of inspiring women trailblazers together to share their wisdom and knowledge to affect positive change.

The Summit also will feature Gina Ciliberto, journalist whose work has been featured in HuffPost, Bon Appetit, and Business Insider; Maria Smith Dautruche, Director of the Westchester Center for Racial Equity; Nancy Genova, President of the board to 100 Hispanic Women; Cynthia Hetherington, an expert on corporate intelligence and cyber security; Jacqueline Mishler, a political fundraising consultant; and many others who will participate in the Summit’s dynamic, informative workshops.

“The Summit is a unique and challenging place for self-discovery and growth, where women can support each other in a judgement-free zone,” notes Rose Cappa, who originated the first WWS in 2020, which featured Susan Rice, an American diplomat, policy advisor, and public official; and Gretchen Carlson, journalist, author and empowerment advocate. “Among other things, this year’s WWS will focus on timely topics impacting women and society, and be geared to women living or working in Westchester, Rockland and Fairfield counties. It will be a place to find balance and direction, to make and find goals,” Cappa adds.

New this year, the WWS has selected one women’s organization to benefit from the Summit’s proceeds: YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester and their Center for Racial Equity. The YWCA will participate in the event to showcase and induct this year Women’s Hall of Fame honorees.

“Despite many advances, women today still crave information about how to become active in political and civic life; how to deal with sexism, racism, and the lack of equity; how to achieve a good work/life balance; and how to cope with the impact of technology in the workplace. We plan to address those issues and so much more,” Cappa said.

Preceding the 5 pm keynote, the YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester will be inducting 4 women to the Westchester Women’s Hall of Fame. The Women’s Hall of Fame Award is presented to women who have made an outstanding contribution to Westchester County in any one or more of the following fields: the arts, athletics, business, education, government, human services, humanitarianism/philanthropy and sciences. This year’s honorees are:

Alfreda Williams, Westchester County Board of Legislators
Rev. Jeannette Phillips, Executive Director, Housing Preservation Company & Executive Vice President of Community Development
E. Barbara Wiggins (posthumous), Retired Lt. Colonel
Sylvia Rivera (posthumous), American Activist

All presentations will be presented live but will be videotaped and participants will be given the opportunity to view any and all of the workshops post event.

Sponsorships are available. As of this writing, sponsors of the WWS are: The Event Department, Key Bank, Wartburg, Corporate Audio Visual, United Hebrew, MackTech, Girls Inc., Veekast, Nonprofit Westchester, Professional Women of Westchester, Shark Media. Sponsors will be invited to an intimate viewing party for the Hall of Fame induction.

Tickets are $150. For further information, please visit:


November 19, 2021
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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