Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

WIMG Highlights Power of New York City's Working Women

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

WIMG Highlights Power of New York City's Working Women

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Several board members, members and colleagues of the National League of Cities Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) constituency group attended the WIMG Summer Conference and Board of Directors Meeting in New York, N.Y., July 16 - 19.

Hosted by WIMG President Mary Pinkett, councilwoman, Brooklyn, N.Y., this year's meeting theme was "From Wall Street to DeKalb Avenue to Times Square: The Power of Working Women."

The theme and the meeting were designed to help women elected officials from NLC cities and towns take a close look at the ways women leaders are enriching the urban environment through various New York City urban development models and approaches.

Mary Pinkett remarked, "Our city offers a rich variety of programs and opportunities to discover new strategies to help other Cities and communities.

We have many talented women who are experts in their fields and we want to expose women municipal officials to leaders who have exceptional skills and abilities.

We need to examine and zoom in on the key aspects of power brokering and networking in order to strengthen and continue our position as women in the public policy arena."

The program included workshops and special sessions involving women and men speakers from various New York City organizations. One workshop covered the subject of "New York's Public/Private Partnerships" and featured several individuals who discussed programs in economic development that showcased strategies that women officials can employ to the power to make a difference in their particular communities.

Panelists included Deborah Wright, president and CEO, The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation; Deborah Weeks, acting commissioner, New York City Department of Business Services; Bradford Lander, executive director, Fifth Avenue Committee; Dawn Saperstein, director of Development, Common Ground; Wendy Leventer, Executive Director, 42nd Street Business improvement District; Paula Walker Madison, vice president and News Director, WNBC, New York; and John Banks, deputy director, Finance Division, New York City Council.

A second workshop, "Getting Children Off to a Good Start: Early Education Initiatives;" featured Faith Wohl, president, Child Care Action Campaign, and Augusta Souza Kappner, president, Bank Street College of Education.

The speakers offered perspectives about how their organizations are actively looking at ways to develop success in early Childhood education, and they discussed the challenges that they and other national leaders face in their efforts to develop and fund programs for children. …

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