Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

As a woman working for the past 27-years in a historically male-dominated industry, Lisa is being honored for championing women through recruitment, mentorship and leading by example. Her support of women’s equity demonstrates her unflagging dedication to live by her core values and to make a meaningful contribution to our world. Her kindness, humility and integrity distinguish her as an exemplary role model for women everywhere.



Partner, The Jeffrey Group

As Vice Chair of the STRIVE Board and Board member for over 14 years, Judy McElnea has passionately championed STRIVE and its mission of helping people permanently lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Seven years ago Judy initiated the Women’s Empowerment Luncheon as a way to focus on the unique needs of the women who come to STRIVE seeking a better life. Her commitment encouraging women to celebrate their potential and to fight for the recognition they deserve earns her our appreciation and the 2019 Women’s Empowerment Award.

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The  Women’s  Empowerment  Initiative expands  and  strengthens   the  services STRIVE  provides to  at-risk women  with high barriers  to  employment.   Women often  struggle  with  gender-related  family and  workplace  issues as  they  try  to overcome  poverty,  homelessness, insufficient skills, domestic  violence, and long-term unemployment.

The Women’s Empowerment Initiative helps our female participants successfully transition into the workforce through a combination of skills training, mentoring, case management, job placement, and other special support services for women.

Research indicates that empowering women results in multiple long-term benefits for a family and community.  Once a woman is securely placed in a living wage job, a host of positive forces are activated – her housing becomes more stable, her children perform better in school, and her family’s health improves. Your support of the Women’s Empowerment Initiative sets these powerful forces into motion.

STRIVE Graduates with STRIVE President & CEO, Phil Weinberg

STRIVE Graduates with STRIVE President & CEO, Phil Weinberg

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More than 250 guests came together for STRIVE Presents: Stand Up For Dads 2018 at Carolines on Broadway. Our comedians delighted the crowd with much more than dad jokes—and between the laughs, guests were inspired by STRIVE mission to raise over $180,000 to support our programs.

Thank you to all of our supporters, particularly our underwriter, EY, for making us better equipped to help our dads find sustainable employment and become valuable contributors to their families.



George Brooks | Americas Leader, People Advisory Services, EY

Michael Donnelly | Senior VP, Operations and Technology, Mastercard

Hal Trencher | Senior VP, WNYC Studios, New York Public RadiO

Ronald B. Mincy, Ph.D. | Professor, Columbia University School of Social WOrk

Emcee: Chuck Nice

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STRIVE’s programs develop engaged fathers who support their families through healthy relationships and financial responsibility.  Fathers have the opportunity to re-engage with their children, develop a healthier relationship with their co-parent, serve as role models and become emotional partners in raising their children. In addition, STRIVE helps them gain employment so they can support their families’ economic security. The results are striking - children of engaged fathers are more likely to complete school and escape poverty and are less likely to become involved in risky behavior.

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Benefit Committee:

Chair, Laura Slutsky *

Roy Castro* • Jeffrey McElnea • Peter Fitzpatrick • Tony Steadman • Randy Zeno*

*STRIVE Board Member