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Center for Women in Government & Civil Society Announces 2013 Awards for Leadership

Governor Cuomo Honored for Advancing the Women’s Equality Act

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 12, 2013) -- The Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS) at the University at Albany has announced the recipients of its 2013 Women in Public Service Leadership Awards. The honor recognizes outstanding service and achievements of women leaders who have made a substantive difference in effecting significant change and making the community, the state, and the world a better place.

Selected by a committee of their peers from a wide pool of highly qualified nominees, the awardees will be honored at the Center’s 35th anniversary celebration on November 19 at the State Room in Albany.

The 2013 Women in Public Service award winners include:

  • Dean Michelle J. Anderson, President, CUNY School of Law
  • Shai Butler, Vice President for Diversity, College of St. Rose
  • Dr. Sue Faerman, Senior Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, University at Albany, and chair, Women's Leadership Academy, CWGCS
  • Honorable Karen K. Peters, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department

“These women truly realize the promise of transformational public service leadership and their agency helped make their communities a better place,” said Center Executive Director Dina Refki. “They consistently inspire and motivate us to raise the bar individually and collectively.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo will also receive the “Advancing Women’s Rights Award.” Anne Saile, president of CWGCS’s board of directors, said the award will go to the governor “for his visionary leadership and unprecedented efforts to eradicate gender-based inequities in New York State by introducing the Women’s Equality Act.”

Notable speakers will also include SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and University at Albany President Robert J. Jones. Two distinguished graduates of the Center’s Fellowship on Women & Public Policy program will be among the speakers - Kris Miccio is a nationally-recognized legal expert and human rights lawyer and Dorcey Applyrs is a candidate for the Albany Common Council, First Ward.

The 35th Anniversary celebration on the 19th of November commemorates 35 years of groundbreaking gender research and education. The Center wishes to thank Southwest Airlines® for its generous support of the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society in 2013.

Learn more about the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society. To purchase tickets to attend the 35th anniversary celebration, please visit: CWGCS's 35th Anniversary site.

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