Celebrating 40 Years of the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society



Tuesday, May 22, 2018


5:00 p.m. - Registration, Networking, and Passed Hors d’oeuvres

5:45 p.m. - Awards Program

7:00 p.m. - Open Dinner Reception and Networking

New York State Museum

222 Madison Ave., Albany


In this Year of the Woman, the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society is celebrating 40 years of advancing women's rights -- advancing a vision of a world where people of all backgrounds participate equally in shaping the future.

We cordially invite you to join us to lift up the importance of women's rights in New York State and beyond and to commemorate the work of the Center in breaking down gender barriers.

At our anniversary event, we will look back on 40 years of accomplishments, honoring women and men who have been staunch allies for women's rights, and reaffirming our commitment to women's leadership, economic security, health, safety and well-being in the years ahead.

We would be deeply grateful if you would attend this celebration to take part in observing the legacy of the women's movement, honoring those who have made significant contributions to our vision, reinvigorating our energies to continue working for gender equity, and reaffirming the women's agenda.

Emcee for the Evening

Susan Arbetter

Susan Arbetter

Host, The Capitol Pressroom, WCNY

Welcoming Remarks

Ruth Walters

Ruth S. Walters, MBA

Managing Director, The Walters Group & Board of Directors, Center for Women in Government & Civil Society

Karl Rethemeyer

R. Karl Rethemeyer, PhD
Interim Dean and Professor, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany

Kristina Johnson

Kristina M. Johnson, PhD
Chancellor, State University of New York
President, University at Albany

Guest Speaker

Kathy Hochul

Kathy Hochul, JD

Lieutenant Governor, State of New York

Featured Speaker & Woman of Courage Award Recipient

Melissa DeRosa

Melissa DeRosa, MPA

Secretary to the Governor, State of New York

Awards Program
Awards celebrating outstanding service and achievement will be presented to:
Laden Alomar

Ladan Alomar, MS -- Woman of Strength Award Recipient
Executive Director of Centro Civico of Amsterdam, NY

Nathaalie Carey

Nathaalie Carey, MPA -- Woman of Strength Award Recipient
Deputy Commissioner for Administration and
Chief Financial Officer at the NYS Department of Labor


Capital Women NY

Capital Women NY -- Activating Democracy Award Recipient
A grassroots organization, led by Kathryn Allen, Libby Post, and JoAnn Smith, dedicated to furthering the rights of women and other groups.

Eleanor's Legacy

Eleanor's Legacy -- Activating Democracy Award Recipient
A women's political organization that works to build a democracy that truly represents all.

Closing Remarks

Dorcey Applyrs

Dorcey Applyrs, DrPh, MPH

Councilwoman, City of Albany & Board of Directors, Center for Women in Government & Civil Society





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