Bernstein LunchEvery once in a while I am able to attend a function, whether it be a lunch, event or dinner, that leaves a lasting impression on me. On July 16, I had a lunch at Sanford C. Bernstein with a group of talented and successful women in the New York area. The backgrounds are diverse but the one consistency amongst all of us was our commitment to giving back to the community, and in particular, helping professional women succeed.  All these busy successful women take the time to give back to the communities they live and work in, whether it is volunteering or sitting on boards for various foundations. In particular they spend a lot of time helping professional women grow, learn and succeed.

Our Hosts

These two lovely ladies hosted us in our luncheon and deserve special mention.

Lisa Stone (Linkedin ) A principal in the Private Client group at Bernstein Global Wealth Management.  While Lisa advises a broad range of clients—from corporate executives to private business owners to successful public figures— she is particularly experienced working with women.  Lisa is also a full time single mother, an avid marathoner and yet still finds time to sit on the boards of Armory Track and Field Foundation, Family Care International and Financial Policy Council, Inc.

Marcia Nelson (Linkedin ) The practice Growth Manager at Anchin, Block and Anchin, she also sits on the board of Turtle Bay Music School as well as the NY Advisory Board of Women in the Boardroom. If you are looking for food commentary, you should really look at the site she runs with her daughter,


Kathie De Chirico (LinkedIn ) A leader in the digital space, Kathie has helped launch some of the most ambitious e-ventures in the world. Kathie is very active in support of women’s issues. Just one example is her Chairmanship of the Women’s Leadership Taskforce at Villanova School of Business.

Michelle Everett (LinkedIn ) It is possible you have seen Michelle’s work and never knew it as she has developed commercial and residential spaces all over the world. Besides her work and success, she also sits on the steering committee for the Metropolitan Operas Young Associates.

Deborah Goldstein (LinkedIn ) Deborah is a seasoned restauranteur and the founder of . Even more impressive is the Women’s Advancement Compact (, a community committed to helping female professional better integrate work, life and professional development.

Lynn Lavender (LinkedIn ) With 19 years in financial services, Lynn has been a leader in a field crowded with talented people. Lynn is now bringing that experience to help non-profits find creating funding solutions.

Lori Hoberman (LinkedIn ) An experienced entrepreneurship adviser, Lori also sits on the Board of CrossPath Cultures and multiple networks committed to women’s professional achievements.

Karen Jackson (LinkedIn ) An experiences sales executive, Karen has also started and sold businesses. Karen participates heavily in multiple organizations including the National Association of Women Business Owners and Women President’s Educational Organization.

Allyson McDonald (LinkedIn ) An experienced marathon runner and business executive, Allyson currently is President of 85 Broads, a global business network of female executives and entrepreneurs. She also uses her Marathon passion as a way to raise money for her favorite charities.

Geri Stengel (LinkedIn ) An experienced business executive, Geri is President of Ventureneer, a digital marketing and research company. Geri was named a 2012 Small Business Influencer Champion for her writing on the success factors for women entrepreneurs.

My commitment

Many of you know I am committed to helping others grow and succeed in life. I am very active in the Risk Leadership Counsel where I mentor several future Risk Management leaders as well as participate heavily in the NY Youth at Risk, which helps high risk New York Youths beat formidable challenges that have been placed in front of them. Take a look as these ladies will continue to make an impact in the world, both for men, women and those looking for inspiration at what can be accomplished in life.