#I believe you

  I recently had the pleasure of meeting two students -- Jessica Bell from Clarkstown South High and Hanson Drysdale from Spring Valley High -- at a 4 day training workshop called Students Advocating to End Dating Abuse (SAEDA). Hanson identifies as an immigrant, having come from Jamaica in 2014.  He said when he came... Continue Reading →


“A world without exploitation”

Lauren Hersh began her legal career as an intern at the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), representing women in domestic violence cases.  She later worked at the Brooklyn DA's office prosecuting domestic violence cases, and at that point recognized that her legal calling was in the arena of combating violence against women and girls.... Continue Reading →

Leading By Example

Jane Leu, founder of Upwardly Global (UpGlo), believes in the potential of immigrants and a globally diverse workforce.  She grew a network of forward thinking corporate partners and helped them examine their institutional frameworks and ask themselves if their practices are inclusive or exclusive to create positive lasting change. Jane was an Assistant Director in... Continue Reading →


Optimism For Diplomacy

The release of five American prisoners held in Iran was the culmination of a sustained diplomacy between the US and Iran.  By directly engaging with Iran, the US was able to secure a landmark nuclear deal, lift the economic sanctions in Iran and secure a prisoner exchange program. There is hope that in this environment of... Continue Reading →


“Being Strong and Smart, Resilient and Relentless”

On Sunday night, President Obama addressed the nation as an American leader we can depend on and who we can trust with a plan that is consistent with our cultural values.  He reassured us that we can defeat the terrorists “by being strong and smart, resilient and relentless, and by drawing upon every aspect of... Continue Reading →


Inspiring words on graduation day: Lead, Shine and Know Your Power

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." Madeleine Albright: Shine bright like a diamond. "I hope that you will go forward with confidence, despite the burdens handed down to you by others; that you will... Continue Reading →


Thanks Joe for your courage and leadership!

retiring his No. 6 during Stadium ceremony Joe Torre was inducted into the Hall of fame last month and honored this past weekend by the Yankees as the team manager from 1996-2007.  His success is a model for many as he shares openly the challenges he has overcome growing up as a witness to domestic... Continue Reading →


A Heartfelt Apology

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson speaks during a rally at Greater Grace Church on Sunday. Ron Johnson is a Captain in the local police department in Ferguson, Missouri.  He is also a neighbor and a father.  At a rally at the Greater Grace Church on Sunday where thousands gathered to find comfort, answers... Continue Reading →


Improbable But Not Impossible

I am a football fan.  Really, I am a Giants football fan and Michael Strahan was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.  Michael Strahan is known as a Superbowl winner, a Defensive Player of the Year and after playing football for the NY Giants for 15 years, has a successful career... Continue Reading →


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