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Woman of Achievement AwardWoman of Achievement Award

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Every year, Women in Development (WiD), New York recognizes a distinguished colleague who has demonstrated extraordinary service to the field and a commitment to furthering the place of women in philanthropy. At this popular luncheon held each Spring, honorees and their presenters inspire WiD members and guests with examples of notable achievement. 


Our 2017 Honoree is Robin Merle, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the Hospital for Special Surgery

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Past recipients include:

2016    Debra LaMorte, New York University

2015    Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

2014    Aileen C. Hefferren, Prep for Prep
2013    Karen Brooks Hopkins, Brooklyn Academy of Music
2012    Myra J. Biblowit, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

2011    Jenny Morgenthau, The Fresh Air Fund

2010    Ana Oliveira,  The New York Women's Foundation
2009    Rosanne Haggerty, Common Ground
2008    Paula Kerger, PBS
2007    Dr. Vishakha N. Desai, The Asia Society
2006    Ellen V. Futter, The Museum of Natural History
2005    Emily K. Rafferty, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
2004    Virginia P. Louloudes, Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York
2003    Elaine R. Jones, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund
2002    Madeline Lee, New York Foundation
2001    Sara E. Meléndez, Independent Sector
2000    Mary Schmidt Campbell, Tisch School of the Arts
1999    Naomi Levine, New York University
1998    * Elinor Guggenheimer, New York Women’s Agenda
1997    Nicki Newman Tanner, UJA Federation
1996    Susan Weber Soros, Bard Graduate Center
1995    Sara Ann Fagin, Phoenix House
1994    Marie Wilson, Ms. Foundation for Women
1993    Jane Blumenfeld, Beth Israel Medical Center
1992    Lenore Parker, YWCA of New York City
1991    Betsy Gotbaum, NYC Parks and Recreation
1990    Penny Stoil, Projects Plus
1989    Elizabeth Hicks, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
1988    * Marguerite Gilpatric, Planned Parenthood Federation
1987    * Betty Becker, YWCA           
 * deceased