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Over the years, this event has evolved into a gathering of the city’s most influential thought leaders from the corporate, nonprofit, and philanthropic community. Attended by over 350 participants, this seminal event attracts representatives from fashion, finance, media, and the arts. In addition to honoring a globally recognized female leader, we will also celebrate the accomplishments of Girls Inc. of New York City members.

Thank you to everyone who attended our Spring Gala

and made it the incredible success!


Judge Glenda Hatchett is being honored for her passionate support for women and girls and commitment to serving the community.

A graduate of Emory University School of Law, Judge Hatchett was Delta Air Lines' highest-ranking woman of color worldwide. Ebony Magazine named her one of the "100 Best and Brightest Black Women in Corporate America."

Her television show, “Judge Hatchett” was nominated for 2 Daytime Emmy Awards and originally aired for 8 seasons. It continues to air in Syndication and is now in its 19th season.

In 2014, she returned to her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia and launched the nationally recognized law firm, The Hatchett Firm, PC.


In addition to her law practice, in 2016 she returned to television with her new show "The Verdict with Judge Hatchett."

"To give all of our children the lives and opportunities they deserve, we must all dream together—and act together. We can and we must do right by our children."

Keisha Smith-Jeremie is being honored for her dedication to inspiring and empowering  women and girls and her commitment to creating financial independence across low-income and underserved communities.

In 2018, she became the Chief People Officer for Tory Burch the iconic global lifestyle brand. Prior to Tory Burch, Keisha was the Chief Human Resources Officer for News Corp, the largest publisher in the world. She joined News Corp from Morgan Stanley where she was a Managing Director – Global co-Head of Talent Management at Morgan Stanley.

In 2017 she launched her own entrepreneurial venture – sanaia. sanaia is the first company to recognize that millions of adults love applesauce. Drawing upon her childhood growing up in the Bahamas, she created a unique line of applesauces infused with exotic fruits and spices. Keisha serves as the company’s CEO and has led the company to early success with distribution in Walmart and Target in Summer 2019. She also successfully landed a deal on Shark Tank with Mark Cuban who said of Keisha  “you have a special power and presence about you”.


Keisha has received numerous awards and accolades including being named one of Black Enterprise’s “Most Powerful Women in Business.” In 2016 she appeared on Savoy Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.”

Past Honorees Include

  • The Honorable Christine C. Quinn

  • Ana Duarte McCarthy of Citi 

  • Stephanie Ruhle

  • Michelle Smith of MILLY

  • TD Bank

Stakeholder Sponsors

Aetna Foundation


Leader Sponsors

Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

BNY Mellon

Carolyn Cole



Stacy Gordon


Smart Leaders

Anne Goodbody

Fox Rothschild

Kyung-Ah Park


Meredith Meyer


Terryl Coates


Bold Girls Sponsor Tickets

Nancy Boszhardt

Locke Lord LLP


In-Kind Sponsors

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Click below to view our past gala luncheons featuring our honorees, event photos, videos and more.

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