Linda Fairstein To Receive The Elinor Guggenheimer Lifetime Achievement Award at the NYWA 2010 STAR Breakfast

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Former prosecutor and best-selling crime novelist Linda Fairstein, along with eight other exceptional business and philanthropic leaders, will be honored at the annual New York Women’s Agenda STAR Breakfast, Tuesday, December 7th at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York City.

Former prosecutor and best-selling crime novelist Linda Fairstein, along with eight other exceptional business and philanthropic leaders, will be honored at the annual New York Women’s Agenda STAR Breakfast, Tuesday, December 7th at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York City.

Ms. Fairstein held the position of Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for more than two decades and is America’s foremost legal expert on crimes of violence against women and children.

New York County District Attorney Cyrus Roberts Vance, Jr. states, “I am pleased to present the Elinor Guggenheimer Lifetime Achievement Award to my good friend and colleague, Linda Fairstein. Her leadership and achievements as a world-renowned authority on prosecuting sex crimes, and her unparalleled contribution to criminal justice and victims’ rights, make her the perfect candidate for this honor. From an elite prosecutor to a best-selling crime novelist, Linda's career trajectory proves that the second chapter in one's life can be as rewarding and exciting as the first.”

Karen Karpowich, NYWA’s President states “Linda Fairstein is a tireless advocate for the rights of so many survivors without voices. It’s particularly fitting that NYWA honors her with this award, as she was selected by our organization’s founder, Elinor Guggenheimer, to spearhead NYWA’s first Domestic Violence initiative and her accomplishments embody Ellie’s vision for NYWA.”

In addition to Ms. Fairstein, NYWA will recognize eight other outstanding New Yorkers who are STARS in their respective fields. This year’s illustrious roster of honorees includes:

  • Lauren Bush, CEO and Co-Founder, FEED Projects and her mother, Sharon Bush, President and Founder, TeddyShare Bears
  • Andy Davis, Founder and President, Music Empowers Foundation
  • Patricia Lancaster, FAIA, President and CEO, The Lancaster Group
  • Michelle Y. Lee, Northeast Regional President, Community Banking, Wachovia, A Wells Fargo Company.
  • Saranne Rothberg, MS, CEO, Comedy Cures Foundation and her daughter, Comedy Cures Co-Founder, Performer and Human Rights Activist, Lauriel Harte Marger
  • Kathy Sloane, SVP, Managing Director, Brown Harris Stevens.

The NYWA STAR Breakfast is produced with the generous support of Rainbow Media, HP, Wachovia A Wells Fargo Company and the Hartman Foundation.

New York Women’s Agenda (NYWA), founded in 1992, is a coalition of 100,000 women professionals and community activists whose collective voices amplify its core mission to support the diversity and interests of New York women through collaboration, advocacy and education.

A Press Reception will be held at 7:00am in the Broadway Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Broadway at 45th Street. To attend the reception and/or cover the event, please contact Linda Hartley, lhartley(at)hartleyconsulting(dot)com /718 432 1441 or Beth-Ellen Keyes, beknews(at)gmail(dot)com / 646 246 1081.

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