Step Up Women’s Network to Meet, Mingle and Mentor at First-Ever Power Hour

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Charity’s new event will honor Marie Claire’s Joanna Coles

Step Up Women's Network will gather some of New York’s sharpest business minds at the national nonprofit’s first-ever Power Hour on Tuesday, May 22, at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The fundraising event will celebrate philanthropy and mentorship, providing guests with access to the special mentors for the evening, while raising funds for Step Up’s mentorship programs for teen girls from under-resourced communities.

The event will also fête mentorship champion and “Marie Claire” Editor-in-Chief, Joanna Coles.

“Step Up Women’s Network is fortunate to boast an impressive rolodex of supporters,” Step Up CEO Jenni Luke said, “but what is most important is using that rolodex for good. Through Power Hour, these women and men are graciously giving of their time and expertise to mentor guests for the evening in the spirit of the mission of Step Up – helping women and girls reach their potential.”

Currently slated to join Coles as mentors for the evening are Allison Arden (“Advertising Age”), Sunny Bates (Sunny Bates Associates), JT Batson (Mediaocean), Christine Beauchamp, Francine Della Badia (Coach), Frank Eliason (Citi), Gale Epstein (Hanky Panky), Carolyn Everson (Facebook), Wendy Goldberg (Clear Channel), Rufus Griscom (, Darline Jean (the About Group), Marshall Kaplan (Morgan Stanley Smith Barney), Bradley Kay (SS+K), Steve Kietz (EDO Interactive), Karin Klein (Bloomberg L.P.), Susan Malfa (NBCU), Fern Mallis (Fern Mallis LLC), Susan McPherson (Fenton), Madeline Nelson (Sony Music Entertainment), Lida Orzeck (Hanky Panky), Michelle Peluso (Citigroup), Janet Riccio (Omnicom Group, Inc./G23), Andrew Siegel (Advance Publications, Inc.), Jaidev Shergill (, Leslie Stevens (LaForce + Stevens), Jeanne M. Sullivan (StarVest Partners L.P.), Paula Sutter (Diane Von Furstenberg), Bobbie Thomas (fashion & beauty expert), Laurel Touby (, Alisa Volkman ( and Galen Zamarra (Mas).

The red carpet evening begins with a networking reception featuring a beauty lounge with DermalQuench Oxygen Treatments by Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts. Media partner “Marie Claire” will give guests the opportunity to perfect their LinkedIn profile photo and join the “Marie Claire” Career Network. Longtime Step Up partner Citi and first-time sponsor The Boston Consulting Group also stepped up in support of the fundraising event. Additional partners include BNY Mellon Asset Servicing, Hanky Panky,, Luminary Labs, LinkedIn, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Van Gogh Vodka, Denton Events, The Ino Group, Jack Myers Media Business Report and

Step Up Women's Network is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to igniting women and girls to fulfill their potential. Step Up creates and implements impactful after-school and weekend programs that empower teen girls from under-resourced communities to be confident, college-bound, and career-ready; propels professional women through connections, collaborations, and continuous development; and inspires its network to invest in the future success of girls through mentorship and financial support. Connect at

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