Step Up Women’s Network Returns to Meet, Mingle and Mentor at Second Annual Power Hour

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--Charity fundraiser will honor TV personality Stacy London--

Step Up Women's Network will gather some of New York’s sharpest business minds at the nonprofit’s second annual Power Hour on Thursday, April 25, at 6:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The event will celebrate mentorship, providing guests with coveted access to guest advisors for the evening, while raising funds for Step Up’s programs for teen girls from under-resourced communities. The event will also fête mentorship champion and television personality, Stacy London.

“Over its fifteen years of service, Step Up has been fortunate to build an impressive roster of supporters,” Step Up CEO Jenni Luke said, “but what is most important is leveraging that network for good. Through Power Hour, these women and men graciously give of their time and talent to mentor guests for the evening in the spirit of Step Up – helping women and girls fulfill their potential.”

Currently slated to join London and Luke as mentors for the evening are Afsaneh Naimollah (Marlin & Associates), Ann Berzin (Ingersoll-Rand PLC and Exelon Corp.), Ann Sarnoff (BBC Worldwide Americas), Bonnie Kantor (Deloitte), Ben Lerer (Thrillist Media Group), Caryl Stern (U.S. Fund for UNICEF), Christine Beauchamp (fashion and beauty industry executive), David A.A. Ross (VITEOS Capital Markets Services), Desiree Gruber (Full Picture), Diane Whitty (JP Morgan Private Banking), Fran Della Badia (Coach), Heidi Krupp (Krupp Kommunications, Inc.), Hilary Smith (NBCUniversal), Jane Marcus (Korn/Ferry International), Janet Balis (Huffington Post Media Group), Jim Schinella (, Julia Goldin (Revlon), Karen Gordon (The Boston Consulting Group), Kathy Leake (Local Response), Kelly Rutherford (actress and advocate), Lee Brown (Tumblr), Lisa Price (Carol’s Daughter), Oksana Sokolovsky (Deutsche Bank Global Technology), Pamela Hanson (photographer), Rick Scanlon (Marker LLC), Samantha Yanks (Niche Media), Tory Johnson (Spark & Hustle; Good Morning America) and Vlasta Moravkova (Ernst & Young).

Event sponsors include PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Emi-Jay Inc., Marker LLC, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, and media partners Marie Claire and Gotham magazine.

Step Up Women's Network is a nonprofit membership organization igniting women and girls to fulfill their potential. Step Up creates and implements 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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