Women's Venture Fund's 19th Annual Gala Headliners are Suzzanne Douglas, Judy Gold and Marlie Hall

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Women's Venture Fund (WVF) will hold its 19th Annual Gala and Auction on Tuesday, November 17th at the Capitale on the Lower Eastside. This year's co-hosts are award-winning actress Suzzanne Douglas and award-winning journalist, Marlie Hall; and Judy Gold, the Emmy award-winning actress and comedian, returns this year as Auctioneer.

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"Each year we are honored to recognize outstanding women who are truly trailblazers in their organizations and strong leaders in their communities."--Maria Otero, Founder and President, Women's Venture Fund

The Women’s Venture Fund (WVF) will hold its 19th Annual Defining Moments Gala and Auction on Tuesday, November 17th at the Capitale, Lower East Side. Award-winning film, theater and television actress Suzzanne Douglas (Whitney, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Parent ‘Hood, The Tap Dance Kid); and Marlie Hall, award-winning broadcast journalist are co-hosts. Judy Gold, Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian, will return as this year’s auctioneer.    

The Founder and President of WVF is Maria Otero, a former Commissioner of the City Commission on Women’s Issues and recipient of many business awards including the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce. WVF annually celebrates women who relate the turning points in their personal and business lives that illuminated their journey to success—their defining moments. Each year proceeds from the auction enables the organization to increase its outreach to local women entrepreneurs through a robust schedule of workshops, technical training by industry experts and new learning opportunities such as this year’s inaugural conference, TakeFLIGHT, which brought together clients and an inspiring panel of multi-millionaire women entrepreneurs, eager to share their advice and tips for success.

“As we embark on our 19th gala, I once again marvel at the creativity, passion and business acumen of our nominees and honorees. As I get to know them, I myself am reenergized by connecting with their entrepreneurial spirit—the resiliency, determination and resourcefulness to become trailblazers in their organizations and communities that nurtured their amazing talents,” says Ms. Otero.

This year’s honorees are:
Stacey Maman, a Managing Principal and the Director of Investor Relations and Business Development for Monarch Alternative Capital LP, a global distressed debt investment firm with approximately $5 billion of assets under management. Ms. Maman joined Monarch in 2004 as a Senior Research Analyst after two years as an Associate working in Quadrangle Capital Partners. Prior to joining Quadrangle she was an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions / Media & Communications Group at Morgan Stanley. She serves on the board of Saving Mothers, an organization dedicated to eradicating preventable maternal deaths and birth-related complications in the developing world.

Caroline Heller, the global head of Human Capital Management (HCM) for the Securities Division of Goldman Sachs, also serves as on the HCM Operating Committee, the HCM Americas Leadership Team and is the MD sponsor for the HCM Women’s Network. Previously, Caroline was an HCM business partner and chief of staff for the global Securities HCM team. Caroline joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 as an analyst and was named managing director in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Caroline worked in recruiting at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Women’s Venture Fund is a non-profit organization that supports women entrepreneurs in the NYC metro area, offering training programs, businesses loans and advisory services. WVF has assisted over 17,000 firms and helped launch 3,200 women-owned businesses. As a certified Community Development Financial Institute, WVF has provided loan services to more than 1,800 clients.

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