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4th Annual Women's Luncheon

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Truthseekers: Women in Journalism

You are invited to join the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy on April 20th, 2021 for the highly anticipated 4th Annual Women’s Luncheon. Due to COVID-19, this year’s event will be held virtually and will be experienced from the comfort of your own home.

This event will be moderated by Dee Poku-Spalding, CEO and Founder of The WIE Suite. Panelists include Samantha Barry, Editor in Chief of Glamour, Ernabel Demillo, NYC Broadcaster and Journalism Professor, Liz Garbus, Documentary Film Director and Producer, and Poppy Harlow, Anchor of CNN Newsroom.


We want our event to be as inclusive as possible. For information on our “Give What You Can” level, please contact Maura Greaney at [email protected] to learn more.

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Whether or not you’ll be joining us for the luncheon, we’re excited to offer the public the opportunity to bid at this year’s silent auction, featuring original works by NYC women artists! Check out our silent auction website and start bidding now. The auction closes next Friday, April 23rd at 12:00pm.

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For questions, please reach out to Maura Greaney, Philanthropy Director, at [email protected].


Event Chair

Linsey Snyder, Face Time Beauty

Host Committee (in formation)

Ayanna Behin, Nancy Bowe, Vida Brett, Brendan Coburn of CWB Architects, Marisa Fariña, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, Sonali Mody, Larkyn Sinclair, Karen Snow, Tiger Baron Foundation, Sharon Volckhausen, Jen Votaw, Susan Whoriskey, Jillian Woods & Barbara Wilding of Team Wilding Woods at Compass

Planning Committee

Karen Auster, Ayanna Behin, Vida Brett, Che Chisholm, Marisa Fariña, Anna Haddad, Carter Hamontree, Elizabeth Lind Johnson, Sonali Mody, Dee Poku, Melissa Prober, Larkyn Sinclair, Linsey Snyder, Jen Votaw, Susan Whoriskey, Jillian Woods

  • About Poppy Harlow, Anchor, CNN Newsroom

      Poppy Harlow anchors “CNN Newsroom” weekdays from 9-11am ET alongside Jim Sciutto. She is also the creator and host of the CNN podcast “BossFiles with Poppy Harlow.”

      Harlow imparts her deep economic knowledge by interviewing the world’s top business leaders and CEOs including Warren Buffett, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Bill and Melinda Gates, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Jay-Z, CZI co-founder and co-CEO Dr. Priscilla Chan, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore, among others. She has also interviewed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and moderated two CNN Presidential Town Halls.

      She has been nominated for multiple Emmy awards throughout her career and her reporting has won numerous industry awards, including the Gracie Award for Best online investigative feature on financial fraud, and SABEW’s Best in Business award for online video.

      In addition to co-anchoring her show, Harlow often reports from the field during breaking news. She was sent to cover the 2015 Paris terror attacks and anchored from the ground there for two weeks focusing her coverage on the personal stories of the victims and their families.

      Harlow anchored extensive coverage of the Boston marathon bombings and for years following the attacks she reported on the recovery and resilience of several women who lost limbs in the bombing.

      Harlow is deeply focused in her reporting on income inequality and solutions to closing the opportunity gap for women and minorities. She launched the multi-media series “American Opportunity” shining a light on disparity across America.

      Harlow joined CNN in 2008 after serving as an anchor for the Forbes Video Network and previously an anchor and reporter for NY1 News. Born and raised in Minnesota, Harlow graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Columbia University. She also studied at King’s College London.

      She is the proud mother of daughter Sienna and son Luca with her husband Sinisa. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a member of the 2019 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. Harlow previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club in New York City. Harlow was the 2020 recipient of the John Jay Award, Columbia College alumni for distinguished professional achievement.

      You can find her on social media @poppyharlowcnn.

  • About Dee Poku-Spalding, CEO and Founder, The WIE Suite

      Dee Poku-Spalding is an entrepreneur, women’s advocate and community builder born in the UK and raised between London and Accra.

      She is the Founder and CEO of The WIE Suite, a private membership community and platform for women leaders, innovators and creators. Its primary goal is to foster business alliances between women and drive action oriented support in the form of introductions, referrals, hiring, investment and more. Dee has been named one of Marie Claire Magazine’s 50 women changing the world, a CUP Catalyst Changemaker, a Harlem Fashion Week Cultural Icon and one of TRUE Africa’s 100 Top Innovators. 

      She is a frequent speaker on women’s workplace advancement, and culture and community building, and has shared her insights at the UN, the New York Times New Rules Summit, Forbes 30 Under 30, the Women’s March summit, the Black Girls Rock Summit, Girlboss Rally, The Female Quotient, SHE Summit, Makers, CUP Women’s Leadership Forum; Stern and Georgetown University’s Women’s Summits and BAFTA amongst others.

      Dee serves on the Board of Directors of the British Academy of Film & Television (BAFTA) and was previously on the Credit Suisse New Markets Women’s Advisory Board. She is also an advisor to Girl Gaze, Paint Box, The Female Founders Collective and The Wonder. She also serves as a contributor to Forbes Women. Dee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Math. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

  • About Liz Garbus, Documentary Film Director and Producer

      Two-time Academy Award®-Nominee, two-time Emmy Winner, Peabody Winner, Grammy Nominee, DGA Nominee, and BAFTA-nominated director Liz Garbus is one of America’s most celebrated filmmakers, renowned for her documentary work and also for her breakthrough scripted debut.  Her work has been featured in film festivals from Sundance to Telluride to Toronto and the New York Film festival and has appeared in theatres and across streaming platforms as well as premium cable television, and she is known for her propulsive, socially incisive storytelling across genres.  From THE FARM: ANGOLA USA to WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? to I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK, Garbus has created some of the most important documentaries of our time.

      Garbus’ latest film, All In: The Fight for Democracy, premiered at the New York Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, drive-in screenings, in theaters and digitally on Amazon Prime Video in September 2020. Her series I’ll Be Gone in the Dark premiered on HBO in June 2020. Her narrative feature debut, Lost Girls, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2020 and was released on Netflix and in theaters in March 2020. The Fourth Estate, for Showtime, was nominated for a 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. Her 2015 feature, Sundance opener, What Happened, Miss Simone?, a Netflix original, was nominated for a 2016 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature and took home the Emmy Award for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special.

      Other credits include: The Innocence Files (Netflix, 2020), Who Killed Garrett Phillips? (HBO, 2019), There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (HBO, 2011), The Farm: Angola, USA (AA nominee, 1998) and many others.

  • About Samantha Barry, Editor in Chief, Glamour

      Samantha Barry is the editor-in-chief of Glamour where she oversees content, development, and consumer experiences across the brand’s digital, social, video, and print verticals. Under her leadership, Glamour emphasizes a digital-first focus on original reporting, exclusive features, and unique perspectives impacting women today across financial, interpersonal, fashion, beauty, wellness, and political topics. She has also strengthened Glamour’s commitment to body positivity by showcasing size-inclusive brands and models across all channels.

      Barry has transformed the annual Women of the Year Awards into an inspirational multi-day event, celebrating Glamour’s diverse community of women through a series of rewarding experiences, empowering panels, discussions, hands-on activations, and keynotes.

      Prior to joining Glamour Barry served as executive producer for social and emerging media at CNN Worldwide. Under her leadership at CNN, the network became the most followed and fanned news organization in the world. She spearheaded the organization’s 2016 election coverage across social platforms, which received the first ever Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in social media.

  • About Ernabel Demillo, NYC Broadcaster and Journalism Professor

      Ernabel is a veteran New York City broadcaster and journalism educator.  For 10 years, she worked as a reporter and anchor on the Emmy-award winning FOX morning news show, “Good Day New York.”  Before coming to New York, she was a reporter for the Orange County Newschannel and the CBS-affiliate in Sacramento.

      She currently hosts and reports for CUNY-TV’s 7-time Emmy-nominated program “Asian American Life”, a magazine-style show focusing on the tri-state’s Asian American community.  Her stories have focused on hard-hitting AAPI issues from the growing political influence of AAPIs to Asian American parents and their LGBTQ children.  Her stories have also focused on diversity in theater, Hollywood and children’s/YA literature.  And she has interviewed and profiled innovators, leaders and rising stars in business, technology, entertainment and the arts.

      In addition, Ernabel is a contributing reporter for several CUNY-TV-produced programs,  including “Arts in the City” and “Simply Science”. In 2019, 2017 and 2013, she was honored with an individual Emmy nomination for her reporting on Cambodians in the Bronx, Filipinos in New York City and Best Environment Program for her story on a group of musicians who turn trash into musical instruments.

      She is an award-winning journalist, cited by the Governor of New York for her service and contributions to the Asian American Community and was honored with a Folio Award for Best Environmental Reporting.  She also made Buzzfeed’s list of 34 Epic Filipinos in the United States for her work as a journalist and educator and was featured in the recent book: Filipinos in New York.  Ernabel was also featured in The Limited’s New Look of Leadership Campaign.

      Along, with her work as a journalist, Ernabel managed to find success in a second career. She is a tenured Journalism professor at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J.  and currently serves as faculty chair of the Department of Communication and Media Culture. She started the Journalism program in 2008 and served as the faculty adviser to the school newspaper, the Pauw Wow, which was named one of the Top 10 college newspapers in the country.

      Ernabel is also quite active in the Asian American community.  Along with emceeing numerous events, she has served on the boards of several organizations including: Vice President of Broadcast for AAJA, board member for Apex for Youth, an AAPI mentoring organization and board member for the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) for almost two decades. CACF is the largest pan-Asian advocacy group in the country.   She recently joined the board for Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK), a non-profit helping build schools and empowering communities in developing countries.

      Ernabel grew up in San Francisco, California. She received her B.A. in Journalism and International Relations from the University of Southern California and her M.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She lives on the Jersey Shore with her husband, John Muller, an anchor for PIX11News and their 17-year-old daughter.

      Follower her on Twitter @ErnabelD

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