Barbara Walters & Dr. Shireen Fernandez

The 2011 Elly Awards was held at The Plaza Hotel in New York City on June 15th.   The recipients of this year’s Elly Awards were Evelyn H. Lauder & Diana Taylor and they were introduced by Bobbi Brown, CEO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Entrepreneur Lisa Caputo respectively. The luncheon comprised of renowned journalist Barbara Walters conducting an Interview on Leadership with the Honorees.

Lisa Caputo, Diana Taylor, Bobbi Brown, Evelyn H. Lauer, Barbara Walters (L-R)

The Women’s Forum of New York advances women’s leadership by connecting preeminent women of significant achievement in diverse industries to enrich each other’s lives personally and professionally and take active roles in matters of importance to them. The organization focuses on leadership with successful women and its mission is to foster leadership in other women throughout the world through shared talent, experience and influence. Comprised of approximately 450 women representing the highest level of achievement in virtually every business and professional sector from finance to fine arts, membership in the Forum is limited and by invitation only.

Evelyn H. Lauder & William Lauder

Honoree Evelyn H. Lauder, Founder & Chairman of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), has given women worldwide reason to believe that breast cancer will be defeated. In 1992, Evelyn co-created the Pink Ribbon, which has become the universally recognized symbol of breast health worldwide. Evelyn is also Senior Corporate Vice President of The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., and so far The Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign has distributed more than 110 million pink ribbons around the world, spreading the life-saving message about the importance of breast health and early detection. Evelyn innovatively brought the company’s resources to bear in the fight, and The Estee Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign now extends to 70 countries.  Currently head of Fragrance Development Worldwide at The Estee Lauder Companies, Evelyn is one of the country’s most prominent businesswomen and a driving force in the success of the company.  As a member of the Board of Overseers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Cancer Center, her efforts were instrumental in creating the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, the first-ever facility devoted to offering coordinated services for one disease under one roof; the center has been used as a model not only for many other breast centers but other diseases as well.  Her philanthropic work extends beyond health to issues as broad-reaching as education and inner-city schools, the environment, women’s causes and the arts.  She has also contributed significantly to New York City Parks through her active participation as a board member of the Central Park Conservancy.  She is, in addition, an exhibited and published photographer.  Born in Vienna and a survivor of the London Blitz, Evelyn’s remarkable life exemplifies the American success story.

Diana Taylor

Diana Taylor’s distinguished career has combined high-level positions in both the private and public sectors with significant board service. Managing Director of Wolfensohn Fund Management, LP since 2007, she began her career as an investment banker with Smith Barney, Lehman Brothers & Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. She later served as New York State Superintendent of Banks and Chairwoman of the New York State Building Board. She is known as a strong consumer advocate and during her tenure as bands superintendent strengthened both oversight and tracking of illegal activities.

Grants are awarded to women over the age of 35 who, after suffering great adversity and an interruption in their education, are now pursuing undergraduate college degrees. Students in this population are often single parents, economically disadvantaged and struggling with the rising costs of a college education. Over the past 23 years, over 120 women have been honored by The Education Fund.

Janice Reals Ellig, President of The Women’s Forum of NY


The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum of New York is an educational and charitable arm of The Women’s Forum of New York, established under a separate corporate governance as a 501(c)3 tax deductible organization. Since 1987, the Fund has helped mature women pursue educational goals and enhance their capacities to provide productive and supportive service to their communities. The Award recognizes extraordinary and often heroic effort in overcoming adversity and the most daunting of odds in restructuring lives for success.

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