October 22, 2019


Connie Chung

Television Journalist


Nicole Ponseca

James Beard-Nominated Cookbook Author and Television Personality

Resistance Revival Chorus

Launched in summer 2017, the Resistance Revival Chorus (RRC) is a collective of more than 60 women who join together to breathe joy and song into “the resistance,” and to uplift and center women’s voices. Chorus members range from Broadway performers, touring musicians, film and television actresses, solo recording artists, gospel singers, political activists, educators, filmmakers, artists, and more, under the musical direction of Broadway singer and educator Abena Koomson-Davis.

Representing a multitude of identities, professions, creative backgrounds, and activist causes, the RRC prides itself on its diversity. The great artist and activist Harry Belafonte once said, “when the movement is strong, the music is strong.” In that spirit, the RRC hosts a series of regular musical events, Resistance Revival Nights, where the community gathers to rejuvenate our spirits and honor protest songs that have historically been central to civil rights movements. The RRC also aims to center women in music, and address how historically marginalized women have been in the music industry. We believe that art and culture are essential to changing hearts, minds, and history; and we commit to the principle that Toi Derricote states so poignantly: “joy is in itself an act of resistance.”



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Susanna Hong
J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation


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Connie Chung & Maury Povich
Kathy Chuy & Jay Huang
Goldman Sachs
Hearst Communications
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Janet A. Masamitsu & Merv Garretson
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Tony Group Foundation Fund
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Crowell & Moring LLP
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GM Printing
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Jae Lee Law, P.C.
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Lucy & Victor Kan
Lamb Insurance Services
Law Office of Deborah Chan
Joo-Yung Lee & John Wells
Joanna Martin & Richard Gibbons
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
NCheng LLC
Nina Pineda & John Kisala
Yinan Xia

Karen Elizaga / Womankind Board Chair
Niketa Sheth / Womankind Executive Director
Carolyn Antonio / Womankind Director of Development
Gabrielle Nguyen / Womankind Communications Associate, Graphic Designer
Sumaira Mian / Womankind Development Associate
Merv Garretson / Creative Director
Janet Akie Masamitsu / Creative Project Manager
Kacey Koeppel / Strategic Events Consultant
Jen Epstein / Volunteer Art Direction and Animation
CK Swett / Auctioneer
For more information: Kacey Koeppel at GALA@IAMWK.ORG