Wednesday, October 25

Starts 6:30PM

The Lighthouse
Pier 61, Manhattan



Womankind works tirelessly on our vision to create a future where we Rise Above Violence and our communities can innovate towards collective well-being, restoration, and social justice. For over 40 years, we have provided holistic support to thousands of survivors of gender-based violence and their families. The goal of the 2023 Gala is to raise funds through awareness and community building, so that we can sustain our important work for years to come.
The theme of Communities Rising honors our Asian heritage through MAP (Moving Ahead Positively), our model of practice, which we have developed through decades of walking alongside survivors from New York City's marginalized immigrant communities on their healing journeys. This October 25th, please join us and the generous early sponsors below to celebrate the Phoenix Award recipients and the spirit of our Communities Rising!
Phoenix of the Year

Andowah Newton

Lawyer, Advocate, Non-profit Founder and Survivor

Learn about Andowah's work.

Phoenix of the Year

Rishi Varma

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Learn about Rishi's work.

List in formation as of September 28

Innovator / $25,000-$49,999

Karen Elizaga & Jay Ptashek
Jenifer & Brendan Garvey

Host Committee / $15,000-$24,999

Covington & Burling LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Benefactor / $10,000-$14,999

Madhavi & Hormuz Batliboi
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Susanna Hong
Mae Hsieh, Gregory Bylinsky & Family
Jane Tran

Patron / $5,000-$9,999

Law Office of Deborah Chan, P.C.
Ong Family Foundation
Michelle & Rishi Varma

Advocate / $2,000-$4,999

Sabria & Kevin Lewis

Womankind also thanks all supporters who contributed at the individual level!

Womankind Gala Committee

Flora Feng / Gala Chair and Board Member
Mae Hsieh / Board Co-Chair
Jane Tran / Board Co-Chair
Nina Pineda / Board Vice Chair
Yogesh Bahl / Board Member
Sujata Dayal / Board Member
Merv Garretson / Board Member
Susanna Hong / Board Member
Yasmeen Hamza / CEO
Karen Elizaga / Honorary Board Member
Narges Kakalia / Former Board Chair
Vriti Mahajan / Young Professional Board Member
Mary Turner Minard / Supporter

Event Consultant

Jennifer O'Neal / Three-Ring Binder Events

Womankind Gala Development Team

Tiffany HyeonBrooks / Development Manager
Ashley Knight / Development Associate
Gabrielle Nguyen / Communications Manager

For general questions about the Gala, please email Jennifer O'Neal at
For information on how to make your donation via wire transfer or stocks, please email Yasmeen Hamza at