October 25, 2023

Our heart is full! Thank you to all our friends and supporters--new and old--for attending Womankind's 2023 Gala to celebrate the Phoenix Award recipients and the spirit of our Communities Rising. The theme of Communities Rising honors our Asian heritage through MAP (Moving Ahead Positively), our model of practice, which we have developed through over four decades of walking alongside survivors from New York City's marginalized immigrant communities on their healing journeys.
Our daily work alongside survivors of gender-based violence is made possible by the support of others who rise with Womankind. For the 2023 Gala, it is with distinction, respect and admiration that we celebrate and honor Andowah Newton and Rishi Varma with our Phoenix Award.
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.

Womankind extends our deepest gratitude to these sponsors and supporters for your collective commitment to our vision of creating a future where we Rise Above Violence and our communities can innovate towards collective well-being, restoration, and social justice. Our work is not possible without your generous support.

Vice Chair / $100,000+

J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation

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
Katherine Chuy & Jay Huang
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Susanna Hong
Mae Hsieh, Gregory Bylinsky & Family
Jane Tran

Patron / $5,000-$9,999

Flora Feng, Jeff Slater & Family
Law Office of Deborah Chan, P.C.
Ong Family Foundation
Lisa Beth & Adam Savitz
Michelle & Rishi Varma

Advocate / $2,000-$4,999

Alera Group
AlixPartners & Yvette Zhang
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Sujata Dayal
EMCOR Group, Inc.
Hearst Media
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Sabria & Kevin Lewis
Shearman & Sterling LLP

In-Kind Supporters

Christopher Dawson & Tug Hill Candles
Sujata Dayal
Mary Turner Minard
Shizu Nonaka & Sushi Nonaka
Jane Tran

Womankind also thanks all supporters who donated and 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

Womankind Gala Development Team

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

Event Consultant

Jennifer O'Neal / Three-Ring Binder Events

Creative Lead

Gabrielle Nguyen / Womankind Communications Manager


Lucas Huang Photography
Raissa Oliveira
Abbie Sawyer

Video Production

Anny Chen / Womankind Residential Advocate
Are Rayhan Karim / Womankind Advocate
Reel Works
Womankind Survivors

Candle Production

Farzahana Akhtar / Womankind Pathways to Empowerment Manager
Christopher Dawson / Tug Hill Candles
Miku Isobe / Womankind Economic Empowerment Specialist
Alena Victor / Womankind Chief Program Officer
Survivors & Participants in Womankind's Pathways to Empowerment Program

For general questions about the Gala, please email Jennifer O'Neal at jen@threeringbinderevents.com.
For information on how to make your donation via wire transfer or stocks, please email Yasmeen Hamza at yhamza@iamwk.org.