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Women in Global Affairs New York City (WIGANYC)
Room 4102, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016 USA
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(917) 929-3742

Women in Sustainability

Women in Sustainability is an event focused on raising awareness of the climate issues women are mitigating every day. Through a gendered lens, it will explore the challenges and opportunities within the field of sustainability. The event will highlight an impactful and diverse group of women working in the sustainability space. It will provide a spotlight to the roles of women in sustainable finance, water, and development.

Confirmed speakers:

Women in Sustainability

  1. Sarabeth Brockley, Partnerships Coordinator, Business for Social Responsibility
  2. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Director, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)
  3. Vlada Kenniff, Director of Sustainability, New York City Housing Authority
  4. Laetitia De Marez, Senior Climate Policy Analyst, Climate Analytics Inc.
  5. Bhakti Mirchandani, Managing Director, FCLTGlobal

Perspectives from Women in Academia

  1. Sara Perl Egendorf, PhD Student, CUNY Graduate Center, Advanced Science Research Center, and Brooklyn College
  2. Jennifer Cherrier, Professor and Departmental Chairperson, Brooklyn College—CUNY
  3. Laxmi Ramasubramanian, PhD, AICP, Deputy Director of the Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter College



5:00 - 5:30   Registration

5:30 - 5:40   Welcoming Remarks by Evelina Soldatenko, Chairwoman, WIGA NYC

5:40 - 6:10   Panel 1: Perspectives on Sustainability from Women in Academia

  • 'Trellises, Not Ladders: Pathways to Sustainability' (Laxmi Rmasubramanian, Associate Professor, CUNY Graduate Center and Hunter College)
  • ‘Just Soil: Participatory Research for Mitigating Soil Pb Exposure' (Sara Perl Egendorf, PhD Student, CUNY Graduate Center and Brooklyn College)
  • 'Water Connects! Crossing Boundaries for Actionable Science' (Jennifer Cherrier, Professor, CUNY Graduate Center and Brooklyn College)

6:10 - 6:50   Panel 2: Perspectives from Women in the Field

6:50 - 7:20   Questions from the audience, moderated by Laetitia De Marez

7:20 - 7:30   Closing Remarks

7:30 - 8:30   Networking Reception



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