Thursday, October 23, 2014

Difference Matters Annual Awards Gala 2014 Honors TOP Corporate Allies for Diversity at Club 101
in New York City

The “See What You Missed” video of the event is here. Watch, see what you missed and please share with your social media and professional networks. Thanks.

"If companies want to stay competitive in the marketplace, they are going to have to accept and support all employees regardless of their gender, orientation, race, or physical challenges. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it is the only thing to do if companies want to attract the best employees, the most loyal employees, and the most productive employees."
~~ Lori Sokol, Ph.D., Founder & Publisher of Work Life Matters, Contributing Writer for The Huffington Post & Board Chair of Women’s eNews, as quoted during the 2013 Work Life Matters Gala. Photo and quote will be updated for 2014 soon so bookmark and visit frequently.
Photo above right, Lori Sokol, Ph.D., on the red carpet at Difference Matters Gala 2014gala by Gloria Buono-Daly.

Photo left of Dr. Sokol on the red carpet by Gloria Buono-Daly. Dr. Sokol is holding Teapot Poodle, Scarlet, half-sister to Pupi Dupi, star of "Pupi Dupi in the City" produced and directed by Loreen Arbus. Incidentally, the pilot aired on Fox and already won an Emmy.




Photo left of Laureen Arbus, President of The Loreen Arbus Foundation/Producer/Disability Rights Activist and first woman to head up programming for a major U.S. Television network.


Ms. Arbus is holding the adorable and talented Doggywood star Pupi Dupi, star of "Pupi Dupi in the City" produced and directed by Loreen Arbus. Incidentally, the pilot aired on Fox and already won an Emmy.


Photo below of 2014 Difference Matters Gala 2014 banner courtesy of Lori Sokol and James Grant PR.
On Thursday, October 23, 2014, corporate business leaders, VIPs, performing artists, actors, celebrities, entrepreneurs, leaders in media, TV personalities, philanthropists, activists, advocates and politicians gathered at the premiere members-only, Club 101 on Park Avenue in New York City for The 12th Annual Difference Matters (incorporating Work Life Matters) Gala Honoring Top Companies for their steadfast and pioneering commitment and support of employees in one or more of these five categories: LGBT, Disabilities, Women, People of Color, and Veterans.

Dr. Lori Sokol, Founder & Publisher, Difference MattersMagazine, host of the Gala. Panelists included Loreen Arbus, President of The Loreen Arbus Foundation, Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., CEO of the YWCA USA, and Sam McClure, Vice President of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).

Vivid logos transformed the backdrop which complimented the “rainbow” carpet as stellar attendees graced the atmosphere to share their thoughts and perspectives on the importance of diversity and to celebrate the leading 14 companies.

These leading organizations are being honored for their steadfast and pioneering commitment and support of employees in one or more of these five categories: LGBT, Disabilities, Women, People of Color, and Veterans.

A portion of the event's proceeds will be donated to Non-traditional Employment for Women (NEW).


Honored Corporations for 2014:
AT&T
BARCLAYS
CA TECHNOLOGIES
CADWALADER WICKERAHAM & TALT LLP
DELTA AIRLINES
DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS
INTERPUBLIC GROUP (IPG)
MERCK
MONDELEZ GLOBAL LLC
MORGAN STANLEY
NIELSEN
QUEST DIAGNOSTICS
TURNER CONSTRUCTION
VIACOM


Twelve 'Pioneering Women in Real Estate' were also honored in Sokol Media's special annual real estate magazine for their outstanding accomplishments in a field still dominated by men. There was also a special tribute to Mary Dietz, AIA, Design Manager at Silverstein Properties, for spearheading the development of the Retail Hub at the new World Trade Center site.

Pioneering Women in Real Estate Honorees:
♦ Carolyn BaRoss (Perkins & Will)
♦ Laura Bush (Lend Lease)
♦ Susan Clamage (Gensler)
♦ JJ Falk (JJ Falk Interior Design)
♦ Amy Frankel (IF Studio)
♦ Highlyann Krasnow (MNS)
♦ Sara Mirski (The Sapir Organization)
♦ Abbie Newman (Abigail Michaels Concierge)
♦ Ilana Schwartz (Online Marketing Group)
♦ Ellen Sinreich (Green Edge, LLC)
♦ Diana Sweeney (Energy Watch)
♦ Orah Weisberg (SRW Engineers)


*A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit organization NEW (Non-Traditional Employment for Women).



Stellar guests include:

♦ Dr. Lori Sokol, Founder & Publisher, Sokol Media Inc.
♦ Loreen Arbus, President of The Loreen Arbus Foundation/Producer/Disability Rights Activist and first woman to head up programming for a major U.S. Television network.
♦ Sam McClure, Vice President of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).
♦ Liz Abzug, Founder & President, Bella Abzug Leadership Institute.
♦ Camilla Barungi, of “Project Runway” fame/entrepreneur/activist.
♦ Linda Stein, artist, author, feminist, educator, intellectual, lecturer, journalist and philanthropist.
♦ Lauren LoGiudice, Actress/Activist.”
♦ Aryn Cole,” The Sisters Plotz”, “Ugly Betty”, “All My Children.”
♦ Stacey Tisdale, Correspondent PBS “NewsHour.”
♦ Lisa Ferber, co-star of the upcoming film “The Sisters Plotz.”



NYC's 101 Park Avenue venue, known for it’s spectacular millennial dining room, is one of the most highly rated membership-based business luncheon clubs in New York City.


Photos above left, exterior Club 101and below right "Big Subway-Motif Apple" sculpture adorns the dining hall entrance by AllThingsDigitalMarketing.com.

Diversity Matters (incorporating Work Life Matters) Magazine is a national business publication that provides news and analysis about the corporate, public and social issues inherent in the quest for achieving effective work life balance on behalf of the nation’s workforce.

Published since 2002, the publication pays annual tribute to companies that serve as leaders in their respective fields by providing innovative and effective work life balance programs and policies for their employees.


About Lori Sokol:
Lori Sokol is one of the nation’s most influential writers and editors covering women’s issues, politics, business, and LGBT issues. A regular contributor to The Huffington Post and host of the Radio Show, “Work Life Matters with Dr. Lori Sokol” on 1490AM WGCH, she has written for The New York Times business blog, Slate, The Baltimore Sun, Women’s eNews, and several other publications. Sokol is a frequent guest on television, appearing on MSNBC, NY1 News, Fox News, WPIX News, and CNBC. Her book, The Agile Workplace and Workforce: The New Future of Work, was published by Working Mother Media in October, 2011.

For more information visit Difference Matters web site .


Event photos from 2013 gala on Facebook at The Difference Matters Gala 2014 Facebook Photo Album

Event photos from 2013 gala on Facebook at The 11th Annual Work Life Matters Facebook Photo Album.

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