1,000 Dreams Fund’s Inaugural ElevateHER Awards Was a Huge Success!

1DF launched our ElevateHER Awards to recognize outstanding leaders who are championing women and serving as advocates for the advancement of women in the workplace and their communities.

Honorees were announced and celebrated at a breakfast ceremony on Tuesday, December 5, at HARMAN’s JBL Store SoHo in New York City. You can meet the honorees here!

We wanted to share a full recap of the event and ceremony here, as it was such an incredible time. Here’s our play by play!

Breakfast & Networking Hour

We started the event by gathering all attendees for a breakfast spread and networking hour. Winners were able to meet one another and mingle with their guests. We had many 1DF Board Members and Junior Board Members in attendance – it was great to catch up in person!

Welcome from Christie Garton 

1DF Founder and CEO Christie Garton then welcomed all attendees and shared why 1DF launched the ElevateHER Awards. We also showed this featured video of the 1DF story.

Greeting from Jackie Berryman and Katherine Waltman 

Next, Board Co-Chair Jackie Berryman and Junior Board Co-Chair Katherine Waltman took the stage to share why they got involved with 1DF. 

Katherine also told her story about first learning about 1DF after speaking on a panel at the 2022 Student Leadership Summit!

ElevateHER Panel 

We also had an engaging panel with a live Q&A. This wonderful panel discussion, moderated by Christie, featured business executive Jessica Eliasi together with our Board of Directors members Shriya Paliwal, Angela Santiago, and Sophia Teixeira.

They provided their advice on how to create a stronger, more equitable workplace as well as their personal experiences of the gender burden and stories of inspiration and achievement.

Our panel highlighted the fact that women only represent 28% of senior leadership and talked about the benefits of elevating and empowering women in leadership. The entire room resonated with what the panel ultimately deemed a necessity to open access and have women participating in all levels of leadership.

ElevateHER Awards Presentation 

The breakfast ceremony culminated with our winner’s celebration. Chelsea Larsuel, 1DF Programs Manager, presented the ElevateHER Awards to our eight winners who gave both live and video recorded acceptance speeches. Christie congratulated and handed each award to our winners in attendance. Their speeches truly underscored the incredible difference each and every one of them has made and continues to dedicate their career to. Our ElevateHER winners reminded us of why 1DF’s work is so important, and left the entire room in gratitude for such an impactful morning. 

Meet Our 2023 ElevateHER Winners:

  • Laura Comilla – Vice President and Head of Services Portfolio, Siemens Healthineers (pictured below)
  • Heather Garozzo – Founder & Executive Producer, Raidiant
  • Kelli Greenberg – Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Derek Heaslip – Senior Vice President and CFO for Wealth Management and the Office of the Chief Operating Officer, TIAA
  • Paige Hegedus – Head of Partnerships, Tara Wilson Agency + Fierce Lab
  • Priya Jagasia – Divisional Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Abbott
  • Verta Maloney – Co-Founder, the *gamehers and 45 Lemons
  • Funmi Oludaiye – Managing Director (Global Head of Engineering), Goldman Sachs

We are so thrilled to recognize these leaders and change-makers!

Closing Remarks 

Christie thanked everyone for their attendance and support. We’re so excited to continue elevating the next generation of women through our 1,000 Dreams to 1,000 Realities fundraiser!