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The 2023 Elevate Her Awards Ceremony

Honorees were announced and celebrated at a breakfast ceremony on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at HARMAN’s JBL Store SoHo in New York City. The celebration included a welcome from 1,000 Dreams Fund Founder & CEO, Christie Garton, a panel discussion about the state of women in the workplace, and acceptance speeches from our eight ElevateHER Award winners. You can see the entire recap of the 2023 ElevateHER Awards here. View the event photo gallery below.

Meet Our 2023 Elevate Her Award Winners

Laura Comilla

Vice President and Head of Services Portfolio Siemens Healthineers

“Instead of just recognizing talent, I push open doors, provide the introductions, practice interviewing, polish up the pitch, and remind women to be courageous.”

Paige Hegedus

Head of Partnerships Tara Wilson Agency + Fierce Lab

“Elevating women is not just a matter of equality and fairness; it is also an investment in the overall well-being and prosperity of future generations. If we can continue to celebrate women, it will create a chain reaction to create a more inclusive and dynamic society.”

Heather Garozzo

Founder & Executive Producer Raidiant

“Nearly 50% of gamers are women and 30% of esports fans are women, yet only 8% of content creators are women and less than 1% of pro gamers are women. Women deserve to feel like they belong because they DO BELONG! Gaming is for everyone.”

Priya Jagasia

Divisional Vice President, Regulatory Affairs Abbott

“Elevating women isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. Women bring a unique set of skills, perspectives, and ideas to the table. It has been shown that women leaders help increase productivity, enhance collaboration, and inspire organizational commitment.”

Kelli Greenberg

Associate Partner McKinsey & Company

“McKinsey’s 2023 “Women in the Workplace” report showed how critical it is for companies to invest meaningfully in creating inclusive and flexible workplace environments that foster women’s advancement and well-being. I think women also need to make this commitment to each other and aim to reverse some of these troubling trends, where it is within our control to do so. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to have female sponsors and mentors provide me with guidance and step-up opportunities, and I feel a responsibility to pay that support forward to other women.”

Verta Maloney

Co-Founder the *gamehers and 45 Lemons

“Elevating women demonstrates that diverse perspectives and talents are not only valued but essential for innovation and success. As a Black woman, I know firsthand that when women see other women succeeding, thriving and being their truest selves, it encourages them to pursue their passions without limitations.”

Funmi Oludaiye

Managing Director, Global Head of Engineering Goldman Sachs

“Elevating women facilitates opportunities and creates possibilities for the next generation of women. I am passionate about playing a part in closing the gender and racial gaps in leadership and technology.”

Derek Heaslip

Senior Vice President and CFO for Wealth Management and the Office of the Chief Operating Officer TIAA

Elevate Her Awards 2023 Photo Gallery