#ClimateWeek NYC:

Women in Sustainability


The event focuses 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 Women in Sustainability


The to the roles of women in sustainable finance, water, and development. #WIGAxClimateWeek #ClimateWeekNYC



  • Sarabeth Brockley, Partnerships Coordinator, Business for Social Responsibility

  • Vlada Kenniff, Director of Sustainability, New York City Housing Authority

  • Bhakti Mirchandani, Managing Director, FCLTGlobal

  • Laetitia De Marez, Senior Climate Policy Analyst, Climate Analytics Inc.

  • Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Director, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

  • Jennifer Cherrier, Professor and Departmental Chairperson, Brooklyn College—CUNY

  • Laxmi Ramasubramanian, PhD, AICP, Deputy Director of the Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter College

  • Sara Perl Egendorf, doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center, Advanced Science Research Center, and Brooklyn College


Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018

Time: 5.00 – 8.30 PM

Location: Room 4102, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016 USA


Information Session

with Susan Shah 



Women in Global Affairs (WIGA) NYC and NYU IRPA hosted an information session featuring Susan Shah, Director of Programs and Strategy at the Vera Institute of Justice TO discuss the importance of women's participation in the nonprofit world.

Susan is the  Director of Programs and Strategy at Vera Institute of Justice, where she oversees programmatic initiatives that are driving change in the juvenile, criminal, and immigration systems. She also incubates and fundraises for new initiatives that advance Vera's strategic direction and harness new opportunities to tackle the most pressing injustices of our time.


A member of Vera's leadership team, Susan acts as a liaison to Vera’s executive director to problem solve and review project concepts and ideas for investment. Prior to assuming this role, she served as chief of staff and led programmatic and institute-wide strategic planning. From 2011–2015, Susan was a program director in Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice, where she guided police, justice officials, and lawyers in improving immigrants’ access to justice and safety and coached law enforcement on how to successfully overcome language barriers. Previously, she directed Vera’s Unaccompanied Children Program, which provides legal assistance to unaccompanied immigrant children who are facing deportation.


Prior to joining Vera in 2006, Susan directed a health prevention education, research, and training program for New York City’s immigrant communities at the Center for Immigrant Health and was an associate in the immigration practice group of Bryan Cave LLP. In 2015, she was selected for the inaugural Immigrant Women Leaders Fellowship of the New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs. Susan is a board member of Groundswell, which engages youth in public art-making to advance social change and is an advisory council member of the Mindful Justice Initiative. Susan earned her JD from Northeastern University School of Law, an MPH from Tufts University, and a BA in journalism from Drake University.


Next Level Networking

How to Navigate into the Networks of Financial Elites with Sandra Navidi

WIGA NYC, in collaboration with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, hosted a discussion with Sandra Navidi. 

Ms. Navidi is the Founder and CEO of BeyondGlobal, a consulting firm advising clients on macroeconomic and strategic positioning.


She is also the bestselling author of $uperHubs: How the Financial Elite and their Networks Rule Our World, one of Bloomberg’s Best Books of the Year and winner of the Silver Medal at the Axiom Business Book Awards in 2018.

The talk was by Dr. Carolyn Kissane. She currently serves as the Academic Director of New York University's Center for Global Affairs.


The Role of Women in

Global Affairs:

Paving The Way for a More Inclusive Working Environment

WIGA NYC, in collaboration with NYU's Student Association for Global Affairs and the Gender Working Group, hosted our first panel discussion themed "The Role of Women in Global Affairs: Paving The Way for a More Inclusive Working Environment".

Prominent women from exclusive fields in the private sector, civil society, and government came together to elaborate on their strenuous journeys along their paths to success.



Kristina Koch

Chief of Recruitment Section, Department of Field Support, United Nations



  • Alison Miller, Deputy Director for Management at The Earth Institute, Columbia University

  • Joanna D. Underwood, Founder & Chair, Energy Vision

  • Laetitia De Marez, Senior Climate Finance Expert and Policy Analyst, Climate Analytics

  • Mary Jane Ajodah, Vice President, Client Service Delivery Strategy, BNY Mellon

  • Yael Eisenstat, Founder of Kiele Global