Women on the Rise Speaker Series Kicks Off With Monica Yunus
Posted 12/06/2016 02:09PM

The Baldwin School proudly kicked off its “Women on the Rise” speaker series on Monday, December 5 to an audience of more than 75. The event, organized by a group of students led by Stephanie Blank ’17, featured Monica Yunus, an American operatic soprano and co-founding director of the New York-based Sing for Hope. The organization is a non-profit whose mission is to make the arts available to all. Through Sing for Hope, artists of all types volunteer their talent to communities in need and make art radically accessible. 

After being introduced by Julia Maenza ‘18, Ms. Yunus — a graduate of The Juilliard School — sang two songs for the audience.  She then shared a video presentation on Sing for Hope and the amazing work it’s doing in New York City, including forging close relationships with under-resourced schools, hospitals and community centers throughout the five boroughs.  The organization supports a roster of hundreds of artists, amateur and professional alike – from opera singers to jazz musicians, actors to dancers and painters to puppeteers. These artists participate in volunteer service programs, bringing the power of their art directly to those who need it most.

The evening concluded with a Q&A session led by Melia Hagino ’18, Julia Maenza ’18 and Neelam Pandya ’18. Ms. Yunus offered advice to our Baldwin students on leadership, following your passions and never taking “no” for an answer.

The “Women on the Rise” Speaker Series, supported in part by a fund established by Baldwin alumna Ruth Hochberger ’68, gives access to women harnessing their passions and forging new paths. Future speakers include JiaJia Fei, Director of Digital at the Jewish Museum and Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Founder of ExtremeYOU.

Ms. Fei is a digital strategist sought after for her experience working at the intersection of integrated marketing, branding, social media, web, e-mail, mobile and multimedia content strategy for modern and contemporary art. Formerly with the Guggenheim Museum, Ms. Fei is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College. She will be at The Baldwin School on Thursday, February 9.

 Executive, activist and entrepreneur, Sarah Robb O’Hagan is described by the media as everything from “Superwoman undercover” to the “Queen of the Jocks” to the ultimate example of where fierce business woman, mother and fitness fanatic combine. She is named among Forbes “Most Powerful Women in Sports” and recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.” Formerly the President of Equinox and prior to that, Global President for Gatorade, Mrs. O’Hagan founded a movement she currently leads called “Extreme Living” - helping individuals, teams and businesses unlock their potential by discovering their own uniquely exploitable traits. She will be at The Baldwin School on Wednesday, April 19.