NEW YORK - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has just launched “NYC Women: Make it Here, Make it Happen” a video series produced by the City’s Commission on Women’s Issues in collaboration with NYC Media, the official network of the City of New York, to shine the spotlight on extraordinary women of New York City. The series, which will air on NYC life during Women’s History Month, will feature 31 stories of triumph in one-minute videos each day in the month of March. Every video will also appear on nyc.gov accompanied by a link to a City or nonprofit resource that can help women throughout
“The women featured in this series come from all backgrounds, professions, and walks of life, but they have all been given the same thing: an opportunity,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “They have used their success to extend opportunities to others. Now it’s up to all of us to give that chance to a whole new generation of young women.
“We are recognizing the tremendous impact that just a small group of thirty-one women can have in their communities,” said Commission on Women’s Issues Chair Anne Sutherland Fuchs. “This series highlights the strength, power, and importance of today’s leading women as they are paving the way for future generations of
“‘NYC Women: Make it Here, Make it Happen’ is an inspiring look at some of the very special women who help make a difference in our City,” said Commissioner Oliver, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. “NYC Media is honored to have produced this video series with the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues and to be a part of this celebration of Women’s History Month.”
Women featured in the series discuss their individual experiences including overcoming obstacles, reaching top positions in their career fields, serving as role models and how the work they’re doing is impacting the communities around them. The series can be seen each night on NYC life at 7:30pm and will also air throughout the day.
The 31 women featured in “NYC Women: Make it Here, Make it Happen” are:
“It is an honor to be recognized amongst the other incredible women who are featured in this series,” said Mercedes Cano, who was featured in the video project. “We each have different stories and backgrounds but there is a common thread that unites us. At many points in our lives, we faced situations that could have prevented us from becoming who we are today. But instead of succumbing to our challenges, we rose above them. I think it takes purpose, determination, tenacity and a positive attitude. Even if it means taking two steps back to go one step forward.”
In addition to these one-minute videos, the thirty-minute special, “NYC Women: Make it Here, Make it Happen,” focuses on the larger stories of five inspirational and successful women. This NYC Media original production will premiere on NYC life on Tuesday, March 8 at 10pm and encore throughout the month. The special provides in-depth profiles of the diverse ways these women are serving as role models for others. The five women featured in the thirty-minute special are: Shavonne Bell, a senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Lisa Caputo, founder and chairman of Citigroup’s Women & Co.; Alondra de la Parra, founder and conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas; Hoda Kotb, Co-Host of the Today Show’s 4th hour on NBC News; and Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez, founder and CEO of Hot Bread Kitchen.