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The American story is replete with accounts of women whose contributions to all fields of human endeavor have ensured them a place in history. From Dolley Madison to Oprah Winfrey, countless women have left a positive mark on the affairs of a nation that fewer than 100 years ago denied women the right to vote and too often held to the notion first voiced by the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus that a woman's place is in the home.
In May 2013, New York City College of Technology saluted several women of vision and equally visionary organizations that have distinguished themselves in the area of gender equality at the City Tech Foundation's 2013 Best of New York Award Dinner. Proceeds from the annual dinner help fund foundation-sponsored scholarships and other student financial assistance and professional development programs.
Honorees included Denise Arbesu, a Citibank senior vice president and chair of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; IBM (headed by Ginni Rometty, chair, president and CEO); Paula Ingram, president, Ingram & Hebron Realty and a member of the board of directors of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership; Jewish Foundation for Education of Women; Grace Lyu-Volckhausen, president, Tiger Barron Foundation, and a Commissioner on the New York City Commission on Human Rights; and Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers/AFL-CIO. Also honored with the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award was City Tech graduate Nooria Nodrat '09, founder and president, Afghanistan Blind Women & Children Foundation.
Lorraine Beitler, who recently retired as board vice chair, was recognized for her more than 21 years of service to the City Tech Foundation and Executive Director Jewel Trowers Escobar received a surprise Best of New York Award for her 20-plus year of service heading the foundation.
This year's Honorary Dinner Chair was Yvonne Riley-Tepie '92, vice president, U.S. field marketing, TD Bank. Michael Lomonaco '84, celebrity chef and managing partner, Porter House New York at Time Warner Center, again served as Dinner Chair and Master of Ceremonies.