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Liz is the founder and President of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) a 501-c-3 not for profit leadership training organization formed in 2004, for young women whose mandate is to “inspire young women and girls to lead the future.” The Institute works to provide specific skills such as debate, public speaking and professional mentoring for high school and college level women. BALI insists that the young women become the proactive, principle driven, and visionary leaders of tomorrow in all professional sectors and in civic life.
As a national public affairs and strategic consultant, professor, lobbyist and candidate for New York City elective office, Ms. Abzug has been a professional involved in many fields including politics, economic and urban development and human rights. She is an Professor in Urban Studies and Women and Leadership at Barnard College /Columbia University where she teaches courses on American Cities, community building and economic development as well as a case studies course she co- developed- called Women and Leadership in the 20th and 21st century.
Liz formed her own national public affairs and management consulting firm in 1995. Her firm provides services in the areas of strategic and business planning, management and political consulting, marketing, public relations and lobbying. Her clients include small businesses, corporations, not for profit organizations, state and local governments and universities. She works out of a New York City office and has done consulting in 13 states in different regions of the United States.
Ms. Abzug has served in various senior level positions in federal, state and local government. Under New York ‘s former Governor Mario Cuomo, Liz was New York State’s Chief lobbyist in Washington DC for all of the New York State’s economic development agencies. Prior to that position she served as the Vice President of Operations of the Empire State Development Corporation where she was responsible for programs that assisted small businesses, commercial and industrial companies in starting or expanding their operations in the City’s and State’s most economically distressed areas.
Liz held the position of the Deputy Commissioner of Operations of New York State’s Human Rights Enforcement agency. She was responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the agency, and was instrumental in leading the successful effort to amend the New York State Human Rights law to ban discrimination against people who have HIV/AIDS in the mid 1980’s.
Liz has also worked in many other senior level capacities and has served on several not for profit organizations and small corporate boards: Palisades Institute Inc., New York State Commission on Domestic Violence, the Governor’s Gay Rights Task Force, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and was Chair of the board of Directors of the Manhattan Borough Development Corporation.
She is currently on the Advisory Board of Directors and helped to conceptualize a new nationally distributed glossy magazine called KIWI. The magazine is targeted to families, parents and children of all ages and provides practical nutritional health, fitness and “green” home advice to support families to “live the natural and organic way”.
In November 2008 she was named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s E- News .She is an acknowledged public speaker and has spoken at colleges, universities, conferences and conventions throughout the United States on topics including civil and human rights, women and leadership, women in politics, youth empowerment and economic development in Urban and rural America.
As an art collector and entrepreneur, Liz has also owned a gallery of contemporary art in Santa Fe New Mexico.
Dr. Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies and the author of sixteen books including the best-selling Women and Madness, Mothers on Trial, Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman, and An American Bride in Kabul. She is the author of four studies about honor killing (“intimate family femicide”) and is a fellow at the Middle East Forum.
She is a co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology (1969), the National Women’s Health Network (1975), and the International Committee for Women of the Wall (1989) and the Original Women of the Wall (2013).
She is a legendary feminist leader, a retired psychotherapist and expert courtroom witness. Dr. Chesler has lectured and organized political, legal, religious, and human rights campaigns in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Middle East, including in Israel, as well as the Far East. Her work has been translated into many European languages and into Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Hebrew.
Judith Lewis Herman M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. For thirty years she was Director of Training at the Victims of Violence Program at The Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, MA. Dr. Herman received her medical degree at Harvard Medical School and her training in general and community psychiatry at Boston University Medical Center. She is the author of two award-winning books: Father-Daughter Incest (Harvard University Press, 1981), and Trauma and Recovery (Basic Books, 1992). She has lectured widely on the subject of sexual and domestic violence. She is the recipient of the 1996 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the 2000 Woman in Science Award from the American Medical Women’s Association. In 2007 she was named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and in 2011 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Trauma Psychology division of the American Psychological Association.
Linda Stein–an internationally recognized artist-activist, lecturer, performer–currently has two traveling exhibitions and events in progress. One is her solo catalogued exhibition, The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein, traveling the country since 2010, accompanied by her feminist lecture: “The Chance to be Brave, The Courage to Dare.” The second traveling event is Holocaust Heroes: Fierce Females: Tapestries and Sculpture by Linda Stein. She is represented by Flomenhaft Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan and her archives are at Smith College. Stein is Founding President of the non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, Have Art: Will Travel! Her current art addresses core issues of empowerment, by focusing on the continuum between masculinity and femininity, oppression and bullying. This gender-bending work began a year after running for a full day from the falling Twin Towers in the Ground Zero area. This year the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) has awarded Stein as the 2016 Artist Honoree for Commitment to Arts and Culture.
“My goal as an artist,” Stein says, “is to use my art to transform social consciousness and promote activism for gender justice. With my androgynous forms I invite the viewer to seek diversity in unpredictable ways, to ‘try on’ new personal avatars and self definitions, knowing that every new experience changes the brain’s structure and inspires each of us toward a more authentic self.”