Dr. Helena Kane Finn
Dr. Helena Kane Finn is a Visiting Scholar affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. A career diplomat of the Department of State, she served as Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin (2007 – 2010) and as Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv (2003 – 2007). She has been the Cyrus Vance Fellow in Diplomatic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (2002 – 2003). Her seminal article on public diplomacy appeared in the November – December 2003 issue of Foreign Affairs. She has also been Director of the Turkish Studies Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (2002).
As Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (2000 – 2001), Dr. Finn was responsible for the State Department’s global academic, professional and youth exchanges, including Fulbright and the International Visitor program. She also oversaw the Office of Cultural Heritage and Preservation.
Helena Kane Finn has served overseas as the Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey (1997 – 2000). Prior to that, she was the Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria (1995 – 1997). She was the Public Affairs Officer and Director of the Amerika Haus in Frankfurt-Main, Germany (1992 – 1995). She has been the Desk Officer for Greece, Turkey and Cyprus (1989 – 1991), following cultural affairs tours in Lahore and Islamabad, Pakistan (1984 – 1989). Her first diplomatic assignment was to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey (1981 -1984).
Princess Jenkins is the owner of The Brownstone a “Lifestyle Boutique” located on 125th Street in Harlem. The store focuses on dressing women for the important moments in their lives with ethnically inspired fashion. The Lifestyle Boutique features a unique collection of contemporary designer clothing, and one of a kind accessories, and gifts. The Brownstone offers its clients a distinctively private shopping experience for customer sizes 12-20 seeking quality, value and most of all customer service. From the high-level corporate business person to celebrities and women in the arts they all delight in the private exclusive shopping environment offered at The Brownstone.
It started when I saw Diana Ross who starred as a fashion designer in the 1975 Oscar-nominated film, Mahogany say, Princess referring to her decision at age 16 to enter the fashion industry. In her early 20’s, she opened “Jazz It Up” the first fashion and beauty consulting company, for women of color, in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York. Several years later she left retailing to become an influential motivational speaker and youth and adult entrepreneurial training consultant, all while pursuing a career as a much sort after makeup artist in the entertainment industry. To date, Princess has added her artistry to more than 95 music videos and has worked with some the industry’s top recording artists. In 1998 Princess founded The Brownstone. “I had lived in Harlem many years however I couldn’t find stores, boutiques or special places where I could shop. I suddenly realized that Harlem would be an incredible place to start a Lifestyle Boutique” says Princess.
Known for a high level of customer service this well-appointed boutique is illuminated with chandeliers, accented with oak wood floors and hand-painted textured walls for a distinctive and unique shopping environment.
As Princess steps outside the doorway of The Brownstone a twenty-foot mural of her looms behind her, custom painted on a brick wall she says “we’re giving our clients what they want… contemporary fashion, that fits their style and their lifestyle, in a uniquely welcoming environment. Here is where a woman can find herself while discovering who she’s becoming at the same time”
The Brownstone has been featured in, O Magazine, Essence, Black Elegance, New York Magazine, Crain’s, The New York Times as well as NBC and Metro Television. Awards: Recently voted one of the Top 25 Boutiques in the country, the Crain’s Magazine Small Business of the Year, named the Woman In Business Champion of the Year by the SBA, featured in the Museum of Finance on Wall Street exhibit on Entrepreneurship, recipient of the Brooking’s Institute Award for Urban Retailing and the winner of Make Mind a Million.
Talia Carner was the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine. A former adjunct professor at the Long Island University School of Management and a marketing consultant to Fortune 500 companies, she was also a volunteer counselor and lecturer for the Small Business Administration and a member of United States Information Agency’s (USIA) missions to Russia. She participated in the 1995 International Women’s Conference in Beijing, where she sat on economic panels and helped develop political campaigns for Indian and African women. Ms. Carner’s first novel, PUPPET CHILD, was listed in “The Top 10 Favorite First Novels 2002” and launched a nationwide legislation–The Protective Parent Reform Act–which became the platform for two State Senatorial candidates. CHINA DOLL made Amazon’s bestsellers list and served as the platform for Ms. Carner’s presentation at the U.N. in 2007 about infanticide in China—the first ever in U.N. history. Her latest published novel, JERUSALEM MAIDEN, (HarperCollins, 2011,) won the Forward National Literature Award in the “historical fiction” category. In June 2015, HarperCollins will release Carner’s newest novel, HOTEL MOSCOW, which tells the riveting story of the daughter of Holocaust survivors who travels to Russia shortly after the fall of communism. Over 50 of Carner’s award-winning short stories, articles, and personal essays have appeared in anthologies, literary magazines, and leading websites.
Ms. Carner is a board member of HBI, a research center for Jewish women’s life and culture at Brandeis University. She is also an honorary board member of several anti-domestic violence and child abuse intervention organizations and sits on committees of organizations that work toward Israeli causes. She is married to Ron Carner, president of Maccabi USA. The couple has four grown children and resides in Manhattan and Bridgehampton, NY.
Talia Carner’s addictions include chocolate, ballet, hats—and social justice.
Susan O’Malley is the Chair of NGO Commission on the Status of Women/NY (CSW/NY) and BPW International’s main UN Representative. She was co-chair of the Planning Committee for CSW Forum 59, which included over 400 side events for the many worldwide participants to CSW in 2015. Susan is the co-convener of the monthly NGO CSW/NY meetings, co-editor of the North American Outcome Document and convener of the Beijing Platform for Action Study Group. Susan is also editor of the Working Group on Girls’ (WWG) Action for Girls and serves on the steering committee of Working Group on Girls. In addition to serving as the Faculty Trustee and Chair of the 22-campus Faculty Senate of the City University of New York, Susan taught English Literature and Liberal Studies (Women’s Studies) at CUNY (Kingsborough and the Graduate Center) for 36 years. She holds an AB from Smith College and a PhD from Tulane University. Her latest book is “Custome Is an Idiot” Jacobean Pamphlet Literature on Women (Illinois, 2004). In addition, she has published articles/chapters in books and edited books on civil rights, disability, higher education, Shakespeare, and early modern women’s cultural studies. She is currently involved in Cities for CEDAW to get CEDAW ratified in NYC.