BPW International Vice President United Nations
Arzu Ozyol graduated from the Middle East Technical University in 1983 and received an MBA degree from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2002. In May 2013, she completed her PhD studies in Bioethics Environmental Politics. While earning her PhD, Ms. Ozyol completed two courses at Harvard University in Global Energy and Environmental Politics.
From 1983-2002, Arzu Ozyol worked in a construction company as an Environmental Engineer. In 2003, she established her own company HYDRA Project and Consulting Company which develops and manages projects for EU-funds, and provides training programs for public and private institutions and technical, administrative and financial follow-up services for on-going projects.
Arzu became actively involved in BPW in 2006 and is founder of the first BPW club in Ankara-Turkey. In 2010, she founded the first national Federation with 100 members.
Since 2006, she has attended all CSW meetings held in NYC and has taken influential roles in BPW International’s Leadership Summits and the Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPS) meetings. Since the launch of the Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business, Arzu coordinated BPW-Turkey’s four EU-funded projects and four high-level international events. She also arranged for the official UN WEPS Booklet to be translated into Turkish.
Arzu represented BPW International at the Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors and the USA Department of State’s Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) initiative that was started by the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
In 2013, Arzu became a BPW UN Representative and at the BPW International Congress in Jeju Island, South Korea she was elected BPW’s Vice President, United Nations.
She is a board member of UNESCO Center for Women and Peace in Balkan Countries and coordinator of the South Eastern Europe Leadership Center for Women in Business. In August 2014, Arzu established the UNESCO Center for Global Ethics and Sustainable Development in Istanbul.
UN Reps to ECOSOC
(Economic and Social Committee)
Susan O’Malley – Main Representative
Susan O’Malley is the Chair of NGO/CSW/NY. 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.
She 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, Dr. O’Malley 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.
Elizabeth “Liz” Benham is the president of Enterprising and Professional Women USA (EPW-USA) an affiliate of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW) and also a past president of the International Federation. A member for 28 years she served as IFBPW vice president from 2005-2008 and as an appointed delegate of IFBPW to the United Nations in New York from 1997 where the organization has had consultative status for 66 years since 1947.
Her outstanding achievements were acknowledged by receiving the prestigious proclamations from the United States House of Representatives recorded in the 111th Congressional Record of Congress, the Council of the City of New York and Woman of the Year award by BPW New York.
Born and educated in South Africa, Liz Benham has a full and varied professional and business career. Liz Benham has more than 20 years of import export, sales, marketing and management experience, competently serving customers which included major retailers and wholesalers like Home Depot and Georgia Pacific. While working in the industry and living in a beach home she recognized a need and created a solution, becoming the motivated inventor of a gadget called “the Footle” _www.thefootle.com a hands-free attachment for a sliding screen door The tagline “instead of a Hand-le you now also have a Foot-le!” has successfully marketed the product on the Web.
Liz’s hobbies are multitudinous. She was a fun skydiver for many years and an enthusiastic international skydiving judge, having participated in world championships in Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Canada and the USA. In addition she holds an airplane glider pilot’s license. She is a music lover, a passionate reader, a horseback rider and a favors walking on the beach and gardening.
Mary Brophy graduated from Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York with a BA in 1971. Hired by Chase Manhattan Bank, she completed the training program and worked as a lending officer in the Corporate Bank, initially traveling in the southern part of the United States to call on existing and potential clients. This training honed her skills in accounting and financial analysis, researching industries and companies and developing the interpersonal skills necessary to market bank products. In 1977, as a second Vice President, Mary resigned from the bank to focus on her growing family and became more involved in local and volunteer activities. In 1990, she completed the MBA program at Columbia University and returned to the work force. As Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Academic Arrangements Abroad, Mary Brophy worked closely with Harriet Friedlander, the founder and president, to develop educational travel programs to destinations throughout the world that could be marketed to the members of the company’s not-for-profit clients. The travel programs were enriched with expert lectures, music, special access and events; all designed to culturally and intellectually enrich the lives of the members of the sponsor organizations. During this time, Mary traveled to six continents and over fifty countries, tapping into her passion to learn about the peoples and cultures in the modern world and throughout history. Now retired, Mary feels privileged to be a representative of BPW to DPI/NGO Committee for 2017 and hopes that her experiences, skills and time will help to improve economic opportunities for other women.
Ms. Hensle-Hirsch is an accomplished executive with over 35 years of experience with two of the leading US financial services firms. Her experience spans marketing, product development, branch management, and business development with PaineWebber and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
For two years ending in 2013, Ms. Hensle-Hirsch was a Managing Director and the Chief Administrative Officer for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s Global Wealth and Investment Management Operations division. She was responsible for financials, project management, data analytics, communications and talent management programs.
Prior to this role, Ms. Hensle-Hirsch’s senior leadership positions included Director of Contact Center Experience and Associate Director of Business Development for Smith Barney’s Global Private Client Group. She led the Firm’s programs to recruit new and experienced Financial Advisors to Smith Barney and the sourcing and talent development of Branch Manager candidates. Additionally, she oversaw Smith Barney’s Professional Development Group.
From 1998 to 2005, Ms. Hensle-Hirsch was the Director of Marketing and Advertising, responsible for the development and implementation of Smith Barney’s overall advertising and marketing communications strategy to individual investors, private and public corporations, and philanthropic organizations. Ms. Hensle-Hirsch’s responsibilities included market research and target marketing, as well as the continued development of two of the firm’s flagship programs within banking services and interactive services.
Prior to joining Smith Barney in 1998, Ms. Hensle-Hirsch was a Senior Vice President at PaineWebber. She held a number of senior positions in marketing and management in PaineWebber’s Private Client Group, including managing the Beverly Hills, CA office and a complex of branch offices in New Jersey.
Ms. Hensle-Hirsch commitment to her corporate responsibilities and colleagues included being a co-founder of the Smith Barney Private Client Group Women’s Council which focused on the professional development of women working in the corporate headquarters; serving on Smith Barney’s Diversity and Hardships committees and the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Management Committee.
Ms. Hensle-Hirsch has a Bachelor of Science from Dickinson College and participated in MBA studies at New York University. In 1997, she was inducted into the Academy of Women Achievers of YWCA of the City of New York.
Ms. Hensle-Hirsch is on the Board of Trustees for the Metropolitan College of New York and a member of Enterprising and Professional Women-NYC/ Business and Professional Women International (BPW International).
Elizabeth (Liz) Irwin
Elizabeth B. Irwin (known as Liz) is the General Counsel for a tour operator in New York City. Raised as an expatriate child in Brussels, Liz moved to Chappaqua, New York in high school and subsequently attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and graduated in 1982 with a BA and a major in Medieval Studies. She continued her studies at Cardozo School of Law in New York City, where she was an editor of the International Law Review. She earned her J.D. in 1986, and is licensed in both New York and New Jersey. Liz clerked for Judge Serena Perretti, Superior Court, Law Division, Civil Part, working on both criminal and civil matters. After her clerkship, in 1987, she joined the Prosecutor’s Office of Newark, New Jersey, as an Assistant Prosecutor, and worked in the Grand Jury and the Juvenile Division. In 2001, she joined the specialist Tour Operator, Academic Arrangements Abroad in New York City as the General Counsel, and is responsible for all legal matters within the corporation. The broad nature of her responsibilities exposes her to government and private contracts, Federal and international law and regulation, and intellectual property law. She is also Secretary of the Corporation and serves on the Board of Directors.
From 1990 to 1998, Liz was a member of the League of Women Voters of Short Hills N.J. serving in various posts, including Vice President, where her position included educating high schools students in participation in the American legislative process. From 2007 to 2010, she served for several years on the Board of Directors of the Unitarian Church of Summit, New Jersey. She is also a member of the New York Bar Association.
Liz is married and the proud mother of two grown sons. Her other interests include yoga and meditation, as well as a love and enjoyment of the performing and visual arts. She lives in Short Hills, New Jersey and Pipersville, Pennsylvania.
Houry Geudelekian is the Co-Chair of Working group on girls and a member of UN Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, she moved to New York City in the late 70’s with her husband and together they started a business that grew to over 30 employees and 2000 clientele in the competitive market of Manhattan. Her professional expertise is in Marketing and Public Relations with a passion for Human Rights. Houry has been involved with many non-profits and academic institutions, chaired major events and fundraised for special events and political candidates. In her capacity as UN Coordinator for ARS, she served as Executive Committee on NGO CSW NY for two terms. During that time she was co-chair of NGO CSW Forum Planning Committee. MC’d at two Consultation Days and chaired Women of Distinction Award for CSW57/58. As a board member of NGO CSW NY she was a founding member of the Cities for CEDAW campaign as well as Beijing Platform for Action+20. She is always actively looking to partner with international organizations to bring gender equality to everyone’s attention. She has also facilitated and partnered UN and helped ARS get elected as a member at large on Conference of NGO’s Executive Board.
She lives in NYC and is most proud of her feminist boys, Tavit, Mika and Alex.
UN Reps to the Department of Public Information (DPI)
Francesca Burack has been described as motivational, inspirational and dedicated to her clients’ success. She is founder and president of Fearless Talent Development, Inc. devoted to empowering executives and managers with the necessary skills to cultivate environments that encourage creativity, innovation and productivity. Francesca is a recognized authority on leadership, and communication strategies and a much sought after speaker, innovator and strategist. Ms. Burack’s innovative, yet practical approach to challenges is based on a unique prospective acquired through her broad experiences in corporate, entrepreneurial, educational and nonprofit organizations. This approach allows people to gain the necessary confidence to make the changes needed to feel fulfilled, while meeting the goals of their organizations.
Clients include: large international corporations, leading edge companies, executives, entrepreneurs and individuals. Francesca has designed and led large-scale organizational changes; training and consulting programs/projects to increase leadership effectiveness; and mentoring and feedback performance systems that educate, motivate, and inspire people to take action.
Francesca wrote a chapter for the book “The Courage Within” and has written a variety of articles in professional journals on business and communication strategies. Ms. Burack has been featured in nationally syndicated newspaper columns, and in numerous professional publications such as Singapore’s Calibre Magazine for High Achievers. She was an adjunct professor at two New York City colleges, and a member of the former NYC Comptroller’s Women’s Economic Development Task Force. She speaks frequently to business groups in the USA and abroad. In 1986, Francesca was elected as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Businesses.
Ms. Burack received the “Women in Business Advocate of the Year” Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. She was also presented with a Small Business Award for “her excellence in business performance and commitment to New York City.”
Her BPW International service includes: President, NFBPC-NYC, the local affiliate of BPW International; Chair, BPWI’s Development, Training & Employment Committee; UN Representative to DPI; Member of UN NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking of People; and presenter of the WEPs @ International and National Conferences. She holds an MS in Counseling, lives in NYC and Florida, loves photography and writes a travel blog.
Tess Mateo is Managing Director and Founder of CXCatalysts, which develops public private partnerships in clean energy, water, sustainable food, infrastructure, and health. CXCatalysts clients include international corporations, multilaterals like the World Bank, UN, and ITC as well as governments. Tess helped lead the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Vision 2050 project, the World Bank’s Private Sector Leaders Forum, co-chairs International Trade Centre’s Women in Clean Tech and speaks globally on “green economy” entrepreneurship. An innovator, she was invited to Development Forum and the UN SG’s private dinner at the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings in Davos. Tess advices JUCCCE, Joint US China Cooperation on Government, Global Summit of Women, and AQAL Capital, an impact investor. Before CXCataysts, Tess was a Director in the Office PricewaterhouseCoopers Global CEO and had over two decades of restructuring, turnaround and start-up experience. Tess also launched Graini Group, a real estate venture; Incent One, a technology company and Colorworx. Relevant contributions include How Women and Young People Can Accelerate Sustainable Development (UN Business Focal Point June 2012), Vision2050, Business New Agenda WBCSD February 2010) and The Roadmap to 2020 Fueling the Growth of Women’s Enterprise Development (Quantum Leaps June 2010). Tess holds a BS/BA in Biology, Psychology and International Economics form University of Michigan, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Tess is married with three children and is a member of EPW-NYC.