Vital Voices New York Council

Building an Active Supporter Base

Vital Voices is committed to building an active supporter base in regions across the United States and Europe to establish partnership opportunities with local individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to support the advancement of women’s leadership worldwide.


Tia Barancik, Special Counsel, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Council Members

Jill Iscol, President, IF Hummingbird Foundation

Alana Esposito, U.N. Correspondent, United Nations Secretariat 

Barbara Zuckerberg, Board President, myFace

Dina Zuckerberg, Director of Family Programs, myFace

Recent Events

February 7, 2017:

On February 7th, Council Chair, Tia Barancik, hosted a screening of the film

SOLD at the Angelika Theater in New York City. After the film, there was a

powerful discussion with Jeffrey Brown, Academy Award winning director of SOLD,

Morgan Moeller, Vital Voices Human Rights team member, and Kathy O’Hearn, Vital

Voices Chief Development Officer.   


December 5, 2016:

3rd Annual Voices of Solidarity Event

On December 5, Vital Voices held the Annual Voices of Solidarity Awards in New York City at the IAC building. The event was co-hosted by board member Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller; board member Donna McLarty and Mack McLarty; Alexi Ashe Meyers and Seth Meyers; and Allison Williams and Ricky Van Veen.


June 13, 2016:

Vital Voices Dinner – Featuring Kah Walla (Cameroon), Hosted by Tia Barancik

On June 13, Tia Barancik hosted a dinner at the Harvard Club featuring Kah Walla, a political leader in Cameroon who mobilizes the talent, power and potential of citizens to create a more equitable society.


May 24, 2016:                  

 Vital Voices Reception – Featuring participants of the Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership, Hosted by Alice Kandell.

On May 24, Alice Kandell hosted a reception featuring participants of the Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. This public-private partnership between the U.S. State Department, FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women and Vital Voices draws on the knowledge and expertise of America’s most accomplished leaders to empower women professionals from countries around the world. The program pairs international businesswomen at the crossroads of their leadership paths with top American female executives—FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women– and their teams who serve as mentors.

May 3, 2016:

Vital Voices New York Council Meeting – Featuring Ariela Suster (El Salvador), hosted by Jill Iscol

On March 3, Jill Iscol hosted a Vital Voices New York Council meeting featuring Ariela Suster of El Salvador. Ariela Suster is the founder of Sequence Apparel LLC, a company that specializes in handcrafted jewelry and accessories produced by youth in at-risk communities in El Salvador. She employs – and empowers – former gang members and works with them to offer a non-violent alternative and income-generating opportunity. Ariela participated in the VV GROW Fellowship program.

March 2016:

Vital Voices New York Council Launch – Featuring Akanksha Hazari (India) and Khanim Latiff (Iraq), Hosted by Jill Iscol

In March 2016, Jill Iscol hosted the launch of the Vital Voices New York Council.  This event featured Khanim Latif, a fearless leader defending women’s equality and offering a refuge to survivors of gender-based violence in Iraqi Kurdistan, and Akanksha Hazari, a social entrepreneur using mobile-based technology to accelerate economic development and empower underserved communities.



December 2015:

2nd Annual Voices of Solidarity Event

On December 7, 2015 Vital Voices along with Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller hosted the second Annual Voices of Solidarity Event. The event honored remarkable men who have shown exemplary leadership in the pursuit of a world free from gender-based violence. The honorees included Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, High Commission for Human Rights, United Nations, Gary Barker, Founder and International Director of Promundo; and Co-Chair and Co-Founder of MenEngage Alliance, Sadou Lemankreo, a grassroots activist and police commissioner from Cameroon, and John Prendergast a Human Rights Activist and Founding Director of the Enough Project.