Young Leaders Councils

The next generations of leaders in New York, the San Francisco Bay Area & Washington, DC

The Vital Voices Young Leaders Councils are made up of the next generation of leaders. These cross-sector, bipartisan young professional networks raise the visibility and brand awareness of Vital Voices while also providing insight into how Vital Voices can engage in their communities. Vital Voices currently has Young Leaders Councils in Washington, DC, New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area.

As part of this innovative group we would work with you to provide the following curated experiences and opportunities:

  • Recognition as a passionate leader committed to the advancement of women and girls;
  • Opportunity to engage with Vital Voices network of 18,000+ leaders all over the world;
  • Be part of a network of other active, passionate and committed women leaders at the top of their field who are key to advancing gender equity around the world;
  • Have first access to Vital Voices’ signature events, convening and engagement opportunities.

For more information or to get involved, please email Madeline Fetterly at

Council Leadership

New York Young Leaders Council Chairs

Shabana Baksh, Real Estate Attorney, K&L Gates

Zara Kwan, Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

San Francisco Bay Area Young Leaders Council Chair

Carly Webster, Associate, Accel-KKR

Washington, DC Young Leaders Council Chairs

Stéphanie Oueda Cruz, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, IDB Invests

Kristin Eagan, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, Ally



03/08/2020 -2020 New York Mentoring Walk

In honor of International Women’s Day, Vital Voices, Google and Diane von Furstenberg hosted the New York Mentoring Walk…

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03/08/2020 -2020 Washington D.C. Mentoring Walk

Vital Voices celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th with the Washington, D.C. Mentoring Walk at The REACH at the…

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03/08/2020 -2020 Bay Area Mentoring Walk

Council of the Bay Area member Victoria Zitrin hosted the San Francisco Mentoring Walk at V Boutique to celebrate International…

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02/19/2020 -Bay Area Young Leaders Council Launch

Vital Voices was proud to officially launch the Bay Area Young Leaders Council on February 19th. New members came together…

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02/18/2020 -DC Young Leaders Council Happy Hour at and hosted by Dirty Habit and KIMPTON Hotels

On February 19, the DC Young Leaders Council had a happy hour at and hosted by Dirty Habit and KIMPTON…

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11/19/2019 -New York Young Leaders Council Launch

Vital Voices was proud to officially launch the New York Young Leaders Council on November 19th. New members came together…

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11/14/2019 -A Network of Your Peers Panel

On November 14 the DC Young Leaders Council hosted, A Network of Your Peers, a panel and reception about the…

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10/27/2019 -Speed Mentoring at Republic Restoratives

AWL Strategies and Vital Voices hosted an afternoon of speed mentoring at Republic Restoratives, a woman-owned business and…

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09/19/2019 -Roll Red Roll Screening DC

Roll Red Roll at Seattle International Film Festival Vital Voices was proud to be a partner of the…

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08/26/2019 -Women’s Empowerment Trivia Night

In celebration of Women’s Equality Day on August 26th, we hosted a Women’s Empowerment Trivia Night at Right Proper’s Shaw…

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05/14/2019 -Franklin Hall Happy Hour Benefitting Vital Voices

On May 14, the Vital Voices Young Leaders Council had a happy hour at Franklin Hall, which donated a portion…

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03/09/2019 -2019 DC Mentoring Walk

On March 9th, the Embassy of Finland and Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi hosted the DC Global Mentoring Walk. The concept behind the mentoring walks is…

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03/08/2019 -Shopping with INTERMIX

In celebration of Women’s History Month, INTMERIX opened their doors for a series of shopping events benefiting Vital Voices in…

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03/10/2018 -2018 Global Mentoring Walks

On March 10th, a historic 150 Global Mentoring Walks will take place in over 60 countries around the world. For…

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