International Women’s Day: Celebrating Women Leaders In Our Communities. The Society of Foreign Consuls in New York Annual Award Ceremony

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Hosted by Hon. Jana Trnovcova, Consul General of Slovakia in New York

Welcome
The Society of Foreign Consuls in New York welcomes you to a Reception in celebration of International Women’s Day. Initiated in 2011 by Consul General of the Republic of Kazakhstan Raushan Yesbulatova, the reception in celebration of Women’s Day was so successful that it was established as an annual celebration. We use this occasion to celebrate the commitment of women throughout the many immigrant communities in New York that help to give this city its vibrancy and contribute to its diversity.  The Society is proud to acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of each of Recipient to her respective community.

March 10, 2015 – NEW YORK — More than 350 people gathered
at The Society of Foreign Consuls in New York annual award ceremony
recognizing the contributions and talents of women across the globe.
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York, wrote in his welcome note:
“Women leaders are everywhere you turn throughout the five boroughs,
across the country and around the world. The 20 local luminaries that the
SOFC in New York has chosen to recognize tonight hail from 20 different
countries, reflecting not only the talent and tenacity possessed by all New
Yorkers, but also the rich multiculturalism that defines our great and global
City. I am pleased to commend the Society’s significant charitable
contributions and ongoing efforts to promote gender equality, cultivate
community, and deepen the ties between New York City and its thriving
consular community over the past 90 years.”
The host of the evening was the Hon.Jana Trnovcova, Consul General of
Slovakia in New York. “It is a great pleasure and honor to host the event.
These strong women are wonderful role models. Their outstanding
professional achievements contribute significantly to America’s society.
They give back to their own communities with their leadership, mentoring,
charity work and by professionally linking their countries with the USA,”
she said.
“As the President of SOFC, I wish to start by appreciating the Consulate
General of Slovakia for organizing The Society of Foreign Consuls in New
York annual International Women’s Day event. I must also congratulate the
20 women being recognized, today, for their amazing and outstanding
achievements. Their contributions to the development of the USA and the
honor that is brought to their countries of origin is immense,” said Amb.
Habib Habu, Consul General of Nigeria.

The traditional partner of the event is Consulate General of the Republic of
Kazakhstan. Consul General Raushan Yesbulatova initiated the annual
celebration five years ago. This year partners included Entrepreneurs and
Professionals Network, whose co-founder Magdaline Delany emceed the
night and Blue Horizon International, whose director of relations Katarina
Novakova provided PR services for the event.
Participating countries this year included Barbados, Croatia, Cyprus,
Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico,
Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa,
Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay. All participating countries
contributed to the festive reception with their national food and beverage
specialties.
Since its founding in 1925, The Society of Foreign Consuls in New York
has represented the world’s largest diplomatic community. This unique
organization, whose members are gathered from the 113 NYC-based
Consulates General, is steered by an Executive Committee made up of
elected members representing all countries via regional groupings. The
Society strives to promote good relations between the NYC Consular
Corps and our hosts, New York and the United States of America.
The Society arranges useful forums and briefings with local, state and
federal authorities and regular charitable and social events for members
and guests. The Society has regularly held fund-raising events and has a
long and proud philanthropic record. Since November 1988 when the
Society honored former US President Jimmy Carter and made a
substantial contribution that year to Habitat For Humanity, other
beneficiaries of the more than $850,000 raised in recent years have
included Special Olympics, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Paul
Newman’s Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, the children’s programs of CARE
International and the American Cancer Society.

About the Society
Founded in 1925, the Society of Foreign Consuls in New York represents the world’s largest consular
corps, comprising 110 Consulates, Consulates General and Honorary Consulates based in New York
City.
Membership is open to current serving members of New York City-based consulates general and
honorary consulates. The Society is steered by an Executive Committee made up of elected Vice
Presidents and alternates who represent all regions of the world.
Our mission is to safeguard the interests and rights of the members of the NYC-based Consular Corps and strive to promote cultural and economic relations with the city of New York and between our respective countries and our host, the United States of America.  The Society works together with the US Department of State's Office of Foreign Missions and the NYC Mayor's Office for the United Nations, Consular Corps and Protocol to arrange forums and seminars of mutual interest on issues such as diplomatic security, immigration, document fraud and airport protocol.
The Society has regularly held fund-raising events and have a long and proud philanthropic record. Since November 1988 when the Society honored former US President Jimmy Carter and made a substantial contribution that year to Habitat For Humanity, other beneficiaries of the more than $850,000 raised in
recent years have included Special Olympics, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Paul Newman’s Hole.  In The Wall Gang Camp, the children’s programs of CARE International and the American Cancer

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