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Honoring Leaders Across the Career Spectrum Draws Record-Breaking Crowd of Over 500


Guest Speaker John C. Liu, NYC Comptroller and Joan Serrano Laufer, Co-Chair, NASW-NYC PACE.

On the evening of December 1, 2011, social workers gathered with their family members and friends to celebrate social work leadership at all levels of practice. With a record-breaking 500 people in attendance, the Chapter was able to exceed this year’s fundraising goal. All proceeds directly support the Chapter’s priority activities such as advocating for loan forgiveness, salary standards and supportive working conditions; implementing licensing standards; and promoting anti-oppressive social work practice and culturally competent services.

What began five years ago as a gathering to recognize social workers who were making an extraordinary difference during the emergent phase of their careers, has now expanded into an annual event – much-anticipated by the social work community and increasingly covered by the press – which truly highlights the importance of leadership across the spectrum of the social work career ladder. Last year’s twelve emerging leaders were celebrated side-by-side with three of the profession’s top leaders: Rosa Gil, Megan McLaughlin, and Cao O.

This year, top leaders were again honored including Alma Carten, Larry Lee, Peter Vaughan, and Nancy Wackstein, along with ten of their early-career colleagues: Andrés Hoyos, Natania Kremer, Kevin Queen, Elizabeth Rogers, Carolyn Strudwick, Nelson Torres, Bonnie Siegel Weisenberg, Tzipporah Karin Wisansky, Joseph Zagame, and Yesenia Zuniga. Additionally, a new category was added to recognize those in the middle years of their work as social workers: Geniria Armstrong, Olga Brito Mouchuan, Teddy Chen, Michael Schmidt, Brenda Tully, Norma Urigüen, and Matthew Wofsy, which brought the grand total of honorees to twenty-one!

As in the past, Gary Parker brought levity and fun to the evening in his role as Master of Ceremonies. The Honorable John C. Liu, NYC Comptroller, shared remarks with the crowd in which he expressed his appreciation of the support of the NYC Chapter of NASW and its membership.

As times become more challenging, the importance of celebrating each other and strengthening our professional networks takes on new meaning. We hope that you will stay connected to NASW-NYC and join us next year as we highlight the wonderful work social workers and the profession do in our society.



From left to right: Chapter President-Elect, Martha Adams Sullivan; Co-Chair, NASW-NYC Pioneers Committee, Elaine Congress; Ivan Quervalu, Director of Grants, Puerto Rican Family Institute.











Chapter President Susan Nayowith gives a welcome message to the awards dinner attendees.







NASW-NYC is the place where social workers connect. Networking opportunities were plentiful with over 500 people in attendance to recognize and honor 21 social work leaders.























Click here to read full bios of this years award winners.

Click here to view more photos from the event.


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