New York Power of Voice Benefit 2024

Join us on Tuesday, September 24th to celebrate Girls Leadership’s 15th Anniversary!

This milestone Power of Voice Benefit will honor 15 years of uplifting the power of girls and also look forward to our next 15 years as we embark on a national expansion and work to dismantle gender and racial inequities for all youth.

Tuesday, September 24, 2024

Tribeca 360°
10 Desbrosses St., New York City

6:30–9:30 PM
Cocktails, Program & Dinner

Dress Code: Cocktail attire with your own flair

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Versha Sharma, Teen Vogue Editor-In-Chief

Sarah LaFleur, CEO of M.M.LaFleur


Sarah Grace Welbourn


Alicia Menendez, MSNBC Anchor
Cristina Jones, Black Girls Code
Justina Blakeney, Jungalow
Meena Harris, Phenomenal
Shanique Bonelli-Moore, Clorox
Shanti Brien, Author


Callan Blount Fleming
Coni Frezzo
David Schleifer-Lee
Devon McAllister Rothwell
Emily Kelly
Kristi Rowe
Krystal Folk
Renae Griffin
Sarah Wendt
Wendy Lee Haines







Coni Frezzo & Ed Sannini








2022 NY Power of Voice





Versha Sharma

Versha Sharma is the Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue, where she is focused on covering social justice, culture, fashion and politics through the lens of young people. Previously, she was Managing Editor and Senior Correspondent at NowThis, where she interviewed high-profile newsmakers like President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Oprah, Amanda Gorman, and many more. Versha led audience growth on new platforms from Instagram and Facebook to YouTube and Snapchat, working at the social video-first company since 2014. She has produced several short documentaries and filed dispatches on immigration from the U.S.-Mexico border, reported from mass protests in St. Louis and New York, and traveled to Moscow, Russia for the show she hosted and produced, The Russia Desk. 

Versha won an Edward R. Murrow award with the NowThis Reports team for a short doc about the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. She has long been an enthusiastic voice for the most innovative models in digital journalism. Prior to NowThis, she worked as a reporter and editor for Vocativ, where she managed a team of international reporters. She covered the 2012 presidential election for MSNBC and got her start in journalism with an internship at Talking Points Memo in 2009.

Sarah LaFleur

Sarah LaFleur is the Founder & CEO of M.M. LaFleur. Sarah founded M.M. LaFleur in 2013 with a mission to help women take the work out of getting dressed so women can focus on what matters to them.  M.M. LaFleur is named after her mother, whom she calls her biggest inspiration. Prior to founding M.M.LaFleur, she worked in the luxury goods group of Starwood Capital in New York and Paris and as a management consultant at Bain & Co in New York.

Outside of M.M. LaFleur, Sarah’s passion is in international development issues. She spent time volunteering at a refugee camp in Zambia and also spent a year in South Africa working with the nonprofit TechnoServe, where she assessed agribusiness opportunities for the rural poor. Currently, she sits on the board of the International Rescue Committee’s Airbel Impact Lab.

Sarah also sits on the Advisory Council of the New York Federal Reserve and is a board member of the Downtown Alliance of New York City. Most recently, she is a Henry Crown Fellow within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.

Sarah and M.M. LaFleur have been recognized on Forbes’s CircleUp25 list of the most innovative brands (2018), WWD’s 40 of Tomorrow list (2018), and Crain’s 40 under 40 (2017) and have received Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award (2017), Inc.‘s Design Awards (2017), and Bottomless Closet’s Fashion Award (2019). Sarah is a member of the Fast Company Impact Council (2019-) and was a presenter at the 2019 US Congressional Future Forum.

Sarah graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies. Sarah lives in New York City with her husband, their three babies, and their 85-lb pup, Ruggles.



Sarah Grace Welbourn

Sarah Grace is an actor with credits in Quiz Lady (Hulu),The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), and Bull (CBS), as well as over thirty commercials. She performs and teaches improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. She’s also the Communications Manager of The New York City Debate League and proud mom to a baby named Simon.

See the power of voice in action! Watch the video above to see our Girl Advisory Board members speak about what voice means to them.