Breaking Down Barriers and Building Opportunity

/// Breaking Down Barriers and Building Opportunity

July 15, 2013  |  Blog, Do Good Better, speakers

United Way of New York City has had a vision that it has carried for over 70 years – helping to break down barriers for low-income New Yorkers, while paving new opportunities for individuals and families. Solving the short-term needs of those looking to achieve a stable income, academic and educational success, and a healthy lifestyle is only a part of what the United Way works on day in and day out. The group also looks to find long-term solutions to improve the situations and lives and many that struggle to break free from poverty.

Sheena Wright joined United Way of New York City last October. Here’s more about her:

Sheena Wright was named President and CEO of United Way of New York City in October 2012.  Prior to joining United Way, she served as President and CEO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC), where she was responsible for leading and managing one of the nation’s premiere community and economic development organizations.  During her tenure, ADC built 785 units of residential housing in 78 buildings and nearly a half million square feet of community, commercial and retail space, including the first new high school building in Harlem in 50 years, creating over 1,000 jobs in the process.
Under Sheena’s leadership, ADC created the “Abyssinian Schools” division, which comprehensively manages five educational institutions that annually serve 2,100 school children and their families.  She developed an award-winning workforce development program which has helped 200 young high school drop-outs obtain their GED or high school diploma and secure gainful employment.  She also developed a neighborhood-based Naturally Occurring Retirement Community that annually serves more than 1,000 seniors and increased the service delivery of ADC’s homeless shelter.
Sheena previously served as Chief Operating Officer of ADC.  Prior to ADC, she served as the General Counsel and EVP of Business Development for Crave Technologies, a Senior Associate at the law firm of Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard and Kristol, and an Associate at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz.
Sheena serves on the board of trustees of the Vera Institute for Justice and the New York City Regional Economic Development Council.  She is a graduate of Columbia University, which she entered at age 16, received her law degree from Columbia Law School, and is a member of the New York State Bar.

Sheena will be joining a group of todays brightest thought leaders in technology, marketing, advertising, and media as they discuss the future of impact marketing at Do Good Better. Meet her, and many more of our invited speakers at the premiere conference for social good, and see how you can help make a change that betters us all.



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