Nearly 600 female leaders in the business, finance and nonprofit sectors came together at Cipriani 42nd Street earlier this month for United Way of New York City’s Women’s Leadership Council’s (WLC) ninth annual Power of Women to Make a Difference award luncheon.

The luncheon honored female leaders who have positively impacted their communities and made a difference in the lives of others. The event raised $875,000 to support United Way of New York City’s education initiatives, serving thousands of young people across the five boroughs each year.

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Hosted by Emmy Award-winning reporter for NBC 4 New York Tracie Strahan, this year’s event honored Hayley Boesky, Vice Chairman of Global Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Andrea Jung, President and CEO of Grameen America. The event featured a conversation between Strahan and the honorees on the collective power of women and the challenges and triumphs of their corporate careers.

Sheena Wright, President and CEO of United Way of New York City, Monique Nelson, CEO of UniWorld Group, Tory Burch, fashion designer and CEO of Tory Burch LLC, Lori Silverbush, filmmaker and hunger relief advocate, Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, and Marianne Collins, Chief Revenue Officer of SourceMedia, were also in attendance.

Luxury Italian fashion house Max Mara, presenting sponsor of the honoree reception, showcased its Spring 2015 collection at the event and dressed both Strahan and Wright for the red carpet. Additionally, banking and financial services company Barclays was the event’s signature sponsor, and SourceMedia, parent company of financial services industry newspaper American Banker, was the executive media sponsor.

The WLC is a network of women who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of New York City’s young people. The network celebrates the power of women by honoring those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in business and philanthropy. WLC has raised nearly $5 million in support of United Way of New York City’s education programming.