The United Way of New York City’s Women’s Leadership Council’s held it’s 10th annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon honoring several female leaders who have had positive impacts on their communities and made a difference in the lives of others.

With more than 600 leaders in attendance, the luncheon raised nearly $1 million in support of the United Way of New York City’s ReadNYC initiative, a program to improve the lives of young New Yorkers.

Honorees were Laurie M. Tisch, president of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund; Monique L. Nelson, chair and CEO of UniWorld Group; Martine Reardon, chief marketing officer at Macy’s; and Jennifer Warren, managing director and head, U.S. Region at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

Emmy Award winner and co-host of ABC’s “Nightline” JuJu Chang hosted the event that also featured a Power of the Purse handbag auction. Designers of the luxury bags included Givenchy, Gucci, Chloe, Max Mara and Micheal Kors.

President and CEO of United Way of New York City Sheena Wright was also in attendance. She stated, “This luncheon has been a beacon of what collective impact can do to bring people and organizations together from across all sectors for a shared goal that betters the lives of our neighbors.”