Last Thursday, Empowers Africa, a non-profit dedicated to Sub-Saharan Africa conservation,held its 2020 annual event: Women Leading Change, at The Whitby Hotel in New York City. In honor of International Women’s Day, the evening celebrated three extraordinary women working in African conservation.
The honorees, who had flown in from Africa, were Amy Dickman, founder of the Ruaha Carnivore Project; Elizabeth Babalola, Director of the the African Leadership University School of Wildlife Conservation; and Angel Vendeline Namshali, General Manager of Asilia’s Dunia Camp. Each of these change-makers presented their work via a short film. Afterwards, Klara Glowczewska, Executive Travel Editor of Town & Country presided over a panel discussion and the 120 assembled guests then enjoyed a standing cocktail dinner.
Attendees included artist Hunt Slonem, Liliana Cavendish, Jason Binn, Laura Nicklas, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans and Andrea Greeven Douzet. Board member, Patricia Glass, kicked off the evening with a touching tribute in memory of another formidable woman, Nina Griscom, a passionate, long-time supporter of the organization.
“I am honored to celebrate three incredible women and their remarkable work for conservation in Africa,” said Krista Krieger, Chair of the Board & Executive Director of Empowers Africa. “I am thrilled at the success of this year’s event and amazed at the fantastic turnout we had in support of our commitment to land conservation, wildlife protection, and community development in Sub-Saharan Africa. I thank everyone for their attention to these important women and the projects they champion.”
Town & Country Magazine was the evening’s media sponsor, with Whispering Angel Rosé Côtes de Provence by Chateau D’Esclans as the event’s headline sponsor.
Funds were raised via a silent auction and the sale of select items. Additionally, a luxury safari auction will be held on CharityBuzz in April 2020. The proceeds of each safari will be given to the donor’s preferred program. For a preview of the trips on offer, watch below:
Empowers Africa is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on funding programs in communities that surround protected conservation and wildlife areas or World Heritage sites; programs in urban communities where tourism is a strong source of development; and programs that support the protection of wildlife and land conservation. Visit the organization’s website at www.empowersafrica.org.