Women Who Lead Series Breakfast

  • 20 Oct 2022
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • The Penn Club, 30 W. 44th Street, New York City
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Women Who Lead Breakfast 

Thursday, October 20, 2022

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

The Penn Club I 30 W. 44th Street I New York City 

WID Members: $45  | Non-Members: $65 

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Onsite registrations are not guaranteed and will incur an additional $15 fee, payable by credit card only.




Fundraisers are grappling with unique challenges brought on by the pandemic. Should organizations engage donors and constituents virtually and in-person? How do leaders create a team culture in a hybrid environment? What should organizations do to recruit and retain talent when so many workers are making major life changes, including moving out of New York? These challenges are occurring against a backdrop of constant change.

Women In Development is pleased to convene a panel of leaders to discuss how their organizations are applying timeless fundraising principles to develop actionable solutions even in times of uncertainty. Join us as they reveal what is working and what is not, and offer advice on how to succeed in this new fundraising environment.

WID will follow prevailing NYC and NYS guidelines, as well as the guidelines of the venue that is hosting our event regarding COVID-19. Face masks will not be required, however are welcomed. 


Roshma Azeem, Vice President of Development and Deputy Chief Development Officer, Mount Sinai Health System

Roshma Azeem has more than 20 years of experience in driving principal and major gift revenue at competitive, complex organizations. At the Mount Sinai Health System, she leads the day-to-day individual giving efforts across the department; inspiring and strategizing with officers on how to capitalize on philanthropic potential while securing seven- and eight-figure gifts herself.  She has strengthened the department’s resources: ushering in a systematic and metric-driven prospect development operation, reimagining and streamlining stewardship efforts, and creating a principal gifts writing team. As a proven leader, she plays an integral role in the current $2B Mount Sinai campaign and works intimately with Trustees and senior leadership to mobilize institutional priorities. Prior to Mount Sinai, Roshma worked in both fundraising and programmatic roles for several prestigious New York City institutions including Columbia University, Montefiore Medical Center, American Museum of Natural History, and Rockefeller University.

Jennifer Bernstein, CEO and The William C. Steere Sr. President, The New York Botanical Garden

Jennifer Bernstein is a proven leader with exceptional management experience in fundraising and board development for prominent cultural, educational, and environmental organizations. She leads the world-renowned New York Botanical Garden, as the institution’s CEO and William C. Steere Sr. President.

Bernstein’s leadership is driving fiscal, reputational, and programmatic growth at NYBG. Since joining the Garden in 2021, she has launched a new strategic and comprehensive master site planning process that will revitalize more than 100 acres of NYBG property, welcomed five new trustees to NYBG’s Board of Trustees, and helped solidify the institution’s financial position.

Jennifer cares deeply about protecting the environment and was especially attracted to the Garden’s long history in plant research and conservation. Before joining the Garden, Jennifer was Chief Development Officer and interim Chief Operations Officer at NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council). She is now driving NYBG’s role as a civic institution that propels the world’s understanding of the critical role of plants to our lives and to a healthy and thriving natural world.  

Earlier in her career, Jennifer led fundraising and development for major New York cultural and educational institutions, including as leader of advancement at Pace University and in roles at Playwrights Horizon and Roundabout Theatre.

Donna Lieberman, Chief Development Officer, Apollo Theater

Donna Lieberman is the Chief Development Officer and a member of the executive team of the Apollo Theater. In that role, she is responsible for raising more than $10 million annually to support the organization’s artistic, education and community programs and over the past five years has increased contributed revenue by 47%. She also directs the organization’s special campaigns, which have raised tens of millions of dollars for large scale artistic programs, facility enhancements and cash reserve.  The Apollo’s current capital campaign has raised $63 million against its goal of $70 million. The campaign supports the creation of two new theaters in the Victoria Restoration project, a public/private partnership, the restoration of the historic Apollo Theater and includes $20 million for program expansion and reserves.

As Director of Strategic Gifts, New York for Feeding America, she worked with City Harvest and the Food Bank for New York City to raise $1M+ gifts for the collaborative Campaign for a Hunger-Free America, a multi-year, $500M effort to change the history of hunger in America.  Lieberman has held senior level positions at The New York Botanical Garden, the Museum of the City of New York and the School of American Ballet among others.  She was Director of the Campaign for New York City Ballet, raising more than $58 million for the Ballet’s first endowment campaign.  Lieberman served as the founding Managing Director for MAKOR, a center for Jewish life and culture on Manhattan’s upper west side; and as Managing Director of the WPA Theatre.  

Moderated By:

Suzanne Eden, Executive Vice President, CCS Fundraising 

For a decade, Suzanne has helped nonprofits raise the capital essential to their missions. As an Executive Vice President, Suzanne is a project leader and has advised organizations with goals ranging from $2 million to $2.8 billion. Her areas of expertise include campaign planning, management, and counsel; development assessments; strategic planning; principal, leadership, and major gifts; foundation and corporate support; case development; and staff and board coaching and training. Suzanne has assisted a wide variety of clients, from small startups to mature organizations, and across client sectors. Suzanne has also presented on Trends Impacting Cancer Center Fundraising for the NACCDO (National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers)-PAMN Annual Conference, on volunteer engagement for the AFP-NJ Conference on Philanthropy, and written for CCS publications.

Prior to joining CCS, Suzanne spent four years as a grant maker with The Starr Foundation, one of New York City’s largest private foundations. As a member of the program staff, she assisted the Foundation in making over $130 million in strategic investments each year.

Suzanne received her BA from Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University. She received her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Suzanne, her husband Jon, and their son and two daughters reside in Manhattan.

Women In Development, New York (WID) accepts refund requests made in writing at least five (5) business days prior to the event. Registration fees are not refundable after this date. Nonrefundable ticket purchases may not be used as credits towards future WID events.

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