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Women United in Philanthropy Luncheon Includes Two IIE Women Leaders among its Honorees

Peggy Blumenthal, IIE Executive Vice President and COO, Honored for Outstanding Philanthropic WorkCindy Mah with United Way of NYC CEO

NEW YORK, March 2, 2010—Peggy Blumenthal, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Institute of International Education, was honored today at the Women United in Philanthropy luncheon. The event celebrated women who have made a significant impact on their communities through philanthropic giving, advocacy, and volunteerism. All proceeds from the luncheon go to benefit the Women United Fund, which supports United Way of New York City's Youth Empowerment Initiatives.

Women United in Philanthropy is an all-volunteer group that taps into the power, talent and passion of women to transform our communities. Members are accomplished women leaders who have taken an active role in advancing the work of United Way of New York City. Ms. Blumenthal, along with eleven other honorees, was praised at the luncheon for her remarkable efforts through philanthropy and the mark she has made on New York City. Cindy Mah, Program Director of Global Scholarship Programs at IIE, was also honored, as one of four "Rising Stars."

 "The women honored here today are role models to the community, and we are proud to partner with them," said Gordon Campbell, President of United Way of New York City. "Their leadership truly changes our city for the better, especially the lives of those who need the most help."

Responsible for the overall programmatic and administrative operations of IIE, Peggy Blumenthal also directly supervises IIE's research activities, corporate and foundation-funded scholarships, and specialized programs like the Global Engineering Educational Exchange. IIE, a private not-for-profit organization with 650 staff members in 18 offices around the globe, is a world leader in academic exchange and the development of globally-competent professionals and future leaders.

Peggy with United Way Focus Forward StudentsBefore joining IIE in 1984, Ms. Blumenthal served as assistant director of Stanford University's Overseas Studies and then as coordinator of graduate services and fellowships for the University of Hawaii's Center for Asian and Pacific  Studies. She worked to develop U.S.-China exchanges as a staff member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and Asia Society's China Council. She also served as staff to the JDR 3rd Fund's Youth Task Force and the New York City Mayor's Urban Action Task Force.

Her publications include the co-edited volume Academic Mobility in a Changing World: Regional and Global Trends, "Virtual and Physical Mobility: A View from the U.S.," and the co-authored article "Global Student Mobility: Moving Towards Brain Exchange." Ms. Blumenthal's co-authored article "Expanding Study Abroad in the STEM Fields: A Case Study of U.S. and German Programs" was recently published in The Online Journal for Global Engineering.

Ms. Blumenthal holds a B.A. from Harvard University in modern Chinese history and a M.A. in American Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She served on the board of Princeton-in-Asia and is currently on the advisory board of the International Human Rights Internship Program and a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Along with Blumenthal, the Women United honorees were:

Kendall Farrell, Executive Director, Bottomless Closet
Arminda "Mindy" Figueroa, President and Founder, Latin2Latin Marketing + Communications
Ann Limberg, Northeast Division Executive, US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Ellen Fine Levine, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, DTCC
Darlane Hoffman, Managing Director, BNY Mellon,
Katherine Hunt, Major Account Manger, Reuters Media and Founder, Jiamini Scholarship Fund
Sharne Jackson, Director of Mid-Atlantic Special Events, Macy's
Wilhelmina Manzano, MA, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officers, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Healthcare System
Nererida "Neddy" Perez, Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity, National Grid
Dara P. Richardson-Heron, Chief Executive Officer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure (NY Affiliate)
Sylvia Wagner, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Assurant
Sheena Wright, President and Chief Executive Officer, Abyssinian Development Corporation

Photo 1: Cindy Mah, Program Director, Global Scholarship Programs, IIE with Gordon Campbell, President and CEO, United Way of NYC

Photo 2: Peggy Blumenthal (holding award), EVP and COO, Institute of International Education, and Elwanda Young, SVP & COO, United Way of New York City, with high school students who participate in United Way's Focus Forward youth development initiative. Ms. Blumenthal was honored at Women United in Philanthropy's Fourth Annual "The Power of Women to Make a Difference" Awards Luncheon on March 2 at Cipriani 42nd Street.

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