Staten Island’s Top Women in Business toast upcoming celebration

November 25, 2014 Anna Spivak
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As a precursor to the first annual Staten Island Top Women in Business networking event sponsored by Star Networking and Schneps Communications to be held at The Staten Island Hilton, the 2014 honorees gathered at Staten Island’s South Fin Grill on Tuesday, November 18 for a cocktail and networking reception.

“I have a very special feeling for Staten Island,” said Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator Co-Publisher Victoria Schneps. “We are so proud to be able to honor these extraordinary women who are being recognized on December 3. We really love the fact that ‘woman power’ brings out a full room.”

The event will honor 40 of the borough’s most influential women.

Among them is Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, who spoke about her fellow honorees and what it means for them to be noticed by Schneps and her publications. “We’re really glad that they’re exploring opportunities out here and honoring so many wonderful women that we have on this side of the bridge,” said Malliotakis.

Melissa Rabinovich, executive editor at NY1 news and another 2014 honoree, discussed these “wonderful women,” and what was going through her mind when she nominated a handful of them to receive this honor alongside her.

“What I looked for, was women who stood out,” Rabinovich said, “women who understand the balance of work, family and community contribution.”

Each honoree in attendance took a few minutes during the reception to share fun stories about themselves, one another, and their contributions to Staten Island.

Gina Laine, first VP, marketing director, Richmond County Savings Bank, A Division of NYCB,  described Staten Island as a “unique” and “tight” community.

“Everyone is so active,” said Laine. “There are numerous charities and worthwhile causes that bring everybody together.”

Along with recognizing these women for their accomplishments and service to community, the dinner will raise money for two local charities: Kids Against Cancer, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to provide care for children battling cancer in a setting that is not associated with their illness, and Emma’s Place, Staten Island’s grief and loss center for children and families.

Sponsored by North Shore LIJ, Staten Island University Hospital, New York Community Bank and Investors Bank, the event will take place in the Staten Island Hilton’s Nicotra’s Ballroom (1100 South Avenue) on Wednesday, December 3, from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information on sponsorship and participation opportunities, contact Lori at 718-238-6600, ext. 110 or [email protected].

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