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Women of NYC, Make Your Power Move

Women still face too many roadblocks throughout their careers, whether they’re starting their first job, launching a new business or working toward an executive track promotion.
These inequities are more pronounced for women of color, older New Yorkers and those with less access to educational and economic opportunity.

Women.nyc—part of the New York City Economic Development Corporation— is an ambitious program created to make sure the city remains the best place in the world for women of all backgrounds, ages, abilities and identities to thrive in their careers, run businesses and launch startups.

We are committed to:

  • Connecting women of all backgrounds, ages, abilities and identities with tools to compete and advance
  • Fostering equitable NYC workplaces that create paths for diverse women to advance and policies that help them do so
  • Promoting inclusive growth and access in the industries that are driving New York’s economic future

By working with partners who share our mission to financially empower women and leveraging all the tools the city has to offer, women.nyc has rolled out groundbreaking programs that have a real impact: from free tech classes and career training to investment and crowdfunding, job connections, legal advice from the city’s most respected law firms and more.

New York City is committed to being the best place in the world for women to succeed.

Meet the Team

Faye Penn, Executive Director
As Executive Director, Faye is dedicated to helping NYC women succeed in their careers and businesses through an array of innovative programs and partnerships. In previous lives, Faye was a Brooklyn small business owner, founder of the webmag Brokelyn, an editor for titles including New York Magazine, The New York Post, The New York Observer and InStyle and an executive at Lifetime Television. On weekends, she drums with Batalá New York, an all women’s Afro-Brazilian Samba-Reggae percussion band.

Jasmine Baker Taddeo, Deputy Director
As Deputy Director, Jasmine drives the digital content operation for women.nyc. She previously served as Senior Digital Communications Manager at Empire State Development, where she oversaw and implemented the agency’s digital content strategy. Jasmine holds an MPA from CUNY Baruch College and a BA in English from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She is a lifelong New Yorker and proud Queens native.

Program Partners