Dec
7
12:30 PM12:30

Lemonade Party to Squeeze Gender-Based Violence

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Welcome to a fun and interactive discussion with our speakers Saba Ismail of Aware Girls and Jonathan Kalin of Party With Consent.

The proverb “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is to encourage optimism in the face of adversity. Aware Girls and The Kota Alliance are also very hopeful to see a world free from gender-based violence - but 1 in 3 women face violence in their lifetime. Aware Girls and The Kota Alliance are marking the 16 Days of Activism campaign by throwing a lemonade party at the Center for Social Innovation on 07th December in their efforts to end the increasing violence against women.

2017 marks the 26th year of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence; an international campaign that put strong emphasis to challenge violence against women and girls around the world. Every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize actions to end violence against women and girls around the world and rightfully stresses that gender-based violence is an international human rights violation. In the lead up to, and during, the 16 days of activism, organizations and individuals highlight the systemic nature of gender-based violence. The international campaign was initiated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (Rutgers University) in 1991.

This year’s theme is “Together We Can End GBV in Education”. For many children, especially girls, sexual abuse and harassment while receiving education is routine; they face verbal, physical, sexual or psychological violence at all levels of education in formal, non-formal, public, and private educational spaces and on the way to and from schools/ educational institutes due to stereotypes and gender roles attributed by the society. Gender-Based Violence in Education does not happen in isolation - it interacts with other forms of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, caste, class, indigenous status, migration status, shaping different forms of violence and further marginalizing women and girls.

Aware Girls in partnership with The Kota Alliance will throw a lemonade party at the Center for Social Innovation on 07th December 2017 at 12:30-PM -02:00 PM to turn this problem around and encourage everyone to play an active role in ending gender-based violence. Bring your lunch, unlimited lemonade will be served!

This event is free but donations are greatly appreciated.

Location:                                                                                                                         RSVP
Centre for Social Innovation
601 West 26th St. suite 325.                                                             

New York, New York 10001
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Dec
9
to Dec 10

Kota @ Lightfoot Market Holiday Pop-up

Kota is participating in Lightfoot Market in Chelsea, New York. At Lightfoot Market, you can find gifts that are socially responsible and eco-friendly, gifts with a story and a purpose for good, that include apparel, home goods, accessories, bath and body products, art, outdoor gear, food, children's accessories and toys, and more.

Join us!
Saturday, December 9, 2017 12pm - 7pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017 11am - 6pm

Location:                                                                                                                        
The Metropolitan Suite, Chelsea - 123 W 18th Street, 2nd Floor
New York 10001

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Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

Young Women and Disability: Ensuring Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights to Leave No One Behind

We welcome you to join us to talk about issues young women with disability deal with. Our speaker Tanzila Khan from Pakistan addresses the challenges and opportunities for young women with disabilities in accessing sexual and reproductive health and rights ensuring to leave no one behind.

An estimated 15% of the world’s population live with a disability. Persons with disabilities have the same sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs as other people but they face multiple barriers and challenges when it comes to information and services. This discussion will address the challenges faced by young women with disabilities and explore opportunities for inclusion of young women with disabilities.

Mostly disabled young women face significant challenges and experience multiple layers of discrimination which places them at higher risk of neglect, exploitation specifically related to the information and lack of information and services to SRHR. The World Bank reports that every minute more than 30 women are seriously injured or disabled during labour and that those 15-50 million women generally go unnoticed
 
Promoting gender equality and empowerment of women is essential to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals. Through this event Aware Girls and The Kota Alliance wants to change the stereotypes towards women especially young women with disabilities and to showcase the power of disabled young women activists as they have tremendous potential for leadership and the ability to transform communities.   
 

Light refreshments served. The event is free but donations are greatly appreciated.

Location:                                                                                                            RSVP
Centre for Social Innovation
601 West 26th St. suite 325.                                                              
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Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening with Gulalai Ismail of Aware Girls, September 27, 2017

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Gulalai Ismail of Aware Girls

Gulalai Ismail of Aware Girls

 

Come join us for an evening with Aware Girls founders Gulalai and Saba Ismail and hear their views on empowerment of girls and young women in Pakistan.

Light refreshments served. The event is free but donations are greatly appreciated.

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Location:
Women's Lab, Centre for Social Innovation
601 West 26th St. suite 315.

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Gulalai Ismail, Bio

Gulalai Ismail, is the founder and Chairperson of Aware Girls; a young women led organisation in Pakistan working towards gender equality and peace which she established at the age of 16. She is a highly motivated women’s rights and peace expert, founder of the first ever young women and girls’ led organization Aware Girls working for women empowerment, peace building and countering violent extremism, with over 13 years of experience of human rights and peace work.

She has received 2009 YouthActionNet Fellowship, 2012 International Democracy Award, 2014 Humanist of the Year Award, 2015 CommonWealth Youth Award for her extraordinary efforts in building peace, gender equality. She has been recognized among 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, 2013 and among “30 Under 30” youth activists by National Endowment for Democracy, USA. She recently received Chirac Peace Prize for her work on building peace, conflict resolution and countering violent extremism. She is also the Gulmakai Champion of The Malala Fund.

Gulalai Ismail of our member organization Aware Girls shared the story of her journey from jihadist sympathizer to peace activist in a TED talk: see www.kota-alliance.org

 

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Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Getting to 50/50 Rethinking the Past, Present & Future of Women + Power

Queens Community Board 4 presents a short film screening and discussion about what it will take to get to 50/50.

Film Screening-Watch the 20 minute film 50/50, directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, that explores the 10,000 year history of women + power — from setbacks and uprisings, to the bigger context of where we are today.

Share your thoughts, experiences and ideas.

Doors Open at 6:30

Millions of perspectives on one topic:
#GettingTo5050
Watch a 2 minute trailer about 50/50 Day here.

Read 50/50 Day Press including coverage of the Times Square billboard, recent ABC News article, NPR interview, Variety, Bloomberg, Time Magazine and more here.

Register HERE

Sign up for 50/50 Day 2018

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Jun
18
8:00 AM08:00

Finland Center 6th Annual Midsummer 5K Run & Walkathon

We invite you to participate in the Finland Center’s Midsummer 5K Run and Nordic Pole Walkathon on Father’s Day, June 18th, to support the Kota Alliance’s work for gender equality. Yes, this benefits men too, particularly in the realm of fatherhood!

Working out of the Center for Social Innovation in New York City,  the Kota Alliance supports organizations and social enterprises working for gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.

REGISTER at Active to run or Nordic Pole walk (starting time 9:00am for everyone)

Walkers MUST finish by 10:00 according to Park rules. Bring your own poles if you have them! HYVA Nordic Walking has a limited number of loaners - if you would like to sign up for a pair, email info@finlandcenter.org by June 16! Their instructor will be present at 8:30 to show you how to use them correctly. You can also buy a set of poles from Bungy Pump.

PRIZES for the best man and woman runners! There will also be a raffle among Nordic Walkers with a grand prize from Bungy Pump!

FUNDRAISE for the cause at Crowdrise Click on SET UP and get your family and friends to contribute to this cause! Biggest fundraiser wins a prize!

Pickup of kits, T-shirts at the Running Company store in the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle the day before the race.

Father’s Day, June 18, 2016, 9AM EST.
Prospect Park

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May
26
12:00 PM12:00

Finally Girls Matter: Combating Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the New York area

As part of a citywide effort to prevent FGM/C of girls sent to their parents’ home countries during school vacations, we are looking to establish a database of organizations and individuals who can assist by distributing information and/or organizing events about this issue: expatriate community groups, churches, mosques, health clinics, daycare centers, school nurses and counselors, teachers, ethnic restaurants, food stores, hair salons and other businesses, etc. If you have information, please contact info@kota-alliance.org.

We are collaborating with UMACA (USA-Mali Charitable Association) in their campaign Finally Girls Matter!

Please come support them and enjoy some Malian cultural performances on May 26, 12pm- 2pm in Washington Square Park.

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May
12
8:00 PM20:00

An Epic Musical Adventure: Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

Discount ticket sales have ended!

The Kota-Alliance is inviting all their friends to attend the new Broadway Musical Ernest Shackleton Loves me on May 12 at 8:00 p.m., followed by a moderated talk-back with the cast which will include a discussion of female empowerment as it relates to both the show and the creation of the musical. Female empowerment was the goal of the writers when scripting this show and it is an interesting story how this evolved between the writer and the star. Exclusive talkback after the show with the cast.


“AN INTREPID NEW MUSICAL. EXHILARATING.”

The New York Times


“THANKS TO ‘SHACKLETON,’ ANTARCTICA HAS NEVER SEEMED SO WARM.”

Boston Globe


“VISUALLY IMPRESSIVE, SONICALLY INVENTIVE AND WHIMSICALLY DIVERTING.”

Seattle Times


“A MUST SEE MULTI-MEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA!”

Examiner

 

 

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Apr
21
6:00 PM18:00

Equal Means Equal Screening @ The Centre for Social Innovation

Join us and be inspired to take an active role fighting for equality!

Ticket Price: Free!
Time: 6pm on April 21, 2017
Location: Centre for Social Innovation
Third Floor, 601 W 26th St #325, New York, NY 10001
 

On April 21, 2017, Hunter College of the City University of New York will be organizing a Campus Equal Rights Amendment Day. 

We will be hosting a free parallel screening at 6:00pm in the Centre for Social Innovation of the award-winning film Equal Means Equal. 

This is an insightful and thought-provoking documentary that sheds light on the social, economic, and legal setbacks women continue to face every day. It makes the compelling case for why the Equal Rights Amendment, stalled for many years, is necessary to ensure justice and equality for everyone living in the United States. 

The screening will be followed by a live-streamed panel discussion moderated by Carol Jenkins featuring Gloria Steinem, Patricia Arquette and other honored guests offering attendees across the country the opportunity to participate in a real-time Q&A session via social media.

Free beer tasting by ToastAle! Thanks to @ToastAle for sharing your mission to brew away food waste! Check out https://igg.me/at/toastale and join us supporting @ToastAleUSA's campaign at for a delicious and drinkable solution to food waste! #RaiseAToast @ToastAleUSA"

Vivian Chen is bringing her Hippie Cartel collection of affordable elegant jewelry tonight to the screening - make sure to get a gift for Mother's Day (or one for yourself!)

You can also get it from HERE

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Apr
10
1:30 PM13:30

Combating Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Meeting

Finally Girls Matter: 
Combating Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the New York area


Meeting for coalition building to fight FGM:

When:                                 Where:
April 20, 2017                    The Women's Lab,Centre for Social Innovation
6:30pm                                601 West 26th St. Suite 315, New York, NY 10001


RSVP to rsvp@kota-alliance.org by April 19.


As part of a citywide effort to prevent FGM/C of girls sent to their parents’ home countries during school vacations, The Kota Alliance is looking to establish a database of organizations and individuals who can assist by distributing information and/or organizing events about this issue: expatriate community groups, churches, mosques, health clinics, daycare centers, school nurses and counselors, teachers, ethnic restaurants, food stores, hair salons and other businesses, etc.

We are collaborating with UMACA (USA-Mali Charitable Association) in their campaign Finally Girls Matter!
 
A meeting of volunteers, both youth and adults, representing various immigrant communities in the greater NY area who want to join our Coalition Building subcommittee, will be held on April 20, 2017 at 6:30pm at The Women's Lab,
Centre for Social Innovation, 601 West 26th St. Suite 315, New York, NY 10001.



RSVP to rsvp@kota-alliance.org by April 19.
 
More info here

Dr. Jaana Rehnstrom, Founder and President, The Kota Alliance
info@kota-alliance.org
 
Ms. Assetou Sy, UMACA Malian Cultural Center
assetouaskia@yahoo.com

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Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

UnTabooed: Have a Happier, Healthier, Period.

Let's talk about periods because that's what we do!

UnTabooed has a one of a kind, one-hour workshop that blends all the facts and FAQ's about the menstrual cycle and reusablemenstrual products (you know, like those menstrual cups everyone seems to be talking about). Join us at the amazing New Women Space in Bushwick for a drink and sweet treat!

Leave feeling empowered from taking control of your body, and helping further our mission to provide UnTabooed workshops and reusable menstrual products to menstruators in need!

WORKSHOP AT A GLANCE

  • What is the menstrual cycle?
  • Cloth pads and menstrual cups - what they are, how to use them, how to wash them, and where to get them (hint: from us!)
  • What are the benefits to switching to reusable menstrual products?
  • Get some products and #choosetoreuse!

We like to think of it as show-and-tell.

Through our work with over 450 menstruating and non-menstruating workshop participants, we've found that most people want to see and feel the products in person before they are ready to make the switch from disposables.

We bring the highest quality and highest rated products to you, to help you make the switch to wallet, environment, and health friendly products!

It's your chance to help us #breakthetaboo!

Register HERE!

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Mar
20
2:30 PM14:30

NGOCSW Parallel event: GIRLS LEARN - Primary and Secondary Education in the Developing Country Context

The Kota Alliance is hosting a NGOCSW Parallel event
- a panel discussion and interactive Q&A:

GIRLS LEARN - Primary and Secondary Education in the Developing Country Context

@777 UN Plaza (at 44th St), Hardin Room

Primary and secondary education for girls is lacking in many parts of the world. It is essential to enable the participation of women in the workforce, which will lead to more prosperity, health, and peace. Come learn and engage with some of the organizations tackling this challenge from different angles:

Dr. Irving Fish, Ethiopian School Readiness Initiative
Dr. Susan Blaustein, WomenStrong International
Christen Brandt, Co-Founder and CPO, Shesthefirst
Gulalai Ismail, Co-Founder,  Aware Girls
Dr. Sari Gold, Empower Nepali Girls

Moderator: Richard Lui, MSNBC anchor
Keynote speaker: Louise Guido,
CEO, Mobile Technology in Emerging Markets

RSVP to info@kota-alliance.org

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Feb
22
1:30 PM13:30

10 Tips to Manage Stress!

Stress happens to all of us.

Up to 90% of all visits to the doctor’s office are stress-related, according to Harvard.  Stress can be considered as much a risk factor for disease as smoking. 

Why can two people be in the same situation and respond to stress differently?  Can going through stressful times without stress be a learned skill? 

Learn the difference between good stress, bad stress and how stress impacts the body.

Whatever your age or situation, this presentation will provide 10 tips to manage stress.

Everyone will learn a technique to minimize stress and maximize vitality.

 

About Dr. Wendy Hurwitz:

A graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Wendy Hurwitz is a nationally recognized expert on stress. A former medical researcher for ABC News, Dr. Hurwitz is an expert in two fields: Mind/Body Medicine and Energy Medicine. She has a forthcoming book on stress.

Dr. Hurwitz helps organizations and individuals achieve peak performance by enhancing vitality and wellness. She translates the latest and most sophisticated scientific research into practical, easy-to-use techniques people can use to maintain and enhance vitality even under the most trying circumstances. Dr. Hurwitz has provided training for AT&T, Unilever, Lowe Worldwide, the FDNY, and has been an invited guest speaker at the United Nations.

Register for free from HERE!

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Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

Align With Intention

Yoga Event: Align With Intention

Come and be a part of this special charity Yoga class that will help you align your intention for the new year, with Slow Flow Yoga + Yin + Essential Oils. This class is for everyone! You will not regret taking this time to nourish your mind, body, and soul.

Slow Flow- yoga asana practice done gently and slowly.

Yin Yoga- passively held floor poses. Yin is deeply nourishing and has many benefits for any yoga practitioner.  Enhances the flow of prana (life force energy) especially in the tissues around the joints, where energy often stagnates. 

Essential Oils- Young Living oils are 100% therapeutic grade essential oils. These oils have an incredible power to shift your energy and bring you back into (spiritual) alignment.

Bowery Yoga (302 Bowery @Houston)    
Instructor: Aino Siren

100% of the proceeds will benefit the work of The Kota Alliance. Thank you to Aino Siren and Bowery Yoga for making this possible!

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Jan
23
12:00 PM12:00

Big Helpers for Small Businesses: Apps to Keep Your Business Running Smoothly

Do you feel like you're always behind the eight-ball? Do you spend most of your day overly engaged with your devices? Why not merge these two habits, spin them around and make them work for you?! MacktaWorks is a consultancy that helps you with the business of your business so you can re-focus on your mission. Jess Mackta, founder of MacktaWorks, will be presenting tips and tricks for improving your workflow through time-keeping, project management and other organizational resources. Take a break and join us. We can't wait to see you! Bring your lunch.

Jess Mackta is a seasoned streamliner, having worked in creative services and non-profits for over 20 years. She thrives on sharing knowledge on how to implement less stressful, more efficient workflows through all facets of business. Her clients range from boutique service firms, architectural and design studios, to after school programs and family venture capital funds. Mackta graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and received a Masters from the University of Arizona and has worked at Pentagram Design, Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others institutions. 

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Dec
21
12:00 PM12:00

Fempowered Popup Shop Wed Dec 21 , 12-3pm

Come support female empowerment via Kota by shopping your holiday gifts from Anje Clothing and Hippie Cartel!   (if you can't make it, shop online!)

If you come from outside the building, tell security you are going to CSI, on the third floor.

Around the corner from elevators B and C, take the corridor along the northern side of the building to suite 315. Welcome!

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Bring your Profile Pic to the Next Level!
Dec
8
2:00 PM14:00

Bring your Profile Pic to the Next Level!

"In the future everyone will have 15 minutes of fame" 
- Andy Warhol

We now live in that future. Come as the beautiful self you are. Makeup totally optional.

Work with photographer & artist Florence Montmare to tell the story of you, your brand, and create an effective profile image for your online presence.

Find your voice in front of the camera and drop in on this special for only $250. Part of proceeds will benefit the Kota Alliance. This offer is made possible with the support of the Kota Alliance and the Womens Lab of CSI.

Included is:
Two lightly edited photographs for your website and social profile
White backdrop with professional lighting OR environmental shot at the Women's Lab
Come hang out, do a meditation in the BuddhaBooth or imbibe a lovely drink while you wait. Mingle with other great professionals and be photographed.

Book your ticket today to ensure a spot — space is limited so please register now!

Hope to see you there!

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The Crucial Role of Men in Gender Equality Conference
Nov
18
8:30 AM08:30

The Crucial Role of Men in Gender Equality Conference

Join us for an interactive conference on this current topic!

While the participation of men and boys is critical to counter the effects of patriarchy, gender-based-violence, and gender inequality, men’s involvement is still limited. Only by transforming unequal power relations between men and women, and challenging traditional gender stereotypes, social norms and notions of masculinity, can gender equality be achieved. Men play a crucial part in this transformation.

Join us for a discussion with men who are engaged gender advocates to transform social norms, behaviors and gender stereotypes that perpetuate discrimination and inequality. They will share their experience and recommendations on how men and boys can creatively contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and discuss how male leaders and activists can be more effective in moving the agenda forward.

Speakers
Kai Sauer - Ambassador of Finland to the UN
Richard Lui - MSNBC Anchor

Panelists
Antonie DeJong - UNWomen
Aapta Garg - Promundo
Andrew Bettwy - Proskauer
Jonathan Kalin - Party With Consent
Joseph Samalin - Breakthrough
Pablo Freund - BeGirl

Complimentary breakfast included.
Free admission, registration required.

 

 

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Designer Pop-Up Shop Benefit for Kota
Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

Designer Pop-Up Shop Benefit for Kota

Designer Pop-Up Shop Benefit right after election day at Tatiana Designer Resale boutique! Come browse the discounted garments from several designers - various Italian designers from Ekavi Boutique, sustainable fashion from Bela NYC and luxury fashion from Richard Meyerson, Anjé Clothing and Junghee Kim. Also, Susanna Galanis is supporting us through the sale of her beautiful jewelry. If the weather is nice, refreshments will be served in Tatiana's charming backyard. 

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Nov
6
1:00 PM13:00

Fitness Expo For A Great Cause!

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Join Watson International and Notorious Mixed Martial Arts to raise money for The Kota Alliance during a day of health and fitness! Do your part to make the world a better place! 

Date & time: 11/6/16, 1-4PM
Location: 126 Park Avenue East Rutherford, New Jersey 07073

The day includes:
• master yoga class
• self defense class
• health and wellness seminar/Q&A with a Young Living Essential Oils representative
• food and beverages

Tickets can be purchased here.

Welcome! 

Directions to the location: 
20 minutes ride from Port Authority Bus Terminal. Take bus 163 and get off at Paterson Avenue at Lincoln Plaza. Head southeast on Paterson Ave toward Grove St. Turn right onto Park Avenue, the location is on the left. 

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Zonta Club of NY: Special Film Screening & Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Nov
4
12:30 PM12:30

Zonta Club of NY: Special Film Screening & Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Special Film Screening & Holiday Pop-Up Shop, featuring Local Artisans & Social Entrepreneurs

Please join the ZONTA Club of New York, in partnership with MOSAIC & ABN for a special screening of the award-winning documentary film, THREADS, November 17, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Film Overview:
THREADS is an intimate portrait of 84-year old Bengali artist, Surayia Rahman, who transforms the quilt-work tradition of Kantha to create possibilities for a better life for her family and hundreds of destitute mothers in Bangladesh. Over three decades, as their art becomes prized possessions of connoisseurs around the world, Surayia Rahman and the artisans overcome their hardships with needle and thread, stitch by stitch. THREADS takes us on a journey into the heart of an artist and illuminates an unconventional path to dignity and independence.

Following the screening, Llenay Ferretti, founder of Bhavana World Project will moderate a thought-provoking discussion with Film Director & Producer, Cathy Stevulak.
Please join us for a cocktail reception to network with local artisans and entrepreneurs, who have benefitted from empowering women. Learn more about how these women turned their passion and dreams into thriving businesses, while browsing their product lines.

Participating organizations include Kantha Threads, NUS Beauty, Same Sky, Florish, and Woven.

If you'd like to attend, please email salziebler@gmail.com for more information.

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Attract and Retain Talent - Low Cost Employee Benefits for Small Business
Nov
3
12:30 PM12:30

Attract and Retain Talent - Low Cost Employee Benefits for Small Business

An informational session developed by former small business owner Lisa Macbeth expressly for small and growing businesses, detailing how to provide low cost and no-cost benefits like medical coverage, group benefits and retirement savings incentives without sacrificing an equity stake in the business.

Free admission, registration required.
Lunch provided.

"Small businesses are competing with big businesses on multiple playing fields.  As a small business owner, you know what it takes to attract customers and retain them in the marketplace. 

But how can you do the same with your employees? 

You might not offer the largest paycheck-yet.  But you CAN offer something valuable to keep your employees growing with your business: A great work environment, a supportive manager AND ...employee benefits.

We can’t help you with the first two- but we can help with the last!"

Welcome!

 

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Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

Workshop: How To Make Your Credit Score Leap Like LeBron

 

Our affiliate organization New Women New Yorkers' event

Having a good credit score is essential to so many things in your everyday life. 

From getting an approved loan application to renting a car, reserving an airline ticket, purchasing insurance (yes insurance companies check credit too!), getting a job, and in some cases, getting an apartment, your credit is your bargaining chip. You need to protect it. Using credit wisely and having good credit is critical in wealth building.

This powerful and interactive session will show you exactly how to let credit work for you and help you build your wealth.

During this 2-hour workshop, you will discover:

    • What credit scores are and how your score is calculated
    • 4 things you never knew about (your) credit
    • The 4 factors that don't affect your credit score
    • The one reason your loan might still be denied even with “good credit”
    • The 7 actions that will hurt your score
    • 2 sure fire ways to establish or rebuild your credit
    • My personal tips on how I built my credit 
    • And 4 easy ways to get your credit report for free!

    Tickets 10-20$

    Early bird tickets available here: https://creditscoreworkshop.eventbrite.com

    All proceeds from the event will go towards New Women New Yorkers and its professional development program for young women immigrants.

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    Kota Health Day - exploring inner and outer beauty
    Oct
    12
    5:30 PM17:30

    Kota Health Day - exploring inner and outer beauty

    Interactive workshop exploring wellness and beauty with Mary Chan Wellness and Rebecca Casciano

    Do you feel too overwhelmed or busy to take care of yourself?

    Join health coach and yoga instructor Mary Chan and makeup artist and natural beauty expert Rebecca Casciano for an interactive workshop exploring wellness and beauty, from the inside out. 

    Take home simple, practical tips that will allow you to bring self-care into your daily lives. Leave feeling feeling rejuvenated and inspired to create your own health and beauty rituals.

    The event starts at 5.30pm with a healing, 20 minute Tai Chi class by Jonathan Angelilli. Feeling relaxed and refreshed, we continue to the workshop with Mary Chan and Rebecca Casciano at 6pm. Light refreshments will be served. 

    RSVP: rsvp@kota-alliance.org

    Mary Chan is a yoga teacher, nutrition and health coach who supports her clients to optimize their health through eating real foods and making lifestyle changes. She empowers men and women to take control of their food and exercise habits by teaching them self-awareness and self-love. As a Brooklyn resident, a wife and a busy mom to a 10 year old, Mary understands the common food challenges and health struggles we all face and works endlessly to find practical solutions and simple action steps to create long term changes. Her mission is to make healthy living delicious, pleasurable, fun and accessible to everyone! Learn more by visiting her website at http://marychanwellness.com/

    Mary Chan is a yoga teacher, nutrition and health coach who supports her clients to optimize their health through eating real foods and making lifestyle changes. She empowers men and women to take control of their food and exercise habits by teaching them self-awareness and self-love. As a Brooklyn resident, a wife and a busy mom to a 10 year old, Mary understands the common food challenges and health struggles we all face and works endlessly to find practical solutions and simple action steps to create long term changes. Her mission is to make healthy living delicious, pleasurable, fun and accessible to everyone! Learn more by visiting her website at http://marychanwellness.com/

    Rebecca Casciano is makeup artist, natural beauty expert and coach. She is on a mission to help women discover the relationship between inner health and outer beauty. For over 15 years, she has worked as a makeup artist in fashion, television, advertising, bridal and education. Rebecca's diverse clientele includes celebrities such as Mary J. Blige, Josie Maran and Martha Stewart, in addition to wellness gurus like Gabrielle Bernstein and Latham Thomas. Her work has appeared in magazines such as ELLE and Essence and she is a beauty editor for Thoughtfully magazine. Rebecca is the founder Sacred Beauty Salon Series, an innovative 4-part program dedicated to exploring beauty in healthy, whole and meaningful ways. Learn more about her offerings and programs at www.rebeccacasciano.com

    Rebecca Casciano is makeup artist, natural beauty expert and coach. She is on a mission to help women discover the relationship between inner health and outer beauty. For over 15 years, she has worked as a makeup artist in fashion, television, advertising, bridal and education. Rebecca's diverse clientele includes celebrities such as Mary J. Blige, Josie Maran and Martha Stewart, in addition to wellness gurus like Gabrielle Bernstein and Latham Thomas. Her work has appeared in magazines such as ELLE and Essence and she is a beauty editor for Thoughtfully magazine. Rebecca is the founder Sacred Beauty Salon Series, an innovative 4-part program dedicated to exploring beauty in healthy, whole and meaningful ways. Learn more about her offerings and programs at www.rebeccacasciano.com

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    Nordic Walking Group event - Fitness walking with poles!
    Oct
    7
    5:00 PM17:00

    Nordic Walking Group event - Fitness walking with poles!

    Social pole walking event with Sonja Johansson from HYVÄ Nordic Walking

    Nordic Walking Group event is a social walk using walking poles which is a Nordic thing. Compared to regular walking, pole walking is more efficient (burns 40% more calories) and activates your whole body (90% of body muscle). It's a perfect way to get good exercise while chatting with your friend and getting to know new people! 

    To teach us how to do it, we have Movement Educator Sonja Johansson giving a 20min representation of the technique, equipment and health benefits before the walk at CSI. The poles for the walk are provided by the instructor. The walk takes an hour, we will make a circle and return to CSI. Once you get excited, you can purchase your own poles after the walk! 

    For more information about pole walking in NYC, visit HYVÄ Nordic Walking website: http://www.hyvanordicwalking.com/about

    The event is completely free. To register, please email to: rsvp@kota-alliance.org

     


    * Directions to CSI: 
    It is located almost by the river, so 4 blocks to walk from the C, E train at 8th Ave and 23rd St - leave early! You can also transfer to the M23 bus and get off at 11th Ave & 23rd st., then walk up 3 blocks, turn left. Tell security you are going to CSI on the third floor. It is around the corner from the elevators on the north side of the building. We are in one of the classrooms at the back of the lounge.  

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    Sep
    19
    12:30 PM12:30

    Women Authors: Anu Partanen

    Brown Bag lunch with Anu Partanen

     

    Anu Partanen, is the author of

    “The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life.”

    A Best Book of Summer 2016

    —O, The Oprah Magazine

    A Best Nonfiction Book of Summer 2016

    —Bustle

    A Must-Read, Summer 2016

    —New York Post

    A Book You Desperately Need to Add to Your ‘To-Read’ Pile This Summer

    —Gizmodo

    Anu Partanen| Photo by Kristiina Wilson

    Anu Partanen| Photo by Kristiina Wilson

    Anu is a journalist originally from Finland, now based in New York City. She has lived in the United States since 2008, and her work has appeared in the New York Times and The Atlantic. She also worked at Fortune Magazine as a visiting reporter through the Innovation Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.

    In Finland she has held many positions ranging from managing editor to columnist, features writer to news reporter, lecturer to on-air commentator.

    Her book “The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life” compares everyday life in the United States with life in the Nordic region.

    Anu will talk about her book and we hope for a lively Q&A about issues affecting women in the Nordic countries, the US and elsewhere. 

     

    Bring your lunch!

    Free admission

     

    More at www.anupartanen.comThe book can be ordered for $19 here: 

    Courtesy of Finland Center Foundation, a Kota member organization.

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    Sep
    10
    10:00 AM10:00

    Designing Your Dream Conference

    • Centre for Social Innovation - Women's Lab (map)
    • Google Calendar ICS

    Calling all dreamers!

     

    If you have a dream and are not sure how to start it, if you are a social entrepreneur and are working on your business but need some help making it happen, or you want to uncover the dreams in your heart and move onto the path of your purpose, this DREAM Conference is for you. 

    If you are ready to be activated into action and want to be equipped with the practical ways to launch your dream idea, business, or charity, you don't want to miss this event!

    Hosted by The Women's Lab @ The Centre for Social Innovation, and sponsored by COFFEED, some of the speakers include Gina La Morte, Celebrity Fashion Stylist and Social Entrepreneur for Oprah magazine, People StyleWatch, and Neiman Marcus. Kris Miyake, Counter Culture Expert and Business Coach from Maui, Hawaii, and Brandon Holt, Singer and Songwriter and Music Consultant. 

    We will be featuring businesses and organizations from The Women's Lab @ Centre for Social Innovation. 

     

    Both guys and gals are welcome! 

    SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR, COFFEED. COFFEEDNYC.com

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