The evening began with Alissa Torres, author of American Widow, addressing the crowd of 60, sharing with them how she drew upon her leadership skills to survive personal crisis and the lessons she learned thru the adversity. She was seven months pregnant when her husband, Eddie, started his dream job at Cantor Fitzgerald; his 2nd day on the job was September 11th, 2001. While Alissa was certainly not the only loved one to experience the nightmare of the attacks; she has been an inspiration to many and her book is currently being used in university classrooms not only for its content, but also its writing style.
Sam Simon, Senior Fellow at Intersections International, presented Alissa Torres a special award for her courage and leadership in the community, "Alissa represents the power of human beings, particularly Americans, to heal. She set an example of how one can deal with adversity and moves on to build a better future."
Also honored at the event was Alfa Demmellash, CEO and co-founder of Rising Tide Capital. Ms. Demmellash was recognized as one of three recipients of the 2010 Future Global Leaders award. Jim Gitney, The Global Leader's CEO and co-founder, told the crowd that "Alfa is the epitome a Future Global Leader; a leader that not only leads by example and gives back to their community, but someone that is paving the way for others to realize their dreams."
Alfa spoke briefly to the crowd about her work at Rising Tide Capital which focuses on providing small business development services to entrepreneurs in disadvantaged communities. "We believe in building wealth in our communities one entrepreneur at a time by providing knowledge, social and access to financial capital" Ms. Demmellash shared with the audience.
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The Global Leaders is the largest network of senior executives in business, government, philanthropy and education, with over 1,200 professional development courses, a bookstore and verified networking groups structured around how business is done.
Intersections International is a New York-based non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to promoting justice, reconciliation and peace across lines of faith, culture, ideology, race, class, national borders and other boundaries that divide humanity. Founded in 2007, Intersections is a permanent multi-faith, multi-cultural effort of the Collegiate Churches of New York, the oldest corporation in North America, dating back to 1628.