She’s EM-powered!

Huzza!: Brooklyn’s Cynthia Steele proudly accepts her alumni citation from Dr. Adam Weinberg, president of Denison University, in June.
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She’s EMPowered!

Brooklyn’s very own Cynthia Steele, executive vice president of EMPower, received an alumni citation from her alma mater in Granville, Ohio, when Denison University president Dr. Adam Weinberg conferred her the highest honor at ceremonies in June.

Cynthia graduated the university in 1976, and presently oversees grant-making, program initiatives, and foundation relationships, and co-leads organizational strategy and management at EMpower–the Emerging Markets Foundation. Her global team is based in New York, Boston, London, Hong Kong, India, and Turkey.

Previously, she served as vice-president of programs for the International Women’s Health Coalition, an advocacy organization focused on women’s and girls’ rights, and at Engender Health, an international health organization.

Our borough daughter currently sits on the board of directors at Girls for Gender Equity, and the Funders Network for Population, Reproductive Health and Rights.

She has a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and attended the Senior Executive Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Congratulations, Cynthia! You can now add a Standing O to your many accolades.

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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