The Feminist Power Awards

Meet the 2018 Feminist Power Award Honorees


Prisca Bae

Senior Director, Global Public Policy & Government Affairs, PepsiCo

Prisca Bae is a Senior Director for Strategy & Planning in the Global Public Policy & Government Affairs group (PPGA) at PepsiCo. In this role, Ms. Bae serves as chief of staff to the Global and North America SVPs.

She previously managed the gender diversity and women’s strategy for PepsiCo's Global Diversity & Engagement Center of Excellence, where she led the development and launch of a $100 million commitment to women and girls for Performance with Purpose 2025, the company’s sustainability agenda.

Before joining PepsiCo, she worked with Fortune 100 companies on strategic women’s empowerment programs as vice president at Seneca Point Global (SPG), an advisory firm founded by Ambassador Melanne Verveer, the former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, and Kim Azzarelli, author and advocate for women and girls. Prior to SPG, she helped launch and served as the inaugural Director of the Women in the World Foundation, a public charity founded out of Tina Brown’s Women in the World Summit at Newsweek and the Daily Beast.

She joined Women in the World from Goldman Sachs, where she managed Goldman Sachs Gives, a billion-dollar charitable fund available to partners of the firm. Prisca was also an attorney at Latham & Watkins, LLP in New York, and served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable William M. Hoeveler, Senior Judge in the Southern District of Florida. She has also worked for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and on the Ron Kirk for United States Senate Campaign in Texas, where she led Asian American stakeholder and community engagement.

Ms. Bae received her B.A. from Columbia College, Columbia University and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). She lives in New York City.

 photo: Margot Duane

photo: Margot Duane

Deborah Santana Lumbly

Founder and CEO, Do A Little

Deborah Santana is an author, business leader, and activist for peace and social justice. Editor and co-publisher of the 2018 anthology, All the Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the World, she seeks to promote the wisdom of women of color.

Her nonprofit, Do A Little, serves women and girls in the areas of health, education, and happiness. With a passion for girls’ education, Ms. Santana has supported and loved the young women at Daraja Academy in Nanyuki, Kenya since 2009.

In 2005, she published her memoir, Space Between the Stars. Ms. Santana has produced five short documentary films, four with Emmy Award-winning director Barbara Rick: Road to Ingwavuma, Girls of Daraja, School of My Dreams, and Powerful Beyond Measure.

Ms. Santana is married to actor Carl Lumbly and is a mother to four beloved adult children: Salvador Santana, a songwriter and instrumental artist, Stella Santana, a singer/songwriter, Angelica Santana, an archivist and film producer, and Brandon Lumbly, a filmmaker and actor.

A leadership donor to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, she cares deeply for the rights and equality of all people.

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Jules Spector

Founder, Teen Feminist

Jules Spector is the founder and author of, started in late 2013. As a member of the 2013-2014 class of Teen Advisors and the codirector of the New York Coalition for Girl Up, she has dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of girls and women around the world. She is a contributor to the online Gen Z think tank Irregular Labs. She has been profiled in Mashable, BuzzFeed, Dolly Magazine, the Guardian, and Seventeen Magazine. She will be attending Wellesley College in the fall of 2019. She believes that girls everywhere are the future.  

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Marcy Syms

Social Entrepreneur; Philanthropist & Chair, ERA Coalition

Marcy Syms is the founding trustee and president of the Sy Syms Foundation and president of TPD Group LLC, a multigenerational succession planning company. She is the former chair and CEO of SYMS, one of the first companies to offer designer and brand-name clothing at “off-price” rather than “regular-price." In 1983, when taking SYMS public, Ms. Syms became the youngest female president of a New York Stock Exchange company. In 2009, SYMS acquired Filene's Basement and operated fifty stores under both names.

Ms. Syms serves on numerous boards, including the National Public Radio (NPR) Foundation, the Macaulay Honors School at CUNY, and the ERA Coalition, where she is the board chair. Her work has been honored by Women's eNews, the Ms. Foundation, Boston University, and more.


About the Feminist Power Awards

The Feminist Press Annual Feminist Power Awards are presented to visionaries whose leadership advances human rights, dignity, and empowerment. This yearly celebration is attended by a dynamic group of 200–250 leaders in business, arts, politics, community, and culture, active in support of women’s, LGBTQ, and diversity issues.

Past honorees and presenters have included Mariam Chamberlain, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda, Marilyn French, Kathleen Hanna, Arianna Huffington, Teri Hines, Sheila Johnson, Kerry Kennedy, Janet Mock, Mira Nair, Gloria Steinem, Cyndi Lauper, Aydian Dowling, Uma Thurman, Alice Walker, Barbara Walters, Jill Soloway, Chirlane McCray, and Joan Jett.

This year, join us on October 2 at City Winery. Early bird tickets are now available. To place a message in the Gala Journal, click here.

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