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The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) Launches The Millie King Entrepreneurship Program at Hunter College, Aug. 2-3

Kathleen King
Kathleen King

The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) is launching a new, cutting-edge, two-day entrepreneur training program for college women this August, 2016 in New York City. BALI has created this program in honor of Millie King, mother of long-time BALI supporter, trainer and mentor, Kathleen King.  Kathleen is the founder of Tate’s Bake Shop, a multi-million dollar bakery that she started in the kitchen of her family’s Southampton, New York farm at the age of 11.

Millie King
Millie King

In collaboration with Kathleen and with the support of the Kathleen King Charitable Fund, the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute will offer a FREE two-day entrepreneurial training program to college aged young women from New York City and around the U.S. The program will be hosted at Hunter College on Tuesday, August 2 and Wednesday, August 3, 2016.

“My mother Millie King was there for me, always encouraging and supporting my entrepreneurial spirit,” says Kathleen King.  I am very proud to be part of the Millie King Entrepreneurial Program and, with Liz Abzug and BALI at the helm, I know that these young women will receive the inspiration, guidance and encouragement they will need on their paths to success.”

Liz Abzug and her mother, Bella Abzug.
Liz Abzug and her mother, Bella Abzug.

The Millie King Entrepreneurship Program at BALI is a dream that I have had — to launch a new BALI training program for college age young women that provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to learn how to become entrepreneurs, business owners and to work in the field of corporate social entrepreneurship,” says BALI founder/CEO Liz Abzug. “I am so thrilled that the very successful and esteemed entrepreneur Kathleen King, Founder and former CEO of Tate’s Bake Shop, is BALI’s partner in launching and supporting this important new program in honor of her late mother, whom I was  honored to know. We thank Kathleen King for her very strong support in assisting us in establishing this program and for her previous support of BALI’s  work. We believe that by creating this very unique program we will be generating our future female CEO’s, entrepreneurs and 21st century visionary leaders in business,” Abzug said.

This new cutting edge program will be comprised of a series of workshops, lectures and seminars led by some of the most successful entrepreneurs and professionals who work in the area of small business, start-ups and social entrepreneurship. The seminars will cover business strategies, development and social entrepreneurship and topics covered will include brand marketing including digital and social media, financial structuring, “one for one” company models and much more. Accomplished professional women and men from all sectors will mentor and train BALI students by offering them critical skills and guidance needed to grow as dynamic 21st century entrepreneurial business owners and visionaries.

Kathleen King, founder of the nationally-acclaimed Tate’s Bake Shop, is truly an entrepreneurial success story. Born and raised on Southampton’s North Sea Farm, she began baking at age 11 to earn money for her school clothes. By the time she was in high school she was baking 12 hours a day. Baking put her through college and as the demand for the cookies kept growing, she moved her business out of the family’s kitchen and opened her own bakery at age 20. King then launched a wholesale business, naming it after her father, Tate King. Today, Tate’s Bake Shop is a widely-recognized brand, and top-rated by Consumer Reports and TV personality Rachel Ray.  Her award-winning cookies are sold in well over 16,000 gourmet retailers throughout the US and on her robust e-bakery www.tatesbakeshop.com

BALI honorees PRISA's Marcus Vinicius Ribeiro and Judy Collins with Liz Abzug, CEO of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) at the 10 year anniversary celebration at the Princeton Club in New York on April 12, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
BALI honorees PRISA’s Marcus Vinicius Ribeiro and Judy Collins with Liz Abzug, CEO of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) at the 10 year anniversary celebration at the Princeton Club in New York on April 12, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Founded in 2005, BALI’s mission is to inspire the current and next generation of girls and young women to take on leadership roles in all professions and to effectuate positive  social change in their  own communities and in the world. BALI utilizes the signature leadership skills of the late Bella Abzug, the legendary Congresswoman, lawyer and feminist leader, to mentor and train middle, high school and college age women in leadership and debate skills. BALI provides on-going  mentoring to all of our trainees so they develop the confidence and critical leadership skills needed to be effective, dynamic and visionary  21st century leaders.

For additional information on BALI please visit www.abzuginstitute.org and on Twitter @AbzugLeaders

Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) to Honor Singer/Songwriter Judy Collins and PRISA’s Marcus Vinicius Ribeiro

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) to Honor Singer/Songwriter Judy Collins and PRISA’s Marcus Vinicius Ribeiro on April 12

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 On Tuesday evening, April 12, Liz Abzug, CEO of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) will lead a 10 year anniversary celebration at the Princeton Club, 15 West 43 Street, New York City.  This year’s fundraising event will honor Judy Collins, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter who has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism.

The event will also honor Marcus Vinicius Ribeiro, head of legal and governmental affairs in the Americas for PRISA, one of the world’s largest Spanish and Portuguese language education and media companies. 

BALI’s mission is to inspire the current and next generation of girls and young women to take on leadership roles and reignite the fight for equality in our world.  BALI utilizes the signature leadership skills of the late Bella Abzug, the legendary Congresswoman, to mentor and train middle, high school and college age women and help develop the confidence and skills they need to be effective, dynamic and visionary leaders. (More at www.abzuginstitute.org)

Five teenage BALI graduates will be honored and speak at the event. 

Fawzia Rahman, will receive the Reed Scholar and Activist Award. She is a senior at Thomas A. Edison High School in Queens and first-generation Bengali immigrant. The creative writing from her BALI training was shared at the 2015 International Day of the Girl Summit at the United Nations.

Monica Singh, a senior at Queens High School for the Sciences and BALI intern will receive the Emerging Young Woman Leader Award as a young woman who has displayed outstanding leadership skills in her school, community and in civic life. She is organizing a program at BALI to help high school girls transition to college.

Cassandra Alexandre will receive the Excellence in Mentorship and Advocacy Award. She attends SUNY Oneonta University and has been an active member of the BALI Alumnae Association since participating in the summer program in 2013. A graduate of Bayside High School in Queens, she is a mentor to our young BALI girls and dedicates her time to serving and helping disadvantaged girls in our program.

Liel Green will receive BALI’s “Chutzpah” Award as a young woman who is entrepreneurial, takes initiative and risks in developing new projects hat will change the world. Liel is a senior at Teaneck High School in New Jersey and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Women and Gender Studies. She has led peer discussions at BALI about gender and feminism.

Noam Green will receive the Leadership in Local/Global Sustainability Award. Noam is a senior at Teaneck High School in New Jersey. Since her graduation from BALI’s Summer Leadership and Debate Training Program, Noam has shared her talents with her cohort by leading discussions on sustainability, and volunteering at community gardens in her neighborhood. Noam has a blog writing residency with the Jewish Women’s Archive

BALI is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that has worked with young women and girls since 2005, mentoring and inspiring them to become create positive social and economic change.  All leadership and debate programs are provided at no cost to BALI trainees. To date BALI has trained over 1,000 middle, high school and college aged young women. BALI curricula are created to benefit young women and girls enrolled in middle school, high school and colleges throughout New York City and the tri state area.

BALI embodies Bella Abzug’s values as someone who had great principles, heart, passion, and commitment to creating positive social change. Both BALI’s expert staff and interns reflect the great diversity of racial, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds of students who participate in BALI’s programs. BALI engages top professional women mentors from every field who work closely with BALI students. BALI’s programs focus on high-achieving disadvantaged students in underserved and Title 1 public schools as well as those who have had more access to resources and attend some of the most competitive New York City public, middle and high schools. BALI also trains middle and high school students on full scholarships who attend private schools.

THE 10th ANNUAL BELLA & BELLA FELLA AWARDS will be held on Tuesday evening, April 12,from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at The Princeton Club, 15 West 43 Street, New York City.  The event includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Dress is festive. Individual tickets are available from $200 and can be ordered at www.abzuginstitute.org/content/donate or call 212-650-3071.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.