The YWCA of the City of New York announced that M. Michele Burns, Executive Director and CEO of Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Retirement Policy Center, was the recipient of the 2012/13 Woman of Influence award, and Gerard S. LaRocca, Chief Administrative Officer, Americas, Barclays received the Man of the Year award at the recent Salute Luncheon that took place on February 15, 2013. In addition, 38 prominent women executives from around the country, will be inducted into the YW Academy of Women Leaders Class of 2012/13. Carol Massor, Chief National Correspondent for Bloomberg Television will be hosting the event, which is sponsored, in part, by TD Bank.
For nearly 40 years, the Salute Luncheon has been one of the nation’s largest, most visible and important tributes to professional women leaders and the premiere event for showcasing trailblazing women in business. It has also been a venue for celebrating a range of businesses that have made diversity a priority in their companies.
The YWCA of the City of New York’s CEO, Danielle Moss Lee said, “I can’t imagine more appropriate role models for the thousands of women, girls and boys that the YW serves every year and who work so hard to create opportunities for themselves and their families. Ms. Burns and Mr. LaRocca exemplify the values that we strive to impart at the YW: education, equality, leadership and empowerment.”
As the head of Marsh & McLennan Companies’ (MMC) Retirement Policy Center, Ms. Burns serves as the Center Fellow and strategic advisor to the Stanford Center on Longevity at Stanford University. Previously, she served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mercer, a global leader for HR, and a subsidiary of MMC. Prior to Mercer in 2006, Michele held the position of Chief Financial Officer for MMC, and until 2004, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Delta Air Lines, Inc. Ms. Burns began her career with Arthur Andersen, and over a successful, 18-year tenure rose to Senior Partner. Ms. Burns currently serves on the board of directors of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and Cisco Systems, Inc. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, where she holds the title of Treasurer.
Mr. LaRocca has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He joined Barclays Capital in 1998 as a Managing Director, and until 2006 managed Global Operations for the firm. From 2000 through 2001, he also served as Chief Financial Officer. He was previously a Managing Director at Salomon Brothers. Mr. LaRocca is on the Board of Directors for the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and a member of the Villanova School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. He was previously on the Boards of Directors for INROADS New York City, the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, MarkitSERV, LLC, and a member of the Financial Services Roundtable.
The first groundbreaking YWCA-NYC Academy of Women Leaders Salute Luncheon took place in 1974 to honor pioneering women in business, many of whom were the first to breakthrough corporate glass ceilings and become senior executives in their companies and industries. Salute honors the top women executives who have been recognized by their companies and colleagues for outstanding professional achievement, civic commitment, and leadership. The 2012/13 class will join a network of over 3,000 professionals and pioneers.
Thanks to its supporters, including the numerous corporations that support Salute and other programs, the YWCA-NYC continues to provide a variety of human service programs to women and their families throughout New York City. For additional information about Salute, visit the YWCA-NYC website at www.ywcanyc.org or call 212.735.9702.