NEW YORK — Today, the Ms. Foundation for Women announced that it will honor Marcy Syms, President of the Sy Syms Foundation, as one of its Women of Vision at the organization’s 28th annual gala. The gala, known as the Gloria Awards: A Salute to Women of Vision, is a yearly celebration to benefit Ms. Foundation grantees around the country and to recognize those who ignite policy and create change.
Women of Vision honorees are chosen based on their grassroots work to raise the collective voices of women and their innovative leadership, courage and actions toward the realization of a shared vision for a just and inclusive democracy for all genders at all levels.
“Marcy Syms has been a long time supporter of the Ms. Foundation for Women, continuously opening doors and recognizing our work to impact the grassroots and support women’s leadership. Her passion for women’s empowerment has made her a leader in promoting women in the boardroom, the corporate arena, and on the ground,” said Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women.
A passionate advocate for education, science and the arts, Marcy Syms has been a social entrepreneur for 35 years. She was helped pave the way for social innovation and transformation in education and other fields. President of the Sy Syms Foundation and former CEO of Syms Corp, Marcy Syms is an independent director of private and public companies, profit and not for profit. She was one of the youngest women to be named President of a publicly traded NYSE company.
As a member of the New York Women’s Forum, an organization of pre-eminent women making a difference, a founding member of Womensphere, a board member of both Veteran Feminists of American and the ERA Coalition, Marcy Syms is dedicated to changing the conversation and using her hands-on expertise to help others.
For over 40 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has secured women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. The foundation invests funds, time, expertise and training in organizations nationwide.