The Selection Committees

Applications are reviewed by a distinguished Internal Committee including members of ascena retail group inc. leadership teams and Roslyn and Elise Jaffe. Final winners of the 2018 awards are then chosen by an esteemed External Selection Committee with expertise in women's causes, public affairs, health, and education.



Myra Biblowit 
President and CEO, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Helen Drinan President, Simmons College

Susan Fuhrman President, Teachers College, Columbia University

Joi Gordon CEO, Dress for Success Worldwide

Michele Horovitz  Co-Founder, Appetite for Change

Karen Kalish  Founder and CEO, Home Works!

LaTasha Powell   Co-Founder, Appetite for Change

Meredith Rollins  SVP, Global Content Strategy at Weight Watchers

Dr. Lisa Satlin  Professor & Chair, Pediatric Nephrology at Mount Sinai

Princess Titus  Co-Founder, Appetite for Change

Maria Vertkin  Founder and Executive Director, Found in Translation

Teresa Younger  CEO & President, MS. Foundation for Women


Jeannette Ferran Astorga   Vice President, Corporate Responsibility at ascena retail group, inc. 

Stephanie Garbarini   Vice President, Brand Marketing at dressbarn

Eric Hunter  President, Lane Bryant, Catherines and Cacique

Roslyn S. Jaffe  Co-Founder: Secretary & Director Emeritus for Life at ascena retail group, inc.

Elise Jaffe   Senior Vice President, Real Estate at ascena retail group, inc and Executive Sponsor of ascena CARES

Chris Kaighn Senior Vice President of stores and operations at Justice

Sue Ross  ascena Talent and Corporate Affairs Centers of Excellence

Erin Stern President, dressbarn