This past week I had the honor of joining over 250 supporters at the Women’s division of Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Spirit of Achievement Luncheon with my dear friend Judy Katz, the author of the Silver Disobedience® CelebrEighty columns.  

Held in the spectacular Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center, this Women Funding Science fundraising event honored achievements in fashion, philanthropy and medicine.  

Ana Maria Cuervo, MD, PhD, the Chair for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases and Co-Director of the Institute for Aging at Albert Einstein College of Medicine accepted the Change-Maker Award.  I have no doubt, in the future, we will all be hearing more about her team’s research into extending longevity through improving health at the cellular level. 

I was further honored (and enthralled) to meet Fern Mallis, president of Fern Mallis LLC, who is world-renown for the ideation and creation the legendary New York Fashion Week that was held for years at Bryant Park and will be remembered by all as one of the hardest tickets to get. Fern most deservedly was honored with the Innovator Spirit of Achievement award. She is certainly an innovator and I highly recommend her new book: Fashion Icons: Fashion Lives with Fern Mallis, which features phenomenally intimate and totally captivating interviews with many of the biggest names in fashion. I picked up an autographed copy and it shares plenty of lessons on both the ups and downs, successes and failures, and the whirlwind lives of many of the mega icons within $3 trillion fashion industry. 

The Philanthropic Spirit award was presented to Laurie M. Tisch, Founder and president of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund along with her daughters and co-executives of the fund, Emily Tisch Sussman and Carolyn Tisch Blodgett. Ms. Tisch’ s speech was most memorable as she spoke of how philanthropy is family affair and a priceless trait that can be passed on for generations. 

It was a wonderful event for a worthy institution, which is also the sole namesake research, educational and clinical investigational college in the world that is entitled to use the name of Albert Einstein.  Based on what the Albert Einstein College of Medicine has accomplished in the areas of aging, intellectual development disorders, diabetes, cancer, liver disease and AIDS, along with research in neuroscience, cardiac disease and health disparities — the Einstein legacy of science and innovation appears to be living on while bringing new advancements to many in real time.  

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