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United Way Recognizing Taryn Duffy at Annual Women's Leadership Council Event

United Way of Westchester and Putnam is hosting its annual “Take a Walk in Her Shoes” event virtually on Tuesday, December 7 from 6-7:30pm.


Taryn Duffy, Vice President of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs at Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts, will be recognized with the United Way Women’s Leadership Council 2021 “Woman of Distinction” award.


A prominent voice for the empowerment of women, Duffy has a passion for civic responsibility and volunteer service, particularly mentoring women in their careers. She is a frequent speaker on nonprofit advocacy and development and is a strong proponent for the advancement of women in business and the political arena.


The “Talk a Walk in Her Shoes” event will feature a panel discussion, moderated by Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson, focused on women leaders in the healthcare sector and how they led others as well as themselves through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Women’s Leadership Council is proud to welcome the following distinguished women to this important discussion: Dr. Sherlita Amler, Westchester County Commissioner of Health, who led the county public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic and played a significant role in its campaign to reverse the county’s rising death toll; Judith M. Watson, CEO of Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, Inc., a long time healthcare leader working to provide access to health care to vulnerable populations in our local communities; Stacey Petrower, President of NYP Hudson Valley Hospital, a career professional in the industry who is responsible for the hospital’s strategic direction and management; and Laurie Ann Walsh, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at NYP Lawrence Hospital, who developed extension ICU units, revised nursing care models and patient flow, and implemented activities to assist staff in building resilience and decrease stress during this very challenging period.

Funds raised by United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council help to support lives of ALICE* (Asset Limited, Income Constrained Employed) women, children, and their families in Westchester and Putnam who struggle daily to afford their most basic needs. This event is generously sponsored by Con Edison and M&T Bank.

Attendees will receive a “Gratitude Giftbag” signifying their commitment to assisting and empowering diverse women in the community. Included will be artisanal treats provided by Ladle of Love, wine to enjoy during the virtual program, and a special gift.

Tickets to the “Take a Walk in Her Shoes” virtual event are $125, and sponsorship opportunities and digital journal ad spaces are available. The last date to purchase tickets is Tuesday, November 30. For more information, to become a sponsor or to purchase a ticket, visit or contact Rebecca Snyder, Director of Special Events and Development at (914) 997-6700 x740, or