Fund recognises this year’s outstanding women

In one of the swankiest spot in New York’s Chinatown this week, the Women’s Venture Fund (WVF) held its 14th annual gala, and honoured two highly successful women in business, writes Devon Portney. They are Ida Liu of Citibank, and Alitia Faccone of McCarter & English, the law firm.

Formerly director of global sales, marketing and business development for Vivienne Tam, the fashion designer, Liu was recently appointed head of Citi’s North America Asian clients group. She was also named one of the top 50 outstanding Asian Americans in business for 2011 by WVF’s board.

Faccone is one of the most-high profile female law firm partners in the New York metropolitan area – she is actually based in New Jersey. She also is a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers and serves on the advisory board of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum.

The WVF works to help women start and grow their own businesses, acting as a sort of advisory service. The idea is to give women an opportunity to turn what may once have seemed a pipe dream into reality, through classes such as Build a Great Business.

Maria Otero, founder and president, said:

“We are a GPS for women on their way to success.”

The WVF has so far worked with more than 14,000 women. Whether international or local, there is always a place for championing continued female success.

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