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MaryBeth Bognar


Originally from small town Ohio, MaryBeth moved to NYC to pursue a career advancing gender equality and women’s rights. In the past she has worked in operations positions while volunteering regularly for She’s the First, Amnesty International, and completing her M.S. in global affairs at NYU. In obtaining her graduate degree she is conducting research in Lebanon to assess the higher education needs for Syrian refugees. She loves learning about the world, reading, writing, hiking, playing the piano, and traveling--the last few years have taken her to Ghana, Uganda, Italy, Switzerland, and Costa Rica.

CWGL 25th Anniversary Celebration

The Center for Women's Global Leadership will be celebrating 25 years of feminist global advocacy advancing human rights of women. Please join us for an evening of friendship, laughter, dinner and dancing with very special guests. 

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 We are thrilled to announce Mozhan Marnò 
will be the emcee for our 25th Anniversary Celebration!


Mozhan, an American-Iranian actress may be best known to American audiences for her roles in the hit television series The Blacklist and House of Cards. She starred in the Sundance hit “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”.  She also had the title role in “The Stoning of Soraya M,” based on a true story of a married mother of four children who was brutally stoned to death in Iran after being falsely accused of infidelity by her husband.  We are delighted to have Mozhan Marno join us in celebrating 25 years of advancing human rights!


Featuring special guest: Martha Redbone

Host committee:


Read more about our musical performer.

Radhika Balakrishnan 

Alison Bernstein

Charlotte Bunch

Abena Busia

Patti Chang

Abigail Disney

Leila Hessini

Musimbi Kanyoro

Kavita Ramdas

Anthony Romero

Gloria Steinem

Vincent Warren



For directions to Vermilion  (480 Lexington Avenue on the corner of East 46th Street)



Soeurette Germain Tattegrain

NR16GermainSoeurette5629Soeurette Germain Tattegrain, Business Specialist, is responsible for all financial functions at the Center. Prior to joining CWGL, she worked for the City of New York in positions ranging from Analyst to Budget Director. Her strong skill sets in budget management and grant administration were key in providing the Department for the Aging with greater accountability and financial control through the design of an automated budget system linking allocated grants to expenses for hundreds of service providers. Ms. Germain Tattegrain graduated summa Cum Laude from St. John’s University with a Bachelor in Finance. She holds a Master of Public Administration from New York University.


Nicole Dallara

NR16DallaraNicole5793Nicole Dallara, Communications Coordinator, has gained five years' experience in communications, social media management, media, event planning, and community organizing prior to joining CWGL. She has worked on several large campaigns, including the People’s Climate March in New York City. Ms. Dallara has a BS in Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior with a minor in Environmental Business and Economics from Rutgers University.

Krishanti Dharmaraj, Executive Director


 Krishanti Dharmaraj, executive director, is a feminist and human rights activist with over 25 years of experience working to advance the rights of women and girls. She is the founder of the Dignity Index, a human rights measurement tool utilized to ensure equity and inclusion to reduce identity-based discrimination. Previously, Ms. Dharmaraj was the Western Regional Spokesperson for Amnesty International USA. She is also the co-founder of WILD for Human Rights (Women’s Institute for Leadership Development) and the Sri Lanka Children’s Fund.

Under her leadership, San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to pass legislation implementing an international human rights treaty. As a result of passing CEDAW in San Francisco the city implemented a gender analysis in departments that assessed employment, programming and service delivery and resource allocation. Currently, this public policy strategy is being implemented in cities across the United States. She has received numerous awards for her cutting-edge work, conducted trainings and lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad.

Ms. Dharmaraj is on the Board of Directors of IDEX, a Trustee of the North East Women’s Network in Sri Lanka, and is on the Advisory Boards of the Human Rights Project of the Urban Justice Center, South Asia Democracy Watch, and Machik, an organization enhancing the wellbeing of those living in Tibet. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International, Women, Law and Development, Horizons Foundation and the Center for Asian Pacific Women.

Ms. Dharmaraj has an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, at Berkeley.


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