SOURCE: Loreen Arbus Foundation

December 02, 2014 12:33 ET

Loreen Arbus, Humanitarian, Entrepreneur, & Activist, Honored With The Philanthropy Pioneer Award at the Inaugural Women's Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations in New York City

Arbus Honored Alongside President Obama's Grandmother, Jimmy Choo Co-Founder Tamara Mellon, and Lynn Tilton of Patriarch Partners

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Dec 2, 2014) -   The inaugural Women's Entrepreneurship Day "Woman Pioneer Awards" honored Loreen Arbus, humanitarian, businesswoman, disability rights activist, producer, author, President of the Loreen Arbus Foundation, the Goldenson-Arbus Foundation, and Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc., on November 19th at the United Nations in New York City.

Governor Andrew Cuomo proclaimed November 19, 2014 as the inaugural Women's Entrepreneurship Day, which celebrates, supports, and empowers women entrepreneurs worldwide. This ground-breaking event was created in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, and was said to be the world's largest celebration of successful entrepreneurs, women innovators, and job creators launching startups, bringing ideas to life, driving economic growth, and expanding human welfare. WED was live-streamed in 144 countries as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

"We were inspired to make Loreen Arbus one of our inaugural Woman Pioneer honorees because she is an inspirational role model for women entrepreneurs everywhere, with her personal drive and courage as a businesswoman breaking boundaries, her outstanding leadership record, and her demonstrated passion for advancing women, for creating a more inclusive world, and for building a better future," said Wendy Diamond, CEO and founder of Women's Entrepreneurship Day.

The list of VIPS from around the globe that gathered at the UN for WED included Sandy Lerner (Co-Founder Cisco Systems/Founder Urban Decay), Tamara Mellon (Jimmy Choo Co-Founder), Gabriela Isler (Miss Universe 2014), Her Excellency Madame Gertrude H. Mutharika (First Lady of Malawi), Rose Byrne (Award-winning Actress), Elizabeth Scharpf (She Innovates), Quvenzhané Wallis (Oscar-nominated Actress), Mama Sarah Obama (President Obama's grandmother), Her Royal Highness Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al-Saud (Alfa Intl./Harvey Nichols), Peggy Wallace (Golden Seeds), Her Excellency Madame Kim Simplis Barrow (First Lady of Belize), Her Excellency Madame Penehupifo 'Penny' Pohamba (First Lady Of Namibia), Her Excellency Sheikha Hanadi Al Thani (Qatar Amwal), Carol Sawdye (Vice Chair PwC), Icona Pop (Grammy Artists), Lynn Tilton (Patriarch Partners), Amy Robach (Good Morning America news anchor), and Marcia Dyson (Women's Global Initiative). WED Sponsors included PwC, BNP Paribas, Nestle, Microsoft, United Nations Foundation, PVBLIC Foundation, and Global Partnership Forum.

In other recent and upcoming news on Loreen Arbus:
On November 18th, Loreen Arbus was honored by the Women's Leadership Exchange (WLE) -- with the Compass Award. Since 2002, WLE has presented this award to women who have shifted the paradigm of how women are perceived as leaders in the world. Past recipients include: Billie Jean King, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, Arianna Huffington, Geraldine Laybourne, Iman, Carly Fiorina, Sherry Lansing, Lori Greiner, and other prominent women.

On October 23rd, Loreen Arbus served as a panelist discussing the importance of diversity and inclusion in the corporate world at the Top Corporate Allies for Diversity Gala hosted by Lori Sokol, Publisher of Difference Matters Magazine - AT&T, Barclays, CA Technologies, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP, Delta Airlines, Discovery Communications, Interpublic Group (IPG), Merck, Mondelēz Global LLC, Morgan Stanley, Nielsen, Quest Diagnostics, Turner Construction, and Viacom were honored at the gala as leading organizations with steadfast and pioneering commitment and support of employees in one or more of these five categories: LGBT, Disabilities, Women, People of Color, and Veterans.

In September 2014, Loreen Arbus hosted an event at her New York home where Demi Moore, actress & activist, spoke about Thorn, the non-profit web-based organization she has co-founded that is driving technology innovation to fight child sexual exploitation -- The event was part of Women Moving Millions' Annual Summit on the subject of "The Story of Power."

On Thursday December 11th at the annual New York Women in Film & Television Muse Awards, Loreen Arbus will be presenting The Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant. The film completion grant will be awarded to a woman filmmaker for a film on physical or developmental disability issues. The Muse Awards honors prominent women in the film, television, and digital media fields. The awards luncheon is a highlight of the New York City holiday season for the entertainment industry and is attended by an audience of 1100 leading executives and creators from every major studio, network, and film production facility, as well as the independent film scene. This year's other honorees include: Mary Bailey, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dawn Ostroff, and Wanda Sykes.

On April 23rd at The 36th College Television Awards in Los Angeles, Loreen Arbus will present The Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship Award. For the 6th consecutive year, Loreen is offering two scholarships to students whose storytelling sheds light on people living with disabilities, helps emerging artists gain recognition, and increases visibility for artists with disabilities. The Loreen Arbus Foundation has partnered with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation (The Emmys Foundation) to award these scholarships since 2010.

The Loreen Arbus Foundation also engaged in a partnership with The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to focus on the needs, achievements, contributions and stories of citizens with disabilities. The Loreen Arbus Foundation Focus on Disability Scholarship is given to aspiring student television and filmmakers --

On May 7, 2015 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, Loreen Arbus will once again take the reins as the Founder and Chair of the 14th Annual Women Who Care Awards luncheon, one of the most high-profile philanthropic events on the city's calendar. Emmy Award-winning actress Susan Lucci will return to host the event. Robin Givens, actress & activist, and Paula Zahn, six-time Emmy Award-winning host of "On The Case With Paula Zahn," will return as Co-Chairs, along with new Co-Chair, Tamsen Fadal, Emmy Award-winning anchor, PIX 11 News. Former First Lady of New York City, Donna Hanover, returns as Honorary Chair. This star-studded New York tradition celebrates the accomplishments of women as caregivers, philanthropists, and professionals, and benefits United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. Last year, over $500,000 was raised to help enhance the lives of children, adults, and families living with disabilities.

About Loreen Arbus:
Loreen Arbus is currently the President of the Loreen Arbus Foundation, The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation, and Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc. Her philanthropy supports a broad scope of interests including advocacy for women and girls, as well as for the world's largest minority, people with disabilities. She has established and funds many scholarships that both enhance and elevate social consciousness around her philanthropic interests - scientific and medical research, public policy, the arts, media responsibility, human and animal rights. Arbus holds the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network, a feat accomplished twice (both at Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime). Arbus, who has been a speaker at TEDxWOMEN, is the author of six nonfiction books, has written countless articles for many national publications, and was twice nominated for an Emmy. She serves on over a dozen nonprofit boards. Ms. Arbus, widely recognized for her humanitarian and professional accomplishments, has received The Heart of Giving Award presented by President Bill Clinton in 2001, and was chosen as one (of 40) Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World in 2002. She lives in New York, Los Angeles, and Buenos Aires. She is a high profile professional Argentine Tango choreographer and dancer. She serves on eleven boards, chairs major charity events around the world, and is Founder/Chair of The Women Who Care Awards luncheon which benefits United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and has become a New York tradition.

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