The Municipal Bond Women's Club of New York
Leadership in the Industry Panel- May 2022
On May 18, 2022 members and guests gathered for a night of in-person networking and a panel featuring esteemed Municipal Bond industry leaders. Vivian Altman (Janney Montgomery Scott LLC), Tricia Filter (City National Rochdale), Michelle Hallam (JP Morgan Investment Management), Julie Morrone (Rosemawr Management), and Cyndi Pinto (Oppenheimer & Co Inc) shared stories from their experiences in the Muni Bond business. Cocktails and networking followed. Thanks to all for making this event a huge success!
Annual Dinner/Belated Holiday Party- Feb 2022
On February 17, 2022 members and guests gathered at Bobby Van's to celebrate the holidays.
Women's Golf Event @ Chelsea Piers- Oct 2021
On October 13, 2021 over 30 members and guests gathered at the Golf Club at Chelsea Piers, Manhattan's only four-tiered, year-round outdoor driving range where we had the unique opportunity to hit full shots and practice putting under the guidance of top golf pros! The weather was absolutely perfect for relaxing and networking. A great time was had by all. Special thanks to our annual corporate sponsors who make this event possible!
Nailed it! Negotiating and Navigating Difficult Conversations- April 2021
On April 6, 2021 the club hosted a virtual workshop presented in partnership with The Leadership Program, hosted by the President Christine Courtney. The need to develop core negotiation competencies is critical today more than ever. Finding the right balance between building trust and meaningful relationships while asking for what you want and need is an art form. In this workshop, we looked at effective strategies to navigate difficult conversations whether they be around promotion, compensation, or even negotiating for our economic value in our roles as women. Thank you to The Leadership Program for hosting this wonderful and insightful workshop!
Yoga- January 2021
On January 26, 2021 the Municipal Bond Women’s Club of NY kicked off the year with our annual yoga event, virtually led by Donna Ciccimarro. Donna is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher, RYT-200, and we are excited to report she has recently completed her yoga studies in an 800-hour program at the Long Island Institute of Yoga Therapy and is now a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)! Donna has graciously and enthusiastically led this event for us each year and enjoyed guiding members through an intermediate Yoga course from the comfort and safety of each participant’s own home. Thank you Donna!
WIN Backpack Buddies Drive- June 2020
We thank all who participated in this summer's drive to provide students living in WIN "Women in Need" sponsored housing with the tools they need to succeed this school year.
Leadership in the Industry- February 2020
On February 6, 2020 over 40 attendees gathered at Wells Fargo' conference center to listen and learn from six accomplished panelists. Debbie Fierro (JP Morgan Chase), Nikki Goldstein (Goldman Sachs), Sandy Pae Goldstein (FCO Advisors), April Goodman (Putnam), Tina Hastings (Delphi Capital Management) and Rachel Perlman (Boeing and Scattergood) shared stories from their experiences in the Muni Bond business. Cocktails and networking followed. Thank you to our panelists and sponsors for making this event a huge success.
Valentine's Card Making Event- January 2020
MBWC honors and remembers our veterans' community by actively supporting special events such as 'Valentine's For Veterans', produced by PLG Veterans Assistance Fund Inc. (M. Levi, Founder). A group of 18 members and guests gathered at the offices of Roosevelt & Cross Inc. in downtown Manhattan to create a total of 136 beautiful, handmade Valentine’s cards; great! The cards are just fabulous - in design and content! The ladies did such a great job, having mastered this over the years! Lifetime chapter member, Marleen aka "Molly" (as best known in the veterans community) Levi will then host PLG Veterans Assistance Fund Inc.'s annual 'Valentines for Veterans' event on Friday; February 14, 2020 (Valentine’s Day) at a local VA facility. At that time, our handmade cards (along with donations of candy/chocolates and many other goodies) will be given freely to veterans and service members who stop by their table, adorned with Valentine’s decor. Molly is so looking forward to displaying our amazing cards on Valentine’s Day....then handing out to All Veterans....even reading select cards to a veteran(s) for a personal touch! Thank you to Roosevelt and Cross for hosting this wonderful, meaningful, enjoyable event with social camaraderie and productive outcome! A good time was had by all and we were happy to see some new faces! Molly extends sincere thanks to all who participated on behalf of her non-profit org, PLG Veterans Assistance Fund In. [...in memory and ”living legacy” of late partner, iconic Vietnam veteran, Patrick “Pat” Gualtieri]. Special thanks to MBWC for their unwavering support over these many years....so very much appreciated!
WIN Gift Drop off- Dec 2019
On December 12, 2019 the gifts were loaded and delivered to 70 - yes seventy - children living at the WIN NYC Lenox shelter, all coordinated by Colleen Meehan. Your generosity, compassion and commitment are what make the holiday season so special. You have made Christmas special or so many and when the holiday season gets too hectic just reflect on the children who's wishes have been fulfilled by each and every one of you. Thank you to all of the Dreyfus Elves who not only helped coordinate but also put up with having all of these gifts and all of my stress the past few weeks. Here are a few pics from the truck and office. -Colleen
Holiday Cocktail Party- Dec 2019
On December 4, 2019 members and guests gathered at Stag's Head to celebrate the holidays. Cindy Brahms, Volunteer Services Coordinator from WIN Women in Need joined us.
Annual Dinner- October 2019
On October 3, 2019 members gathered at Papillon Bistro to install the 2019-2020 slate.
Yoga in the Park
On September 5, 2019 a lively group of Yoginis descended on the Sheep Meadow in Central Park to practice yoga led by Donna Ciccimarro. Donna is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher, RYT-200, and we are excited to report she has recently completed her yoga studies in an 800-hour program at the Long Island Institute of Yoga Therapy and is now a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)! Afterwards, the group headed over to Tavern on the Green to enjoy awesome music, great friends with wine glass in glass outdoors on a beautiful evening in a magical atmosphere. Another great event! Thank you Donna!
Summer of Riesling Concert Cruise 2019
On August 20, 2019 members and guests boarded The Jewel to enjoy a three-hour cruise along the East River. We sailed south to the Statue of Liberty and enjoyed a beautiful sunset. There was a "boatload" of Riesling to try from around the world. We were reminded that not all Rieslings are sweet and summer evenings should be enjoyed to the fullest! The White Wedding '80s band was a big hit and so was Mr. Seersucker!
Women's Golf @ Chelsea Piers- June 2019
On June 12, 2019 over 30 members and guests gathered at the Golf Club at Chelsea Piers, Manhattan's only four-tiered, year-round outdoor driving range where we had the unique opportunity to hit full shots and practice putting under the guidance of top golf pros! The weather was absolutely perfect for relaxing and networking. A great time was had by all.
Special thanks to our Sponsor!
Leadership in the Industry Panel- Feb 2019
On February 6, 2019 over 50 attendees gathered at the Union League Club to listen and learn from five accomplished panelists. Elaine Brennan (Roosevelt & Cross Inc.), Kaitlin Briscoe (Spring Lake Asset Management), Cynthia Clemson (Eaton Vance), Zoya Gargiulo (Mohanty Gargiulo LLC) and Christiane Olsen (UBS Financial Services Inc.) shared incredible stories from their experiences in the Muni Bond business. There was ample time for conversation with the panelists and networking with other attendees. We were fully subscribed and the positive feedback has been overwhelming! Thanks to all for making this event a huge success!
Valentines for Veterans- Feb 2019
PLG Veterans Assistance Fund Inc. and Remember A VEteran Inc. reprise their annual 'Valentines For Veterans' event at the Brooklyn, VA! Armed with my team of volunteers and many bags/boxes filled with much 'stuff'; the veterans wore smiles from ear-to-ear and embraced this event with full heart and spirit! They were in awe of the 'unconditional love' we demonstrated with free gifts including beautiful handmade cards, lovingly made by MBWC members/guests. Our ample supply of handmade cards were given to each and every veteran who came our way! A big thank you to MBWC for hosting our January card-making event with 23 participants (members/guests) yielding 149 handmade cards! To round out 'Valentine's For Veterans', we had entertainment provided by the very talented singer, Michelle DellaFave, and guitarist, Thayer; just wonderful. The vets enjoyed the music immensely; some even danced with my volunteers!
It is so rewarding to bring this to the Brooklyn, VA every year where my late partner, US Army, VIetnam Veteran, Patrick "Pat" Gualtieri, was also a patient until sadly he passed (d. July 21, 2015) from lung cancer that metastasized. He received good care and treatment at the Bklyn, VA. Pat created this event and I am proud to continue the tradition of hosting this in Pat's honor, memory and 'living legacy'... it doesn't get 'old' but 'renews' each year... heartwarming!
In friendship and gratitude, Molly
With loving, forever remembrances - Pat Gualtieri 1945 - 2015
Valentine's Card Making Event- January 2019
The MBWC honors and remembers our veterans' community by actively supporting special events such as 'Valentine's For Veterans', by PLG Veterans Assistance Fund Inc. (M. Levi, Founder). On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, approximately 23 (chapter members and invited guests) came together in the offices of Jefferies, where one of our Club officers works. For approximately two hours, the participants made beautiful Valentine cards with creative style and flair! With common purpose of card-making, every moment is geared towards this end goal with the added perk of social engagement and delicious refreshments, and ample card-making supplies; compliments of MBWC! This contagious enthusiasm and camaraderie, shared by new and returning participants, resulted in a phenomenal total of 149 beautiful, hand-made Valentine cards! Lifetime chapter member, Marleen "Molly" (as best known in the veterans community) Levi will then produce PLG Veterans Assistance Fund Inc.'s annual 'Valentines for Veterans' event on Thursday, February 14, 2019 (Valentine's Day) at a local veteran facilities at which time our cards (and other acceptable donations) will be lovingly given to individual veterans! It's a home run! MBWC extends a heartfelt thank you to all who participated, for your time, and creativity! Feedback has been amazing; we're so pleased everyone enjoyed this event - see you next year!
Holiday Cocktail Party- December 2018
It was great to share some time and camaraderie with so many Muni women. The spirit of the holiday season was in full force! We are very proud of our support for Women in Need shelters. WIN went home with a car load of toiletries and proceeds from our raffle. Thank you again to Colleen Meehan for bringing us together with WIN!
WIN Gift Drop Off- December 2018
On December 7, 2018 Colleen Meehan and her Dreyfus elves delivered gifts for 25 children living at the Junius Ave, Brooklyn WIN Shelter. Thanks to all our MBWC participants for their support and generosity. It was a very moving experience for Colleen to drop the gifts off and meet the amazing volunteers and employees of WIN. A big thank you to everyone at Dreyfus who pitch in to help. And a big shout out to Mary Gordon for supplying a hand truck! That was a good story for our Holiday party!
Annual Dinner- October 2018
On October 10, 2018 MBWCNY members gathered at The House in Gramercy Park to mingle, network and vote for the 2018-2019 slate.
Manhattan by Sail
On August 16, 2018 MBWCNY members sailed from Battery park on the Clipper City Tall Ship for a sunset tour around NYC harbor. This could be our new annual event!
MBCNY 86th Annual Summer Outing
MBWCNY members attended the annual rooftop cocktail party on June 13, 2018 to celebrate the 86th year of the Municipal Bond Club of New York.
2018 Yoga in the Park
Our Second Annual Yoga event held on June 27 on the Sheep Meadow in Central Park. Our practice was led by our very own certified yoga instructor, Donna Ciccimarro.
2018 Valentine's Card Making Event- January 24
The MBWC honors and remembers our veterans' community by actively supporting special events by PLG Veterans Assistance Fund Inc. This year was no exception! On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, approximately 20 chapter members and invited guests came together in the offices of Jefferies, where one of our Club officers works. For 2 hours, the participants made beautiful Valentine cards for our veterans with creative style and flair! With common purpose of card-making, every moment is geared towards this end goal with the added perk of social engagement and delicious refreshments! This year, we reached a record total of 170 beautiful, hand-made Valentine cards! Lifetime chapter member, Marleen "Molly" (as she's known in the veterans community) Levi will host their annual 'Valentines For Veterans' event on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (Valentine's Day) at local veteran facilities at which time our cards (and other acceptable donations) will be lovingly given to individual veterans! It's a home run! MBWC extends a heartfelt thank you to all who participated, for your time, and creativity!
WIN Gift Drop-off December 19, 2017. MBWC members fulfilled 25 letters to Santa. Thank you all so very much for your very generous donations to the families housed in shelters through Women In Need. The representatives from WIN were overwhelmed by your generosity. -Colleen Meehan
A few words from Susan V. Dushock, previous MBWC President who founded our relationship with Women In Need shelters. It makes me feel so good to know that you all have carried this forward. Wow, from the small gifts we collected at our Holiday parties to this takes my breath away. Please thank all those who have continued their support for me! All my love.
Valentines For Vets event at the Brooklyn VA -Feb 14, 2017
This day of 'unconditional love' in the tradition set forth by Pat Gualtieri was proudly sponsored by PLG Veterans Assistance Fund Inc. and Remember A VEteran Inc. [R A V E]. Valentines For Veterans actively remembers our veterans and military including Gold Star family members for their service and sacrifice. Thanks to individual and corporate donors, many beautiful, handmade cards, gifts, goodies, candy, chocolate hearts and sooo much more were made available to give out. Thank you all for your participation and donations ... so rewarding for veterans and volunteers alike!
2017 Valentine's Card Making January 18
January 18, 2017: Members and guests of the Municipal Bond Women's Club (MBWC) once again gathered together in spacious corporate offices in Manhattan for this coveted, annual event - creating Valentine's cards for our veterans' community! MBWC embraces this event spearheaded by long-time Club member, Marleen "Molly" Levi, Veterans' Advocate and Founder of PLG Veterans Assistance Fund Inc. and Remember A VEteran Inc. [R A V E]. Molly remarks: "There is such a warm, friendly, energized and positive vibe in the conference room, where participants busily focus on card-making for the next 2 1/2 hours". End result this year: 123 beautiful, creative, heartfelt, loving, hand-made cards with messages of i.e., 'Thank You For Serving' and 'Happy Valentine's Day' expressed using an array of arts/crafts supplies, courtesy of the MBWC. Club Member and past President, Betty Infantes along with current President Victoria Lee, provided the working space and assorted refreshments compliments of their employer, Jefferies & Co. Inc. "The women welcome this opportunity to 'give back', say thanks and remember those who proudly served our country", comments Betty. Both new and returning guests thoroughly enjoyed a fun, social and productive evening. The women surprised themselves with their creativity in what they produced! The cards (along with other donations of assorted gifts and goodies) will be distributed at a local VA facility on February 14, 2017 - Valentine's Day by Club Member, Molly (as she's known in the veterans' community). This event is dedicated to Molly's life partner, Patrick (Pat) Gualtieri, a Vietnam veteran and icon in the veterans' community who sadly passed away July 21, 2015 from lung cancer. He is credited with creating this Valentine's event and inspiring others to always remember our veterans and MBWC certainly does!
Holiday Dinner at Estancia 460 November 30, 2016
Holiday Cocktail Party November 29, 2017- held at The World Bar United Nations Plaza. MBWC members and guests raised $680 during our Holiday celebration which was donated to WIN 'Women In Need' Shelters.
Annual Dinner- October 4, 2017
Yoga in Central Park- June 15, 2017
Network while you Shop at Reiss- March 7, 2017
Annual Dinner at Harry's Italian October 6, 2016
Winetasting at Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar April 13, 2016
All present and accounted for except Betty Infantes who had to leave early.
2016 Valentines Card Making January 28
On January 28, 2016, under Club member Marlene Levi's initiative, about 20 members and guests of the Club gathered once more to prepare Valentines cards for the veterans' community. The participants were energized by the warm and friendly positive vibe that filled the room as we busily worked on 'Thank You For Serving' and 'Happy Valentines Day' cards using an array of arts and crafts supplies, courtesy of the MBWC. Many thanks to our Vice President Betty Infantes, who provided the working space and assorted refreshments compliments of her employer, Jefferies & Co. Inc.. "The women enjoy this opportunity to give back and say thanks to those brave men/women who proudly served our country", remarked Betty. Both new and returning guests thoroughly enjoyed a fun, social and productive evening. The end result: approximately 200 beautiful, creative, hand-made cards of which the women take much pride, surprising themselves at what they produced! Marlene, or "Molly" as she's known in the veterans community, distributed the cards (along with donations of candy, cookies, and other assorted gifts) at a local VA facility in Brooklyn.
At the lovely Holiday Party, besides catching up, drinking, eating, raising money for Women in Need, donating gift bags to Women in Need, buying Silpada jewelry to benefit Women in Need, we also heard Marlene "Molly" Levi present this heartfelt Dedication to Eva Hrastnig-Mieras, longtime member, friend, officer, photographer... well the document below (a copy of the official framed Dedication) says it all.
Paint Nite April 16, 2015
2015 Goodwill Valentines Cards Making
2014 October Dinner Party
Goodwill Valentines 2014