There are many women in New York making a difference in the world, holding senior positions, researching into new medical areas, or making their mark in the traditionally male-dominated business world. Here we look at three: radiology dynamite Hedvig Hricak, educational maven Kathryn Wylde and political powerhouse Melissa DeRosa.
In 2010, Hedvig Hricak was appointed president of the Radiological Society of North America. Of this appointment, Elias Zerhouni, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said:
“It is hard to find an individual with a more extraordinary character or career in our field, despite the richness and diversity of our profession and its many remarkable leaders.”
Hricak is chair of the Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), a professor of radiology at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College (New York, NY), and has spent many years researching the roles of MRI in genitourinary malignancies.
Kathryn Wylde began her career as a housing organizer in Brooklyn. Today she is President and CEO of The Partnership for New York City, Inc. and the Chamber of Commerce Inc. She has been instrumental in the establishment and supervision of affordable housing and economic development programs, with the development of many pioneering programs in this vein. To get to where she is today she held various roles in educational and economic industries including being Urban Affairs Officer with Anchor Savings Banks and Deputy Chairperson of the Federal Reserve Bank. Today she is known around the world for her expertise in economic development, housing and urban policy.
Politically-speaking one cannot find a more senior unelected role in the New York State government than Melissa de Rosa’s one. As the first female Secretary to Governor Andrew Cuomo (appointed at age 34), she holds a tremendous amount of power. Having been raised in a political home, breakfast discussions centered around local budgetary issues and de Rosa spoke her opinion on these from age 9. At 16 she was an intern for the New York State A.F.L.-C.I.O’s political director. Other political positions she held before arriving in Cuomo’s office include: Obama’s national political action organization, working with Eric T. Schneiderman. Of her expertise, Governor Bill Murrow said:
“She’s very savvy on the intersection of policy and politics. And she has a real granular feel for how to execute things.”
Schneiderman echoed this sentiment by referring to de Rosa a “quadruple threat.”