Susie Ellis to be named a “trailblazer for gender equality”

Global Wellness Summit and Global Wellness Institute chairman and chief executive Susie Ellis is to be honoured by the US National Committee for UN Women later this month.

The Metropolitan New York Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women will name Ellis a “trailblazer for gender equality in wellness” at an event held in two weeks’ time.

The Champions of Change: Stand Up for Women Worldwide event will take place at The Harmonie Club in New York on Wednesday, October 18.

Hosted by Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women, the event will mark the 30th anniversary of the Metropolitan New York Chapter.

In addition to Ellis, the event will also honour Jolly Amatya, the 2015 to 2017 youth chair for the Youth Assembly at the United Nations. Erika Karp, founder and chief executive of Cornerstone Capital, will also be recognised at the event.

Karp is additionally a founding board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital.

New York Chapter president Mary Luke said: “We have been invigorated in the last year by the revitalised focus in the United States on women’s rights and gender equality.

We are thrilled to honour three incredible trailblazers – strong, visionary women who have made a difference in their respective fields, and as mentors to young women.”

The United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, described by the organisation as “a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity” features 17 goals for better, more prosperous lives for the world’s population.

The 17 goals include “Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. Around 200 people are expected to attend the event in New York on October 18.