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Women Build Luncheon 2019:
Celebrating Successful Entrepreneurs

Friday, March 29th • 12pm - 1:30 pm • 730 3rd Avenue

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Stable housing is the basis from which the rest of our lives grow – without it, every aspect of a person’s life suffers. With the stability that low-income women achieve through affordable homeownership, their lives, and the lives of their children, greatly improve. And since 80 percent of Habitat NYC homeowners are single female heads of household, Habitat NYC’s work directly impacts the lives of New York City women.

This year, we’re bringing together five successful female entrepreneurs who will share their stories and inspire you to continue building together with Habitat NYC.

Ticket includes networking, panel and lunch.

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Allison Eden

Founder, Allison Eden Studios

Allison Eden

Founder, Allison Eden Studios

Allison Eden Studios is an art house for all custom glass mosaics. Specializing in original handcrafted one of a kind pieces, Allison has created her signature style of wild patterns, bold colors, and almost impossible cuts by hand, and has taken the most ancient art known to man and transformed it into a modern day art. Allison Eden’s signature art can be seen In both commercial and residential projects throughout the world. The studio opened in 1995 in NYC and since has become one of the most sought after glass art houses in the world.

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Barbara Kavovit

CEO & Founder, Evergreen Construction

Barbara Kavovit

CEO & Founder, Evergreen Construction

New York native, pioneer and construction trailblazer, Barbara Kavovit, is the CEO and founder of Evergreen Construction, a New York City-based general contracting and construction management firm. Kavovit has utilized her 20 plus years of experience to redefine the industry and pave the way for women pursuing a career in construction.

Prior to Evergreen, Kavovit was the founder and CEO of Anchor Construction and grew the company into one of the largest female-owned general contracting companies in New York City. Kavovit realized fast she had to fight hard to gain respect in the Old Boys’ Club. To achieve this, she continuously raised the bar with her tenacity and acute attention to detail. By the time she was 30, Kavovit was named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Business” by Crain’s.

This led to the launch of her brand “Barbara K” – a revolutionary line of ergonomically designed tools and kits made to empower women. The products were sold by retailers worldwide and caught the attention of national media including, NBC’s “The Today Show” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

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Sam Sisca

CEO & Founder, Social Sunday

Sam Sisca

CEO & Founder, Social Sunday

Sam Sisca is on a mission. As the CEO and Founder of Social Sunday, a woman-owned graphic clothing line, Sisca is creating community through her empowering, relatable messages. Working towards the balance between an active lifestyle and relaxing ‘self care sundays’, is a constant theme for the 27-year-old. Social Sunday is ethically made in the USA and hand-printed in Brooklyn, NY. It is currently sold in over 500 retailers around the world, and has a growing e-commerce business. Charity initiatives are a strong part of the brand’s ethos and Sam is always looking for ways to give back to the community.

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Jen Threat

Editor & Founder, Double Dutch Magazine and Habitat Homeowner

Jen Threat

Editor & Founder, Double Dutch Magazine and Habitat Homeowner

Jen Threat has over 20 years experience in magazine publishing. She’s worked with Essence, Good Housekeeping and Ebony magazines. She founded her own magazine, Double Dutch. It is an urban magazine for girls ages 12-17, who love hip-hop culture: music, film, sports and fashion. Jen enjoys mentoring the next generation of journalists as an instructor for elementary students at PS 11 in Brooklyn.

As a volunteer, Jen has planned auction fundraisers, conferences and book signings. She has been recognized as a dedicated speaker by Gye Nyame Empowerment Project’s teen conference and as a finalist in the Brooklyn Public Library’s PowerUp Business Plan competition for her magazine, Double Dutch. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from Ohio University and her Master of Science degree in Publishing from New York University (NYU).

Jen resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband of 21 years, Kevin, and their daughters, Dawn and Zora. She is a proud Family Partner alum of Habitat. The process showed her girls how great things can happen through volunteering, hard work and sacrifice. She loves watching boxing, cooking, going to museums and hot yoga classes.

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Special thanks to our generous sponsor Convene for hosting this year’s Women Build Luncheon. In addition to hosting, Convene will be providing lunch for all attendees. If you are interested in supporting or hosting Women Build events, contact Ricardo Sebastian at rsebastian@habitatnyc.org.

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Women Build is a community of strong, dedicated women, coming together to be a force for good in ourselves and in our communities. Women Build channels the power and energy of hundreds of New York City women to focus on something uplifting, and to lift up walls in our neighborhoods. Learn more about Women Build at our website.

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