On Saturday, April 9th, 2022, the Global Connections for Women Foundation unveils our list of Top 100 Women in the World; these remarkable women exemplify the pinnacle of strength, bravery, industrious leadership, resilience, business acumen, and equity. We continue our tradition to recognize women’s accomplishments in exclusive settings that allow us to celebrate equity, diversity, and inclusion.

This year’s Top 100 Women list includes Hortense le Gentil (Global Executive Leadership Coach and Best-selling author, Aligned), Renee Montgomery (2-time WNBA Champion), Ekpedeme “Pamay” M. Bassey (Chief Learning and Diversity Officer for the Kraft Heinz Company), Carmen Bryant (Director of Marketing and Cultural Ambassador), Emma Johnson (Business Journalist and Founder of, Renu Hooda (Chief Talent Officer at Kinesso), Dr. Towanna Burrous (Founder and President of CoachDiversity Institute), Melissa McGhie Proctor (Chief Marketing Officer for the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and Philips Arena), Mary Kate Loftus (Senior Vice President, Director of Digital for M&T), Dr. Patricia Colomine (Leader in Neonatology), Carolyn Kissane (Academic Director of New York University’s Center for Global Affairs), Dr. Jane Kim (Board-certified Emergency Medicine Attending and co-founder of NY Health Tech), Isabell Rodriguez (Scandinavia’s #1 Transformational Mindset Coach), Michelle King (Founder of Equality Forward and Senior Advisor to the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign), Cynthia López (award-winning media strategist and former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment), Professor Caroline Makaka (Founder and President of Ladies of All Nations International and Creator of We Are The Change World Movement), Viola Edward (CEO and co-owner of GRIT Academy) and others

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The Global Connections for Women Foundation is an award-winning 501c3 not-for-profit organization, who for the past nine years, has been at the forefront of advancing women’s rights, promoting gender equality, and increasing access to quality education for women and girls globally. We have honored and recognized the accomplishments of the TOP 100 Women in the World including Dr. Joyce Banda (Former President of Malawi), Congresswoman Barbara Lee, US Congress, Rebecca Minkoff (Renowned Fashion Designer), Chief Temitope Ajayi (African Business Female Icon), Paula Cole (Grammy Award-Winning Artist), to name a few. We have held the GC4W’s Top 100 Women celebration at the Harvard Club of New York City, the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and now, virtually. 

UN Women’s declares “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” as this year’s theme. Women are paving the way for future generations of powerful female leaders and are at the forefront of advancing gender equality in one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century. By recognizing women, we only uplift and inspire other generations of Next Top 100 Women in the World. 

Guests are invited to support in 3 ways: 1) Purchase tickets to the Top 100 Women Virtual Summit on Eventbrite, 2) Make a Charitable donation to connect, educate, and empower the next 100 of young women, or 3) Re-share the Top 100 Women in World list on your social media accounts.  The guests at our virtual celebration will have access to our Top 100 Women, Inspirational Talks, Live Entertainment by Katini Yamaoka and Liesl Mattar, and Network Roulette.

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Fireside Chat on Aligning with the True Leader Within

Hortense le Gentil, Global Executive Coach and Author of Aligned

Moderator: Dr. Lilian Ajayi Ore, Founder, Global Connections for Women Foundation

Panel 1: Still, We Rise: The Road to Gender Equality

Cynthia Lopez, Executive Director, NYWIFT

Emma Johnson, Founder of

Prof Caroline Makaka, Founder and President of LOANI

Melissa Proctor, Chief Marketing Officer for the Atlanta Hawks Arena

Isabell Rodriguez, Scandinavia’s #1 Transformational Mindset Coach

Moderator: Janice Perkins, Owner – Capacity Communication

Panel 2: Breaking the Bias and Inequities: What It Will Take

Towanna Burrous, Founder and President of CoachDiversity Institute

Mary Kate Loftus, Senior Vice President, Director of Digital for M&T

Carmen Bryant, Director of Marketing

Carolyn Kissane, Academic Director of NYU’s Center for Global Affairs

Moderator: Cristina Ackas, VP, Inclusive Diversity, Octagon Company

Panel 3: Wellness is Self-Advocacy: Learning to Take the Lead

Viola Edward, CEO and co-owner of GRIT Academy

Dra Patricia Colomine, Leader in Neonatology

Michelle King, Founder of Equality Forward

Jane Kim, Board-certified Emergency Medicine Attending

Moderator: Daphne Magna, Founder of Tough Convos

About GC4W: The Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that believes in all women and girls – and their right to create new opportunities for themselves and their communities. GC4W is the recipient of Best of Manhattan Charity Organization (New York, USA) for eight consecutive years, 2015-2022. For media inquiries and honorees quote, please email  

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