WVF’s annual fundraising event brought together business leaders and other WVF patrons to honor extraordinary women for their entrepreneurial spirit, accomplishments  and contributions to their communities.   All proceeds from the Gala allow WVF to continue to help women entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.

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October 4, 2017

Harvard Club | 33 West 44th Street | New York, NY 10036


Rebecca Jarvis
Chief Business, Technology and Economic Correspondent
ABC News

Rebecca Jarvis is the ABC News Chief Business, Technology and Economics Correspondent and Creator, Host and Managing Editor of “Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis”. Deeply knowledgeable about financial news, she reports for all ABC News programs and platforms including “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “Nightline,” “20/20,” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

Jarvis has conducted wide-ranging interviews with the biggest names in business, including the first female CEO to ever run a car company, GM’s Mary Barra, mega-investor Warren Buffett, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey. She has also covered the Madoff scandal, and virtually every aspect of the Great Recession and financial collapse – from the housing bubble and foreclosures crisis, to the fall of Bear Stearns and the General Motors bankruptcy, to soaring unemployment. In 2008 and 2012 she covered the Presidential elections. And is the recipient of a Dupont Award for her work covering the Newtown tragedy.

Before joining ABC News, Jarvis was co-host of “CBS This Morning: Saturday,” Business and Economics correspondent for CBS News. Prior to CBS News, Jarvis spent 3 years at CNBC reporting on market news from the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and the New York Mercantile Exchange. She also contributed regularly to MSNBC and NBC News including the “Today Show” and “Nightly News with Brian Williams”.

Jarvis began her journalism career writing for numerous publications, including Crain’s Chicago Business and Business 2.0. She also has worked in investment banking and foreign currency trading.

A graduate of the University of Chicago, Jarvis holds a degree in Economics and Constitutional Law. A recipient of the University of Chicago Dean’s Grant, she studied European banking and financial markets and the formation of the European Union at the Université Sciences Po in Paris, France.

She has received national recognition for her work with Colin Powell to empower children and improve communities and was named a “National Point of Light,” receiving accolades from Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.


Hope Taitz
Managing partner
ELY Capital

Hope Taitz is managing partner of ELY Capital. As an advisor focused on analyzing and investing in the consumer and technology industries in both early and late stages (including Flatiron School, ATTN: and LiquidTalent), Taitz bridges innovative enterprises with established corporations. Previously, she founded her own money management firm, Catalyst Partners. She was a managing director at Crystal Asset Management; a vice president at Argosy Group (now part of CIBC); and an associate and M&A analyst at Drexel Burnham Lambert, where she began her investment banking career. Taitz is a member of the boards of Diamond Resorts International, Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc. and Athene Holding Ltd. and its subsidiaries. She is a founding executive member of Youth Renewal Fund, an executive board member of Pencils of Promise, and a board member of the Future Project and Fred Wilson’s New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education. Taitz also served on the board of Girls Who Code for three years. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.


Deborah Cort
Global Head of Trading Services
Millennium Management

Deborah Cort is Global Head of Trading Services at Millennium Management, a $34 billion dollar multi-strategy hedge fund based in New York, NY. Cort began her career at Millennium as Head of Information Technology Business Strategy, building out business analyst and project management functions. In her current role she manages a team of Relationship Managers focused on aligning the needs of Portfolio Managers with the rest of the organization.

During her tenure at Millennium, Cort has witnessed rapid growth with the number of employees increasing from 700+ to over 2,000 and the assets under management increasing from $7+ billion to nearly $35 billion. She has overseen the onboarding of more than 200 trading teams globally, and reported directly to the CTO, CIO, and COO in various capacities.

Cort’s career has focused on leadership roles offering a unique blend of operational improvements, global team building, and business process re-engineering. She has built a reputation for her ability to nurture relationships through collaboration. Cort is a recognized leader and key influencer, championing various charities, social, and organizational functions that foster team building across the firm.

Prior to Millennium, Cort spent seven years at Moore Capital Management during their time of global expansion, managing both the Business Analyst and Quality Assurance teams. She led all initiatives for the trading floors in New York and London with primary focus on execution strategy and risk management efforts. She was also responsible for onboarding all new portfolio managers and their teams globally, including oversight of the firm’s expansion into the commodities business.

Previously, Cort worked at LabMorgan, JP Morgan’s e-commerce incubator, Wells Fargo Bank, and American Management Systems.

Cort received her Master’s in Business Administration from MIT Sloan School of Management and her undergraduate degree in Industrial Management and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University.