On June 19, amidst a crowd of peers, colleagues and friends, Karen Halby, Senior Vice President and Head of the Global Tax Office at Sony Corporation, was prestigiously honored by the National Organization for Women of New York City (NOW-NYC), at the organization's Annual Gala. This event recognizes exemplary women working in business, finance, entrepreneurship, technology, law and government who have boldly forged their way to the top of their industries, breaking barriers along the way, and earning the title of pioneer and role model.
As a member of Sony's executive leadership, and the first woman in her global executive role at the Company, Karen shared the stage with six other highly successful women, including Gretchen Carlson, acclaimed TV journalist and women's empowerment advocate; Kirstin Hill, Managing Director and Strategic Performance Executive, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Bank of America Global Wealth & Investment Management; Linda Findley Kozlowski, Chief Operating Officer of Etsy; Beth Levine, Senior Vice President of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals; Angela Mwanza, Private Wealth Advisor of Evergreen Wealth Management at UBS Private Wealth Management; and Dr. Janet Yellen, distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution and former Chair of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve System.
"I have encountered the glass ceiling at many points throughout my career," shared Karen in her acceptance speech. "Early on, there were times when I was unsure that I would ever be able to break through. My hope is that other companies follow Sony's lead and allow their female employees to rise to their full potential."
She continued, "I believe that only by truly embracing diversity can we learn from each other—recognizing the best of all cultures while at the same time accepting the flaws or humanness of our own. The world seems smaller because of our similarities and more vibrant because of our differences."
NOW-NYC advocates for the women and girls of New York, defending reproductive rights, creating economic equality, promoting women's political representation, and ending both discrimination in the workplace and violence against women.