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Cecile Noel is the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV). ENDGBV develops policies and programs, provides training and prevention education, conducts research and evaluations, and performs community outreach. The Office collaborates with City agencies and community stakeholders to ensure access to inclusive services for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence, and oversees the NYC Family Justice Centers (FJCs) that operate in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, which receive 5,600 client visits, and serve over 2,300 clients per month.

Commissioner Noel is a graduate of Vassar College and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work Administration from Columbia University. She is also an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at Hunter College.



Julie Smolyansky | Voice of Courage Award Julie became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm, Lifeway Foods in 2002. For almost 30 years Julie has actively worked to end domestic violence and sexual assault. From teaching and education to becoming a certified rape crisis counselor. Julie has traveled overseas to work with survivors in a refugee camp and produced several films on social justice, including “The Hunting Ground”.


Orin Snyder | Champion of Justice Award One of the country’s leading trial lawyers and litigators and former federal prosecutor, Orin is currently a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Besides being “the deadliest trial lawyer in tech” he also serves on the Board of Directors for the David Lynch Foundation as well as numerous other pro bono, community, and public affairs.


Seane Corn | Spiritual Activist Award
An internationally acclaimed yoga teacher and public speaker, Seane has used her platform to bring awareness to global issues including social justice, sex trafficking, HIV/AIDS awareness, generational poverty, and animal rights. Seane co-founded the Global Seva Challenge and has raised over $3.5MM by activating communities of yoga and wellness and just completed her first book, Revolution of the Soul.