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Dove Self-Esteem Weekend Panel Discussion: "Real Women of NYC"

The weekend of October 21-23 is Dove Movement for Self-Esteem Weekend 2011.  

On Saturday, October 22nd we will be showcasing 'Real Women of NYC' who discuss their life, their insecurities and what they did (or do) to overcome them. Sometimes knowing you're not alone in the type of insecurity you have can help girls to gain more confidence in themselves. We are hosting this event at Gemini Restaurant on 2nd Avenue between East 34th and East 35th Streets.  We will be in the BACKROOM of the restaurant!


Our Main Speaker will be: Patty Machir, Executive Director of Futures and Options






For more than a decade, Futures and Options has made it possible for more than 2,000 New York City underserved youth to explore careers through career development and paid, mentored internships. We reach out to teens at a formative time of their lives, guiding them to further their education and become contributing citizens. At the same time, private and nonprofit businesses are connected to a pipeline of promising, motivated and diverse young men and women. Futures and Options gives low-income, inner-city youth a chance at meaningful work experiences.  More than 65% of Futures and Options participants are from low-income families and qualify for free lunch assistance.  Sixteen percent are immigrants, and 24% speak English as a second language.  For more information, please visit



Patty Machir, Executive Director, Futures and Options

Patty was named Executive Director of Futures and Options in April 2007.  Patty's lifelong passion has been helping children and youth in her community. Whether in Dallas, Texas, Washington D.C. or her birthplace of New York City, she has found a way to help those youth who might not receive help otherwise.

Since becoming Executive Director of Futures and Options, Patty has worked tirelessly to improve the long-term sustainability of the organization through board development and strategic planning, as well as through organizational growth and development in the areas of program, fundraising and marketing. Patty's passion for the youth and the program's mission is coupled with commitment to excellence in all areas, which ensures continued improvements and growth in the program, infrastructure and sustainability.

Before coming to Futures and Options, Patty was Director of Volunteer Services at The Children's Aid Society, one of the oldest and largest children's welfare agencies in New York City, and was responsible for the oversight of the recruitment, training and management system for over 300 volunteers each year, as well as the corporate strategic partnership program and annual fundraising gala. From 2003 to 2005, Patty was Executive Director of Variety International – The Children's Charity, a multi-national, volunteer-driven organization aligned with the movie industry, which supports programs for children with special needs, children with serious medical concerns and children who live in the midst of poverty. In Dallas, Texas, Patty was president of the Board of Directors for Dallas for Children, a start-up, volunteer-run fundraising organization that supported selected intervention and prevention programs for needy children, from birth through six years old.

Patty has always been a strong advocate on behalf of children and youth, whether as a volunteer or paid employee. She served on the Dallas Commission for Children and Youth for three years, was a member of the Adolescent Pregnancy Board in Fort Worth, Texas for three years, and also served as director of Rockville Community Nursery School in Rockville, Maryland.  She is the mother of three sons and one daughter, all of whom are living in New York City. Patty received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgetown University, and her Masters of Arts in Education: Early Childhood/Special Education from George Washington University.


Please contact me if you would like to participate in our discussion panel at [masked]




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  • karen G.

    It was really wonderful.. inspiring.. great group of people!

    October 24, 2011

  • Brett Anitra G.

    Nice event. One of the best parts was the audience participation. Very nice group of women attended the meetup.

    October 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    excellent panel - although i would have liked to have gone over some of the material we did on the cards even if this was at our own tables to see what others had written etc. I did walk out of the event a bit overwhelmed at all the women who seemed to have much more self esteem than I but that is something i personally need to work on....

    October 23, 2011

  • Say

    The Dove Self-Esteem Weekend Panel Discussion; Real Women of NYC was very informative, enjoyable and provided great information and techniques on how everyone can make a positive impact in raising self esteem.

    October 23, 2011

  • Terri

    Empowering to be with a group of women who are in charge of their futures.

    October 23, 2011

  • Marsha

    very successful

    October 23, 2011

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