Apollo EmpowHer is a group of dynamic and diverse women who are making a difference for teens in the Apollo Theater's career development programs, introducing over 2,500 students to behind-the-scenes careers in the performing arts and entertainment industries over the past year.

Members contribute $2,500 or more annually and come together for networking opportunities, fundraising events, and other activities to connect with the Apollo, the education programs they are supporting, and each other.

The committee is entirely volunteer-driven and is led by a small group of volunteers.

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Questions?  Please call the membership office at 212-531-5341, or email [email protected]




In recognition of their generous support, members receive::

  • Invitations to special Apollo EmpowHer receptions during the Apollo season
  • Opportunities to attend special members-only networking events
  • Invitations to the Apollo’s signature events
  • Recognition at the annual Dining with the Divas luncheon

and, members will receive the following insider benefits:

  • Personalized ticket concierge with access to VIP house seats for all Apollo Presents performances
  • Invitations to exclusive behind-the-scenes Apollo events


Working Committees

Members are encouraged to participate in our working committees

Events Committee: Works with members of the Apollo team to create fun and rewarding Apollo-related events and other activities throughout the city

Program Committee: Creates meaningful interactions between the Apollo Theater’s education programs and the Apollo EmpowHer community by:

  • Arranging site visits to see the career development programs in action
  • Creating unique opportunities for members to use their skills and expertise to help participants of the Apollo education programs
  • Working with the Apollo education team to open doors to new connections and resources when appropriate


Apollo EmpowHer members come together for special events at the Apollo and around the city.  Our events include social occasions, fundraisers, and school visits that give our members the opportunity to connect with the education programs they are supporting.

Upcoming Events include:

  • Opening night dinner followed by performance of We Shall Not be Moved 

Past Events

  • Private viewing of photographer Jim Marshall's Peace exhibit at ACA Galleries 
  • A school visit to Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts to see a half-day in-school seminar in musical theater production
  • A speed mentoring session for teens participating in the youth track of the Women of the World Festival
  • Dinner at Red Rooster followed by the Abbey Lincoln Tribute concert at the Apollo featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding; and Terri Lyne Carrington, Musical Director
  • Viewing the Oral History Project's documentary film premiere entitled The Changing Face of Harlem
  • Winter Networking Breakfast hosted by Apollo Board Member Racquel Oden, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch
  • Private Tour of “New York at its Core” at the City Museum of New York
  • Apollo Theater Holiday Party at The Skylark
  • Spin Fundraiser at Soul Cycle Brooklyn Heights
  • Shopping event at Lulu Frost
  • Apollo Theater Opening Night Dinner at The Cecil and Performance: 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella
  • Day Party on Martha’s Vineyard hosted by Centric
  • Sunset Mixer on Private TriBeCa Rooftop
  • Summer Networking Breakfast hosted by Jeanine Liburd, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, Viacom
  • Tribeca Film Festival Screening of Oprah Winfrey’s Greenleaf
  • Members-Only Brunch at Red Rooster followed by performance of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird
  • Fall Networking Breakfast hosted by Marilyn Booker, Managing Director,Morgan Stanley
  • New Orleans-style Halloween Masquerade Dinner at The Cecil followed by New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Performance
  • A Global Conversation on the Power of Education Adolescent Girls featuring First Lady Michelle Obama





Elizabeth Davis, EAD & Associates, LLC

Carra Wallace, Philanthropist


Steering Committee

Melissa Alvarez-Downing, MD

Dorria Ball, Philanthropist

Edith Ginsberg, Citi

Jeanine Liburd, BET Networks

LaJwanne Louis, WeWork

Robin McKinney, MD

Minerva Phifer, Workday, Inc.


Founding Co-Chairs 
Marilyn Booker, Morgan Stanley
Erika Liles, KWL Solutions
Jacqueline Nickelberry, Philanthropist


Monica Azare, Verizon

Nikki Bethel, HBO

Jacqui Booker, ONE Jeanswear Group

Charlane Brown

Betsy Cohen

Malaak Compton-Rock

Tina Davis

Betina Dowdell, Goldman Sachs

Yolanda Ferrell-Brown

Trudy Gottesman

Renea Griffin

Suzanne Handal

Maya L. Harris

Daisey Holmes

Laura Hope Acevedo, DBS Bank

Lisa Kim

Lorrie King, SiO Beauty

Jill Lafer

Loida Nicolas Lewis

Catie Marron

Shirley McAlpine, Shirley McAlpine Consulting

Carolyn Minick Mason, Consultant

Karen Pavlin, Accenture

Rochelle Powell, Prager & Co.

JoAnn Price

Chrystie Price

Monique Moore Pryor

Racquel Oden, JPMorgan Chase

Sofia Paz

Karen C. Phillips, Philanthropist

Tamara Harris Robinson

Rachel Schluter, PIMCO

Lisa Skeete Tatum, Landit

Josie Thomas, CBS

Leslie M. Uggams

Angela Vallot

Nina Wells

Dawanna Williams

Samantha Wolpert

Patricia Miller Zollar


Apollo EmpowHer is proud to partner with the theater's career development programs. Watch the video above to see the impact these programs have on local teens every day.


Apollo EmpowHer is proud to partner with the Apollo's career development programs to introduce teens to the many behind the scenes careers in the performing arts and entertainment industries.  Through their generous membership donations and other contributions, the committee supports:

  • High School Internship Program
  • Apollo Theater Academy
  • In-School Career Workshops
  • 11th Grade Oral History Project

Over the past year, the committee has:

  • Helped to provide paid internships for 25 high school seniors
  • Provided resources for 2,500 NYC Public School students to participate in an In-School Workshop like songwriting, musical theater production, and special effects/stage makeup
  • Helped 30 11th graders create, film and edit their own documentary film through the Oral History Project