The Night of Light & Hope

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The Night of Light & Hope

Thursday, November 5th 2015 | 6pm

Location: The Carlyle Hotel, 35 East 76th Street, New York, NY
Honorary Co-Chair: Rita Cosby and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia
Event Information: Cocktails, Hors D’Oeuvres and Silent Auction
Audience: Approx 60, media, finance, publishing and entertainment VIPs

About the event: The evening is sponsored by Francesca Lana and it is both a launch event and fundraiser, announcing the collaboration of Co-Founders Francesca Lana and Natalia Faeh Influential Ladies’ Alliance (ILA) with former Miss America Kirsten Haglund’s Kirsten Haglund Foundation (KHF). The goal of the event is to raise awareness of the work of ILA in cultivating female entrepreneurs and philanthropists, and to raise funds for KHF; to provide women around the country access to treatment for eating disorders.

About Francesca Lana: Francesca Lana is an international real estate advisor and the founder and Director of ERA International. She also sits on the advisory board of the Robert F. Agostinelli Foundation, which provides support for American war veterans. She is the President and co-founder of the Influential Ladies’ Alliance and a benefactor of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation along with other numerous charities and non-profit activities.

The event aims to facilitate a conversation among influential leaders about the struggles women face, internally and externally, and how to overcome them. We want to share our personal stories Francesca and Kirsten (who both personally struggled and recovered from eating disorders) and other notable women who have overcome great trials to achieve health, healing, freedom and success in various sectors.

IMG_6606.pngFrancesca, Natalia & Kirsten are bringing together an exceptional group of women and men who care about the next generation of young people, to build their health and sense of self-worth and efficacy by healing from their wounds and finding strength in a supportive community. ILA and KHF are partnering to raise funds for treatment, and to provide a transition into the programs offered by ILA so that they not only heal the body and mind, but can go on to build life skills and the gain the tools and support needed to live a productive life.

The goal is to facilitate a conversation about how to empower women through trials into recovery and a supportive community, and raise funds for treatment. Both of us, Francesca and Kirsten, struggled and recovered from eating disorders, and desire to unite other exception and influential women who have overcome trials to achieve success in order to bring a light to this issue and provide hope to those that are struggling.

The Influential Ladies’ Alliance

4The Influential Ladies’ Alliance is a young organization founded in March of last year. It is a multinational network of exceptional women whose goal is to build a global community to support and inspire like-minded women everywhere.

Using our unique backgrounds and contacts, we are connecting women across all interests and fields – arts, science, academia, media, philanthropy and business. We are bringing women together in a spirit of collaboration rather than competition, helping not just to build businesses but also helping to build up the women behind them.

The Influential Ladies’ Alliance exists to provide this platform across the globe, and we are so excited to be here tonight to invite the wonderful women of the United States to join us in growing our network.

I have always been a passionate advocate not just of women’s rights but of women’s opportunities and that’s what the Influential Ladies’ Alliance is about – giving women the opportunity to come together to do remarkable things. In my travels around the world, I’m always fascinated by the beautiful diversity of women and how powerful it is when women collaborate.

At the heart of the ILA is a commitment to weaving a rich tapestry of female experience and talent and tapping the untapped potential that exists in so many women. So often what holds women back from achieving their potential, is a lack of support networks.

I’ve always tried to help other women wherever and however I can – so the ILA’s commitment to building a supportive, strategic sisterhood really excites me.

We recently launched the ILA Academy, an educational platform to help

women achieve their personal and professional goals through seminars, lectures and retreats.

 

Francesca Lana and the Influential Ladies Alliance

The Influential Ladies Alliance

Francesca Lana on the ILA: I’ve always been a passionate advocate not just of women’s rights but of women’s opportunities and that’s what the Influential Ladies Alliance is about – giving women the opportunity to come together to do remarkable things. In my travels around the world, I’m struck time and time again by the beautiful diversity of women and how powerful it is when women collaborate.

At the heart of the ILA is a commitment to weaving a rich tapestry of female experience and talent and tapping the untapped potential that exists in so many women. So often what holds women back from achieving their potential, is a lack of support networks. I’ve always tried try to help other women wherever and however I can – so the ILA’s commitment to building a supportive, strategic sisterhood really excites me.

Anyone who knows me tells me that my biggest gift is communication and bringing people together. The ILA gives me a chance to use my gifts and skills to bring women together, connecting them across interests and fields – arts, sciences, academia, philanthropy and business. One of the many things that I love about ILA is how it brings women together in a spirit of collaboration rather than competition, not just helping build businesses but helping build up the women behind them.

I am blessed to have been nurtured by a network of strong, supportive women in my family and I love that the ILA’s mentoring, educational and social events are places where women feel not just empowered, but enriched as they experience the support of other women. It’s wonderful to see women arrive at the ILA events – whether they are dinners, cocktails or seminars –and within minutes – catch a vision for what the ILA is doing and start to build strong relationships with other women – swapping numbers and building networks. It’s been great to see the ILA vision become a reality at these events, which happen once a month or so and to hear those women who come asking when the next event is.

The ILA team really embodies the ILA’s ethos. I feel very privileged to be part of such a strong team of fantastic women, who are not just great partners in the ILA work, but great friends who support and nurture each other. Even though the team is made up of busy working women, wives and mothers, whenever we’re in the same city, we always find time to get together and plan how we can help other women through the ILA.

Wherever I go, it is my pleasure and privilege to publicize the work of the ILA, I’m a “people person” and the ILA is fundamentally not about projects but about people and about women encouraging other women to be the best they can be – a cause which I wholeheartedly support.

Francesca Lana

What is the Influential Ladies Alliance?

  • We are an alliance of successful & influential women from all over the world
  • We are a non-profit membership organisation
  • We support charitable causes and foundations
  • We support empowerment and encouragement of women
  • We are not a religious organisation
  • We are not a political organisation
  • We build our community based on mutual respect and support

About Francesca Lana

Francesca Lana is an international real estate advisor and the founder and Director of ERA International. She also sits on the advisory board of the Robert F. Agostinelli Foundation, which provides support for American war veterans. She is the President and co-founder of the Influential Ladies’ Alliance and a benefactor of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation along with other numerous charities and non-profit activities.