Leadership Gala | Junior Achievement of New York



On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, Gavin O'Connor, COO & CFO of Point72 and immediate Past Chair of the JA New York Board of Directors, was honored with the 2019 Leadership Award for his contributions and dedication to Junior Achievement of New York.

Also honored was Kim Kaupe, CEO and Co-Founder of The Superfan Company, with the second annual EY Young Innovator of the Year Award, and Allenia Robinson, a senior at Lincoln High School in Yonkers, NY, with the 2019 Student of the Year Scholarship Award.
Almost 400 business leaders and professionals gathered to celebrate the three distinguished honorees and to raise funds to support the delivery of JA New York's financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness programs across NYC, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley. The evening's event raised a record-breaking $830,000 for the kids of JA New York.

Thank you to the event's Platinum sponsors: American Express; Bayview Asset Management; Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Delta Air Lines; EY; Dave & Michelle Fishman; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Gavin & Marybeth O'Connor; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Point72; PwC; U.S. Bank; and Voya Financial.

To see all the photos from the event, click here.
Stay tuned for information about the 2020 Leadership Awards Gala!
  • "JA activities support our college and career readiness expectations as they bridge connections to real world experiences and professions" – Hazel Cruz, PS 83

    -Junior Achievement Teacher
  • "I learned that running a business includes a lot of work! You have to know how to run it, how much to pay your employees and much more." – PS 83

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Guess what? A volunteer from Junior Achievement came to my class! I learned that cities are places to live, eat, work and play." – Justin, PS 83

    -Junior Achievement Student
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    -Junior Achievement Alumnus
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    -Junior Achievement Volunteer

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