Welcome to AWE

Thank you for your commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive corporate America. Together we are making a difference and we are thrilled to be partnering with and supporting you. We are confident that your involvement with AWE will not only be a benefit to you and your career, but to your entire team and company. Scroll down to learn more about your support staff and all of your available membership services. 

Your team


Bree Riley, Head of Member Relations

Bree Riley is the New York Regional Member Relations Manager for AWE/Advancing Women Executives. In this role, Bree manages the membership experience of and upwards of a hundred executive women in the New York area. An AWE Membership is inclusive of executive coaching, monthly networking events, peer introductions, and training sessions. 

Prior to joining AWE, Bree worked in the advertising industry. She started her career in account management at some of NYC’s largest agencies including DigitasLBi and BBDO with Fortune 100 clients like American Express and Lowe’s Home Improvement. In her role at The Advertising Council, Bree led communications campaigns for national nonprofits such as the American Heart Association and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). It is Bree’s experience building brands and passion for supporting women in business that brought her to AWE.  

Outside of her role at AWE, Bree sits on the board of Housing Works Inc., representing a network over 300 volunteers. She is originally from the beautiful Peach State and studied Theatre at The University of Georgia. In her free time, Bree bikes around Prospect Park and brews beer in her Brooklyn apartment. 

Yael Utt, Regional Director

Yael Utt is the Regional Director the New York-metro membership for Advancing Women Executives. AWE is the leading resource for corporate executive women in New York metro, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Chicago and works with senior executive women from companies like Google, Disney, Pfizer, HSBC, Viacom, PepsiCo, American Express, Condé Nast, Hearst, Avon, BD, Thomson Reuters, HP, Oracle, Salesforce, Coach, LVMH, Tiffany & Co., CBS, Toyota, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Novartis, BNY Mellon, AOL, Verizon, Accenture, Scholastic and MasterCard.

At the heart of AWE is a laser focus on the behavioral changes which create a paradigm shift in the promotion and advancement of corporate women. Yael is thrilled to be a part of that shift through one-on- one relationship building with executives and as a corporate trainer.

In her previous life, Yael was a New York bar-admitted lawyer practicing employment law. A five-year move to London propelled Yael to more commercially focus on direct relationship-building with strategic banking clients at a global firm. Upon returning to New York, Yael was able to fully commit herself to her lifelong passion in women’s issues by working with CEO Meiko Takayama to launch and grow the New York-based membership of AWE which has quickly become its largest market.


Membership services


Events and Gatherings


Leaders are invited to annual gatherings and no-fee monthly dinners where topics of discussion include:

- Corporate Boards panel
- Negotiation Skills
- Best Practices in Process Improvement
- Market Trends
- Rethinking Time: Multipliers Not Multitaskers
- Unconscious Bias in the Workforce
- Gen X and Millennials


2018 Dinner Events

Please rsvp to claim your seat at the table

January Leaders of Color Dinner (Hosted by Meiko Takayama)
Tuesday, January 23rd 6:30pm-9:30pm
Bar Bolonat | West Village

February Luncheon
Wednesday, February 28th 12pm-2pm
Becco | Midtown West
March Dinner (NJ)
Tuesday, March 20th 6:30pm-9:30pm
Serenade | Chatham, NJ
March Dinner
Tuesday, March 27th 6:30pm-9:30pm
Benoit | Midtown
April Dinner (CT)
Tuesday, April 17th 6:30pm-9:30pm
Mill Street Bar & Table | Greenwich, CT
May AWE Gathering
Details TBA

June Luncheon
Wednesday, June 6th 12pm-2pm
Prune | NoHo
June Dinner
Wednesday, June 20th 6:30pm-9:30pm
Salvation Taco | Midtown East
July Luncheon
Wednesday, July 18th 12pm-2pm
The Breslin | NoMad
September Dinner for Retiring Leaders
Wednesday, September 12th 6:30pm-9:30pm
Bar Bolonat | West Village
November AWE Gathering
Details TBA
December Luncheon
Tuesday, December 11th 12pm-2pm
Prune | NoHo

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Onsite Training Session

Your membership includes one annual training session. Each 90-minute session is interactive and tailored to an audience of the Leader’s choosing.

Benefits of Professional Development Trainings:

- Improve business performance
- Increase employee engagement, morale, and motivation
- Provide an incentive to learn and put new practices and skills into place
- Reduce employee turnover
- Create long-term employee loyalty
- Identify top performers and future leaders
- Cultivate GenX employees to identify future leadership once Baby Boomers retire
- Retain and attract Millennials who will be 75% of the workforce by 2020

Training Courses

Invest in yourself, your team, and your company with AWE’s Training Curriculum - highly interactive and action-oriented sessions tailored to the professional development of your team. Be strategic about the growth of your organization and advancement of your workforce. 

Year 1: Professional Branding
Capture the essence of your brand. AWE’s pre-session worksheet allows attendees to come prepared with their professional successes to create a cohesive statement. Each Professional Brand should be aspirational and tell the story of one’s value.

Year 2: Elevator Pitch
This session is an extension and manifestation of a strong Professional Branding Statement. Research regularly shows the importance of establishing a strong first impression. AWE trainers provide attendees with techniques to efficiently create a unique Elevator Pitch and memorable connectivity.

Year 3: The Art of Networking
A robust network is key to professional advancement. Become an expert networker by articulating a strong Professional Brand, Elevator Pitch, and by utilizing the additional tools to expand professional connections, both internally and externally.

Year 4: Mentors and Sponsors
Gain insight, wisdom, and action steps to actively seek out and develop mentors and sponsors. Learn about the difference and necessity of both for career mobility.

Year 5: Executive Presence
In AWE’s fifth session, Executive Presence, learn, reflect, and explore new ways to increase your Executive Presence and why it matters for your career.



    Executive Coaching


    AWE's Member Advisor works one-on-one with AWE Leaders to ensure they
    meet their professional goals. Quarterly sessions focus on professional
    branding, increasing connections internally and externally, getting board
    ready, and setting visions and goals. The Member Advisor is focused on the
    key strengths of each member and how to best position her for continued
    future success.

    Executive Coaching 

    Help yourself excel - with AWE's Executive Coaching program - a one-on-one conversation with an inspiring and empowering coach, who will work directly with you to etch out your specific personal and professional goals, and give you the tools and support to make them your reality.

    Common Themes :

    • Career Advancement
    • Negotiations
    • Roadblocks
    • Networking
    • Board Seat
    • Executive Presence/Leadership Development 

    AWE Leader Directory

    Connect with our other extraordinary leaders through the exclusive AWE Leader Directory and take full advantage of your new network of forward thinking, upwardly moving men and women to build  the new global economy.

    The Social Contract