NYJL Announces 2018-2020 President

Please join us as we congratulate the newly slated NYJL President for 2018-2020, Lauren Jenkins Chung!

Lauren is currently a Director at Large on the New York Junior League Board of Directors. She also serves as the co-chair of the Strategic Planning Work Group and as a member of the Governance and the Food & Beverage Work Groups.

Since transferring to the NYJL from Washington DC in 2006, Lauren has served as the Strategic Planning Council Head on the Management Council, the co-chair of the Advocates for Public Policy and Research & Strategic Planning Committees, and as a member of the Nominating Committee, Community Alignment Task Force and Finance Work Group, among other placements. She was honored as a 2014 Outstanding Volunteer.    

Outside of the NYJL, she serves as Board Member & Fundraising chair for Calvary-St. George’s Episcopal Church, co-chair and Executive Committee member for the KIPP NYC Charter Schools Associate Council, Executive Board member and Community Affairs Vice President for the P.S. 234 Independence School Parent Teacher Association, and as an elected Board member for the Community Education Council, Department of Education Manhattan District 2.

Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a MPA in Public Nonprofit Management and Policy from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.

We wish Lauren the best of luck in her new role!

Navigating the NYC Real Estate Market

Deciding to purchase your first home can be daunting enough. Doing it in New York is a whole other experience! To help prospective buyers, Femme Finance, which is part of Affiliation, recently hosted an interactive discussion on the do’s and don’ts of purchasing real estate in New York. From brokers to mortgages to closings, panelists from Wells Fargo, MiT National Land Services and Wexler & Kaufman, PLLC went step-by-step through the typical purchasing processes. By the end of the evening, attendees had a better grasp on how to navigate the New York real estate market and knew the differences between a condo, a co-op and condop!

The Affiliation Council hopes you are able to join them for the first Thirsty Thursday of 2018 – Trivia Night!  Hosted by the Engagement Events committee, enjoy an evening of evening of “friendly” competition this Thursday, January 11.

Getting to Know Community Committees

The Engagement Events committee recently hosted the third Thirsty Thursday of the 2017-2018 NYJL year, “Hello, My Name is Community”. Active members and provisionals mingled in the Pine Room and Harriman Room, enjoying sliders, crudités, and pigs-in-a-blanket on behalf of the Astor House.

In advance of Provisional graduation and January placement, Provisionals and Transfers alike were able to learn more about community committees by speaking directly with co-chairs. Representatives from committees including Senior Friends, Artistic Journeys, and Crisis Intervention, explained the requirements of their committees and spoke to the meaningful work they bring to the city and beyond.


NYJL members catch up with old friends and get to know new friends

All members of the NYJL community are invited to Thirsty Thursdays, a monthly free event held at the Astor House with a cash bar. Members are encouraged to check the internal calendar and weekly Friday Flashes to stay up-to-date with the Engagement Events schedule. Stop by in 2018 for a fun evening and meet new women at upcoming Thirsty Thursdays, including Bingo Night and Trivia Night!

NYJL Volunteer Beth Batiuchok-Colon Honored by Working Mother Magazine

We are excited to celebrate NYJL volunteer Beth Batiuchok-Colon, who was recently honored by Working Mother Magazine.

Beth is noted for being a “great mentor to other women, and her co-workers often describe her as personable, professional, patient and kind.” She shows leadership in the workplace, working at FINRA in the Market Regulation Department for six years, starting as a business analyst, and now as an Assistant Director in Market Manipulation Investigations/Trading Analysis where she served as co-chair of the FINRA Women’s Network Employee Resource Group (ERG).

At the NYJL, Beth co-chairs the Building Blocks committee, working with The Single Parent Resource Center to provide free “Mommy and Me” classes to single mothers and their children.

It is such an honor to be recognized as FINRA’s working mother of year. I am delighted to work for a company where I can bring my whole self to work:  that includes being a career-minded woman, a wife and mother, a volunteer, and a mentor. I am grateful for my involvement with the NYJL, as the organization gave me the training and skills to excel as both a volunteer and a professional woman.

Beth truly exemplifies NYJL values in her personal life, work environment, and in the community. Congratulations from all of us at the NYJL!

Princesses, Witches and Lions Took over The Astor House!

On October 26, the Astor House was once again transformed for its most spook-tacular event, Lil’ Goblins Halloween Party. Over a 100 children and their families took part in Halloween themed events. Pirates, mermaids, firefighters, witches and even a few furry animals participated in a fun-filled afternoon that included a magic show, face painting, and cookie decorating. Children practiced for the big night only a few days away as they trick-or-treated throughout the Astor House.

Thank you to all our goblins and ghouls for making this ball a scary success! We look forward to hosting many more events at the Astor House and look forward to hosting some of your events at The Astor House too.