Women of Hope


Our first annual Women of Hope fundraiser was held virtually on November 19, 2020. The event introduced you to our scholars and collegians in conversation with Poppy Harlow, performing dance and spoken word pieces.  We heard stories of hope and perseverance from our alumnae and honorees.  We raised $142,000 for programming and to re-establish the female residential component of Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York. Thank you for your support, and for joining us in October 2021 – for our second annual Women of Hope.


Silvana Vargas

Silvana Vargas is Chief Operating Officer and Business Controls Officer for Bank of America. Silvana is the recipient of the Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™ award and is passionate about supporting women and the Hispanic community. We are thrilled to honor her work for Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York.

Mary Lanning

Sister Mary Lanning is president and CEO of Yes!Solutions, a grassroots neighbor-to-neighbor service organization. Mary became a nun at 17 and spent the next 13 years at a monastery in the South Bronx, where she devoted her life to service. Mary answers Yes! To anyone in need. She is selfless, hardworking, and compassionate about helping people from all walks
 of life. Mary has volunteered with Boys Hope Girls Hope since 1981.

Nogie Udevbulu

Nogie Udevbulu is Global Head of Markets Strategy within Global Banking and Marketing’s Data and Innovation Group at Bank of America. Nogie is passionate about helping women build wealth.

Poppy Harlow

Poppy Harlow is an Emmy-nominated news anchor at CNN and creator and host of the CNN podcast “Boss Files.” Poppy has interviewed numerous world leaders and CEOs and has moderated two CNN presidential town halls. She is hosting a virtual Q&A with our scholars and collegians to learn more about the impact of Boys Hope Girls Hope.

Glody Akegbejo-Samsons

Glody Akegbejo-Samsons is a Boys Hope Girls Hope Class of 2014 Alumna and Acting Site Director at Brooklyn Kindergarten Society. Glody is passionate about global development and educating underprivileged youth.