Publisher of ForbesWomen to keynote United Way Women United Breakfast

Moira Forbes, executive vice president of Forbes Media and president and publisher of ForbesWomen, will keynote United Way of Miami-Dade’s 20th Annual Women United Breakfast on Apr. 30.

The live-streamed event, presented by Leslie Miller-Saiontz and family, will engage business, civic and philanthropic female leaders passionate about making a difference in our community.

Jolie Balido and Tina van der Ven, co-founders and co-CEOs of NewStar Media, are co-chairs of this year’s landmark breakfast, bringing together influential female leaders across sectors. Last year, Women United leaders raised $6.3 million to positively impact the South Florida community through early education, public policy advocacy and efforts to build financial equity while inspiring and empowering the next generation of women.

“What began as a small gathering of like-minded community women has become a forum welcoming national leaders such as Moira Forbes to the conversation,” said Maria C. Alonso, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade. “Moira’s longstanding dedication to empowering women and her active leadership in bringing women’s issues to the forefront are emblematic of our annual breakfast and Women United — standing by and with each other to create lasting change.”

As the executive vice president of Forbes Media, Forbes is responsible for driving new business initiatives across the company’s diverse media platforms and branding Forbes events worldwide. She also is the president and publisher of ForbesWomen, a multi-media platform dedicated to successful women in business and leadership. Apart from hosting “Success with Moira Forbes,” a video series on the Forbes Video Network featuring candid, one-on-one interviews with today’s top women leaders, she also writes a dedicated leadership column for, profiling today’s most dynamic business leaders. In 2013, she launched the annual Forbes Women’s Summit in New York City, which brings together 250 female leaders to discuss and solve the world’s most intractable issues.

“As a former journalist and longtime local business owner and community board member, and particularly now as a single mom of two young kids, I am grateful for the many opportunities I’ve had over the years to help elevate our community and support the brilliant professionals who comprise it,” said Jolie Balido, CEO and co-founder, NewStar Media.

“One of the most meaningful ways we can empower women as business leaders is to show them how to own their sovereignty and accountability as creators of their own destinies.

It’s a privilege to work alongside Tina and the other powerhouse women leaders to conceptualize and create a new three-part structure for this year’s Women United Breakfast which does just that,” Balido added.

“I am incredibly honored to serve as co-chair of the Women United Breakfast, alongside Jolie this year. The mission and endeavors of Women United align perfectly with my deep-rooted commitment to community service, philanthropy and empowerment of women in our community,” said Tina van der Ven, co-founder and chief strategy officer, NewStar Media. “Through the United Way of Miami-Dade, we are emboldened to build a dynamic community network of incredible women who are committed to sharing strengths, experiences and passions to support and uplift one another.”

The breakfast is exclusive to members of United Way Women United. Led by chair Soledad Picón and vice-chair Jennifer Marques, Women United represents a group of 2,500 of Miami’s most inspiring women who unite to focus on issues of shared concern. Members come together to celebrate women who continue to break glass ceilings, change the rules of the game and make history. Each member makes an annual gift of $1,000 or more to support United Way’s work in the areas of education, financial stability and health, key to building a stronger, and better, Miami for all. Women United is connected to a global, growing force of women dedicated to creating a world of opportunity for everyone.

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