The Substance Of Style

Beautiful and brave; inquisitive and independent; glamorous and gutsy. These are just a few of the adjectives that describe the eight outstanding women in this portfolio. In April 2009, we produced our first “The Substance of Style” story in what we believed was an overdue tribute to the women who tirelessly fight to change the lives of others. This year, we return to the studio, again photographing women in simple white shirts to illustrate that it’s what’s on the inside that truly counts.

Nancy Kissinger (above)
Animal Medical Center

“The reason I am interested in domestic pets is that I believe they are an extremely important part of people’s lives. We see now with returning veterans how animals help not only in physical, but emotional ways,” begins Kissinger. The former aid 
to Nelson Rockefeller, Kissinger continues her work for Rockefeller University, in addition to sitting on the board of the Animal Medical Center. “The Animal Medical Center is more than a hospital. Their research and education is in the forefront of how animals improve our lives in all ways. On a very physical level, dogs make us get out and walk. Dogs work when they are needed, either as sled dogs, guard dogs, bomb dogs, or rescue dogs, 
but they are also just important as a part of our 
lives—either at work or at play.”

Anne Harrison (below)
Women’s Committee of the 
Central Park Conservancy

“It is an amazing privilege to have this spec-
tacular green space in the middle of one of the most dynamic cities in the world,” begins Harrison, the current president of the Women’s Committee. “But the city only pays 15 percent of the 43 million-dollar yearly budget for Central Park. It’s up to us as citizens to take care of it. The Women’s Committee seeks to educate, engage, and heighten people’s awareness of the conservancy’s mission. The park attracts 
37 million visitors a year and has never looked 
more beautiful than it does today.”

Emilia Fanjul
Everglades Preparatory Academy and
Glades Academy Elementary Charter Schools

Having left Cuba at a young age, my mother taught me that education can take you anywhere and you can take education anywhere,” begins Fanjul. Located in Pahokee, the two charter schools that she helped establish over ten years ago are designated for at-risk children. This past August, 114 elementary school students moved into their new schoolhouse. “Glades Academy was the only school in Palm Beach County to be designated an ‘A’ school and one of the 10 percent of schools to achieve AYP (Annual Yearly Progress), so we are very proud.”

Louise Grunwald
Lighthouse International

“Vision impairment is rising to epidemic proportions,” begins Grunwald. “More and more people are facing vision loss from macular disease, diabetes, and other health issues. My husband, Henry, suffered from macular degeneration, and Lighthouse International provided him an educational resource and a vital sense of kinship.”  Grunwald has hosted the Lighthouse’s annual Henry A. Grunwald Award for Public Service Luncheon since 2001. “I think Henry put it best in [his memoir] Twilight,” she says: “‘It is part of the fundamental impulse in all living things to reach 
for light, part of the indomitable will to see.’”

Sasha Heinz
Planned Parenthood

“For the past 5 years, it has been my great honor  
to serve on the national board of Planned Parenthood under the leadership of the preternaturally brilliant and unflappable Cecile Richards—a woman I would follow into battle any day,” begins Heinz. “My commitment to Planned Parenthood is galvanized daily by my work on adolescent risk and resilience.  Providing high-quality reproductive education 
and healthcare, Planned Parenthood protects young women—particularly those in low-income and medically underserved areas—from the risk of early and unintended pregnancy,” she continues. “Sex education and accessible contraception is a small investment that can and does dramatically change
 the trajectory of a young woman’s life.”

Sydney Shuman
Women & Science,
Rockefeller University

“Women & Science was established to 
create a community of women who embrace science as a passionate and philanthropic interest,” begins Sydney Shuman, a 
co-founder of Women & Science (W&S) and Rockefeller University trustee. “This founding vision has met with great success—creating a forum to learn from women scientists and 
a unique resource for information on scientific advancements in women’s health.” Now 
celebrating its 15th anniversary, W&S has be- come a robust program of support for women scientists at Rockefeller, raising more than $15 million to help fund postdoctoral and graduate fellowships and research in such areas 
as cancer biology and neuroscience.”

Emma Bloomberg
Robin Hood

“Children born into poverty are relegated to a life of poverty because they simply aren’t given access to a great education. Families go hungry. People who want to work don’t have the skills they need to get and maintain a job. Robin Hood wants to change all that, one life at a time,” begins Emma Bloomberg. Daughter of the mayor, Bloomberg is making her own contribu-tions to the city as the senior manager of planning for Robin Hood. “We’re trying to become the first city in the country to end street homelessness for veterans,” she continues. “I’ve always loved New York—it’s my home—but working at Robin Hood 
I have the opportunity to make it better, 
and that’s a real honor.”

Jill Kargman
American Foundation for Equal Rights

“Our nation’s character of freedom is founded upon the principle that all Americans are entitled to be treated equally by their government,” begins Kargman, whose tenth book, Rock Star in 3A, comes out this May. “Since 1888, the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly reiterated that marriage is a basic civil right, including their landmark decision that struck down bans on interracial marriage more than 30 years ago,” she continues. “I am proud to fight for gay marriage so that my grandchildren are born one day into a country where any two adults are permitted to wed freely, without red tape, and guaranteed the same thousand-plus rights.”

From the March 2012 issue of Quest. Produced and Written by Georgina Schaeffer. Photographed by Jack Deutsch and Lucien Capehart Photography.