by Stephen Garner
michelle gass
Michelle Gass

Five influential women leaders across the retail, beauty, political and entertainment industries will be honored at the 41st Annual Outstanding Mother Awards, which will be held Thursday, May 9, 2019 at The Pierre Hotel in New York.

Joanna Coles, executive producer of The Bold Type and author of “Love Rules”, and a 2015 Outstanding Mother Award Honoree, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies and present this year’s Outstanding Mother Awards to: Michelle Gass, chief executive officer of Kohl’s; Rebecca Minkoff, co-founder and creative director of Rebecca Minkoff; Gina M. Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island; and Jill Scalamandre, president of bareMinerals. Jennifer Garner, actor and Save the Children trustee, will be presented with the Champion for Children Award to honor her support of Save the Children and her ongoing commitment to the organization’s mission.

The National Mother’s Day Committee will celebrate these women for their unwavering passion and commitment to their families and dedication to their careers and philanthropy. Proceeds from the annual luncheon will benefit Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, a non-profit organization that works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children in this country.

“This year, we are honored to bring together five women who have used their platforms to empower others and serve as a real inspiration for working women everywhere,” said Laurie Dowley, chairman of the National Mother’s Day Committee. “Recognizing and supporting women with children has been our organization’s mission since 1979, and we are thrilled to continue in that legacy by honoring such a powerful group of selfless, devoted and accomplished moms.”

As part of its continued support of meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers, and children, the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated nearly $30 million to date to deserving family-related charities nationwide. For ticket and sponsorship information visit www.mothersdaycouncil.org or call 212-549-6421.