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Women’s March Plenary – Thursday, March 9

On January 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of women joined nationally recognized advocates, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and others for the Women’s March on Washington in Washington, D.C. This grassroots civil rights protest sparked similar events that drew millions of participants in major cities around the world. It is estimated that more than 3 million people in the U.S. participated, making it the largest single day protest in American history.

PBI is privileged to host a panel discussion with leaders of Women’s March, the organization behind the protest, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom at the 2017 PBI Annual Conference. The program will be held Thursday, March 9, and will focus on how pro bono lawyers can support organizations like Women’s March to promote justice and equality.

Bob Bland
Director and National
Co-Chair

Bob Bland is the CEO and Founder of Manufacture New York (MNY), a social enterprise that is rethinking the fashion ecosystem (design, development, distribution) and creating a new, vertically-integrated business model that will transform apparel and textile production for the 21st century. Their mission is to reawaken and rebuild America’s fashion industry, foster the next wave of businesses, and create a transparent, sustainable global supply chain. An international speaker and advocate for domestic manufacturing, ethical supply chains and design entrepreneurship education, Ms. Bland has presented Manufacture New York as a case study in Copenhagen, Seoul, Los Angeles, Raleigh, Las Vegas, Washington D.C. and NYC. She has also been featured in two books, Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present & Future (2015), We Own the City (2014); the film “Making It In America: Empowering Global Fashion;” and multiple TV interviews including CNBC & CBS Evening News.

Breanne Butler
Director and Global Coordinator
Breanne is a chef in New York City, and the CEO of by Breanne, a fashion and foodconcept that specializes in candy jewelry. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Breanne received a scholarship to attend Macomb Culinary Institute during her senior year in high school, and graduated from the program at just 20 years old. She moved to New York City in 2011 and began working at the Michelin-starred Rouge Tomate, and became their Pastry Sous Chef 18 months later. She then became the Executive Pastry Chef at Facebook NY, becoming widely known in the company for her innovative and unique desserts. When Breanne isn’t in her kitchen, she loves to put stamps in her passport, traveling from South Africa to France to expand her food knowledge. She loves to advocate for women and diversity in the restaurant industry, and has mentored many cooks throughout their careers. She has been able to use her strength and experience in organizing kitchens to help organize almost 400 marches around the world.

Janaye Ingram
Director and Head of Logistics
Called an “impressive leader who plays an important role in our progress toward themountaintop,” by First Lady Michelle Obama, Janaye Ingram has spent her career empowering people and creating change for marginalized communities. She has engaged communities throughout the United States and internationally on issues like civil rights, voting rights & democracy, health care, education, economic empowerment, women’s rights and activism. Janaye currently works as a consultant in Washington, D.C. and previously served as the National Executive Director of the civil rights organization National Action Network (NAN). Prior to her work with NAN, she held positions with nonprofits and corporations in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia. Through her work, she has become a sought after speaker and media commentator and has been the recipient of various awards and honors for her work. She is a National Board Member for the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) and a Leader with 20/20 Leaders of America.

Mrinalini Chakraborty
State Co-Coordinator
Mrinalini is a doctoral student of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.She immigrated to the U.S. from India, eight years ago to attend Knox College on an academic scholarship. She has been politically active throughout her adult life and refuses to be a bystander as the rights and safety of immigrants, men and women of color, the LGBTQIA community, and other minorities are threatened. She is marching to give a voice to these concerns and to those who cannot march with her. She envisions the Women’s March on Washington as a galvanizing force for women throughout the nation, and hopes to return home to Chicago to continue leading initiatives in women’s and immigrant rights advocacy.

Emma Collum
State Co-Coordinator
Emma Collum, Esq. is a graduate of State University of New York at Albany with aB.A. in Public Policy, and of City University of New York Law School with a J.D. She is a Hudson Valley New York native and resides in South Florida. Emma’s legal background in New York City Court’s was dedicated to representing tenants, domestic violence survivors, union workers, and environmental policy. Her legal experience working with under-represented communities as well as her time in both New York State and New York City politics has inspired her interest in Grassroots Movements. Currently, Emma actively practices law as an In-House Attorney and volunteers for women and children organizations in her South Florida community. She is thrilled to be a part of this incredible movement.