Five influential 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.

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.”

Joanna Coles, Executive Producer of The Bold Type and Author of “Love Rules”, and a 2015 Outstanding Mother Award Honoree, will emcee and present this year’s Outstanding Mother Awards to:

* Michelle Gass, Chief Executive Officer, Kohl’s

* Rebecca Minkoff, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Rebecca Minkoff

Jill Scalamandre, President, bareMinerals

* Gina M. Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island

*Jill Scalamandre, President, 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.

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.

A VIP press reception will precede the awards ceremony at 11:00 a.m., during which honorees will be available for select interviews and photo opportunities. For more information please contact Danielle Poggi at 212-994-4660 or

The National Mother’s Day Committee is an entity of the Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council and exists for the sole purpose of conferring “Outstanding Mother” Honors on contemporary lifestyle leaders of our society. The Council, a non-profit, all volunteer, non-commercial, organization through its Committees, donates funds raised with presentations of its Annual Awards to meaningful family related philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and family. Past honorees have included Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Meryl Streep, Katie Couric, Caroline Kennedy and Vera Wang. For more information, please visit

Nearly 1 in 5 children in the United States lives in poverty. Save the Children works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children in this country by ensuring that they have the resources they need to succeed in school and life. With a grassroots network of more than 250,000 people across all 50 states, Save the Children also acts as a voice for kids by advocating for increased access to high-quality early childhood education at the federal, state and local levels. Early learning programs that begin during pregnancy and continue until the child reaches kindergarten are key to ensuring that children enter school ready for success. For more information visit

For ticket and sponsorship information visit or call 212-549-6421.


Christine Schott Ledes
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