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YWCA Of White Plains To Host 'In The Company Of Women' Luncheon

Brig. Gen. Rebecca “Becky” Halstead
Brig. Gen. Rebecca “Becky” Halstead Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester is set to host the 2014 "In The Company of Women" luncheon on Friday, May 9.

The luncheon will begin at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Westchester. Brig. Gen. Rebecca “Becky” Halstead, U.S. Army (retired), and the first female graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, class of 1981, will be the keynote speaker. The 2014 honorees for the event include Ruth Mahoney, president KeyBank Hudson Valley/Metro NY District (as the Corporate Champion); Kevin Plunkett, deputy Westchester County Executive (as the Community Champion); and E. Barbara Wiggins, retired lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army (as the YWCA Spirit Award Champion).

Halstead "achieved an historic milestone as the first female graduate of West Point to be promoted to General Officer," according to the release. She was the senior commanding general for logistics in Iraq, and was the first female in U.S. history to command in combat at the strategic level. She was responsible for leading more 200 combined military and civilian multi-disciplined units and providing supplies, maintenance, transportation and distribution support to more than 250,000 personnel serving in Iraq, according to the release.

"Truly an inspiration and embodiment of the YWCA spirit, Becky earned the demanding degrees of a B.S. in Engineering from West Point, M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and an M.S. in Advanced Military Studies from the Army Command and General Staff College," representatives said in the release.

“We are delighted that General Halstead is delivering our event’s keynote remarks and honored to recognize her outstanding accomplishments at the In the Company of Woman on May 9th,” said Maria L. Imperial, chief executive officer of the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, in the release.

The event co-chairs are Lisa Caesar, Executive Director, Corporate & Investment Bank, JP Morgan Chase & Co and Eileen Simon, Chief Franchise Integrity Officer, MasterCard. Kenneth Theobalds, Vice President of Government & Regulatory Affairs, Entergy serves as the Honorary Chair.

For more information, residents can contact the YWCA Development Director at (914) 949-6227 x147 or via email at

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