The Women's Mosaic

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Race

Location: 400 East 50th Street Ste. 4H New York NY 10022 USA

Mission: The Women’s Mosaic® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that educates, inspires and motivates women to express their full potential in all areas of life by providing opportunities to connect to themselves, each other and the world around them. Since January 2001, TWM has offered over 95 unique activities and events that have enabled women to reach across borders and cultures, allowing them to recognize, refine and reactivate their individual and collective power and place in the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Kristina Leonardi is to be congratulated for her incredible work with the Women's Mosaic. I've known her for many years and saw her passion evolve while deciding to start this organization. So proud of you and your work Kristina!

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I was sitting outside chatting with a distressed friend about her near future, and Kristina, a stranger at the time, was passing by. She stopped, apologized for interrupting, spoke a few words, and suddenly, clarity. Everything became so clear to my friend. And this is just typical of the effect Kristina has on people. Seeing this, I thought, I need to know this person. And so, I've been interning at The Women's Mosaic since. The events are so different but all incredibly inspiring. My favorite part, perhaps, is meeting women who are all different ages, from all different backgrounds, in different careers. TWM provides a great platform for different women to get together and connect on so many levels. It's so uplifting. I've been so blessed to know Kristina and to be a part of this great organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to meet so many interesting women and learning about various topics.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to meet and know inspiring women.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

host more amazing events.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I've known for Kristina for more than 10 years and have been attending events sponsored by The Women's Mosaic for a number of years. As someone who has shot numerous events as a photographer, I'm always struck by the enthusiasm and passion of participants and attendees. Kristina has also done a wonderful job of organizing events focused on relevant, top-of-mind topics which feature extremely knowledgeable panelists and audiences who are always rivited by the discussion. Events that stand out include a panel of Muslim women sharing their unique experiences; women who have served in the military overseas; and a panel on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

sharing my wife's experiences from the Visioning Workshops

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it has allowed me to meet a variety of interesting people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

creative, motivated and passionate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The Womens Mosaic provides a diverse range of opportunities for all kinds of women in the NYC area to interact with and learn from each other in meaningful, relevant ways. I've known Kristina Leonardi for 30 years and am continually amazed and impressed with the level of dedication and creativity she brings to organizing The Womens Mosaics programs, fundraising efforts and volunteer staff.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

it's biannual Visioning Workshops, which have provided compelling personal insight through the experience of creating a collage of images that speak to you. These workshops also been great ways to meet many very cool women!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting great people who share my interest in exploring meaningful relationships with other women.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

diverse, friendly, genuine, dedicated...they are the best!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach and involve even more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I was introduced to The Women's Mosaic my senior year of college when I interned with the organization to fulfill my graduate requirements. I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of such an awesome organization. During my time at TWM, I organized an event spotlighting Zimbabwe and the situation of Zimbabwean women. It was such a privilege to get to know so many inspirational women. I also feel very fortunate to have had Kristina Leonardi as a mentor during that period of my life. She is so passionate about her organization and one cannot help but feel empowered when attending of her TWM events. Since completing my internship, I have been accepted into the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Program. After graduating with my MSW have hopes of starting my own non-profit organization, and I owe a large part of that desire to Kristina and The Women's Mosaic for giving me my first exposure to the non-profit world. Thanks TWM..and good luck!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own desire to begin a non-profit organization. The women involved in TWM are so inspirational and driven. They have been great role-models throughout my time with the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 4 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

The Women's Mosaic is a great community for women in NYC. At TWM events, women can interact with each other in really unique and dynamic ways. I often see women striking up a conversation with a complete stranger, focusing not solely on networking (as we're often inclined to do) but on really finding common ground and a jumping off point for a deeper connection. It was at various TWM events that I: learned about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan from female soldiers themselves, figured out how to start getting in shape, determined what path to take personally and professionally through the Visioning Workshop... But TWM is more than just the events, it's also the blog, e-newsletters, printed newsletters, etc. With these, we can keep the conversations going by reflecting on something learned at an event, or sharing with everyone the great news (baby, marriage, job) that came from a Visioning Workshop collage. The blog in particular is a space where women who might not normally speak up or be particularly active at an event can suddenly share their story in their own words. All of these parts of what make up The Women's Mosaic come together in a way that fosters community and growth in the women who participate.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning much more about myself, becoming confident in my abilities and talents, meeting other women and learning from their rich experiences.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning more about myself and others

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I met the founder Kristina during my one-woman show at the Philippine Consulate, at that time she brought her members to experience various cultures (food and places). The Women's Mosaic, as the name suggests, consist of women of diverse background and color. For a new immigrant without friends or relatives in USA, it is great to find a professional group of women whose main agenda is self-empowerment and understanding diversity. I found an instant friend in Kristina when I met her, then a whole group of amazing women who made me feel at "home".

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

monthly events where I used to bring my li'l girl even to nightclub comedy shows, coz I had no one to leave her with. Kristina arranged for an accommodation, up until last year's Esprit fashion show where my daughter, now 15, was the youngest participant.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It is very focused on its goal: women empowerment and diversity. There is something new each time, new ideas evolved from having more members but the core structure remains.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, professional and always reinventing themselves to make each event different. Men are welcome, too.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

certainly offer more opportunities to reach out to women (and guest men) out there, specially in times like these, when job lost is all too common, and finding support alternatives and coaching should be within affordable reach, if not 'gratis'.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

One of the events that The Women's Mosaic coordinates is a book club gathering that uses literature to explore cultures and women's issues. My experience has been one of connecting with other women, opening up to new ideas, and exchanging points of view. Literature is just the turn key! My constructive feedback is to have the gatherings more regularly, even if informally!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... connecting with other women, who I otherwise would not have met. We've shared our travel tales, our work stories, our relationship challenges... it is the strength that comes from making the time to gather and connect with one another.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

In college I decided I wanted to focus on developing a lifelong career working with a non-profit organization. I also had a strong interest in women's studies/issues. I had been looking for a job in the non-profit world for months. I came across The Women's Mosaic one day while looking for a job. I realized I needed more experience working with non-profits, they opened their arms wide and took me on as a volunteer program coordinator. I have had the opportunity to develop and sharpen my skills with advice and support the whole way . They also gave me a valuable perspectives and inside scoop on practices and policies that I can use at a future employer. Even though I wasn't "working for a non-profit", volunteering with The Women's Mosaic gave me the opportunity do do what I really loved and gave me a sense of fulfillment. I also get to enjoy all the programs and events TWM hosts. My favorite is TWM book club. Two of my favorite things to do are: have a meaningful conversation with other intelligent women and read an inspiring, thought-provoking book. Now I can combine both passions into one great setting.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personal improvement. Being surrounded by inspiring, intelligent women has motivated me to make personal changes and improvement in my life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give federal funding. We have some wonderful, helpful programs events in place. With more funds we could exspand what is offered.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The different type of women who attend the events.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

inspiring, intelligent women

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Offer programs and events on monthly/weekly basis.

Ways to make it better...

More people would attend events.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding!!!!

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The Women's Mosaic events cover a broad spectrum of topics: multiculturalism, religion, politics, etc. and attending them I have benefited by learning about those topics, meeting other people with similar interests or expertise, and having a great time! No matter what the topic, the tone of all the events is one of openness and understanding. This organization promotes peace at the ground-level: on a person-to-person basis.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

cultural understanding

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the diversity of events and the participants

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

lovely - sweet, helpful, knowledgeable, fun

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Host more events and do fantastic things with a much broader geographic impact

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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