Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Celebrating The Met's 2022 Women's History Month Honorees!







The Met's Women's History Month Honorees

Since 2006, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has celebrated Women's History Month by recognizing exemplary women leaders in a variety of sectors who have contributed significantly to social change. This year's honorees were selected by the Museum's staff through an open voting process. From championing collaboration, leadership, and representation for women, to promoting healthy communities through advocacy and legislation, The Met's 2022 honorees are three remarkable women working across the arts, philanthropy, and government.

Please join us in honoring:

  • Carmen De La Rosa, New York City Council Woman
  • Robyne Walker Murphy, Executive Director, Groundswell
  • Lulu C. Wang, Trustee Emerita of The Met, Founder and CEO, Tupelo Capital Management

Carmen De La Rosa
Carmen De La Rosa emigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic as a child and grew up in Inwood, where she has lived her entire life. Her advocacy and passion for justice are deeply influenced by her roots. She has listened and advocated for the most vulnerable, even before she started her career in government. In November 2016, she was elected to represent her community as the State Assembly Member of the 72nd District. Since her first day in office, she has fought against racism, xenophobia, and economic injustice. As a progressive Democrat, De La Rosa has fought for criminal justice reform, workers' rights, truly affordable housing and protections for tenants, climate justice, taxing the wealthy, LGBTIA rights, and many other consequential social justice policies. De La Rosa successfully negotiated and passed the New York State DREAM Act and the first-in-the-nation Excluded Workers Fund (EWF) at $2.1 billion. As the member of the Assembly representing the district with the highest number of rent-stabilized apartments, she actively participated in passing the strongest tenant protection laws in a generation. On June 22, 2021, De La Rosa was victorious in the Democratic primary and subsequently won the general election on November 2, becoming the first Dominican woman elected to represent District 10 at City Hall.

Robyne Walker Murphy
Robyne Walker Murphy is a nationally recognized art and social justice educator and administrator. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Groundswell, a social justice, youth-development program that uses the transformative power of public art making to ignite personal and societal change. In her five years at Groundswell, Murphy has uplifted the visions of young people, teaching artists, arts administrators, and staff through the creation of 126 murals, serving approximately 2,000 young people and collaborating with 150 community organizations. During her tenure, Groundswell has received national recognition for its excellence in youth development, public art, and social justice pedagogy. Groundswell is a two-time recipient of the Stand for Arts Award given by Charter Communications and Ovation TV; the Abbey Mural Prize awarded by the National Academy of Design; and the Spark Prize Award presented by the Brooklyn Community Foundation. Previous to Groundswell, Murphy held positions at the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Cool Culture, and DreamYard, where she served as the inaugural director of the DreamYard Art Center in the Bronx. Under her leadership, DreamYard Art Center was recognized by the Obama White House as one of the top out-of-school programs in the nation. Murphy accepted the award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Murphy has conducted workshops and delivered keynote addresses at conferences and institutions across the country, including Harvard University Graduate School of Education, The University of Chicago, Seattle Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, the Bronx Museum of the Arts. In the fall of 2020, she was appointed to New York City's Cultural Advisory Commission under former Mayor Bill de Blasio. She was awarded a BA in English from Clark Atlanta University and an MFA in Acting from the University of Washington, Seattle. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband, Tarik Murphy, and her son, Ras.

Lulu C. Wang
Lulu C. Wang is the Chief Executive Officer and Chair of Tupelo Capital Management, which she founded in 1998 for hedge fund partnerships and transitioned into a family office in 2008. Prior to that, Wang was a director and executive vice president of Jennison Associates Capital Corporation. While at Jennison, she managed billion-dollar funds for pension, endowment, and mutual funds. She joined Jennison Associates in 1988, after serving as senior vice president and managing director at Equitable Capital Management for ten years. Wang serves on the boards and in leadership positions at Rockefeller University, Asia Society, and Columbia Business School. She also serves on the advisory council for Bank of America Private Bank, is a retired director of MetLife Inc., a former board member of the Committee of 100, and a trustee emerita of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Wellesley College, where she was the commencement speaker in 2016. Wang has been honored for her professional achievements by Columbia Women in Business, China Institute, New York Public Radio, Girls Inc., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller University, Asia Society, the Women's Economic Round Table, and Ernst and Young. Wang was awarded a BA in English literature from Wellesley College and an MBA from Columbia Business School. In her free time, she and her husband collect and race vintage cars. They also collect American paintings, as well as American decorative and folk art.

A special thank you to The Met's Advisory Committee on Cultural Engagement for their support in advancing the Museum's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Perspectives in Women's History →




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Images: Carmen De La Rosa, Courtesy of New York City Council; Robyne Walker Murphy by Guido Venitucci; Lulu C. Wang, Courtesy of Wellesley College.