Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood’s Launches Women’s Leadership Circle


Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood launched their Women’s Leadership Circle at a luncheon with guest speakers Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Barbara Smith, Black Feminist Author and Activist on July 12. The event welcomed more than 200 Capital District women to the Hilton in Albany to show their support for Planned Parenthood and for the reproductive rights and justice movements.

 “The Women’s Leadership Circle is a new, critically important philanthropic initiative for women leaders in our region. During the past year, the bitter attacks on Planned Parenthood have spiked to a level of intensity we never before imagined. These attacks reached a fever pitch this fall as anti-choice extremists nearly shut down the entire Federal government in an effort to defund Planned Parenthood. And though that effort failed, the attacks have not subsided” said Chelly Hegan, President/CEO of UHPP. 

The goal of the Women’s Leadership Circle was to have 100 women sign on at $1,000 level to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Planned Parenthood. Currently, the list stands at 130 women. Cecile Richards greeted each member and thanked them for their support.

“The Women’s Leadership Circle is a group of philanthropic women leaders who publicly support the mission and services of Planned Parenthood, and who are committed to ensuring that the women of future generations are empowered to shape their own lives and futures” said Curran Streett, Vice President of Development at UHPP.

“For women, the ability to control our reproductive lives changed everything. Now is the time for women who support Planned Parenthood to step up and ensure that future generations have access to the services we provide, the services that give women control of their reproductive lives, decisions and future.” Says Chelly Hegan, President/CEO of Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.




Barbara Smith Black Feminist Author and Activist at the podium talking about opening up a national cultural and political dialogue about the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender. 

Chelly Hegan, President/CEO of UHPP, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood and Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan

Top of page: Cecile Richards at the podium getting a standing ovation for her speech!

Link to event photos!