Applications that progressed to the semi-final round were reviewed by an Internal Review Committee that included members of ascena’s leadership team, as well as Roslyn and Elise Jaffe. Finalist applications were reviewed by our Winner Advisory Committee composed of our 2018 Jaffe Award winners and by an esteemed External Selection Committee with expertise in women’s causes, public affairs, health and education.

2019 External Selection COMMITTEE

Myra Biblowit  President and CEO, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Helen Drinan  President, Simmons College

Konstanze Frischen  CEO of Ashoka North America

Joi Gordon  CEO, Dress for Success Worldwide

Meredith Rollins  SVP, Global Content Strategy at Weight Watchers

Dr. Lisa Satlin  Professor and Chair, Pediatric Nephrology at Mount Sinai

Teresa Younger  CEO and President, MS. Foundation for Women


Jeannette Ferran Astorga  Vice President, Corporate Responsibility at ascena retail group, inc. 

Eric Hunter  President, Plus Fashion segment

Roslyn S. Jaffe  Co-Founder, Secretary and Director Emeritus for Life, ascena retail group, inc.

Elise Jaffe  Executive Sponsor of ascenaCARES

Chris Kaighn  Senior Vice President, Stores and Operations, Justice

Sue Ross  Executive Vice President, ascena Brand Services and Talent Centers of Excellence

Erin Stern  President, dressbarn

Julie Rosen  President, Ann Taylor and Lou & Grey

Winner Advisory COMMITTEE

Nicole Lewis  Founder, Generation Hope

Janice Zaballero  Co-founder, Breast Treatment Task Force

Catherine Lindroth  Founder, SummerCollab