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NHL executive Davis to be honored at United Way event

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Kim Davis, NHL executive vice president of Social Impact, Growth Initiatives and Legislative Affairs, will be honored by the United Way of New York City Women's Leadership Council at the 12th annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Awards Luncheon in New York on Wednesday.

The event at Cipriani 42nd Street celebrates the achievement of outstanding female leaders, their professional accomplishments and commitment to philanthropy in New York. 

"I fight for leadership, especially leadership that's rooted primarily in the desire to serve others and advance their well-beings," Davis said. "I believe great leadership grows from exceptional stewardship, commitment to people and building community."

Davis joined the NHL on Dec. 4. She reports to Commissioner Gary Bettman and collaborates across the League's clubs and stakeholders. As senior managing director of Teneo, Davis advised CEOs and Fortune 500 companies daily. She also worked 20-plus years at JPMorgan Chase, where she led and managed nearly $300 million in annual giving, employee and civic engagement, and strategic corporate marketing sponsorship programs.

Davis' passion for equity and leadership led her to build the first women-of-color affinity group at Chase Manhattan Bank, developing a mentoring program for senior women that became an industry-best practice in investment banking. She later developed the initial corporate sponsorship model for Women Moving Millions.

Davis was profiled with first lady Michelle Obama in Essence magazine in 2012, when they were among the publication's 28 Most Influential Black Women in America.

"Leaders that are stewards participate, listen and build consensus to lead with humility," Davis said. "They critically accept responsibility in successes and failures. Our future depends on the development and nurturing of leaders who aspire to serve first."

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