In 1986, Citymeals Co-Founder Gael Greene and then Board Member Joan Weill conceived the Power Lunch for Women as a spoof on the concept of the power breakfast. Over the years, this invitation-only event has taken a permanent slot in the appointment books of New York City’s leading women in business, art, politics, and entertainment.

A networking imperative for the city’s most influential women – and the handful of generous men who pay $10,000 for the privilege of joining them – the annual lunch is traditionally held the week before Thanksgiving. 

In 2018, we celebrated the 32nd Annual Power Lunch for Women by honoring long-time supporters Kathie Lee Gifford, Jessica Lappin and Derek Blasberg. The event raised nearly $1.2 million to fund the preparation and delivery of over 160,000 meals for our homebound elderly neighbors. See highlights from this year's event. View event photos.

30th Annual Power Lunch for Women

The time and location of the 33rd Annual Power Lunch for Women will be announced soon. To nominate yourself or a powerful woman for the committee’s invitation consideration, please email