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Phyllis White-Thorne
Philanthropy Consultant and Instructor, Former Manager of Public Information for ConEd, NYC 


Phyllis White-Thorne recently retired from Con Edison where she was Manager of Public Information, and served as a company liaison to community and government leaders, and not-for-profit organizations in Brooklyn. Previously, she was a member of Con Edison's Strategic Partnerships Department where she managed the corporate volunteer program and the Company's support to education city-wide.

Ms. White-Thorne worked for Con Edison for 41 years, during which time she created and organized many programs and partnerships to enhance and support the education of children and adults, especially in underserved communities. Phyllis believes that education is the key to personal fulfillment and improving the quality of life in our communities. Her passion is to support the education and the development of others, and assist them in achieving their goals, and living purpose driven lives.

Ms. White-Thorne is co-chair of the Board of Bridge Street Development Corporation, and Vice-Chair of the Board of Managers for the North Brooklyn YMCA. She serves on the Boards of the Brooklyn/Queens Conservatory of Music, the NAACP Act-So, and the Women's Advancement Compact. Phyllis has served on the Board of the Lighthouse International, The Urban League, The Brooklyn Children's Museum, and Town Square, Inc.

Ms. White-Thorne Chairs the education/scholarship committee of the New York Metropolitan area chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), and represents the Northeast region on the AABE National Scholarship committee. She is co-chair of the Philanthropic Advisory Board of Halocard, and a member of the St. Lukes Orchestra education committee.

Ms. White-Thorne has received Con Edison's Living our Values Award, the most prestigious award given to employees, the Harlem YMCA's Black Achievers in Industry Award, the NAACP Admiral's Award, and Channel Thirteen/WNET New York's Community Leadership Award. She has received the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Neighborhood Advocate Award, and awards from Medgar Evers College, Goodwill Industries, The Black American Heritage Foundation, Newtown High School and the Trey Whitfield School for her outstanding community service.

Ms. White-Thorne has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Iona College, 
and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) from Mercy College.

Ms. White-Thorne is an Adjunct Professor in the Masters Program at Mercy College, and presents workshops at New York University's School of Continuing Professional Studies.

Ms. White-Thorne teaches VMG's courses in Corporate Philanthropy, Leadership, Management and Human Resources, and Developing Corporate Partnerships.

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