YONKERS, N.Y. -- State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins selected Cheryl Lynn Brannan of Yonkers, the president of Brannan Solutions Group and the founder and CEO of Sister to Sister International Inc., as the 35th Senate District’s 2016 Woman of Distinction.
The recognition is given to outstanding women living and working in New York state, whose contributions have greatly enriched the quality of life in their communities and beyond. The award, sponsored by the state Senate, was bestowed during a ceremony in Albany on Tuesday.
“Cheryl Brannan has dedicated her life to creating greater opportunities for women around the world and has empowered women, especially minorities, to live healthier and more productive lives” said Stewart-Cousins, Democratic Conference leader. “I’m proud to nominate her to represent our community as this year’s Woman of Distinction and thank her advocacy for women in Westchester and throughout the world.”
“I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from Leader Stewart-Cousins,” said Brannan. “It is very special for me to receive this award from Leader Stewart-Cousins who has been a trailblazer for women in our community – and because of our shared beliefs and commitment to empowering future generations of women.”
Brannan has been an advocate for women and girls globally for over 30 years. As president of the Brannan Solutions Group, a consulting firm, she specializes in the elimination of health disparities in communities of color, as well as women’s empowerment, STEM education, strategic management and social responsibility.
Her not-for-profit organization, Sister to Sister International, connects women, girls and families of African descent with a network of hundreds of women from diverse backgrounds, including grass-roots, professionals, entrepreneurs, elected officials, students and activists from around the globe. Brannan is a lifelong resident of Yonkers. She and Lloyd Douglas are the parents of Sayidana Lynn Brannan Douglas, a college student enrolled in the Women in Science and Engineering Program at Stony Brook University.