Groat and Alpern Awards

2015 Groat and Alpern Celebration

When: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Time: 6 - 9 p.m. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres; 6:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Where: Pierre Hotel, 5th Avenue at 61st Street, New York City

Sara Horowitz '84

Judge William B. Groat Award

Sara  J. HorowitzAs founder and Executive Director of Freelancers Union, Sara Horowitz has been helping the new workforce build solutions together for nearly two decades.

A MacArthur Foundation "Genius" fellow and Deputy Chair of the Federal Reserve of New York, Sara is a leading voice for the emerging economy. Today, 42 million Americans are independent workers – about one-third of the entire workforce.

With a membership of more than 250,000 nationwide, Freelancers Union is building a new form of unionism through creative, cooperative, market-based solutions to today's social challenges.

Beth C. Florin '85

Jerome Alpern Award

Beth C. FlorinBeth Florin '85 is a Managing Director at Pearl Meyer & Partners where she leads the survey and employee compensation practice areas and serves on the firm's Executive Committee.

Ms. Florin was a co-founder of Executive Alliance, a technology industry compensation consultancy that was acquired by Pearl Meyer & Partners (at that time known as Clark Consulting) in 2001. Prior to that, Ms. Florin was a Senior Human Resource Consultant with William M. Mercer, Incorporated's High Tech Compensation Practice and held human resource positions at Data General Corporation.

Ms. Florin currently serves as a Vice President on the ILR Alumni Association Board where she leads the membership committee; she is a member of the ILR Dean's Advisory Council; and she also participates on the Cornell University Council.

Judge William B. Groat Alumni Award

Judge William B. Groat (1899-1986) served as counsel to the New York State Joint Legislative Committee on Industrial and Labor Relations, where he played a pivotal role in founding the ILR School and drafting its charter. The Groat Alumni Award was established in 1971 in honor of Judge Groat's vision and in tribute to his professional accomplishments, which culminated in appointment as justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Eleventh Judicial District.

Jerome Alpern Award

The Jerome Alpern Award was established in 1997 and named in honor of Jerome Alpern '49, whose contributions of outstanding service and support to the ILR School, its students, and its alumni, combined with his professional accomplishments outside the field of industrial and labor relations, embody the essence and spirit of the Alpern Award.