As part of Erno Laszlo's mission to empower women, we've partnered with Women In Need (WIN) this holiday season. Win provides housing and programming for women in need and their children. We sat down with their President and CEO, Christine Quinn, to talk all things NYC, WIN, and skincare. 

The Basics

Name: Christine C. Quinn                  

Job Title: President and CEO of Women In Need (WIN)

Where You Live: Chelsea, New York

Favorite New York Neighborhood: Chelsea

Favorite New York Restaurant: Cookshop

Favorite New York Season: Fall

The Serious

Why did you decide to join the WIN family?

My first job was as a housing advocate. Several of the people I worked with were women of color, some of whom were young single moms. Working with them was a very rewarding experience. After years in government, taking a job at WIN was a way to get back to my advocacy roots. It allows me to work directly with these vulnerable women and break the cycle of homelessness once and for all.


When you were a child what did you want to be?

The only thing I ever wanted to do was be involved in politics and government, which I attribute to the library at my parish elementary school, St. Patrick's. There was a shelf of paperback biographies of famous political people —from Susan B. Anthony to JFK—and I read these books until they were dog-eared.

Who was the most important influence in your life and why?

My mother. She worked for Catholic Charities and always made it clear to my sister and I that we were champions. She taught us that we were strong Irish women and nothing could stand in our way. Her conviction propelled me into politics and where I am today.


What advice would you give someone interested in following in your footsteps?

Find issues that you are passionate about and look for other people who share those interests. If you get an opportunity doing something you love, especially one that helps people, you will find a great deal of satisfaction in your work.


What can society do differently to help reduce the number of women needing WIN?

Affordable housing is a huge issue. More than half the women at WIN have jobs and are still unable to pay rent. We need the city and state to stabilize housing and expand the number of affordable housing units for our families.


The Skin

We believe that having healthy skin makes a woman feel more confident. What are your go-to products when you need to feel your best? 

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!