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Brooklyn Savvy

Brooklyn Savvy

Antonia Yuille Williams Antonia (Toni) Yuille Williams is the director of Public Affairs, Government Relations, for Con Edison Company of New York, Inc.  In this capacity she develops the strategic direction for the Brooklyn Public Affairs department, of one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies.  Her responsibilities include government relations, corporate community relations, media relations, employee communications, volunteerism, and special events.

Toni joined Con Edison in 1988 where she was Manager of Public Information, shortly thereafter; she was promoted to the Director of Public Affairs position with the Company.  Before joining Con Edison, she was the founding Director of the Human Resources Administration’s first Voucher Day Care Program.  In that capacity, she was responsible for the administration of an $8 million dollar day care reimbursement program.  The Citywide program included 140 private day care centers throughout the 5 boroughs, which provided thousands of families with subsidized day care.

Toni is the creator, on air personality and executive producer of Brooklyn Savvy, a Talk Show which airs weekly on NYClife channel 25. NYC Media is the official TV, radio and online network of New York City informing, educating and entertaining New Yorkers about the City’s diverse people, and neighborhoods, government, services, attractions and activities.  Brooklyn Savvy explores topical issues related to women. She has developed a library of content of over 150 episodes, and has a very active social media presence.  As a result of this work, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Commission of Women’s Issues honored Toni at their Annual Women’s History Month Program in 2011 for her part in shaping the dialogue around women’s issues. Her video was screened in NYC taxicab fleets.  Mrs. Williams also received a Telly Award for excellence in community programming for her work on The Brooklyn Reporter Roundtable.

Toni is involved in many community activities.  Currently, she is on the boards of the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, The Brooklyn Arts Council, BRIC Art Media, New York City Technical College Foundation Board, American Heart Association-Brooklyn and The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College. She was also appointed to the Mayor’s Panel on the Role of Brooklyn in the 19th Century Abolitionist Movement. She is a member of the Brooklyn Chapter of the Links and she is the Former First Vice President of Jack & Jill of America Brooklyn Chapter.

Toni is the recipient of numerous community award recognitions.  The former Borough President of the Borough of Brooklyn Marty Markowitz awarded her with the highest honor a leader can receive the“Outstanding Brooklynite Award,” given only to those who have made an outstanding contribution, and provided exemplary service to the Borough. She is the recipient of the prestigious Corporate Citizen of the Year Award from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Progressive Democratic Political Association’s Woman Leadership Award, Top Women in Business, Schneps Communications, the Community Leadership Award from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Corporate Cultural Leader of the Year from 651 Arts, the Community Service Award from Church Women United, the Business Leader of the Year Award, from the National Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, the Community Capacity Builders Award from the Technical Assistance Center, and the Community Service Award from the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew. She was one of the Grand Marshal’s for the West Indian Day Carnival Association’s  Labor Day Parade.  She was the recipient of the Council of Jewish Organizations Community Service Award.  The Harlem YMCA’s Black Achievers’ in Industry Award, the National Caribbean Review, Women of the Year Award, the Junior League’s Most Spirited Brooklynite Award, YWCA’s Woman of Distinction Award, Directions for Our Youth, Navigator of the Year Award, The Hospice ofGreater New York Community Leadership Award,NYPD – 88th Precinct Council, Community Leadership Award, The Passover Spectacular’s Community Vision Award and many others citing her contributions to the Borough.

            Toni has been featured in numerous articles in “Our Time Press,” “Harlem Times,” “Brooklyn Spectator” and “Courier Life Publications.” She has presented at conference workshops, and seminars.

Toni graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and completed a graduate degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and completed certificate programs in Corporate Community Relations and Social Responsibility at Boston College and Community Negotiations at Harvard University.  Toni has also served in an academic staff position at the University of California at Berkeley.  She is an Adjunct Professor at St. Francis College.  Toni is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Art. 

Toni lives in Brooklyn, is married to Kelvin Williams and has a son, Alexander and a daughter, Adrienne.



What is Brooklyn Savvy?

Alicia Keys and Jay-Z  sang about it “These streets will make you feel brand new, Big Lights will inspire you-Hear it from New York!”
Folks all over the world recognize New York City as an icon of strength, success, sass, smarts and savvy. Inevitably, the female community of business and social leaders in New York City pave the way for women in the rest of the country and across the globe. They are trendsetters, role models and pioneers. Women everywhere acknowledge and admire the character of New York women, and they are eager to hear what this world crossroads of the feminine Diaspora is thinking, doing and feeling. 

Enter Brooklyn Savvy
Cut from tough-as-silk New York cloth, Brooklyn Savvy emerged from a tiny experiment into a program watched on cable, Vimeo, and YouTube by tens of thousands of people on a regular basis – many of them men. And the current online audience spans the globe.
The heart of Brooklyn Savvy is the diverse, smart, (street, life and book smart) driven women that comprise the panel and guests of the show. Host and creator Toni Williams is the glue that brings it all together. Like an orchestra conductor, Toni gives equal time to the strings, the woodwinds and the brass, making sure none overpowers the other for long.
The talents of Toni to root out timely topics that are underreported and infrequently discussed, source the fascinating guests to address the issues, and lead guest and panel with a casual, non-confrontational aplomb is the stuff that makes television stick.

Brooklyn Savvy …urban, hip and relevant social change and ethnic diverity showcases the kind of smart it takes to succeed in one of the most challenging places to live in the world: New York City is not about superstars plugging books is about real women, with real and significant day jobs programming that goes beyond local, yet still addresses community issues

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