When I Grow Up

Female Voices for a Female Future
Premieres, January 31st, 2021 at 7pm

We are so excited to announce our first cabaret of the new year: When I Grow Up!  This cabaret is inspired by the swearing-in of our first female vice president.  We want to use this opportunity to address the unique challenges women face in their careers, making this achievement so monumental. We want to help reshape the culture so that the next generation of little girls can dream and succeed in any career field they set their minds to.  Let’s create a future where having a female in a powerful position is no longer a remarkable feat, but a norm.


Our Causes

It Starts With the Will to Make a Difference

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She Should Run

"Women lead in crisis. Now let's get them in office."

"In order to reach equal representation in our lifetime, we need to build a Community of women who are curious about the possibilities of public leadership."

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Kode With Klossy

"Inspiration to pursue steam opportunities"

"Kode With Klossy creates learning  experiences and opportunities for young women that increase their confidence and inspire them to pursue their passions in a technology driven world."

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Women in the Workplace 2020

"In a year marked by crisis and uncertainty, corporate America is at a crossroads. The choices companies make today will have consequences on gender equality for decades to come."

"This is the sixth year of the Women in the Workplace study—in a year unlike any other. This effort, conducted in partnership with LeanIn.Org, tracks the progress of women in corporate America. The data set this year reflects contributions from 317 companies that participated in the study and more than 40,000 people surveyed on their workplace experiences; more than 45 in-depth interviews were also conducted to dive deeper on the issues. These efforts were in the field from June to August of 2020, although the pipeline data represents employer-provided information from calendar year 2019."

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Feeding Children

"Tech Ladies connects you with the best jobs and opportunities in tech.
We connect companies with the best techmakers."

"Tech Ladies is a worldwide community with 100,000 members. Through a supportive online group, a free job board, and opportunities to learn, we help Tech Ladies grow their careers."

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Power to Fly

"Lift the world through placing and keeping diverse women in high-visibility careers."

"PowerToFly was launched by Milena Berry and Katharine Zaleski in 2014 to connect Fortune 500 companies and fast growing startups with women who are looking to work for companies that value gender diversity and inclusion. PowerToFly is building the platform to propel diversity recruiting and hiring. Our optimized search and sourcing tools, targeted job promotions, and high visibility employer branding services reduce the time to hire hard to reach talent pools of underrepresented female engineers at a centralized and lower cost. Through the platform companies gain full access to actively and passively build a pipeline of vetted women in tech and across digital."


In Her Sight

"Where women go for a better workplace"

"With company reviews designed to reflect what women want to know about employers, we're helping women find the companies and jobs where they will thrive."

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Fairy Godboss

"50 Great Career Resources for Women"

"There are many great resources online for women looking for community, support, education, events and other resources to advance their careers. The following 50 organizations have a lot of career advice to offer women in the workplace. Some are focused on women working in a particular industry, while others are focused on education or students or span across all industries."

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Young Royalty Chess Academy

"Here, we seek to build strategic minds one move at a time.
We are an independent contractor for schools, community centers, youth organizations, and anywhere there is an interest in chess."

"Unfortunately, so much of what we are taught in school is not applicable to real-life success.  
At Young Royalty Chess Academy, we use chess as a means to teach higher-level reasoning through the fun and tangible game of chess. 
We bring the pieces and game to life in a way that keeps students engaged and entertained."



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Kaelan O'Donnell

Kaelan is so excited to now be a part of the Cabarets For a Cause community, collaborating to combine activism with art! She is from Staten Island, NY, and recently graduated from Rider University with a BFA in musical theatre in 2020. She would like to take this opportunity to plug a growing organization she is very passionate about, PART. PART (Path to an Anti-Racist Tomorrow) is a group that works to dismantle white supremacy through education, activism, and transformative justice. Our mission is to stand in solidarity with intersectional organizations that have been and continue to do this work. By operating under the principles of Transformative Justice, we aim to form a multi-generational, multi-racial, and multi-class coalition where we uplift voices of color and use our strengths to serve the progress. Check out our page on Instagram, follow us, and DM if you're interested in joining! @antiracisttomorrow. Thank you so much to Hayley for giving Kaelan this opportunity!

Emily Whitlow

Emily Whitlow is a New York City-based actor. She attended Boston Conservatory for musical theatre and graduated in 2019 with a BFA in musical theatre with an emphasis in songwriting. She's thrilled to have this opportunity to perform for an amazing cause and have a reason to sing again during these incredibly hard times.

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Janine Mercandetti

Janine Mercandetti is thrilled to be part of Cabarets for a Cause this month! She was last seen virtually in "Stars and The Moon: The Songs of Jason Robert Brown," which was recorded live for JCC CenterStage's online 20-21 season. Janine was last seen actually live onstage as Diana in "Next To Normal" at Blackfriars Theatre. Recently, Janine was elated to be hired as a singer of the legendary band, Ruby Shooz! Janine is a performer, director, choreographer, and performance coach. She is the owner of JAMM Studios, where she coaches acting, singing, and audition technique privately. Janine earned her BFA in acting from the Goodman School of Drama conservatory acting program at DePaul University. She studied classical voice at the Eastman School of Music. To learn more about Janine, please visit her website at! Much love and special thanks to her most recent stage daughter, Hayley, for inviting her to perform for this awesome series!

Amy Knips

Amy is a performer and web designer from Orange County, NY, and a graduate of Rider University. When not performing, she enjoys choreographing and teaching musical theatre to young children and teens. Amy is very proud to join Cabarets For A Cause to support this movement, and thanks little sis Hayley for putting this cabaret together.

“When feminism does not explicitly oppose racism, and when anti-racism does not incorporate opposition to patriarchy, race and gender politics often end up being antagonistic to each other, and both interests lose.”- Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

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Aviva Zafrin

Aviva Zafrin is a vocalist/songwriter from Los Angeles, California. Currently, she is a sophomore earning her BFA in acting from NYU Tisch. She is honored to have been chosen for this project as she is a firm believer that children are the future and will thrive when supported by people who embrace them. She is grateful for this opportunity to use her voice to inspire others and hopes to inspire all women to believe in their power. Follow her on Instagram, Tiktok, Twitter @avivazafrin

Ariana Rivera

Ariana is originally from Rochester and is now a current senior at Montclair State University in New Jersey, where she is pursuing her BFA in musical theatre. She believes the arts are such a powerful way to spread change, and that is something we have all been missing for too long. She is so excited to be a part of this cabaret alongside so many talented and passionate performers who want to use their voices to make a difference.

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Jessie Wrona

Jessie Wrona is a recent Marymount Manhattan College BFA musical theatre graduate. She has been so fortunate to be a collaborator in previous Cabaret For A Cause projects and is excited to share her work on “When I Grow Up” with you all!

Jordan Hill

Jordan is a current graduate student researcher at Nazareth College, focusing on inclusive childhood education. As an educator, she believes very strongly that children are the future, and it is important to celebrate them for all of their diversities. Her love for music has only grown throughout the years, and she is thrilled and very honored to participate in Cabarets For A Cause this month! Originally from Lyons, New York, Jordan has had many wonderful opportunities to sing locally throughout the years. Performing is when she feels like her "most authentic self," and she loves telling a story through songs. Her older sister TaNisha inspired Jordan's love for music, as she watched her teach music as a child. She still holds onto her dream that she will be able to share her own music with the world one day and wants to say a big thank you for this wonderful opportunity!! 

See more of her work on her Facebook page, Jordan Hill Music, and Instagram, itsjordanhillmusic

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Olivia Rivera

Olivia Rivera is a junior BFA musical theatre major at Nazareth College. She grew up surrounded by powerful women who have shattered the glass ceilings in their respective careers. She's always so inspired by the women who are unapologetically themselves and don't conform to the hyper-masculine "aesthetic" ingrained in us to "look professional" in the workplace. If you want to wear your 6-inch Christian Louboutin heels in the courtroom, there should be no judgment. A woman's appearance does not indicate her intelligence. She would like every child to want to follow their dreams and believe that they can do it because you can make anything happen if you set your mind to it.  To quote THE Elle Woods: "You must always have faith in people. And, most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself."

Krystal Tàpia

Krystal Tàpia started her career at Passaic County Technical Institute and has had so many wonderful performance opportunities since then. "I am beyond excited to be a part of this cabaret! Since I was a child, I was always told that because I was a Hispanic female, I would never get to pursue my dreams. According to statistics, I will end up at a minimum wage job, have a child out of wedlock before 16, and nothing more. I'm here to tell you, screw statistics! It's 2021, and it's the best time to be a WOMAN! Get that master's, open that business, strive to be whatever you want because you can. Keep your head held high; if not, your crown will fall! 👑 "