The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will honor three women of achievement from diverse fields and backgrounds at the 21st Annual Deborah Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 3 at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills.

This year’s honorees are Carol Cheng-Mayer, Senior Vice President of Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC; Mónica Gil, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Multicultural Growth & Strategy at Nielsen; and Jill Black Zalben, Partner of Black Equities Group and Director of the Joyce and Stanley Black Family Foundation.

For over 100 years ADL has been one of the nation’s premier civil rights and human relations organizations, fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kinds. The League presents the Deborah Awards to outstanding women whose leadership in their professions and civic contributions exemplify the qualities and ideals of ADL. The Deborah Award is named for the prophetess Deborah, noted for her courage, wisdom and leadership.

This year’s event co-chairs are ADL leaders Faith Cookler and Sharyn Nichols. The Master of Ceremonies will be Lisa Bloom, Civil Rights Attorney, NBC Legal Analyst and New York Times Bestselling Author.

The event begins with a 6:00 p.m. cocktail reception. The 7:00 p.m. dinner and program will be followed by a networking dessert reception, featuring the SLS’s award-winning confections.

Individual tickets are $400 and sponsorship opportunities are available.  Advanced reservations are required.

For further information and to register, please contact ADL at (310) 446-4269, email or visit

2016 ADL Deborah Award Honorees


Carol Cheng-Mayer is a Senior Vice President with Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC. Prior to joining Bel Air, Carol worked for Bankers Trust Company and Brown Brothers Harriman in New York and Hong Kong. Her experience is in asset and relationship management for both institutional and private clients.

Carol has an M.B.A. from the Stern School, New York University and a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University. Carol sits on the Board of the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation and the Board of Advisors for the Asia Society of Southern California. In addition, she is a co-founder of Women’s Entrepreneur Day in Los Angeles. Carol and her husband Brett are active supporters of the Hammer Museum and they have two children.


Mónica Gil is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Multicultural Growth and Strategy at Nielsen. Prior to joining Nielsen, Mónica served as a senior member of Antonio Villaraigosa’s political campaign team and was part of his historic victory in 2005. She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. from the USC School of Public Administration.

The highest ranking Latina among Nielsen’s U.S. employees, Mónica co-created Nielsen’s External Advisory Councils and leads the company’s branding efforts for over 200 community and industry events annually. She created an “Hispanic Women in Entertainment” event with The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard and a “Latina Leaders” recognition event in D.C.

Mónica was recognized as one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s “50 Influentials” and was named one of the Imagen Foundation’s “Most Powerful and Influential Latinos in Entertainment.” She was also honored by Los Angeles Business Journal at their “Women Making a Difference Symposium” and was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Hall of Fame in 2012.


Jill Black Zalben joined Black Equities Group in 2004. She is involved with the operation and management of her family’s real estate portfolio. Jill is also a Director of the Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation. She is on the board of several philanthropic organizations including Adopt the Arts, Beit T’Shuvah, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, David Lynch Foundation, Temple of the Arts, University Kidney Research Organization and UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She is also committed to ending chronic homelessness.

Jill is a member of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors, Southern California Grantmakers and the Council on Foundations. She holds a B.A. in Public Communications from American University in Washington, D.C. and has two children.