100 Women We Love 2016

Here’s to this year's class of the women who inspire us, give us hope, make us laugh and make us want to get up and dance. 

FABIAN BURRELL

After working in media and publishing—as a journalist, editor, public relations practitioner, event planner and promotions manager—Burrell founded Aziza Public Relations in 2000. A graduate of Kingsborough Community College, where she received the El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X) Award for Scholastic Achievement, she got her bachelor’s degree at the CUNY Baccalaureate Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, and is now working on a master’s degree in Emergency Management (on the Homeland Security track). Currently, she works as an instructional designer at Adelphi University. She’s also found time to be an active member of NYC’s LGBTQ community. She served for one year as the convener of Maranatha, a ministry of The Riverside Church, helping to promote equity for LGBTQ people. She’s also a member of the LGBTQ Faith Leaders of African Descent and a former board member of Harlem Pride. Her board service continues with Rainbow Fashion Week. Burrell takes community service seriously. “It is up to each and every one of us to protect and stand up for all members of the LGBTQ community,” she says. “We must share and talk about our experiences to enlighten those who have no connection to our community and remain ignorant to the violations of our basic human rights.” –SLO