Philanthropist Joan Hornig Sparkles at NYSE

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23:  In this handout imag...

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Joan Hornig, Owner and Designer of Philanthropy is Beautiful rings the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on April 23, 2012 in New York City. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

I had the pleasure of trying to keep in step with Joan Hornig as Marisa and I gave Joan and her friends a tour of the NYSE Euronext.

Joan Hornig is a Wall Street veteran who at 50 decided her focus was no longer personal wealth but giving back to the community. Vibrant like her jewelry is the first word I would use to describe Joan. She embodies all of the characteristics we strive for at NYSE Euronext. She is engaging, collaborative, effusively communicative and thinks broadly. Utilizing her business acumen and financial skills, Joan created Phianthropy is Beautiful that gives 100% of proceeds to the charity of the buyers choice. To date, sales have resulted in donations to almost 800 non-profit organizations around the world ranging from education, health, social services, the arts, animal rights and environmental protection. Joan has captured the attention of philanthropists as well as high-end retailers - her collections are available at Neiman Marcus, Saks and numerous high end boutiques. Her pieces are spotted on Hollywood red carpets (check out the pics) and adorned by the NYC A list social crowd.

Joan is an inspiration and a woman who uses her power and skills to manifest beauty and well being. Her friends who joined her at the Exchange were all birds of a feather: philanthropists and business leaders who believe that by doing good you can do well. It was a pleasure to be in such good company and to be thoroughly motivated.

Joan’s fellow celebrants: George Hornig, Pinebridge Investments, Riverkeeper and Foundation for Tomorrow Board Member; Jodi Kaplan, VP of Jewelry and Watches, Bergdorf Goodman; Avis Richards, Founder and Director, Birds Nest Foundation; Jon Roure, Director of CollegeBound Initiative Program,  Robyn Stein, Director, City Harvest; Todd Hendricks, SVP of Development, ASPCA; Caroline Baumann, Associate Director, Smithsonian Institute, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; Jeff Li, Executive Director, Teach for America New York; Victoria Elenowitz, Board Member, Teach for American New York; Ashley Bunce, Communications, Bob Woodruff Foundation; Colin Heffron, GFI Group and Bob Woodruff Foundation Board Member; Clotilde Dedecker, Junior League and Circle of Women, Inc.

Read the NYT story on Joan.