Women’s Leadership Conference

Women’s Leadership Conference

Adelphi’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference is a powerful day of learning and networking, where exceptional alumni and community members across industries share experiences and advice on how to thrive in today’s ever-changing world.

Themed Defining Leadership for Our Lives, Our Careers and Our Communities, the 2023 conference on Saturday, March 25, welcomed more than 350 professionals, alumni, students and community members for a powerful event celebrating the myriad ways that women define leadership today.



Thank You to Our Speakers

On behalf of Adelphi University and our mission to empower women in leadership, we extend sincere thanks to the leaders who contributed to our day of vibrant and powerful discussions on defining the future of women in leadership:

  • Pawneet Abramowski ’08, Founder and Principal, PARC Solutions LLC and Conference Steering Committee Member
  • Chaka Adams, Vice President of Marketing, Jovia Financial Credit Union
  • Swati Bhisé, Producer and CEO, Cayenne Pepper Productions, Founder, Warrior Queen Project, Educator, Film Maker, Classical Dancer and Asian Art Visionary
  • LeeAnn Black ’83, Chief Operating Officer Latham & Watkins, President’s Advisory Council Member and Conference Co-Chair
  • Andrea Bombino, Founder and Career Coach, Andrea Bombino Coaching & Consulting
  • Abigail (Paulion) Bryant ’14, Director of EOP Student Success, SUNY System Administration
  • Kristen Capezza, MBA ’12, Vice President of Enrollment Management and University Communications, Adelphi University
  • Sharon Cunningham, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley, The Cunningham Group
  • Anita D’Amico PhD ’84, Vice President of Cross-Portfolio Solutions and Strategy, Synopsys Software Integrity Group and Conference Steering Committee Member
  • Renu Dalessandro, Chief Marketing Officer, Jovia Financial Credit Union
  • Maureen Evers-Willox, Managing Partner, KPMG
  • Kevin Goodman ’00, MBA ’03, Global Director of Member and Customer Enablement, LinkedIn and Adelphi Board of Trustees Member
  • Maria Collin Goodman, Co-Founder, Mama’s Got Mojo
  • Diane Guerrero, actress, advocate, author and our evening’s keynote speaker
  • MaryAnne Hyland, PhD, Dean, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business Adelphi University
  • Judy Jackson, President, JLC Ventures (Judy Loves Culture)
  • Mara Johnston, Managing Principal, Keystone Global
  • Chitralekha (Pooja) Kar, ’18, MA ’19, CPA, Assurance Senior at EY; Founder and Facilitator, Bold and Becoming, and Conference Steering Committee Member
  • Emily Ladau ’13, Author of Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally and Adelphi Board of Trustees Member
  • Monique Manso, Founder, M2Exponential
  • Karimot Odebode, Poet, Gender Equality Activist and Founder of Black Girl’s Dream
  • Humera Qazi ’93, Managing Director Morgan Stanley, Adelphi Board of Trustees member and Conference Co-Chair
  • Christine M. Riordan, PhD, President, Adelphi University
  • Jennifer Rosado, Chief Customer Officer at JOOR
  • Lois Schlissel, JD, Meyer Suozzi English & Klein P.C. (Managing Partner 2002–2018) and Adelphi University Trustee Emerita
  • Marc S. Strachan ’81, Principal and Chief Marketing Officer, Adgile Media Group, Founder, Coach Marc Consulting, LLC, and Chair of Adelphi University Board of Trustees
  • Khadijah Tribble, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Curaleaf, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Marijuana Policy Trust
  • Deborah Viola ’84, MBA, PhD, Vice President, Office of Research and Grants Administration, Westchester Medical Center, a member of WMCHealth and Conference Steering Committee and President’s Advisory Council Member
  • Chotsani Williams West, MA ’07, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and Adjunct Professor, Adelphi University

Our Generous 2023 Sponsors

Morgan Stanley
Student Government Association Meyer Suozzi Attorney at Law Women’s Giving Circle
Valley Women in Business KPMG Dime Bank
Sigma: Alpha Omega Chapter
$100,000+* * as of March 2023
raised by our donors this year for the Women’s Leadership Fund—ensuring robust programming and underwriting the cost of attendance for Adelphi students
as of March 2023

The conference, co-hosted by Adelphi’s Advancement and External Relations and Office of Student Affairs, is open to the public as well as members of the Adelphi community including students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends of the University.

The Women's Leadership Conference is part of the Leadership Certificate Program for current Adelphi students.

Empower Future Women Leaders

The newly established Women’s Leadership Fund will support the annual Women’s Leadership Conference, ensuring robust programming and underwriting the cost of attendance for Adelphi students, as well as providing leadership activities, professional development, and other opportunities that support the growth and empowerment of Adelphi women.
Women’s Leadership Conference
Special Events
Phone Number
Nexus Building, Room 200
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