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 alumnae and community members across industries share experiences and advice on how to thrive in today’s ever-changing world.

The 2022 conference, held on Saturday, March 26, was themed 125 Years of Women in Leadership in honor of the University’s milestone anniversary.

The event celebrated Women’s History Month and the contributions of women trailblazers from Adelphi and beyond. Professionals from a wide field of industries shared valuable expertise in powerful conversations throughout the day-long event.

More than 350 participants attended the hybrid event, held in the newly renovated Ruth S. Harley University Center.

This year’s conference also kicked off two new funds to support Women’s Leadership at Adelphi. In its inaugural year, more than $50,000 was given from generous donors to ensure continued opportunities for students to learn from trailblazers in their industries.


Adelphi University welcomed more than 350 participants at its fifth annual Women's Leadership Conference on Saturday, March 26. The day of learning, empowerment and career networking was held in the newly renovated Ruth S. Harley University Center on Adelphi's Garden City, New York, campus.

Save the Date

The 6th annual Women’s Leadership Conference will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023.

Keynote Speaker

Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman

America’s third-most-decorated female Olympic gymnast, Aly Raisman, served as the team captain of the gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s Gymnastics teams in 2012 and 2016. At the 2012 Games, she was the first American gymnast to win gold in the floor exercise, and at the 2016 Games, she earned a silver medal in the all-around competition.

In conversation with Adelphi’s NCAA Senior Woman Administrator for Athletics, Emily Dorko ’13, MBA ’15, Raisman will share inspiring personal stories about what it takes to be a champion both on and off the floor. The 27-year-old shares how she learned to think positively even in the toughest times.

Join us for this powerful conversation and learn how Raisman is bringing more attention to the conversation around mental health, promoting body positivity and the mind-body connection.

Aly Raisman, team captain of the gold medal winning Women’s Gymnastics teams in 2012 and 2016, is the third most decorated American gymnast of all-time. The most decorated U.S. gymnast at the 2012 Games, Raisman captured the hearts of millions as she became the first American gymnast to win gold in the floor exercise. One of only three U.S. gymnasts to make back-to-back teams in more than 20 years, she helped guide the team to gold and landed a silver medal performance in the All-Around competition at the 2016 Games.

A leader on and off the floor, Raisman uses her platform to help normalize the conversation around mental health, encourage positive body image and promote the importance of self-care. In her New York Times best-selling memoir, Fierce, she shares the highs and lows of her journey, including her survival of sexual abuse. Inspired by an army of survivors, Raisman continues to advocate for systematic changes within the sport of gymnastics and the eradication of sexual abuse.

It was an inspiring day of learning and sharing with remarkably successful women leaders and their allies.

LeeAnn Black ‘83 Chief Operating Officer at Latham & Watkins | Co-Chair of 2022 Women’s Leadership Conference

The conference, co-hosted by Adelphi’s Advancement and External Relations, Office of Student Affairs, and Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, 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.
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