Adelphi’s fourth annual Women’s Leadership Conference was hosted on Saturday, November 7, 2020 virtually and the experience was nothing less than extraordinary!

Themed, Thriving in a New World, attendees from all across the world explored timely topics with engaging speakers, including actress and human rights activist, Sophia Bush.

Virtual Schedule: Saturday, November 7, 2020

Time Session Topic
10:00am – 10:50am Welcome & Keynote Creating Your Best You
In this discussion, Sophia Bush talked about her passions from education to having a balanced life, and everything in between. Sophia touched on her philosophy that activism and volunteerism is not a part of your life, it’s a way of doing life. She’s founded voting rights organizations and has been a powerful voice for racial justice and pay equity. Drawing from her own experiences, Sophia invites audiences to dare to care about everything.Moderated by Dana Blair ‘04, MBA ‘08
11:00am – 11:30am Concurrent Conversation Sessions Navigating Hard Conversations
Hard conversations in the workplace range from being passed over for a promotion to giving or receiving a poor performance review. But they also appear in everyday situations. We heard advice from Liz Alicea-Velez ’78, Head of the Americas for Moneygram International, on handling challenging conversations and ways you can strengthen your communication skills.Resiliency
By definition, resiliency is one’s ability to recover quickly from difficulties. In these extraordinary times, it’s now a frequently used skill. Hear from Irene Macyk ’83, MS ’98, PhD ’17, Chief Nursing Officer for North Shore University Hospital on her own resiliency experiences and ways to strengthen your own.Being Brave Instead of Being Perfect
(High School Student & Young Women)
Immediately following the morning keynote, we invited our high school attendees and young women to join a conversation with Chotsani West ’07, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Erin Furey, Outreach, Training, and Mental Health Promotion, Coordinator. In this open discussion, our professionals encouraged conversation about developing risk-taking skills and striving for excellence rather than perfection.
11:40am – 12:10pm Tools for your Toolkit Mindfulness in Extraordinary Times
During difficult seasons, it can be challenging to practice self-care and prioritize mental health. Practicing mindfulness can help you recalibrate and recharge. We came together for a short workshop to better understand mindfulness and simple methods to use in our daily lives.Workshop with Lea A. Theodore, Professor and Coordinator, Doctoral Program in School Psychology
12:15pm – 12:45pm Networking Room with Breakouts
Forge connections with other Panthers of all class years and majors. We brought our questions about interviewing in a virtual world, our elevator pitch, and our LinkedIn profile! The breakout room function in Zoom encouraged conversations with other Panthers of all class years and majors.
Special Events
Phone Number
Ruth S. Harley University Center
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