The theme of the 2023 Women’s Leadership Conference was "Defining Leadership for Our Lives, Our Careers, and Our Communities", and welcomed more than 350 professionals, alumni, students and community members for a powerful event celebrating the myriad ways that women define leadership today.

Keynote Address

Diane Guerrero

Hollywood was first introduced to Guerrero from her role as inmate Maritza Ramos on the critically acclaimed Netflix drama “Orange Is the New Black” and later played Lina Santillan on “Jane the Virgin,” opposite Gina Rodriguez. Her most recent roles in “Encanto” and “Doom Patrol” have earned her even more visibility. As her profile has risen, Guerrero has arrived at a place of ease and self-acceptance, and she’s exploring new facets of her identity.

Conference Schedule

Time Activity
11:45 am Check-in and Networking Welcome Reception
12:30 pm Kick-off Session

Shift Happens: Navigating Change (Hybrid)


  • Christine M. Riordan, PhD
    President, Adelphi University


  • LeeAnn Black ‘83
    Chief Operating Officer Latham & Watkins
    Conference Co-Chair
  • Humera Qazi ‘93
    Managing Director Morgan Stanley
    Conference Co-Chair
  • Lois Schlissel, JD
    Meyer Suozzi English & Klein P.C. (Managing Partner 2002-2018)
    Adelphi University Trustee Emerita
1:45 pm Networking Break
2:15 pm Breakout Session I

Self-Advocacy: What No One Ever Taught Me (Hybrid)


  • Chitralekha (Pooja) Kar, ‘18, MA ‘19, CPA
    Assurance Senior at EY Founder and Facilitator, Bold and Becoming
    Conference Steering Committee Member


  • Swati Bhisé
    Producer and CEO, Cayenne Pepper Productions
    Founder, Warrior Queen Project
    Educator, Film Maker, Classical Dancer, and Asian Art Visionary
  • Karimot Odebode
    Poet, Gender Equality Activist and Founder of Black Girl‘s Dream
  • Abigail (Paulion) Bryant ’14
    Director of EOP Student Success
    SUNY System Administration

Leadership and Parenting: Mothers Know Best


  • Maria Collin Goodman
    Co-Founder, Mama’s Got Mojo


  • Andrea Bombino
    Founder & Career Coach, Andrea Bombino Coaching & Consulting
  • Kristen Capezza, MBA ‘12
    Vice President of Enrollment Management and University Communications, Adelphi University
  • Chotsani Williams West, MA ‘07
    Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and Adjunct Professor, Adelphi University

Ethical Leadership: The Increasing Importance of Doing the Right Thing


  • Pawneet Abramowski ‘08
    Founder & Principal    PARC Solutions LLC
    Conference Steering Committee Member


  • Kevin Goodman ’00, MBA ’03
    Global Director of Member and Customer Enablement, LinkedIn
    Adelphi Board of Trustee Member
  • MaryAnne Hyland, PhD
    Dean, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business Adelphi University
  • Khadijah Tribble
    Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Curaleaf, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Marijuana Policy Trust
3:15 pm Networking Break
3:45 pm Breakout Session II

Finding Your Leadership Style: What Kind of Leader Are You? (Hybrid)


  • Maureen Evers- Willox
    Managing Partner, KPMG


  • Chaka Adams
    Vice President Marketing, Jovia Financial Credit Union
  • Sharon Cunningham
    Managing Director, Morgan Stanley, The Cunningham Group
  • Jennifer Rosado
    Chief Customer Officer at JOOR

Access to Opportunity: Advancing Women’s Leadership by Opening New Doors


  • Deborah Viola ’84, MBA, PhD
    Vice President, Office of Research and Grants Administration, Westchester Medical Center, a member of WMCHealth
    Conference Steering Committee and President’s Advisory Council Member


  • Anita D‘Amico PhD ‘84
    Vice President of Cross-Portfolio Solutions and Strategy, Synopsys Software Integrity Group
    Conference Steering Committee Member
  • Mara Johnston
    Managing Principal, Keystone Global
  • Emily Ladau ’13
    Author of Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally
    Adelphi Board of Trustee Member

Building Your Brand


  • Marc S. Strachan ’81
    Chair, Adelphi Board of Trustees
    Principal and Chief Marketing Officer, Adgile Media Group
    Founder, Coach Marc Consulting, LLC


  • Renu Dalessandro
    Chief Marketing Officer, Jovia Financial Credit Union
  • Judy Jackson
    President, JLC Ventures (Judy Loves Culture)
  • Monique Manso
4:45 pm Networking Cocktail Hour
6:00 pm Awards Celebration & Keynote Dinner

An Evening with Diane Guerrero

All participants will have the opportunity to take a LinkedIn headshot during the conference and will have access to utilize the TypeFocus AssessmentThe TypeFocus will help you understand your unique behavior profile, identify areas of strength, and know your personal values. The link for your TypeFocus assessment will be provided upon registration.

Need to access your TypeFocus results, log in here.


$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

Overall, what I took away from the Women’s Leadership Conference was to not let fear hold me back.

Joanna Reid Junior, political science and creative writing, news editor for The Delphian

As someone who’s interested in English, business and computer science and the STEM fields, seeing how women have worked in all of those fields has been especially fruitful for me to learn about, especially as I’m graduating and about to start my own career…I feel inspired and determined.

Augustina Gentile ’23 English major

I was really enjoying [Curaleaf Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility] Khadijah Tribble’s comments, especially about authenticity and the balance between personal and professional social media and allowing yourself to be a fun person who also shows up as a professional.

Norah Curran junior, interdisciplinary studies major
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