The Tri-State Diversity Council hosted its 2017 Women in Leadership Symposiums throughout the month of May in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Attendees of the symposiums were exposed to female leaders who shared insights from their personal success and leadership experience as professionals.

Angeles Valenciano, CEO of the National Diversity Council, said of the initiative: “This type of event gives women the perfect opportunity to share in the knowledge and successes of the esteemed panelists, reflect on the development of their own careers, and network with fellow aspiring leaders.”

This year’s event theme was “Be Fearless: Influence, Innovate, and Inspire.” The half-day event featured multiple business leaders from various organizations discussing topics such as “Transforming the Rules of Engagement,” “The Difference ‘Difference’ Makes – Double Minority Leadership,” and “Lifting up the Next Generation of Women.” The symposiums began with a welcome and formal introduction of the participating panelists. Each panelist was able to address a specific topic of discussion as well as engage with the other panelists and answer audience questions regarding the panel topics.

The Tri-State Diversity Council would like to thank all the sponsors, volunteers, speakers and attendees for helping to make the 2017 Women in Leadership Symposium series a great success.

Photos and program booklets from the symposiums can be found here.

Women in Leadership Symposium Panelists

Margaret Castinado
Sr. Asst. Public Defender
CT Superior Court
Cheryl Battles
Vice President, Communications, Diversity & Strategy
Pitney Bowes
Claire Burns
Claire Burns
Jill Frederickson
Vice President, Editorial Ops,
Sportscenter & News ESPN
Lisa Jacobi
Sr. Vice President, Human Resources

New York
Michele Coleman Mayes
Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
The New York Public Library
Kara Ross
CEO & Founder
Diamonds Unleashed by Kara Ross
Barbara Matos
Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
Lisa Morales-Hellebo
CEO & Founder
Hugh Welsh
President, North America

New Jersey
Lisa Calicchio
Exec. Vice President, Human Resources
Wyndham Destination Network
Regina Figueroa
Regional Vice President, Operations
Alaris Member Health Centers
Sara Clarke
Sr. Vice President, Strategy, Analysis & Communication
Showtime Networks, Inc.
Megan Lee
Chief HR Officer & Vice President
Panasonic Corp. of North America
Shawnie McBride
Vice President, Head of Business Programs & Process Excellence
Direct Energy

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