Berkeley College Graduate Studies Newsletter

Summer/Fall 2018

Executive Speaker Series Highlights Diversity and Inclusion

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Photo Caption: Vanessa Nazario, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, shares her experiences during the Berkeley College M.B.A. Executive Speaker Series.

Vanessa Nazario, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, shared her career and educational journey during the latest engagement of the Berkeley College M.B.A. Executive Speaker Series, held on July 10, 2018, at the Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies in Woodland Park, NJ.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and raised in Trenton, NJ, Ms. Nazario has been a leader in community development for more than 20 years. She began her career at MECHA, a Hispanic-based nonprofit organization providing home ownership training to families, followed by two decades in various community development roles at PNC Bank. In 2017, she transitioned into her current role with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.

Ms. Nazario discussed her work to build a “culture of inclusion” for patients and staff through education, policies and procedures at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and offered the following advice to the students pursuing Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Management degrees at Berkeley College:

Mary Wagner, Ph.D., Interim Dean, Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies, said conversations with industry professionals like Ms. Nazario expose students to valuable real-world practices. “Ms. Nazario emphasized the importance of creating and maintaining diverse networks and the ways these networks can lead to career opportunities and advancement,” Dr. Wagner said.

Denise Perez, a Berkeley College student in the M.B.A. in Management program, said the lessons she learned from Ms. Nazario have already had an impact on her career.

“Don’t be afraid of saying ‘yes’ to an opportunity, even when you think it is beyond your ability,” said Ms. Perez, a Sales Coordinator at Johnson Controls, Inc., in Manhattan, NY. “Saying ‘yes’ opens new ventures and helps you discover your potential.”

Previous speakers in the M.B.A. Executive Speaker Series have included representatives from Ernst & Young, ADP and Brightpoint Health.