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Empowered Leadership: Speakers Highlight Pay Equity, Self-Care during Eastern Funding Women’s Business Leadership Conference, Co-Sponsored by Berkeley College

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EMPOWERED WOMEN:

Speakers Highlight Pay Equity, Self-Care during Eastern Funding
Women’s Business Leadership Conference, Co-Sponsored by Berkeley College

Speakers at the Empowered Leadership conference

Photo Caption: (Left) Syleecia Thompson, DBA, an entertainment agent, author, brand strategist and Professor, Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business®, answers a question during “Empowered Leadership,” a women’s business leadership conference hosted by Eastern Funding, LLC, and co-sponsored by Berkeley College on November 13, 2019. (Right) Nancy Robles-Guess, Executive Vice President, Operations and Compliance Officer for Eastern Funding and a Berkeley College alumna, speaks about mentorship during the event.

“Empowered women empower women.” That was the theme of “Empowered Leadership,” a women’s business leadership conference hosted by Eastern Funding, LLC, and co-sponsored by Berkeley College and Brookline Bank on November 13, 2019, at the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel in Manhattan, NY. Seventy participants attended the conference, which focused on pay equity, self-care and leadership.

Syleecia Thompson, DBA, an entertainment agent, author, brand strategist and Professor, Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business®, delivered the keynote address, encouraging women to celebrate short wins, be resilient, and empower themselves by empowering others.

“If someone knows your story, you can change that person’s life,” Dr. Thompson said. “Empowerment is about setting intentions, staying focused and practicing determination.”

Nancy Robles-Guess, Executive Vice President, Operations and Compliance Officer for Eastern Funding, spoke about preparing future generations of women leaders.

“I feel a sense of responsibility to mentor other women and to give back to my community,” Ms. Robles-Guess said. She speaks with students at her alma mater, Berkeley College, where she was named the 2017 Alumna of the Year. “Every woman that we help, we are helping an entire community,” she added.

Other panelists discussed the importance of lifting up other women in the workplace, and of speaking up when necessary.

“It’s about recognizing that you have a voice, and using that voice,” said Maura Regan, President, LIMA, International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association.

“Put your hand up,” added Amanda Cain, Managing Director, Commodities, SG Americas Securities. “You’ve earned your seat at the table.”

Other panelists and speakers included Alicia R. Alston, Vice President, Global Communications, Prudential Financial; Janytra Brooks, Vice President, Human Resources, Brookline Bank; Adebola Dele-Michael, Board-Certified Dermatologist; Karinna Gonzalez, Health Educator;  and Sherry Kundlas Aeri, Vice President, Wholesale Credit Technology, Global Banking and Markets, Bank of America.

About Berkeley College

Berkeley College, founded in 1931, is a career-focused institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that offers students Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs in more than 20 career fields. The College has campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, NY, as well as in Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park, NJ, with more than 5,700 students enrolled. In addition, Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, for six consecutive years. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.

The mission of Berkeley College is to empower students to achieve lifelong success in dynamic careers.

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