Berkeley College Forum with City & State NY Brings Together the Voices of Women Leading NYC's Comeback

Friday, October 2, 2020
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
Event on October 7th Features Keynote Speaker New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul
and Closing Remarks by Joyce Chang, Chair, Global Research, J.P. Morgan

  NY Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul           Joyce Chang, J.P. Morgan

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Berkeley College will present “Change Leaders: Women Recalibrating the Future,” a Women Entrepreneurship 2020 virtual event co-sponsored by City & State NY, aimed at providing a forum for women leading New York’s economy and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion opportunities. The daylong event takes place on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 starting at 8:30 a.m., and is free of charge. Pre-registration is required. This is the sixth consecutive year Berkeley College has sponsored its Women Entrepreneurship program, part of a global initiative sponsored with colleges, universities and business organizations to raise awareness about gaps in gender equity and inclusion.

In addition to the remarks by keynote speaker Kathy Hochul, New York State Lieutenant Governor and Joyce Chang, Chair, Global Research, J.P. Morgan, panel discussion topics will focus on Change Leaders: A Conversation on Social Activism – Then and NOW; Empowering Businesses beyond the Reopening; and Reclaiming New York City. The afternoon sessions include Career Workshops and a Corporate Learning Partners Roundtable, which will cover the topics of Professional Development, Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, and Remote Work. For the agenda and latest speaker information, click here.

“Elevating the voices of women in industry, government and media on key issues is so valuable and important for each of us, especially for our leaders of tomorrow,” said Berkeley College President Michael J. Smith.

Angela Harrington, Vice President of Communications and External Relations and founder of Women’s Entrepreneurship Week at Berkeley College, said the virtual forum makes it convenient for anyone interested in attending from any part of the world. “Working together we can exchange ideas and strengthen our ability to address gender and racial inequities, enable economic development, and better educate and serve our communities.”

Welcome and Opening Remarks  9 a.m.

Welcome remarks will be presented by Michael J. Smith, Berkeley College President (above, left); Opening remarks by Angela Harrington, Vice President, Berkeley College Communications and External Relations (above, center); and Naomi Dunston Berkeley College student (above right), Class of 2021. 

Keynote Address – 9:15 a.m.

Kathy Hochul, New York State Lieutenant Governor, will deliver the keynote address.

Change Leaders: A Conversation on Social Activism – Then and NOW  10 to 11 a.m.SS-Row2.JPG
Moya Bansile, Esq., Co-Chair, Berkeley College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force and Professor, Legal Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies, and Moderator; Edwina Dunn, OBE, Chief Executive Officer, The Female Lead; Sonia Ossorio, President of NOW New York; Jennifer Jones Austin, Esq., Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, FPWA; Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor in Chief, New York Amsterdam News; and Sheena Wright, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way of New York City.

Government Leaders Roundtable: Empowering Business Beyond the Reopening – 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Wendy Garcia, Chief Diversity Officer, New York City Comptroller's Office; Man-Li Kuo Lin, Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration; Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Committee on Women and Gender Equity, New York City Council; Heather Briccetti, Esq., Chief Executive Officer and President, The Business Council of New York State and Moderator; and Dynishal Gross, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity, NYC Department of Small Business Services.

Reclaiming New York City – 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Angelica O. Tang
, Senior Advisor, Asia Value Advisors and Moderator; Jessica Walker, Chief Executive Officer and President, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce; Linda Baran, President and Chief Executive Officer, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce; Melva Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Association for a Better New York; Regina Myer, President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership; Lourdes Zapata, President and Chief Executive Officer, South Bronx Overall Development Corporation (SoBRO); and Elizabeth Lusskin, President, Long Island City Partnership.

Career Workshops – 2 to 3 p.m. 
Develop your brand and your professional presence, and learn how to empower your business through social media.
Note: The workshops will be held in a breakout room. Register for the event to receive the breakout link.

Jasmine Briggs-Rogers, Director, and Amy Soricelli, Vice President, both of Berkeley College Career Services; and Adel Wilson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Celebrity Media Group, will conduct the Career Workshop session.

Corporate Learning Partners Roundtable – 2 to 3 p.m.
Advice on professional development; cultivating diversity and inclusion in the workplace; and how to establish a remote work environment that works with your life.
La’Shawn Allen, Director of Training, New York City Health + Hospitals; Pam Cohen, Vice President, People and Culture, Affinity Federal Credit Union; Nancy Robles-Guess, Executive Vice President, Operations and Compliance, Eastern Funding LLC; Nancy Ploeger, Executive Director and Secretary, IWEC Foundation; and Diane Recinos, EdD, Senior Vice President, Student Success, Berkeley College and Moderator.

3 to 3:30 p.m. – Closing Keynote

Joyce Chang

Joyce Chang, Chair, Global Research, J.P. Morgan, will deliver the closing keynote.

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 also offers continuing education programs to enhance career credentials.

Berkeley College has campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, NY, as well as in Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park, NJ, with more than 4,900 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 seven consecutive years. The website address is

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