More than 30 Dynamic Women Share Insights on "Recalibrating the Future" of NYC


To empower the futures of women in entrepreneurship and business, Berkeley College, in partnership with City & State New York, hosted a special event on October 7, 2020, which included discussions with prominent leaders in business, government and media. Women Entrepreneurship 2020 is a global movement. More than 200 universities and colleges in 60 countries hosted events in 2019. The local movement provides a platform for professional growth, leadership development and activism centered on equity. Learn about the 30 dynamic women who provided insights on "Recalibrating the Future," below: 

Speaker Biographies

Kathy Hochul Berkeley

Opening Keynote Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, New York

Joyce Chang JP Morgan

Closing Keynote  Joyce Chang, Chair, Global Research, J.P. Morgan

Speakers include:

LaShawn Allen
La’Shawn Allen, Director of Training, New York City Health + Hospitals

Moya Bansile, Esq., Co-Chair, Berkeley College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force and Professor, Legal Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies

Linda Baran
Linda Baran, President and Chief Executive Officer, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce

Heather Briccetti, Esq., Chief Executive Officer and President, The Business Council of New York State

Jasmine Briggs-Rogers
Jasmine Briggs-Rogers, Director, Career Services, Berkeley College

Pam Cohen
Pam Cohen, Vice President, People and Culture, Affinity Federal Credit Union

Edwina Dunn, OBE, Chief Executive Officer, The Female Lead

Naomi Dunston
Naomi Dunston
, Berkeley College Student

Wendy Garcia
, Chief Diversity Officer, New York City Comptroller’s Office

Dynishal Gross
Dynishal Gross, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity, NYC Department of Small Business Services

Angela Harrington, Vice President, Communications and External Relations, Berkeley College

Jennifer Jones Austin
Jennifer Jones Austin, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, FPWA

Man-Li Kuo Lin
, Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration

Elizabeth Lusskin
Elizabeth Lusskin, President, Long Island City Partnership

Melva Miller
, Chief Executive Officer, Association for a Better New York

Regina Myer
Regina Myer, President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Sonia Ossorio
Sonia Ossorio, President, NOW New York

Nancy Ploeger
Nancy Ploeger,
Executive Director and Secretary, IWEC Foundation

Diane Recinos
Diane Recinos, EdD, Senior Vice President, Student Success, Berkeley College

Nancy Robles Guess
Nancy Robles-Guess, Executive Vice President, Operations and Compliance, Eastern Funding LLC

Adriana Romero
Adriana Romero, Berkeley College Student

Council Member Helen Rosenthal
, Committee on Women and Gender Equity, New York City Council

Rosa Santana
Rosa Santana, Assistant Director, Career Services, Berkeley College

Michael Smith
Michael J. Smith
, President of Berkeley College

Amy Soricelli, Vice President, Career Services, Berkeley College

Angie Tang 2
Angelica O. Tang
, Senior Advisor, Asia Value Advisors

Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor in Chief, New York Amsterdam News

Jessica Walker, Chief Executive Officer and President, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Adel Wilson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Celebrity Media Group

Sheena Wright
Sheena Wright, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way of New York City

Lourdes Zapata
Lourdes Zapata, President and Chief Executive Officer, South Bronx Overall Development Corporation (SoBRO)