Berkeley College Announces New York State Senators Alessandra Biaggi and Jessica Ramos as Keynote Speakers at Women's Empowerment Awards Ceremony on October 20

Monday, October 18, 2021
Contact: Chanel Donaldson
Senior Associate, Media Relations
In-Person Ceremony Will Honor More Than 100 Remarkable Women as Part of Three-Day Summit, “The Future is Women”


Photo Caption: The Future is Women: Berkeley College Women’s Entrepreneurship Week 2021 will include keynote remarks from New York State Senators Alessandra Biaggi (left) and Jessica Ramos (right) during an in-person Women’s Empowerment Awards ceremony, which will be held at Berkeley College’s Midtown Manhattan campus on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. The ceremony will also be livestreamed.

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Berkeley College’s annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Week (WEW), “The Future is Women,” which will be hosted as a hybrid event from October 19 to October 21, 2021, will include an in-person Women’s Empowerment Awards ceremony at Berkeley College’s Midtown Manhattan, NY, campus (3 East 43rd Street, New York, NY) on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, from 5 to 7 p.m., honoring more than 100 women who have spoken at Berkeley College WEW events since 2015. The ceremony will also be livestreamed. Click here to view the full list of 2021 Women’s Empowerment Award recipients.

Among the honored guests to take part in the event, New York State Senators Alessandra Biaggi, Chair, Committee on Ethics and Internal Governance, and Jessica Ramos, Chair, Committee on Labor, will provide keynote remarks.

Biaggi has served on the New York State Senate since 2019. She represents the 34th District of New York, which includes parts of the Bronx and Westchester County. Biaggi chaired the first public hearings in 27 years on sexual harassment in the workplace, and led the charge in New York to pass legislation that strengthens protections for survivors and holds employers accountable for addressing sexual misconduct. She has more than a decade of experience in advocacy, public service and government.

Ramos, who was also elected to the Senate in 2019, represents the 13th District of New York, which includes the Queens neighborhoods of Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and parts of Astoria and Woodside. Ramos is the daughter of Colombian immigrants and previously served as Director of Latino Media for the City of New York, helping keep 1.87 million Spanish-speaking NYC residents informed about government services and initiatives. Her public service career began as a teenager when Ramos was elected President of the NYC Colombian Liberal Youth Council in 2002.

Critical Conversations with Inspiring Leaders, Networking and More
Berkeley College’s WEW brings together a wide range of diverse influencers in government, business, social justice and media to share resources for success in rebuilding the economy, fixing the broken rungs of the career ladder, and converting pivotal moments into opportunities.

Now in its seventh year, the 2021 summit will feature many prominent leaders effecting change in New York and beyond, and incorporate networking opportunities for students, young professionals and seasoned industry leaders. Additional keynote speakers include Juanita N. Holmes, Chief of Patrol, New York Police Department; Barbara Sampson, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York; Grace Meng, United States Congresswoman, 6th Congressional District of New York; and Kimberly Jean-Pierre, New York State Assemblywoman, District 11. Virtual panels will discuss equity, inclusion and the future of New York’s economy; women’s rights and overcoming barriers to equality; and an introduction to global media influencers.

Click here to register for The Future is Women: Berkeley College Women’s Entrepreneurship Week 2021.

Click here to learn more about the event, including the full schedule, speakers list and sponsorship opportunities.

Berkeley College celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2021. The theme commemorating this milestone is “Empowering Lives for 90 Years!” Visit the 90th Anniversary webpage for more information.

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, NY, and in Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Woodland Park, NJ, with more than 3,800 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 eight consecutive years. U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College (NJ) one of the Best Regional Colleges in the North in its 2022 edition of the Best Colleges Survey. In 2021 Berkeley College (NJ) was also recognized for the first time as a Top Performer on Social Mobility among colleges in the region. The website address is

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


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