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The Future is Women – From Business to Social Justice to Fashion and Entertainment Industries – Hear from Women Leading Change in New York City and around the Globe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Contact: Chanel Donaldson
Senior Associate, Media Relations
973-200-1048
Chanel-Donaldso@BerkeleyCollege.edu
THE FUTURE IS WOMEN – FROM BUSINESS TO SOCIAL JUSTICE TO FASHION AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES – HEAR FROM WOMEN LEADING CHANGE IN NEW YORK CITY AND AROUND THE GLOBE
 
Three-Day Summit, to be Hosted October 19 to 21, 2021, Will Include an Awards Ceremony Honoring More Than 100 Remarkable Women
 

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Photo Caption: The Future is Women: Berkeley College Women’s Entrepreneurship Week 2021 will include keynote addresses by (from left) Juanita N. Holmes, Chief of Patrol, New York Police Department, Barbara Sampson, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York, and Kimberly Jean-Pierre, New York State Assemblywoman, on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, and by Grace Meng, United States Congresswoman, on Thursday, October 21, 2021. 

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Registration is open for “The Future is Women,” Berkeley College’s annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Week (WEW) event. The conference, which is co-sponsored by media partner City & State, will be hosted in a hybrid format from Tuesday, October 19 to Thursday, October 21, 2021. Additional sponsors include Johnson PR and Events, Newark Symphony Hall, Eastern Funding LLC, Pinnacle Construction Group, and Celebrity Media Group.

Since 2015, Berkeley College’s WEW has featured a wide range of diverse leaders in government, business and media who have shared resources for success in rebuilding the economy, fixing the broken rungs of the career ladder, and converting pivotal moments into opportunities.

“As Women’s Entrepreneurship Week at Berkeley College enters its seventh year, our theme, ‘The Future is Women,’ says it all,” said Angela Harrington, Founder, Women’s Entrepreneurship Week, and Vice President, Communications and External Relations, Berkeley College. “Through a partnership with City & State, we are bringing together some of the most diverse, influential and courageous women charting a new course for business, public health, government, gender equity and social justice.”

This year’s summit will feature prominent leaders effecting change in New York and beyond, including keynote addresses on Wednesday, October 20, by Juanita N. Holmes, Chief of Patrol, New York Police Department (NYPD), Barbara Sampson, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York, and Kimberly Jean-Pierre, New York State Assemblywoman, District 11, and on Thursday, October 21, by Grace Meng, United States Congresswoman, 6th Congressional District of New York. Holmes is the first woman to serve as Chief of Patrol for the NYPD, the largest police force in the country, managing the approximately 20,000 uniformed officers who patrol the City. Sampson is the first woman to lead the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which serves public health and the criminal justice system with the most advanced forensic science and operates the nation's largest DNA laboratory. Jean-Pierre who was elected in the 2014 General Election, serves the 11th Assembly District and has a long record of public service in the Long Island region. Meng, who is in her fifth term in the United States House of Representatives, is the first and only Asian American member of Congress from New York State and the first  Congresswoman from Queens since former vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro.

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Photo Caption: The Future is Women: Berkeley College Women’s Entrepreneurship Week 2021 will be held in a hybrid format from Tuesday, October 19 to Thursday, October 21, 2021. Registration is open for the three-day conference, which will include interactive workshops, panels and discussions with prominent leaders effecting change in New York and beyond.

Critical Conversations with Inspiring Leaders, Networking and More
Tuesday, October 19, opens with an interactive workshop on microaggressions, examining their occurrence and providing valuable resources for the workplace. Three virtual discussions taking place on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, will highlight 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. On Thursday, October 21, a Voices of Leadership session will recap lessons learned over the course of the week.

A Women’s Empowerment Awards ceremony will take place in-person 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. The ceremony will honor more than 100 women who have spoken at Berkeley College WEW events since 2015. The awards ceremony will also be livestreamed for viewers.

The conference will also incorporate networking opportunities for students, young professionals and seasoned industry leaders.

WEW speakers for each session will include:

An Interactive Discussion on Microaggressions – Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 12 to 1:30 p.m.

  • Mary Ann Chimento, Corporate, Community and High School Relations, Berkeley College
  • Moya Bansile, Esq., Co-Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force and Professor, Legal Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies
  • Maria Rivera, Director, Continuing Education, Berkeley College

 

Opening Remarks – Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 9 a.m.

  • Mistress of Ceremonies: Angela Harrington, Founder, Women’s Entrepreneurship Week and Vice President, Communications and External Relations, Berkeley College
  • Diane Recinos, EdD, Berkeley College
  • Rebekah Andrews-Brannock, Student Speaker and Paralegal, Senior Corporate Governance, Marsh McLennan

 

Keynote Address  Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 9:15 a.m.

  • Juanita N. Holmes, Chief of Patrol, New York Police Department

 

The Women Shaping New York City’s Future – Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

  • Moderator: Heather Briccetti, Esq., President and CEO, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
  • Quenia Abreu, President, New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce
  • Vanessa Gibson, Nominee, Bronx Borough President
  • Jessica Walker, President and CEO, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
  • Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO, Partnership for New York City

 

Keynote Address – Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 10:45 a.m.

  • Barbara Sampson, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York
  • Introduction: Eva Skuka, MD, PhD, Associate Provost and Dean, Berkeley College School of Health Studies

 

Women’s Rights – Creating a World that Works for Everyone – Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Moderator: Angela Harrington, Founder, Women’s Entrepreneurship Week and Vice President, Communications and External Relations, Berkeley College
  • Liz Abzug, Founder and President, Bella Abzug Leadership Institute
  • Jessica González-Rojas, Assemblymember, New York State
  • Heidi Hoefinger, PhD, Professor, Social Sciences, Berkeley College
  • Stephanie J. Hull, PhD, President and CEO, Girls Inc.
  • Mon Yuk Yu, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, Academy of Medical & Public Health Services

 

Keynote Address – Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 12 p.m.

  •  Kimberly Jean-Pierre, New York State Assemblywoman, District 11

 

Meet the Influencers – Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

  • Moderator: Busie Matsiko-Andan, Global Strategist, CEO, Pont Global and Executive Director, Africa Future Summit
  • Siamanda Chege, Founder, Chege Village and Beberavi Collections Inc.
  • Nitika Chopra, Founder and CEO, Chronicon
  • Juliet Ibrahim, Actress, Activist and Author
  • Jaylah Sandoval, Award-winning Multimedia Personality and Plus-Size Model
  • Nancy Mammana, Chief Marketing Officer, NYC & Company
  • Mimi Plange, Ghanaian-American Fashion Designer
  • Nomcebo Zikode, South African Recording Artist

 

Keynote Address – Thursday, October 21, 2021, 12 p.m.

  •  Grace Meng, United States Congresswoman, 6th Congressional District of New York

 

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 www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.

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

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Empowering lives for 90 years!