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Berkeley College Women’s Entrepreneurship Week (WEW)
elevates the voices of women on key issues. Since 2015, WEW events have 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. WEW speakers and panelists include the most prominent women in the Latinx, African-American and Asian communities. Topics center on advancing gender equity, business and entrepreneurship among Minority and Women-owned Businesses (MWBEs).

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Womens Entrepreneurship Week 2021: The Future is Women

Agenda – All Panels are Virtual.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

An Interactive Discussion on Microaggressions
12 to 1:30 p.m.
Create a more diverse and inclusive workplace culture by understanding the impact of microaggressions.

  • Mary Ann Chimento, Corporate, Community and High School Relations, Berkeley College
  • Moya S. H. 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

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

8:30 a.m. – Chat Networking
9 a.m. – Opening Remarks

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

9:15 a.m.  – Opening Keynote

Juanita Holmes Berkeley 

10:45 a.m. – Keynote Address 

Berkeley Sampson

  • Barbara Sampson, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York
  • (Introduction) Eva Skuka, MD, PhD, Dean, Berkeley College School of Health Studies

12 p.m. – Keynote Address 

Kimberly Jean Pierre Berkeley


Panel One: The Women Shaping New York City’s Future
9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Explore how the public and private sectors are working together to build a more inclusive and equitable future for New York. Leaders will share their vision for strengthening New York City’s economy and infrastructure for small businesses, including minority and women-owned businesses. 

  • 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

Panel Two: Women’s Rights – Creating a World that Works for Everyone
11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

A look at the status of women’s rights and the organizations and leaders dedicated to helping women overcome the barriers to equality. This discussion will offer perspectives on how to accelerate progress on a humanitarian and economic scale.

  • 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 Yuck Yu, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, Academy of Medical & Public Health Services

Panel Three: Meet the Influencers
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Meet the women at the forefront of fashion, lifestyle, arts, culture, tourism and entertainment in New York City and around the world. These women will share their remarkable journeys to success, along with insights on strategies for using your influence for social good and how to stand out in a crowded media space.

  • 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, Activist, Actress and Author
  • Jaylah Sandoval, Award-winning Multimedia Personality and Plus-Size Model
  • Nancy Mammana, Chief Marketing Officer, NYC & Company
  • Mimi Plange, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Mimi Plange LLC
  • Nomcebo Zikode, South African Recording Artist

Women’s Empowerment Awards
In-Person Ceremony
The event will be livestreamed for viewers.
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5 to 7 p.m.
Berkeley College
3 East 43rd Street, New York, NY

Thursday, October 21, 2021

12 p.m. – Closing Keynote 

Grace Meng

WEW Recap: Voices of Leadership
12:30 p.m.
A recap of critical conversations and lessons learned during WEW 2021.

Womens Entrepreneurship Week 2020

Berkeley College’s 2020 virtual Women’s Entrepreneurship Week forum, “Change Leaders: Recalibrating the Future,” with media partner City & State, attracted more than 780 attendees on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

Click here to see some of the takeaways in the #WE2020 newsletter, including features on women on the frontlines of social activism (Panel 1); managing a business in a pandemic (Panels 2 and 3); bringing back New York City’s economy (Panel 3); navigating the remote workplace (Corporate Learning Partners Roundtable); and developing and marketing your personal brand (Career Workshops). Throughout the presentations you will learn about resources available for entrepreneurs and minority and women-owned businesses. With one in four women considering leaving the workforce because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this newsletter is a valuable resource to women seeking knowledge and advice on recalibrating  their futures.

The opening keynote by New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and closing keynote by Joyce Chang, Chair, Global Research, JP Morgan, provided insights and inspiration.

#WE2020 Videos

Welcome and Opening Keynote by New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

Panel One: Change Leaders - A Conversation on Social Activism, then and NOW

Panel Two: Government Leaders Roundtable - Empowering Business Beyond the Reopening

Panel Three: Reclaiming New York City

Corporate Learning Partnerships Roundtable

Career Workshops

Closing Keynote with Joyce Chang, Chair, Global Research, JP Morgan

#WE2020 Resources

Click here to view a list of resources from "Change Leaders: Women Recalibrating the Future."

#WE2020 Press Releases

New York Lt. Governor Opens Dialogue at Berkeley College Virtual Women's Forum with City & State NY
Read this release.

J.P. Morgan Chase Leader Joyce Chang Inspires at Berkeley College Virtual Forum on Women Entrepreneurship
Read this release.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Week 2019

In 2019, Berkeley College hosted Women’s Entrepreneurship Week events in two states, and stayed true to its mission of bringing the voices of the most diverse and accomplished women in business and industry to the table. The 2019 theme, Women in Leadership: Unleashing Your Superpowers, headlined events at campuses in Manhattan, NY, and Woodland Park, NJ, which were viewed by an audience of more than 400, either in person or through video livestreams.

Thirty-one panelists shared their experiences with how they surmounted obstacles and paved new pathways to success. Their determination to achieve pay equity, fix the broken rungs on the career ladder, earn a college education, and convert pivotal moments into opportunities will continue to motivate us.


Click here to view photos from the 2019 New York event.
Click here to view photos from the 2019 New Jersey event.

Media Coverage and Press Releases

Click here to read coverage from ROI-NJ.
Click here to read a press release from the 2019 New York event.
Click here to read a press release from the 2019 New Jersey event.

Feature Videos

Women in Leadership:
Unleashing Your Superpowers (2019)


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