“We’re so pleased to have these influential women back at the College,” said Program Director for Special Events and Sponsorships Lisa Sandick. “We can’t thank them enough for taking time out of their busy schedules to participate in this event and give back to our current students.”
United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Jess Faieta ’85 (Economics) delivered the keynote address, “Women: Instruments of Social Change,” before the summit was broken into panel discussions that corresponded to each of the College’s five schools: School of Business; School of Education; College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; School of Fine & Performing Arts; and School of Science & Engineering.
These sessions gave students valuable opportunities to speak with women successful in a variety of fields, on subjects including career aspirations, the strategies for landing a job after graduation and the importance of balancing work and life demands.
“It’s all a question of priorities,” said Vice President of Finance and Controller for RestorixHealth, Inc., Kristin Cash-Holland ’05 (Accounting). “Some days you can make it all work, but not always. The important thing is to try.”
As the summit concluded, students networked with panelists and event organizers at an ice cream social held in the Student Union Building. The spirit of this reception illustrated a common piece of advice circulated throughout the day.
“Put yourself out there,” said Renee Levine ’10 (Theatre Arts), sound designer for National Tours and Broadway. “Get noticed, be remembered and the rest will fall into place.”
Visit www.newpaltz.edu/summit for more information on the panelists, and see below for video coverage of the event.