On September 30, 2015 the Chancellor’s Suite was filled with women, both students and working executives, for the Women in Leadership Kick-Off Event.
The executive student board for this initiative, who includes Sumera Munhaf, Laura Colantonio, Angeli Fernandes, Prachi Makkar, Carla Santos, Amanda Sulkosky, Megan Sundberg, Micaela Tremblay, and Melissa Vega, co-organized this event with the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute at Seton Hall University to allow newly matched mentors and mentees to get to know one another.
The event began with Sumera Munhaf giving a welcome speech.
Following her, the Director of the Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development, Michael Reuter, welcomed everyone as well.
Then, dinner was served and the women were able to get to know each other more.
The night continued with Melissa Vega and Sumera Munhaf giving an overview of the program.
They reviewed previous events and the expectations for the year.
Denisse Oller, the head of the Latino Institute, introduced the Keynote speaker of the night, Ida Castro.
Castro, who was recommended by the Latino Institute to speak, served as the Women’s Bureau Director at the United States Department of Labor and moved on to become the Chairwoman of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
She spoke about her experiences and gave great insight on empowerment and leadership.
After the dinner, Dean Strawser spoke about how amazing it is to have so many women mentors willing to dedicate their time to help so many mentees who are trying to advance themselves with this great opportunity.
The women are ready and excited for a fantastic year ahead.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, October 6th print edition.
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