Women's Summit Program

Join us on Wednesday, October 19 at 10 a.m. EDT for The Sixth Annual Fordham Women’s Summit: Philanthropy | Empowerment | Change at Fordham Law School.

Please note, the schedule is subject to change.


10 a.m.

Welcome Address

Martha K. Hirst, Emcee; Senior Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer, Fordham University

10:10 a.m.

Opening Keynote Conversation | Women in Leadership and Philanthropy

A Discussion with President Tania Tetlow and Adriana Trigiani, PAR

11 a.m.


11:20 a.m.

Breakout Panel Discussion | A View From the Top: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Transformation

May Adrales, Director of the Theatre Program, Fordham University

Kathleen Adams, FCRH '10, GSAS '12Vice President, Digital Director, EvolveMKD; Co-owner, Angel of Harlem Bar/Restaurant
Gloria Athanis, MC '81, Owner, Partner, Healthful Habits LLC - Phyter
Linda Dunham, PCS '82, President, Dunham Management Corp.; Owner/Operator, McDonald's restaurants
Lauren Sweeney, FCRH '12, Co-founder, CEO, DeliverZero

Breakout Workshop | Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

Rachel Annunziato, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Fordham College at Rose Hill 

12:10 p.m.

Buffet Lunch

1 p.m.


Rosamond Blanchet, R.S.H.M., Honorary Doctorate '22 

Student Scholarship Speaker

Nishi Akter, FCRH '24 

Honoring Fordham's Pioneering Women in Philanthropy 

Kim Bepler, Fordham Trustee, Fordham Founder '07, Honorary Doctorate '22
Mary Byrne, Ph.D., TMC '72, GSAS '78, '83, PAR
Joy Fernandez, GABELLI '88
Kathleen Anne Ford, J.D., FCRH '75, LAW '78
Theresa Mao, Ph.D. GSAS '60, '64
Ann Marino, R.H.S.M., MC '63
Anne Williams-Isom, FCLC '86, Honorary Doctorate '18, James R. Dumpson Chair in Child Welfare Studies, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

1:25 p.m.

Ignatian Yoga Stretch

Carol Gibney, LMSW, Director, Office of Campus Ministry Solidarity and Leadership, Fordham University

1:40 p.m.

Panel Discussion | A View From the Top: Retention and Recruitment in the Great Reshuffle

Kay Turner, J.D., Vice President for Human Resources, Fordham University

Marcella Barry, FCRH '92, GSE '96, Chief People Officer, Phoenix Tower International
Gloria Isbell, GABELLI '93, CEO, Leadership Coach, Aerial View Coaching & Talent Management Solutions, LLC
Jaclyn Quinn, FCRH '08, Head of Human Resources, Angelo Gordon
Sheila Maith, J.D., PARPrincipal, Maith Consulting, Professional Certified Coach

2:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m.

Closing Keynote Panel Discussion | A Spotlight on Corporate Social Responsibility

Lerzan Aksoy, Ph.D., Interim Dean, Professor of Marketing, Gabelli School of Business

Catalana, GABELLI '15, Senior Associate, Foundation and Social Impact Programs, Tapestry Inc.
Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, GABELLI '91, Board Director, Compass Group, Xenia Hotels and Resorts and Equitable Holdings; Former Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Moody’s Corporation; Former President, Moody's Foundation
Simio, GABELLI '13, Director, PVH Foundation
Alison Whritenour, GABELLI '11, CEO, Seventh Generation

3:35 p.m.

Closing Remarks, Q&A, Feedback Forum

3:45 p.m.

Networking & Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by Macari Vineyards: Gabriella Macari, GABELLI ’09, Diploma Wine and Spirits