Women's Summit Program

Join us on Wednesday, October 18 at 8:30 a.m EDT for the Seventh Annual Fordham Women’s Summit: Philanthropy | Empowerment | Change at Fordham Law School.

Please note: The schedule is subject to change.


8:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast and Registration

Generously sponsored by Greenberg Traurig

9:15 a.m.

Program Begins

9:20 a.m.


Lesley Massiah-Arthur, GSAS ’13, Emcee, Associate Vice President and Special Assistant to the President for Government Relations, Fordham University 

President’s Welcome 

Tania Tetlow, 33rd President of Fordham University

9:45 a.m.

Keynote Presentation | Power of Purpose in Elevating Leadership, Sustainability and Philanthropy

Jeannette Ferran Astorga, GABELLI ’96, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Zoetis Inc.

Generously sponsored by Zoetis Inc.

10:45 a.m.


11 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

  • How What We Consume Affects Us and the Environment
  • Behind the Scenes of Fordham's Environmental Research

12 p.m.

Buffet Lunch

Generously sponsored by EY

1 p.m.

Student Scholarship Speaker

Meredith Leahy, FCRH ’25

Honoring Fordham's Pioneering Women in Philanthropy

Patricia Cole, MC ’74, GSS ’15
Patricia David, GABELLI 81

2:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m.

Closing Session | Laudato Si' and FordhamOur Common Home: Taking Action, Inspiring Change

Julie Gafney, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President, Strategic Mission Initiatives, and Executive Director, the Center for Community Engaged Learning, Fordham University

3:35 p.m.

Closing Remarks, Q&A, Feedback Forum

3:45 p.m.

Networking Cocktail Reception

Generously sponsored by Macari Vineyards, and Gabriella Macari, GABELLI ’09, Director of Operations, Macari Vineyards