2018 Preparing Women for Leadership

Leaders aren’t born; they’re made. Mentors shared why they are committed to preparing others for leadership positions in their careers and communities.


Kay Turner, Vice President for Human Resources, Fordham University

Kay Turner joined Fordham University in 2017 as vice president for human resources. She has an extensive background in human resources at higher education, nonprofit, and government institutions, including multistate operations in the tri-state area.

Kay Turner


Meaghan Barakett, Founder and President of One Girl Inc.

Meaghan Barakett is the founder and president of One Girl Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to helping young women effectively serve their communities. Under her leadership, One Girl created Women in Charge: A Forum on Women’s Leadership, an annual conference in partnership with the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.


Meet Meaghan Barakett

Mary Kate Blaine, Principal, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, Washington, D.C.

Mary Kate Blaine is the principal of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, D.C., a post she accepted in 2013. Visitation—an all-girls Catholic high school in the Salesian tradition—serves 500 young women in grades 9 to 12.


Mary Kate Blaine

Julita Haber, Clinical Assistant Professor of Communications and Media Management, Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University

Julita Haber is a clinical assistant professor in the communications and media management area at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. Her research interests focus on the adverse effects of organizational pressures to appear competent at work.

Meet Julita Haber

Sandra G. Turner, Associate Professor and Former Associate Academic Dean, Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University

Sandra G. Turner is an associate professor and former associate academic dean (2004–2014) at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University, M.S.W. from Fordham, and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. After joining the faculty at Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service in 1989, she taught courses in foundation practice, advanced clinical practice, and substance abuse, as well as the Advanced Clinical Integrative Seminar.

Sandra G. Turner