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2017 Speaker Biographies

Mary Barneby

Mary Barneby, GABELLI ’80
CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Leader, Wealth Management

As women, we hold up half the sky. That is why it is so important that we never stop helping one another reach for the stars.


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Mary Barneby, GABELLI ’80, the current CEO of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut, was a demonstrated leader in the financial services industry for more than 30 years.

Before joining the Girl Scouts, Mary held many leadership roles in the wealth management business, most recently at UBS, where she headed the Private Wealth Management office in Stamford, Connecticut.

During her time at Merrill Lynch, where she began her career, Mary was one of 30 young executives selected by the White House nationwide to participate in the President’s Executive Exchange Program in Washington, D.C. She later became a pioneer in the defined contribution plan arena. Mary was responsible for business start-ups at three mutual fund companies and was a founding member and first president of the Defined Contribution Council, an industry-wide professional advocacy group.

Mary has served as both a director and the president of the Financial Women’s Association of New York, a professional organization with more than 1,200 members. From 1992 to 1996, she was chair of the board of the American Heart Association’s New York City affiliate and served as National Chair of the AHA’s Investment Subcommittee. She was the national chair of the UBS Women’s Network for three years, and has also served on the boards of the Stamford YMCA and the University of New Haven. She is currently an independent trustee of First Investors Mutual Funds and a member of the International Women's Forum Connecticut, a global organization comprised of accomplished women leaders.

In 2008, Mary received the Women’s Venture Fund’s Highest Leaf Award for her efforts as a mentor and role model to other women. She was also recognized at the YWCA of New York’s 37th Annual Women Achiever’s Awards and by the National Organization of Italian American Women.

Mary is a graduate of New York University and holds an M.B.A. in finance from Fordham University. She completed postgraduate coursework in investment analysis at the Wharton School.

Mary Lou Quinlan

Mary Lou Quinlan, GABELLI ’82
Author, Actor, Entrepreneur, Marketer, Speaker

“Leadership is more than what we do. It’s who we are and how we give back. It’s how we can create change that matters.”


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Mary Lou Quinlan, GABELLI ’82, is an author, actor, entrepreneur, marketer, speaker, and an advocate for women.

Mary Lou’s career began at Avon Products, where she rose to director of advertising before moving to the advertising industry and being named the first female CEO of the ad agency N.W. Ayer & Partners. Later she founded her own women’s marketing company, Just Ask a Woman, which advised dozens of major brands—including Procter&Gamble, Pfizer, Wells Fargo, and General Motors—on what women want.

Mary Lou is the author of four books, including What She’s Not Telling You, Time Off for Good Behavior, and Just Ask a Woman. Her latest, The God Box, a memoir about her mother, quickly became a New York Times bestseller and inspired another career evolution. She co-wrote, produced, and for the past five years has been performing her companion solo show The God Box, A Daughter’s Story across the United States, including off-Broadway, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in 12 cities in Ireland. The God Box Project has raised nearly $500,000 for hospice, cancer care, and education causes.

Mary Lou has written feature articles for Real Simple and O, The Oprah Magazine, as well as a monthly career column for MORE. She has appeared as a correspondent on The Early Show on CBS and co-starred on the Simon Cowell-produced ABC TV series American Inventor. She has attended more than 500 conferences and events as a keynote speaker and authority on women, including the 1995 Gabelli School of Business commencement ceremony. She’s currently at work on a new solo show about women’s careers aptly called Work.

Mary Lou earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she served as a trustee for 10 years and endowed a scholarship for undergraduate women. She earned her M.B.A. in marketing from the Gabelli School of Business and has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees by five U.S. universities. She has been named Ad Woman of the Year by Advertising Women of New York, received the Matrix Award from Women in Communications, and earned many other honors. She is an active philanthropist for causes close to her heart, including the Irish Repertory Theatre, the Ireland Funds, and the Irish Arts Center, as well as her grade school in Philadelphia, and of course Fordham University.

Susan Conley Salice

Susan Conley Salice, FCRH ’82
Philanthropist

"We need to go outside our own little circles and advocate to make change where positive change is needed."


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Susan Conley Salice, FCRH ’82, worked in the business sector for 18 years. She spent the last ten at Diversified Investment Advisors, where she served as vice president and led the new client group. Since then her focus has shifted to philanthropy; she is now the director of Magis Philanthropy and oversees the Salice Family Foundation.

Susan is a member of Fordham University's Board of Trustees and co-chair of Faith & Hope | The Campaign for Financial Aid. She is also a board member at several institutions, including the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, Endicott College, and Greenwich Hospital. As a board member of the Windward School, she served as co-chair of the school’s first capital campaign, which funded a new campus in New York City. Susan is also the director at Helping Hands for the Homeless and Hungry, a small nonprofit organization in Westchester, New York. She is a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council of Westchester, and she sits on the Fashion Advisory Board at Marist College. She has served on the board of the Harvey School and the Rwanda Education Project (REAP), and she has been active in event planning for numerous nonprofit organizations.

Susan earned a master’s degree in fundraising and philanthropy from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fordham University. She is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Westchester.

Susan and her husband, Tom (a fellow Fordham grad), reside in Rye, New York. They have three daughters: Sarah, a graduate of Marist College; Regina, a graduate of Endicott College who is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work on Fordham’s Westchester campus; and Bridget, a junior at the Ohio State University.