Celebrating Diverse Women’s Leadership

  • March 16, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Women's eventAward-winning media professional and New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado hosts an event designed to inspire future leaders. All are welcome to celebrate Women’s History Month with a unique roster of leaders from a variety of fields for an afternoon of professional camaraderie, networking, and sharing.

Friday, March 16
Macaulay Honors College
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Screening: Filmmaker Pamela Hogan shares an exclusive preview of the trailer for The Long Friday, a documentary about what happened in Iceland when over 90% of the female population went on strike.

Presentation: Did you know? Some of the most important events for women have happened in the last 4 decades. Macaulay professor and gender studies expert Dr. Elizabeth Reis takes us on an surprising journey through recent history.

Panel Discussion:
Celebrating Diverse Women’s Leadership, moderated by Rhodes Scholarship winner Thamara Jean ’18 (Hunter College).

Rossana Rosado, New York Secretary of State
Vikki L. Pryor, CEO of Change Create Transform
Liliana Chang ’05 (Baruch), Associate, Herrick Feinstein, LLP

Breakout Sessions: students, panelists and guests are free to explore the day’s key topics.

Closing comments by Macaulay Honors College Dean Mary C. Pearl

New York Secretary of State Rossana RosadoROSSANA ROSADO From becoming the first woman to serve as Editor and Publisher of the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the country, to championing prisoner re-entry initiatives, to her work as an award-winning producer, Rossana Rosado brings a depth and diversity of experience as New York Secretary of State. Governor Cuomo appointed Secretary Rosado to the position on February 3, 2016 and she was unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate on June 15, 2016. Her leadership has helped make the Department of State one of the most dynamic agencies in State government.

Secretary Rosado is best known for her successful tenure as the Publisher & CEO of El Diario La Prensa, where she spent 18 years, overseeing more than $22 million in annual revenue. Whether it’s women’s empowerment, the re-entry and reintegration of prisoners into society, or a fairer and more humane immigration policy,

Secretary Rosado advocated in the paper’s editorial pages for advancement on issues affecting a wide array of New Yorkers. She solidified the paper, and herself, as influential leaders for social and economic justice. During her 30-year media career, Secretary Rosado earned an Emmy Award, a STAR Award from the NY Women’s Agenda, and a Peabody Award for Journalism.

Secretary Rosado is equally accomplished in her roles in public service. She served on the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 2012 to 2015 and was recently reappointed to that role in 2017. Secretary Rosado was a Distinguished Lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice prior to joining the Cuomo administration, and has been a member of the College’s Foundation Board of Trustees since 2012. She has served as an advisor to elected officials on their transition teams at the highest levels in the City and State.

Along with her roles in business and public service, Secretary Rosado has been personally involved in issues with respect to prisoner re-entry. She Chairs Governor Cuomo’s Council on Community Re-entry and Reintegration of New Yorkers returning from prison and served on Governor David Paterson’s Task Force on Juvenile Justice. She has taught at Sing Sing and Otisville Correctional Facilities in New York State.

A native New Yorker, Secretary Rosado received her B.A. in Journalism from Pace University. @rorosado

Professor Elizabeth ReisELIZABETH REIS is a professor at the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York where she teaches courses on Transgender Issues, Reproductive Technologies, The Politics of Women’s Health, and Medical Ethics. Before that she was Professor and Department Head of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. She graduated from Smith College and received her Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Berkeley. Reis is the author of Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex; Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New England; and the editor of American Sexual Histories. She is interested in both the history and contemporary analysis of medical ethics, gender, sexuality, and religion and has published essays in the Hastings Center Report, Bioethics Forum, Journal of American History, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, and The New York Times. Reis is a member of the Ethics Committee at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital and an editor of nursingclio.org, a collaborative blog project that focuses on the intersection of gender, history, and medicine. @ereis


Vikki L. Prior

VIKKI L. PRYOR founded Change Create Transform to provide businesses and individuals a fresh approach to thought leadership, problem-solving and idea generation. She oversees innovation, strategy, planning, sales, business development, and partnership generation.

Experience in healthcare, insurance, marketing, operations, technology, accounting, and law, provide Vikki with access to premier Experts on current global topics. She has a track record of helping individuals and mission driven institutions change and achieve results. Using strategic vision and operating leadership, Vikki’s contributions to early stage, high-growth, and restructuring for mid size and large organizations, has laid the foundation for cross-functional and cross-industry expertise. With over twenty years of senior executive experience, Vikki served for eleven years as CEO of a mid-sized life insurance company.

Vikki has a JD, MBA, and is a CPA. She has served on many boards and is involved in business and philanthropic efforts in communities across the country. A sought after advisor and presenter using consulting, coaching, seminars, panels, workshops, presentations and keynotes, Vikki is committed to the progress that comes from positive change.

Thamara V. Jean, 2018 Rhodes Scholarship WinnerTHAMARA JEAN is a senior at Macaulay majoring in Political Science and Media Analysis and Criticism. She completed her senior thesis in her junior year on the Black Lives Matter movement, and it was subsequently published in The Journal of Politics and Society. She followed this with research in the Harvard African-American Studies Department on black nationalism in the 1960s. She has worked at nonprofit organizations Democracy Works and Generation Citizen, and was a producer at the CUNY Film Festival. Thamara won a Rhodes Scholarship and will study for the Master of Philosophy degree in Political Theory at Oxford.‏

Pamela HoganPAMELA HOGAN An Emmy award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and media executive, Pamela Hogan’s recent independent film Looks like Laury Sounds like Laury – about the mother of two young children confronting a neurological breakdown – was hailed as one of “The Best TV Shows of 2015” by The New York Times and honored with a Gabriel Award. She was recently Co- Creator and Executive Producer of the PBS series Women, War & Peace and Director of Episode 1, “I Came to Testify,” about the Bosnian women who changed international law when they testified about wartime rape for the first time in history. Seen by 12 million viewers, the films won 2 Overseas Press Club awards, a Television Academy Honor, and a Gracie Award; and “I Came to Testify” was awarded the ABA’s Silver Gavel for excellence in fostering the American public’s understanding of law.

Previously, Pamela was Executive Producer of PBS’s international series Wide Angle. Working closely with global filmmakers on 70 programs filmed in 50 countries, she also originated and developed the Emmy-winning Ladies First about women’s leadership in post-genocide Rwanda, and launched Time for School following 7 children in 7 countries from kindergarten through high school as they fight the odds to get a basic education (Gabriel Award, Overseas Press Club citation, IDA nominee). Her speaking engagements include the White House, USIP, Capitol Hill, the Asia Society, the U.N., CFR, and Harvard and UC Berkeley Law Schools. A graduate of Harvard College, she holds a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia.  @hogan_pamela

Liliana Chang '05LILIANA CHANG Liliana Chang is an associate in Herrick’s Corporate Department. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, investment management, joint ventures and corporate governance matters. While at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Liliana was an articles editor of the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Journal, a legal writing teaching assistant, and a legal intern in the Securities Arbitration Clinic. Liliana is a graduate of Macaulay Honors College at Baruch (B.A., summa cum laude, 2005).‏



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