Womxn’s History Month: A Panel Highlighting a Womxn’s Journey in the Workplace

  • Womxn's History Month: A Panel Highlighting a Womxn's Journey in the Workplace
    March 31, 2021
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In light of Womxn’s History Month, join us for an insightful discussion about womxn and their professional journeys. Our panelists will focus on sharing their experiences that they have encountered during their career journey and obstacles they may have overcome. Our diverse panel discussion aims to highlight the unique journeys that were carved by powerful womxn in their respective industries and careers.

Attendees will walk away with actionable advice and insight on navigating the professional workplace as a womxn and sources of support




Featured Panelists



Joanna DeJesus, Scholars Counselor at Oliver Scholars

Joanna DeJesus is an alumna of the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, class of 2017. She graduated with her B.A. in Applied Linguistics: TESOL and minored in Sociology and Honors in Social Sciences. She is passionate about advocating for educational excellence and equity, which brought her to serve as an AmeriCorps member with Great Oaks Legacy Charter School from 2017-2018. In AmeriCorps, she also served as an Administrative Assistant to the Dean at Downtown Middle School where she honed her leadership skills and began her interest in counseling. After studying with the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers at Phillips Academy Andover in the summer of 2017, Joanna went on to study and research at the University of Connecticut. In 2020, she obtained her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and received her certification in School Counseling. She now works as a Scholar Counselor for Oliver Scholars, a nonprofit organization in Manhattan that works with high-achieving Black and Latinx students from underserved New York City communities for success at top independent schools and prestigious colleges. In her free time, Joanna enjoys reading, taking kickboxing classes, and spending time with her family, friends, and her cat, Milo.



Tracee McDaniel, Executive Director at Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, Incorporated

Trans Human Rights Advocate and published author Tracee McDaniel is motivated by a strong desire to ensure that all Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people also receive equity, justice, civil and human rights protections. Tracee was born and raised in South Carolina. She credits her strength and determination to her family’s unconditional love and supports throughout her life, which also enabled her to have stepped knee-deep into advocacy, by becoming the first Trans person invited in 2007 to deliver a key-note speech at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration march and rally.  In addition to previously facilitating Trans Cultural Competency Training for APD Academy Recruits, Tracee also credits her experiences after an eight-week course at Atlanta Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy for providing insightful knowledge and a better understanding of the unique challenges and occasional rewards that are associated with community policing. Currently, after retiring from organizing Atlanta’s annual Trans Day of Remembrance Vigils for ten years, Tracee is also serving on Trans Housing Atlanta Program’s Board of Directors, Center for Civil and Human Rights TLGB Advisory Board, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom’s TLGBQI Advisory Council, currently serving a second term. Conclusively, Tracee always and unapologetically puts the “T” first and believes that our visibility saves lives.



Dorothy Rule, Director of Supply Chain Finance in North America | MUFG

Dorothy Conroy Rule has worked in corporate and investment banking since graduating from Cornell University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics.  She has held a myriad of roles managing product lines, launching new services, and advising businesses in Cash Management, Foreign Exchange, Fixed Income, Derivatives, and Supply Chain Finance at several financial institutions including Citigroup, Royal Bank of Scotland, and MUFG Union Bank.  After taking part in a recent M&A transaction, her current role focuses on standing up a commercially-viable Supply Chain Finance product and the associated client experience to meet the needs of global corporations.  Dorothy enjoys spending time with her daughter and extended family (she is the last of thirteen children) attending live performances, volunteering, and traveling so is looking forward to domestic and worldwide vaccinations for all.



 Harmony Osei, Assistant Director of Baruch College Honors Program

Harmony Osei joined CUNY in August 2017 and initially served as a Senior Academic Advisor for the Macaulay Honors Program. Currently, she is an Assistant Director in the Baruch College Honors Program where she manages programming and social media, and advises the Provost Scholars. Harmony is a Core Member of CUNY’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Incubator and active member of the Coalition to Undo Racism at Baruch. She earned a degree in Human Development and Family Relations from SUNY Plattsburgh and a Masters in Higher Educational and Student Personnel Administration from NYU. She will begin pursuing a PhD in Urban Education at CUNY’s Graduate Center in the Fall. Harmony is a foster care alumnus, first-generation student, and Afro-Latina – all identities that have greatly impacted her journey in life. She is committed to empowering marginalized populations and enacting agency, especially within Black and Latinx communities. Harmony has experience facilitating workshops on a variety of topics including cultural resistance, hair discrimination, and racial trauma and healing.


Registration link will only be accessible by visiting your Macaulay CareerPath. If you are a non-Macaulay student interested in attending this event, please reach out to Career Development to register. 




This is an event taking place virtually. Additional details may be sent to you after registration.