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Save the date: Women in Leadership Day

Featured Events Smart Woman Securities | Mar 15, 2011 |

April 6 marks the 2011 installment of Women in Leadership Day, an all-day conference dedicated to exploring the opportunities and challenges that women face in business. This event, co-sponsored by the Gabelli administration and the student chapter of the nonprofit organization known as Smart Woman Securities, offers strategy advice from top practitioners, insight into paths toward leadership, career guidance, and access to an active networking community.

Students who attend Women in Leadership Day will learn personal and professional development skills that matter, and they will find out how to maximize their influence in any organization. The day offers a mix of interactive learning, practical applications, and the exchange of stories from the field.


8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. — Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. — Case study: What makes successful women tick? (register), led by Patricia Nazemetz
Until recently, Ms. Nazemetz served as the chief ethics officer for Xerox Corporation, overseeing all ethics and compliance initiatives. She served as Xerox’s chief human resources officer from 1999 through early 2010 and took on the additional role of chief ethics officer in 2007. Ms. Nazemetz is a member of the Fordham Board of Trustees.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Self Branding (register), led by Cherie Corso
Ms. Corso, a co-founder of G2 Organics, is a successful entrepreneur and mother who has started several businesses. She also is the owner of Dog-Power, a 10-year-old online pet-product company that reflects her love for animals.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Complimentary lunch

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. — Panel on work-life balance (register), with the following panelists:
VERONICA FARLEY graduated from Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business in 1999 with a B.S. in accounting and started her career in the investment management services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She joined York Capital Management in 2001. As a vice president and controller at York, she leads a team of 10 people and is responsible for the day-to-day accounting for all York funds. She is a Certified Public Accountant and was a member of Fordham’s adjunct faculty from 2008 to 2009.

AGNES GIANNOLA is a vice president at Credit Suisse and the company’s New York-based Americas regional sanctions compliance officer. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 2006 in the anti-money-laundering department, Ms. Giannola was a senior special analyst in the market trading analysis division of the New York Stock Exchange. Before that, she was an associate analyst in the market surveillance and options watch division of the American Stock Exchange. Ms. Giannola holds a B.A. from Fordham and an M.B.A. from St. John’s University.

CHRISTINE CLARKE is chief financial officer for HealthCor Management. Her career history includes being a controller at Narragansett Management and a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She earned her B.S. in accounting in 2000 from the Gabelli School of Business and is a New York State Certified Public Accountant.

ROSA ROTONDI is an equity partner and marketing director for NewlyWish.com, an online wedding registry and gift site. She joined the company in January 2010 after meeting its founder, Amanda Allen, who did, like Ms. Rotondi, study at Fordham as an undergraduate and go on to the Fordham Graduate School of Business Administration.
Ms. Rotondi worked for three years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the entertainment, media and communications assurance practice, where she became a Certified Public Accountant and served clients such as Moody’s Corporation, Major League Baseball, and Marvel Entertainment. Ms. Rotondi earned a B.S. in accounting from the Gabelli School of Business in 2006 and an M.B.A. with a concentration in marketing from Fordham’s GBA in 2009.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. — Boardroom confidence (register), led by Laura Roche
LAURA ROCHE became Atwater Capital’s chief financial officer in November 2009. From 2002 to 2009, she was CFO of Cadmus Capital, a $700-million fund, for which she oversaw all aspects of infrastructure, financial, and business operations. Before that, from 2001 to 2002, Ms. Roche was CFO of Edge Capital, an affiliate of Perry Capital. Earlier in her career, she was a senior associate and team leader in the prime brokerage group at Morgan Stanley & Co., where she was responsible for many of the firm’s top-tier hedge fund clients and managed a team of client-service personnel, and an associate with Ernst & Young in its investment partnership group in New York. Ms. Roche received a B.S. in accounting from the Gabelli School of Business in 1992 and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2000. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Keynote Networking Event (register)

JANET HANSON: Widely respected as a leading entrepreneur, Ms. Hanson is the founder and CEO of 85 Broads, a global network of more than 25,000 women. The organization was launched in 1997, and its founding members were women who worked for Goldman Sachs at 85 Broad Street, the firm’s New York headquarters.

Today, trailblazing women of every career path — alumnae or current students of the world’s leading colleges, universities, and graduate schools — are invited to join 85 Broads. As a multicultural, multi-generational network, 85 Broads members live, work, and study in more than 90 countries and work for thousands of for-profit and nonprofit companies worldwide.

Ms. Hanson graduated from Wheaton College and then from Columbia Business School, joining Goldman Sachs in 1977. In 1986, she became the first woman in the firm’s history to be promoted to sales management. In 2000, after a 14-year career at Goldman, Ms. Hanson founded Milestone Capital Management, a $2 billion institutional money management company. Then, from 2004 to 2007, she was a managing director and senior adviser to the president of Lehman Brothers.

Ms. Hanson is a former member of the board of trustees of Wheaton College and a current member of the board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. She is an associate fellow of Pierson College at Yale University and sits on the advisory board of the Center for Work-Life Policy’s Hidden Brain Drain Task Force. She has received a number of awards and honors, including an honorary degree from Middlebury College in 2007. Her greatest passion is her two children: Meredith, a member of the Wheaton College class of 2011, and Christopher, part of the Dartmouth College class of 2013.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. — Reception (register). Hors d’oeuvres will be provided.


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