November 30, 2017

A Day of Empowerment: Students Learn to Reach for Leadership Roles

Women continue to hold a small percentage of the top positions in corporate America, government and education. It’s a situation that Adelphi is working to address, not only by inspiring its students to strive for leadership roles, but by helping them develop skills that will propel their careers.

On November 4, 2017, the University held its first annual Women’s Leadership Conference, an event offering professional development advice for students as well as alumni in sessions on negotiation, entrepreneurship, innovation and workplace rights. The day began with President Christine M. Riordan’s introduction of the keynote speaker, Kim Petry ’91, who offered a powerful example to the sell-out crowd of attendees. Petry, who graduated first in her class at Adelphi, is the executive vice president and chief financial officer of the financial technology firm Paxos, and has served in similar roles at American Express and TIAA-CREF. She has also devoted much of her time to mentoring women, including launching her own program, Your Empowered Self.

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Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness.

Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. It serves almost 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, as well as online. 

More than 116,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, engaged citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

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