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A New Source to Empower Women: Inaugural Women’s Leadership Symposium

Debora spar

Friday, October 10 • Charles B. Wang Center • 9 am to 4:30 pm

Barnard College President Debora Spar will be the keynote speaker.
Barnard College President Debora Spar will be the keynote speaker at SBU’s inaugural Women’s Leadership Symposium.

On Friday, October 10, Stony Brook will host its inaugural Women’s Leadership Symposium, “Developing the Power to Succeed” at the Charles B. Wang Center. The day will focus on building women’s leadership capacities within the higher education community, and will provide career development opportunities for women on campus and beyond. Attendees will gain resources and motivation to build a personal brand, develop networking skills and learn how to find resources and support on campus.

“Women at Stony Brook, especially employees, have expressed a need for resources and support in leadership development, and the Symposium is one way to address this need by bringing women from all areas of the campus and community together to connect, empower and support themselves and others,” said Patricia Aceves, director of the Teaching, Learning & Technology Faculty Center.

President of Barnard College Debora Spar will deliver the keynote speech, discussing and signing her recent book Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection. The luncheon speaker is Jen Lee Reeves, manager of Digital Strategy and Training for AARP. Reeves will discuss how social media can empower your life — online and off. Author and LinkedIn’s Career Expert Nicole Williams will share tips for using LinkedIn to enhance career success.

Workshop topics include: Building a Power Network, Faculty Perspectives on Gender in the Academy; Personal Branding and Social Media; and LinkedIn for Networking and Leadership Development.

This all-day symposium is open to faculty, staff and administrators, community members and students. The registration fee is $15 for employees and $50 for community members. Students may attend free but still must register. Lunch will be provided. Registration closes Wednesday, October 8.

The symposium is part of the mission of the Stony Brook Women’s Leadership Network and Project FORWARD (Focus on Resources for Women’s Advancement, Retention and Development); the goal of which is to create sustainable initiatives for the retention, advancement and development of Stony Brook women faculty, staff and students. This project, supported through the President’s Mini-Grant for Departmental Diversity Initiatives and the Division of Information Technology, seeks to establish a professional and social climate that enhances opportunities for learning and engagement around leadership and professional development among women colleagues.

“This idea came to life through the support of many people on campus, including David Ferguson, Debra Dwyer, Marianna Savoca, Cathrine Duffy, Diana Hannan, Lauren Tacke-Cushing, Smita Majum Dar, Nadya Dimitrov, Constantia Constantinou, Chuck Powell, Cole Camplese, Matt Whelan; students Kim Chodkowski, Darlene DeFabio, Nicole Gartner, Linda Milano, along with many others who have given one of the Big Ts: time, talent or treasure [funding],” Aceves added.

For the event’s complete schedule and to register, visit the website.

For more information, you may also contact the Faculty Center at (631) 632-2780, or email

If you attend the event, spread the word on Twitter and Instagram by using hashtag #SBUforward in your posts.

— Shelley Catalano

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