Angela Agnello has been selected as a recipient of the Long Island Business News (LIBN) Top 50 Women in Business Class of 2021 Award. Each year, the LIBN Top 50 Women in Business program recognizes the Island’s top women professionals for business acumen, mentoring and community involvement. This award honors the most influential women in business, government and the not-for-profit field.
Agnello joined the Faculty Student Association (FSA) at Stony Brook University in 2000 and was recently promoted to senior director of Marketing and Communications. As a leader in marketing and communications, Agnello has more than 30 years of experience in both the higher education and healthcare industries. She has been a role model for the many students that she hires and takes under her wing, to help them build their resume and develop professional skills.
“The LIBN award is a prestigious award and we are lucky to have someone with such talent and dedication to improving the student life experience on campus,“ stated Van Sullivan, FSA executive director. “She has a gift where someone will come to her with an idea or problem they would like to solve and she is able to develop and execute it to make their dreams come true in a way that is far beyond what they imagined. She ‘thinks big’ and it has helped so many students and departments on campus.”
Agnello is passionate about empowering students to make a difference in the lives of others, which is why she has helped so many on-campus groups such as Project Sunshine, Students for Humanity, Distressed Children and Infants International (DCI), the Veteran Students Organization (VESO), the Stony Brook Student Nurses’ Association (SBSNA) and the Environmental Club.
She is the recipient of more than a dozen awards from Stony Brook University, many of which are for diversity and inclusion programs that she developed with cultural groups and celebrity chefs such as Kwame Onwuachi, Kelvin Fernandez, Aarti Sequeira and Lois Ellen Frank.
Agnello received the Office of Multicultural Affairs Partnership Award for her outstanding service and contributions to the quality of student life on the Stony Brook campus in partnership with the Office of the Dean of Students; the Black History Month Far Beyond Award, which recognizes a staff member’s outstanding performance and contributions to the students of Stony Brook University by demonstrating the core values of learning and helping with student success, excellence, integrity, diversity and community; and the 30th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Faculty/Staff award and 32nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Las Madrinas award in recognition of her contribution to the quality of life and educational growth and development of Latino students at Stony Brook University.
Agnello also received the Edwin R. Golden Award, a national award for inclusive excellence from the National Association of College Auxiliary Services, which recognizes outstanding campus leadership, activities and/or programs that promote cultural awareness and inclusion. This award was the culmination of all of the exciting collaborative programs, services, learning experiences, and opportunities that she developed to celebrate diversity and promote greater inclusion for all members of the Stony Brook University campus.
“I cannot think of a person more deserving of the Top 50 Women in Business Award. Angela Agnello has excelled at her career, raised a family, given her time and expertise to assist charitable organizations and help underserved groups, and she always finds time to mentor students. She is an influential woman in both the business and nonprofit field and uses her talents to help others,” said Dawn Villacci, FSA director of West Campus Dining.