DSWIL Spring 2014


Female alumni involved in business, government and non-profit businesses will share their stories with students at the first Symposium on Women in Leadership, sponsored by the Dyson School, scheduled for Feb. 21-22.

“The event will be inspirational and also informative for students, no matter what their career paths,” said Deborah Streeter, the Bruce F. Failing, Sr., Professor of Personal Enterprise in Dyson. The event includes 13 student organizations and features two days of keynote speeches and panel discussions with more than 20 alumni.

Panelists will cover topics of interest in the entrepreneurship, corporate, non-profit and government sectors. Speakers will also talk about gender-related challenges in the workplace and participants can take part in workshops focused on skills like networking and pitching.

Friday night’s keynote speech will come from Barbara Novick ‘81, cofounder and vice chairman of BlackRock, an asset management company with offices around the world. Novick’s talk is titled “Own Your Choices.” It takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Ampitheater of the Statler Hotel and is free and open to the public.

Saturday’s events require registration and will include talks by Shelly Porges ’74, MPS ‘77, national finance co-chair of Ready for Hillary and previous senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State; Amy Siskind ‘87, president and co-founder of The New Agenda, a national organization working on issues including economic independence and advancement, gender representation and bias, sexual assault and domestic violence; and Erica Nicole, founder of YFS (Young, Fabulous and Self-Employed), a digital magazine for startups, small business news and entrepreneurial culture.

The symposium is sponsored by the Charles H. Dyson School, the Dyson Business Minor for Engineers, the Corporate Leadership Center (co-founded by Cheryl Francis (‘76) and the Moses and Loulu Seltzer Endowment Fund via Entrepreneurship@Cornell. Student groups involved include: 85Broads@Cornell, The Black Women’s Support Network, Cornell Women’s Resource Center, Female Leadership in Hospitality, The Johnson Women’s Management Council, Les Femmes de Substance, The New Agenda, Society for Women in Business, Society for Women in Politics, Society of Women Engineers and Women in Computing at Cornell.


Barbara Novick

Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, BlackRock

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Shelly Porges

National Finance Co-Chair, Ready for Hilary

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Amy Siskind

President and Co-Founder, The New Agenda

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Erica Nicole

Founder of YFS Magazine

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Amy Millman

President, Springboard Enterprises

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Angela Mwanza

Senior Vice President, Richards & Mwanza Group (UBS)

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Caitlin Strandberg

Associate, Flybridge Capital Partners

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Deborah Perosio

Professor at Cornell University

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Deborah Streeter

Bruce F. Failing, Sr. Professor of Personal Enterprise and Small Business Management, CALS

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Hannah Choi

Business Development Manager, Intel

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Jennifer Delaney

Senior Manager of Product Solution, PayPal

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Jenn Vargas

Founder of Accompl.sh

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Jonelle Bradshaw

Senior Director Corporate and Foundation Relations, Stony Brook University

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Marilyn Laverty

President, Shore Fire Media

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Mary Fuller

Licensing Specialist, Microsoft

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Megan Hughes

Basketball Operations and Player Relations Coordinator

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Paula Peter

Co-Founder, Ithaca Institute

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Rachel Martin

Director of Partner Operations, Yext

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Sharon Dauk

President, Sharon M. Dauk Coaching

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Sharon Poczter

Professor, Cornell University

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Stacey Hawley

Founder, Credo

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Susan Fleming

Senior Lecturer – School of Hotel Administration, Cornell

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Susan Youngblood

HR Director, IBM

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Terry Swack

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Valisha Graves

Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

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Verneda White

Founder, Human Intonation

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Yos Bugallo

Campus Inclusiveness Recruiting Consultant, Ernst & Young

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Yve Car Momperousse

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Amy Siskind Keynote

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Barbara Novick Keynote