Women’s Leadership Institute at Manhattanville College Presents 4th Annual Summit: Dare to Be Bold - Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Women’s Leadership Institute at Manhattanville College Presents 4th Annual Summit: Dare to Be Bold - Thursday, June 14, 2018

May 21, 2018
published May 14, 2018

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Annual Conference Aims to Empower Women to Go Forth and Conquer in Professional Environments

(Purchase, NY: May 14, 2018)                  The Women’s Leadership Institute of the Manhattanville College School of Business will be hosting its 4th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit: Dare to Be Bold on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Reid Castle, Manhattanville College, from 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. with a networking cocktail reception 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. This year's summit will explore how women can be empowered to go forth and conquer challenges with self-confidence. Early bird registration is available through May 31.


This annual summit is a landmark networking and professional development event aimed at corporate business leaders, women entrepreneurs, non-profit and government professionals, and their guests. Attendees will hear from and network with many inspirational women, while also engaging in professional development workshops and networking with their peers.


Why attend?

  • Enhance your business leadership skills and potential; bring value to your organization and gain key insights from successful women professionals.
  • Participate in interactive workshops and discussions on leadership, business development, strategic planning, diversity, communications, relaunching careers and more.
  • Become aware of the current issues important to professional women as presented by industry thought leaders.


The event will begin with a continental breakfast followed by professional development workshops and keynote addresses by Col. (Ret.) Donna Brazil, Ph.D., Vanessa Wakeman, and Bonnie St. John.


Col. (Ret.) Donna Brazil, Ph.D., retired from the United States Army with over 31 years of leadership experience in a variety of different areas, including serving as Deputy Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy. She is also a highly experienced teacher and lecturer and has led discussions surrounding Leader Development, Resilient Leadership, Organizational Teams, and more.


Vanessa Wakeman, futurist and CEO of the Wakeman Agency, is regarded as a champion for non-profits and progressive organizations, as well as an innovator in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she was acknowledged by PRNews as one of 50 PR Game Changers, and by 914Inc. Magazine as one of 22 key “Women in Business” in the New York City Region.  Following her launch of She Roars, a thought leadership program for women, she intends to increase the number of female thought leaders to 2,020 by the year 2020.



Bonnie St. John is a bestselling author, a leadership consultant for Fortune 500 companies, a television and radio personality, and an experienced conference facilitator. In 1990, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University, and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, taking a Master of Letters degree in Economics. St. John is the first African-American to take home a silver and two bronze medals at the Winter Paralympics in 1984. She was appointed by President Clinton as a Director for Human Capital Issues on the White House National Economic Council The celebrated author of seven books, St. John’s most recent book, Micro-Resilience: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive, and Energy outlines a quick, easy, and immediately effective program of tools and techniques to give you a competitive edge in today’s dynamic world of changes and challenges. St. John will be available for a book signing that day.


One of the most critical career strengths for women is self-confidence. The expectation that women take risks and handle challenging tasks and projects is not as evident among women as men. Lack of confidence can be a powerful brake on career or building one’s business. It’s time to try new strategies and change.


So, what does it take to be a leader? Daring to be bold!



About The Manhattanville School of Business


The Manhattanville School of Business (MSB) helps prepare today’s professionals for tomorrow’s business. Students capitalize on the school’s industry-driven content, convenient formats, and extensive faculty and alumni network. Graduates and faculty are employed at top companies including Morgan Stanley, MasterCard, PepsiCo, the NFL, Verizon, and the New York Stock Exchange. Located in the heart of Westchester County in Purchase, NY – and surrounded by Fortune 100 and 500 companies – MSB offers six career-focused master’s degrees, APPEAL: four accelerated bachelor’s degree programs for evening adult learners and degree completers; several dual B.S./M.S. degrees options; Post Baccalaureate/Pre-health course of study; the Institute for Managing Risk; and the Women’s Leadership Institute, designed to meet the leadership and professional development needs of women in the workplace. Additionally, MSB’s Corporate Learning Services offers an array of industry-driven resources to assist organizations in the professional development of their employees and help them achieve their goals. For more information about MSB visit http://www.mville.edu/business or call 914-323-5150.



About The Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI)

Facing challenges of managing careers and personal goals, women sometimes struggle with how to develop their own leadership styles and effectively embrace their power and status in the workplace. To reach the highest levels of leadership, it is essential for women to recognize, understand, and transform common business challenges and organizational strategic priorities into career development opportunities.


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For more information, images, or interviews, please contact:

Heidi Raker, 212.863.4108 or Heidi.Raker@mville.edu

Manhattanville School of Business

Manhattanville School of Business