The key to great leadership is showing self-confidence and caring for others, Rossana Rosado, publisher and CEO of El Diario/La Prensa told 350 women at the ninth annual CUNY Women’s Leadership Conference.
The conference, held Friday at Hunter College, drew students, City Council members and State Senators with the aim of encouraging interest in public service while providing information on women’s issues and career advice.
Rosado, who became El Diario’s first woman publisher in 1999, talked about her long career at the nation’s oldest Spanish language daily newspaper, which this year marks its centennial celebration. She advised women to exert more self-confidence or “star power” in their leadership roles, using a tiara as a metaphor.
“Always be mindful of the tiara on your head,” Rosado said. “When we bow our heads too far down, then the tiara falls to the floor.” Rosado urged the women to use the conference as an opportunity to strike up new relationships and make lasting connections.
“Leadership is not something you can buy or get credentials for,” she said. “It’s caring about others.”
The annual Leadership Conference is part of the University’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, launched in 2005 to encourage student leaders to embrace their potential in society. Another outgrowth of the Initiative is the Women’s Public Service Internship Program, which places CUNY students in the offices of women elected officials at city, state and federal government levels.
Other speakers at the conference included: York College President Marcia Keizs; Hunter College President Jennifer Raab; CUNY Trustee Freida Foster, Anne Sutherland Fuchs, Chairperson of the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues; and Senior Vice Chancellor Jay Hershenson.
Joanna Barsh, director of McKinsey & Company, led an entertaining session on “How Remarkable Women Lead,” telling conference participants to focus on their strengths to become more successful. “We need to appreciate ourselves,” Barsh said. “Accepting ourselves is the first step to becoming a remarkable leader.”
Two breakout sessions focused on city and state government featuring City Council member Gael Brewer; City Council Member Darlene Mealy; State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky; State Assembly Member Deborah Glick; State Assembly Member Gabriela Rosa; and State Assembly Member Michelle Titus.
During the luncheon program, Senior Vice Chancellor Hershenson presented a Women’s Leadership Award to Kim Jasmin, executive director of the northeast region, global philanthropy and community relations at J.P. Morgan Chase. In addition, La Guardia Community College President Gail Mellow presented a leadership award to Joyce Moy, executive director of the Asian American/Asian Research Institute.
Lourdes Cajamarca, a senior at New York City College of Technology, said she appreciated the motivational message from the conference speakers.
“It’s important to get that motivation from other women leaders,” she said. “We need to know that what we do now will contribute to what happens in our future.”
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