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Women’s Leadership Institute at The Manhattanville School of Business

Hosts Breakfast and Panel Discussion Women Blazing Trails,
A Celebration of Women’s History Month


Event encourages attendees to blaze trails and be bold


(Purchase, N.Y.: March 16, 2018)       The Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) through The Manhattanville School of Business recently hosted Women Blazing Trails, A Celebration of Women’s History Month on Friday, March 16th at Reid Castle. The breakfast and panel discussion was attended by more than 50 female business executives, non-profit leaders, entrepreneurs, and local dignitaries, and sponsored by Jackson Lewis law firm in White Plains.

The breakfast program was designed to honor and advance women’s leadership skills and inspire women to reach their fullest potential and bring impart to their organizations and their careers. This year’s program featured thoughtful discussions on topics such as business development, strategic planning, and current issues affecting female professionals in an effort to help professionals effectively lead their teams and organizations. Led by moderator Sarah Gretczko, Senior Vice President, Organizational Development and Chief of Staff, Mastercard, the esteemed panelists included: Teri Wagner Glynn, Chief Content Officer and Executive Producer, Newsweek Films; Kristine Garberding, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Nestle Waters NA; Dr. Belinda Miles, President, Westchester Community College; and, Vanessa Wakeman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, the Wakeman Agency.


Women are at the forefront of social change. Today’s program asked participants “What are you willing to risk for another woman in the workplace?”


“WLI enables women to develop skills and broaden their network necessary to take their careers to the next level,” said Steve Albanese, Dean of the Manhattanville School of Business. “We’ve been hearing rave reviews from participating companies that the program is making a positive difference on participants as well as in the workplace. This is a true measure of success from our perspective.”


Kathryn Meany, WLI Director, added, “Today’s inspirational panelists provided insight, anecdotes, and their own personal stories to teach women to be assertive, strategic, and build confidence levels. With each Women’s Leadership Institute event, our participants gain skills and new business connections that emboldens and empowers professionally and personally.”


“Research states diverse teams are in fact smarter and perform better. We, at Mastercard, take diversity very seriously,” said moderator Sarah Gretczko, Senior Vice President, Organizational Development, and Chief of Staff, Mastercard.


“I’ve learned it’s important to shift the communication flow to how the person needs to hear it,” said panelist Teri Wagner Flynn, Chief Content Officer and Executive Producer, Newsweek Films


“Take control of you — be more present. You are being mentored all day long as long as you are being mindful. Brain science states- women are contextual. Men do not want context,” said panelist Kristine Garberding, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Nestlé Waters NA.

Dr. Belinda Miles, President, Westchester Community College, and panelist at this morning’s event said, “I believe in the concept of carrying as you climb. This is a matter of continuing to carry each other as we climb, sharing insights and ideas. I look forward to learning from you as much as I look forward to sharing with you.” 

“We are all positioned to make history. Be unapologetic — don’t be afraid to fail. Fail forward and keep trying,”said panelist Vanessa Wakeman, Founder and CEO, the Wakeman Agency


(from left to right: Vanessa Wakeman, Dr. Belinda Miles, Kristine Garberding, Teri Wagner Flynn, Sarah Gretczko, Kathryn Meany)

The 4th annual Women’s Leadership Summit DARE TO BE BOLD will be held on Thursday, June 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in Reid Castle. For more information, call 914.323.1482 or email


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: five accelerated bachelor’s degree programs for 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; Nonprofit Management Certificate program delivered in five-module hybrid format; 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 develop their employees and achieve their goals. For more information about MSB visit 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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