Leaders from all over Westchester County gathered in Concordia’s OSilas Gallery this morning as the College celebrated women in leadership roles. The brunch was the brainchild of Viviana DeCohen, who since January has served as Concordia’s Director of Military and Veteran Affairs. In her decades of community work in faith leadership, higher education, healthcare and veterans’ services, DeCohen has built deep ties to women who lead in a variety of roles. Fios 1 News was on hand to cover the event.
New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul spoke about affordable childcare, an equal rights amendment and other legislative goals on her agenda, along with the need for women to model leadership to young girls. Monique Nunes, First Lady of Concordia College, gave the keynote address, extolling the role many women play in caring for the marginalized.
Ruth Hassel-Thompson, former Senator of New York’s 36th District joined Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President of Westchester Community College, Catherine Cioffi, Director of Communications for Westchester County, Lisa Sorin, Concordia Alumna and President of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, Rabbi Shira Milgrom of Congregation Kol Ami, and women from law enforcement, education and the veteran community.
DeCohen said: “Celebrating these women I’ve admired and worked with for years was a joy. Each is inspiring in her own way – and I look forward to future opportunities to share their gifts with Concordia College New York.”