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While the College was established in 1859, it went “officially” co-ed in 1969 with the 13 female students in the first class. Today, females comprise over 58% of the full time undergraduate student population and 69% of the graduate population. Women Leadership Network ("WLN") at SFC will be celebrating 50 years of being co-ed in March 2019 – more details to follow soon.

WLN Mission

Women Leadership Network (“WLN”) supports and encourages the development of leadership skills in our students and young alumnae by providing opportunities to collaborate with each other and to network with more experienced career women who support St. Francis College. This network will be used to empower our students, reconnect with our alumnae and network with new friends while growing the resources of SFC through professional, educational and social events.

WLN's Career Building Workshop: First Impressions

SFC Launches Women's Leadership Network

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Founder's Hall

The Women Leadership Network at SFC cordially invites you to First Impressions: Insider Tips on Resume Writing, Managing your Internet Presence and Acing Your Interview on Wednesday, October 25th from 6-8pm @ SFC. The goal of this event is to combine the expertise of our professional alumnae community with the interests of our female students. The first part of this program will feature interactive presentations while the second half will be dedicated to networking.

If you have professional skills and experiences that you would like to share with our students, please contact the Office of Development (718) 489-5483 for more information.




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Founders Hall

womens film festival


Today at 2:00pm, March, 19 the 3rd Annual SFC Women's Film Festival begins with screenings of inspiring films from around the world, a panel discussion on the Past, Present, and Future of Women's Film Production, and an opening reception.

(Watch the SFCTV Preview of the 3rd Annual Women's Film Festival)

The Festival opens with a live musical screening of Shoes (1916) by silent film director Lois Weber, one of the biggest directors of the era. Weber is known for her films about women, families, and social problems. Shoes will be accompanied on piano by internationally acclaimed silent film accompanist Ben Model.

AN international collection of other films will screened on opening night beginning at 6:00pm including, UR DEAD TO ME, a short drama that explores the theme of grief people experience after relationships end, directed by New Zealander Yonoko Li. THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED, by SFC alumna Marissa Plaia '17, is the personal story of a young creative woman who graduates from college and works hard to overcome the obstacles of cerebral palsy to live a full and meaningful life.

Other films include: NOTHING A LITTLE SOAP AND WATER CAN'T FIX, examines the history of experimental film, Hollywood tropes, and the representation of women in cinema. It was directed by Jennifer Proctor, a filmmaker, artist, and professor of Journalism and Screen Studies at the University of Michigan. FAMILY REWRITTEN, the story of an unlikely family created by the foster care system, directed by Yasmin Mistry, an Emmy-nominated animator and filmmaker. Scottish director Theresa Hoffe's film SPINOSAURUS tells the story of two children making their way in the adult world; and Canadian director Josephine Massarella's experimental film 165708, which is a transporting work filled with layered color, texture and a beautiful score.

LGBTQ COMES OUT TO SFC, by Concetta D'Angelo and Michele Montecalvo highlights the college's LGBTQ community, while LAYMUN is the story of a gardener in Syria who fights destruction around her with life-giving plants, directed by UK animator Catherine Prowse.

Prior to the opening night screening, the festival will host a panel discussion on THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF WOMEN'S FILMMAKING; featuring Immy Humes, an academy award-nominated documentarian; Theresa Loong, an interactive media director, producer, and educator who creates intergenerational storytelling experiences through the use of films, games, and apps; and Kate Saccone, the project manager of the digital resource, the Women Film Pioneers Project at Columbia University.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Monday, March 19 - FOUNDERS HALL

  • 2:00pm - Screening of Shoes (1916) by silent film director Lois Weber with live piano accompaniment by the amazing Ben Model
  • 4:00pm - Panel on the Past, Present, and Future of Women's Film Production with:
    • Academy Award nominee Immy Humes,
    • VR Innovator Theresa Loong, and
    • Kate Saccone of the Women Film Pioneer's Project at Columbia University
  • 5:15pm - Opening Reception
  • 6:00pm - Screening

Program 1 Film Schedule

Title

Director

Country

ur dead to me

Yonoko Li

New Zealand

Spinosaurus

Tessa Hoffe

Scotland

The Road Less Traveled

Marissa Plaia

US

165708

Josephine Massarella

Canada

Family Rewritten

Yasmin Mistry

US

Nothing a Little Soap & Water Can't Fix

Jennifer Proctor

US

LGBTQ Comes Out to SFC

Concetta D'Angelo

Michele MonteCalvo

US

Laymun

Catherine Prowse

UK

Tuesday, March 20- FOUNDERS HALL

  • 11:10am - Social Media Charm School, a workshop on how to craft your personal brand in social media led by Seed & Spark crowdfunding guru Christina Raia
  • 1:20-3:20pm - Pitch Workshop led by Seed & Spark crowdfunding guru Christina Raia. Learn how to pitch your film or business from a pitch master
  • 3:30-4:30pm - Screening Program #2
  • 4:30-6:00pm - From #MeToo to #ActToo: Taking Action for Culture Change - Callahan Center
    • Join Mary Iannone (Breakthrough US) & Urvashi Gandhi (Breakthrough India) representatives from Breakthrough, a global human rights nonprofit, to discuss the future of #MeToo in both the United States and India. They'll discuss how to turn this powerful moment into a sustainable movement to create real culture change. Iannone and Gandhi will run through workshop ideas for daily actions anyone can take to change our environments, disrupt gender norms, and help to ensure no one else ever has to say #MeToo.

Wednesday, March 21 - FOUNDERS HALL

  • 11:30am-1:00pm - Rising Up: #GALSNGEAR presents Global Perspectives on the Celluloid Ceiling

    • Editor Meaghan Wilbur from 2 Dope Queens (HBO & NPR)

  • 1:20pm - Screening Program #3
  • 3:00pm - Making Media for Social Change: Screening & Panel with
    • documentary Filmmaker Lisa Russell, who will be screening Heroines of Health,
    • and Leslie Wright from the Zonta Club of New York, who will introduce an excerpt from Little Stones by Sophia Cruz.

Thursday, March 22 FOUNDERS HALL

  • 12:00pm - Experimental Shorts Program curated by Roberta Bonisson
    • Program #4
  • 1:20pm - Breaking Boundaries: VR & Immersive Story Telling Panel with
    • Lisa Russell
    • Christian Delsol
    • Ellen Pearlman
  • 2:30pm - VR Viewing
  • 3:30pm - Panel - Filmmaking & entrepreneurship: Manage your Entertainment Business with
    • Thembisa Mshaka,
    • Lauren Magura of Cinematcher, and
    • Marie-Helene Carleton of ScreeningRoom.org
  • 4:30pm - Screening Program #5
  • 5:30pm - Awards Ceremony
  • 6:30pm - Reception

Thank you to Academic Affairs, The Communication Arts Department, The Center for Entrepreneurship, The Honors Program and the Women and Gender Studies Minor for making this possible!

The St. Francis College Women's Film Festival announces its 3rd annual festival, featuring a selection of short films that celebrate women's creativity and brings together female filmmakers from across the globe.

The festival will feature films in the areas of documentary, narrative, animation, and virtual reality.

Highlights of the festival include a screening of the silent film master Lois Weber's Shoes (1916) with live piano accompaniment by Ben Model. There will also be panel discussions on the past, present, and future of women's media production, how to maximize you social media presence and pitch your project from Seed and Spark, and a demonstration of virtual reality.

"The best way to experience a film festival is to be there," said festival Director and Co-Founder Augusta Palmer. "The networking and sharing of ideas creates a vibrant community that is bigger than the sum of the individual filmmakers and films. Women's rights are human rights, and women's media production is important to all of us, regardless of gender. This celebration of women is open and accessible to all."

The festival is committed to creating an artistic and social dialogue among women and supporting emerging and established female filmmakers. It is a collaborative creation of the Communication Arts Department, the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Women's and Gender Studies Minor and the Office of the College's Academic Dean.

The Festival is supported by Seed and Spark, The Alamo Drafthouse, Screening Room.com, a platform where filmmakers upload cuts and get feedback on their work, Cinematcher, an app for finding jobs and opportunities in film, TV, and digital media, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), a platform that connects artists with essential resources, and has partnered with the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.

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St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201
www.sfc.edu

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Founders Hall

womens film festival

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Monday, March 19 - FOUNDERS HALL

  • 2:00pm - Screening of Shoes (1916) by silent film director Lois Weber with live piano accompaniment by the amazing Ben Model
  • 4:00pm - Panel on the Past, Present, and Future of Women's Film Production with:
    • Academy Award nominee Immy Humes,
    • VR Innovator Theresa Loong, and
    • Kate Saccone of the Women Film Pioneer's Project at Columbia University
  • 5:15pm - Opening Reception
  • 6:00pm - Screening Program #1

Tuesday, March 20- FOUNDERS HALL

  • 11:10am - Social Media Charm School, a workshop on how to craft your personal brand in social media led by Seed & Spark crowdfunding guru Christina Raia
  • 1:20-3:20pm - Pitch Workshop led by Seed & Spark crowdfunding guru Christina Raia. Learn how to pitch your film or business from a pitch master
  • 3:30-4:30pm - Screening

Program 2 Film Schedule

Title

Director

Country

Risk

Lauren E. Johnson

US

Cultural Appropriation

Simran Sharma

US

The Story of a Motorbike

Junqing Duanmu

China

Celia

Clare Maceda

US

Celebrating 55 by Protesting 45

Mary Dalton

US

I Wait

Megan Gonzalez

US

#MeToo PSA

Alexandra Kenny & Alyssa Hernandez

US

  • 4:30-6:00pm - From #MeToo to #ActToo: Taking Action for Culture Change - Callahan Center
    • Join Mary Iannone (Breakthrough US) & Urvashi Gandhi (Breakthrough India) representatives from Breakthrough, a global human rights nonprofit, to discuss the future of #MeToo in both the United States and India. They'll discuss how to turn this powerful moment into a sustainable movement to create real culture change. Iannone and Gandhi will run through workshop ideas for daily actions anyone can take to change our environments, disrupt gender norms, and help to ensure no one else ever has to say #MeToo.

Wednesday, March 21 - FOUNDERS HALL

  • 11:30am-1:00pm - Rising Up: #GALSNGEAR presents Global Perspectives on the Celluloid Ceiling

    • Editor Meaghan Wilbur from 2 Dope Queens (HBO & NPR)

  • 1:20pm - Screening Program #3
  • 3:00pm - Making Media for Social Change: Screening & Panel with
    • documentary Filmmaker Lisa Russell, who will be screening Heroines of Health,
    • and Leslie Wright from the Zonta Club of New York, who will introduce an excerpt from Little Stones by Sophia Cruz.

Thursday, March 22 FOUNDERS HALL

  • 12:00pm - Experimental Shorts Program curated by Roberta Bonisson
    • Program #4
  • 1:20pm - Breaking Boundaries: VR & Immersive Story Telling Panel with
    • Lisa Russell
    • Christian Delsol
    • Ellen Pearlman
  • 2:30pm - VR Viewing
  • 3:30pm - Panel - Filmmaking & entrepreneurship: Manage your Entertainment Business with
    • Thembisa Mshaka,
    • Lauren Magura of Cinematcher, and
    • Marie-Helene Carleton of ScreeningRoom.org
  • 4:30pm - Screening Program #5
  • 5:30pm - Awards Ceremony
  • 6:30pm - Reception

Thank you to Academic Affairs, The Communication Arts Department, The Center for Entrepreneurship, The Honors Program and the Women and Gender Studies Minor for making this possible!

The St. Francis College Women's Film Festival announces its 3rd annual festival, featuring a selection of short films that celebrate women's creativity and brings together female filmmakers from across the globe.

The festival will feature films in the areas of documentary, narrative, animation, and virtual reality.

Highlights of the festival include a screening of the silent film master Lois Weber's Shoes (1916) with live piano accompaniment by Ben Model. There will also be panel discussions on the past, present, and future of women's media production, how to maximize you social media presence and pitch your project from Seed and Spark, and a demonstration of virtual reality.

"The best way to experience a film festival is to be there," said festival Director and Co-Founder Augusta Palmer. "The networking and sharing of ideas creates a vibrant community that is bigger than the sum of the individual filmmakers and films. Women's rights are human rights, and women's media production is important to all of us, regardless of gender. This celebration of women is open and accessible to all."

The festival is committed to creating an artistic and social dialogue among women and supporting emerging and established female filmmakers. It is a collaborative creation of the Communication Arts Department, the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Women's and Gender Studies Minor and the Office of the College's Academic Dean.

The Festival is supported by Seed and Spark, The Alamo Drafthouse, Screening Room.com, a platform where filmmakers upload cuts and get feedback on their work, Cinematcher, an app for finding jobs and opportunities in film, TV, and digital media, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), a platform that connects artists with essential resources, and has partnered with the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.

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St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201
www.sfc.edu

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Founders Hall

womens film festival

The program for Wednesday has been moved to Friday in the Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Monday, March 19 - FOUNDERS HALL

  • 2:00pm - Screening of Shoes (1916) by silent film director Lois Weber with live piano accompaniment by the amazing Ben Model
  • 4:00pm - Panel on the Past, Present, and Future of Women's Film Production with:
    • Academy Award nominee Immy Humes,
    • VR Innovator Theresa Loong, and
    • Kate Saccone of the Women Film Pioneer's Project at Columbia University
  • 5:15pm - Opening Reception
  • 6:00pm - Screening Program #1

Tuesday, March 20- FOUNDERS HALL

  • 11:10am - Social Media Charm School, a workshop on how to craft your personal brand in social media led by Seed & Spark crowdfunding guru Christina Raia
  • 1:20-3:20pm - Pitch Workshop led by Seed & Spark crowdfunding guru Christina Raia. Learn how to pitch your film or business from a pitch master
  • 3:30-4:30pm - Screening Program #2
  • 4:30-6:00pm - From #MeToo to #ActToo: Taking Action for Culture Change - Callahan Center
    • Join Mary Iannone (Breakthrough US) & Urvashi Gandhi (Breakthrough India) representatives from Breakthrough, a global human rights nonprofit, to discuss the future of #MeToo in both the United States and India. They'll discuss how to turn this powerful moment into a sustainable movement to create real culture change. Iannone and Gandhi will run through workshop ideas for daily actions anyone can take to change our environments, disrupt gender norms, and help to ensure no one else ever has to say #MeToo.

NEW DATE - FRIDAY - MARONEY FORUM FOR ARTS, CULTURE & EDUCATION

  • 11:30am-1:00pm - Rising Up: #GALSNGEAR presents Global Perspectives on the Celluloid Ceiling

    • Editor Meaghan Wilbur from 2 Dope Queens (HBO & NPR)

  • 1:20pm - Screening

Program 3 Film Schedule

Title

Director

Country

Ok, Mum

Eva Lanska

UK

Meeting MacGuffin

Catya Plate

US

Voices from Kaw Thoo Lei

Marth Gorzycki

US

Commercial for the Queen of Meatloaf

Dina Fiasconaro

US

  • 3:00pm - Making Media for Social Change: Screening & Panel with
    • documentary Filmmaker Lisa Russell, who will be screening Heroines of Health,
    • and Leslie Wright from the Zonta Club of New York, who will introduce an excerpt from Little Stones by Sophia Cruz.

Thursday, March 22 FOUNDERS HALL

  • 12:00pm - Experimental Shorts Program curated by Roberta Bonisson
    • Program #4
  • 1:20pm - Breaking Boundaries: VR & Immersive Story Telling Panel with
    • Lisa Russell
    • Christian Delsol
    • Ellen Pearlman
  • 2:30pm - VR Viewing
  • 3:30pm - Panel - Filmmaking & entrepreneurship: Manage your Entertainment Business with
    • Thembisa Mshaka,
    • Lauren Magura of Cinematcher, and
    • Marie-Helene Carleton of ScreeningRoom.org
  • 4:30pm - Screening Program #5
  • 5:30pm - Awards Ceremony
  • 6:30pm - Reception

Thank you to Academic Affairs, The Communication Arts Department, The Center for Entrepreneurship, The Honors Program and the Women and Gender Studies Minor for making this possible!

The St. Francis College Women's Film Festival announces its 3rd annual festival, featuring a selection of short films that celebrate women's creativity and brings together female filmmakers from across the globe.

The festival will feature films in the areas of documentary, narrative, animation, and virtual reality.

Highlights of the festival include a screening of the silent film master Lois Weber's Shoes (1916) with live piano accompaniment by Ben Model. There will also be panel discussions on the past, present, and future of women's media production, how to maximize you social media presence and pitch your project from Seed and Spark, and a demonstration of virtual reality.

"The best way to experience a film festival is to be there," said festival Director and Co-Founder Augusta Palmer. "The networking and sharing of ideas creates a vibrant community that is bigger than the sum of the individual filmmakers and films. Women's rights are human rights, and women's media production is important to all of us, regardless of gender. This celebration of women is open and accessible to all."

The festival is committed to creating an artistic and social dialogue among women and supporting emerging and established female filmmakers. It is a collaborative creation of the Communication Arts Department, the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Women's and Gender Studies Minor and the Office of the College's Academic Dean.

The Festival is supported by Seed and Spark, The Alamo Drafthouse, Screening Room.com, a platform where filmmakers upload cuts and get feedback on their work, Cinematcher, an app for finding jobs and opportunities in film, TV, and digital media, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), a platform that connects artists with essential resources, and has partnered with the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.

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St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201
www.sfc.edu

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Founders Hall

womens film festival

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Monday, March 19 - FOUNDERS HALL

  • 2:00pm - Screening of Shoes (1916) by silent film director Lois Weber with live piano accompaniment by the amazing Ben Model
  • 4:00pm - Panel on the Past, Present, and Future of Women's Film Production with:
    • Academy Award nominee Immy Humes,
    • VR Innovator Theresa Loong, and
    • Kate Saccone of the Women Film Pioneer's Project at Columbia University
  • 5:15pm - Opening Reception
  • 6:00pm - Screening

Tuesday, March 20- FOUNDERS HALL

  • 11:10am - Social Media Charm School, a workshop on how to craft your personal brand in social media led by Seed & Spark crowdfunding guru Christina Raia
  • 1:20-3:20pm - Pitch Workshop led by Seed & Spark crowdfunding guru Christina Raia. Learn how to pitch your film or business from a pitch master
  • 3:30-4:30pm - Screening
  • 4:30-6:00pm - From #MeToo to #ActToo: Taking Action for Culture Change - Callahan Center
    • Join Mary Iannone (Breakthrough US) & Urvashi Gandhi (Breakthrough India) representatives from Breakthrough, a global human rights nonprofit, to discuss the future of #MeToo in both the United States and India. They'll discuss how to turn this powerful moment into a sustainable movement to create real culture change. Iannone and Gandhi will run through workshop ideas for daily actions anyone can take to change our environments, disrupt gender norms, and help to ensure no one else ever has to say #MeToo.

NEW DATE - FRIDAY, MARCH 23 - MARONEY FORUM FOR ARTS, CULTURE & EDUCATION

  • 11:30am-1:00pm - Rising Up: #GALSNGEAR presents Global Perspectives on the Celluloid Ceiling

    • Editor Meaghan Wilbur from 2 Dope Queens (HBO & NPR)

  • 1:20pm - Screening
  • 3:00pm - Making Media for Social Change: Screening & Panel with
    • documentary Filmmaker Lisa Russell, who will be screening Heroines of Health,
    • and Leslie Wright from the Zonta Club of New York, who will introduce an excerpt from Little Stones by Sophia Cruz.

Thursday, March 22 FOUNDERS HALL

  • 12:00pm - Experimental Shorts Program curated by Roberta Bonisson

Program 4 Film Schedule

Title

Director

Country

The Living Girdle

Judith Henry

US

Elephant

Shannon Plumb

US

Lana

Amy Podmore

US

Theme & Variations

Yulia Lanina

US

Fall

Kathryn Ramey

US

Kicking Up Dust

Angela Ellsworth

US

Untitled

Ana Dantas

Brazil

Our Summer Made Her Light Escape

Sasha Waters-Freyer

US

Take the Wild

Krista Davis & Cari Tangendal

Canada

  • 1:20pm - Breaking Boundaries: VR & Immersive Story Telling Panel with
    • Lisa Russell
    • Christian Delsol
    • Ellen Pearlman
  • 2:30pm - VR Viewing
  • 3:30pm - Panel - Filmmaking & entrepreneurship: Manage your Entertainment Business with
    • Thembisa Mshaka,
    • Lauren Magura of Cinematcher, and
    • Marie-Helene Carleton of ScreeningRoom.org
  • 4:30pm - Screening

Program 5: March 22, 4:30pm

Title

Director

Country

Ace and Anxious

Bri Castellini

US

25%

Pamela Mathues

Spain

For Mom

Savannah Joeckel

US

Filipina

Maribel Apuya

US

Ready for a Baby

Anastasia Dyakova

Australia

Tira Misu

Mara Wescott

US

  • 5:30pm - Awards Ceremony
  • 6:30pm - Reception

Thank you to Academic Affairs, The Communication Arts Department, The Center for Entrepreneurship, The Honors Program and the Women and Gender Studies Minor for making this possible!

The St. Francis College Women's Film Festival announces its 3rd annual festival, featuring a selection of short films that celebrate women's creativity and brings together female filmmakers from across the globe.

The festival will feature films in the areas of documentary, narrative, animation, and virtual reality.

Highlights of the festival include a screening of the silent film master Lois Weber's Shoes (1916) with live piano accompaniment by Ben Model. There will also be panel discussions on the past, present, and future of women's media production, how to maximize you social media presence and pitch your project from Seed and Spark, and a demonstration of virtual reality.

"The best way to experience a film festival is to be there," said festival Director and Co-Founder Augusta Palmer. "The networking and sharing of ideas creates a vibrant community that is bigger than the sum of the individual filmmakers and films. Women's rights are human rights, and women's media production is important to all of us, regardless of gender. This celebration of women is open and accessible to all."

The festival is committed to creating an artistic and social dialogue among women and supporting emerging and established female filmmakers. It is a collaborative creation of the Communication Arts Department, the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Women's and Gender Studies Minor and the Office of the College's Academic Dean.

The Festival is supported by Seed and Spark, The Alamo Drafthouse, Screening Room.com, a platform where filmmakers upload cuts and get feedback on their work, Cinematcher, an app for finding jobs and opportunities in film, TV, and digital media, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), a platform that connects artists with essential resources, and has partnered with the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.

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St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201
www.sfc.edu

News

Women Leadership Network Hosts Power Breakfasts for SFC Students

Ever since St. Francis College went co-ed 50 years ago, many successful women have graduated from the institution to become successful leaders in a variety of fields. Now, many of these women are coming together to grow the Women Leadership Network (WLN) at St. Francis College.

Read more about Women Leadership Network Hosts Power Breakfasts for SFC Students

Committee Members

Judith A RiceJudy A Rice '76, Chief Diversity Officer, Prudential Investment Management & former President and CEO of Prudential Investments. In 2013, Judy Rice became the Chief Diversity Officer for Prudential Investment Management reporting to the President and CEO of PIM. She is responsible for key programs that include development, education, and training with the goal of creating an internal and external presence for PIM to increase its profile as one of the best places to attract and retain top diverse talent.

Prior to becoming the Chief Diversity Officer, Judy was the President and CEO of Prudential Investments for 8 years where she was responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of retail mutual funds. She is ranked among the investment industry's most influential executives, and has been an active participant in Prudential's women's affinity groups.

She recently received a Women of Excellence Activist award from the National Association of Female Executives. She served on the board of directors of the Investment Company Institute and was an officer of the Prudential Retail Mutual Fund Board of Directors. Judy graduated St Francis College with a degree in business administration. Judy recently retired from Prudential at year end 2015.


Elizabeth MindlinElizabeth Mindlin ‘81, Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Liz was responsible for the Bank’s operational risk program, its business continuity planning and the Bank’s process of evaluating and monitoring major infrastructure and automation projects. In that capacity, she was a member of the Federal Reserve System’s National Business Continuity Planning Committee and served as an advisor to a variety of foreign central banks implementing such programs.

Prior to that, she served as Vice President in Human Resources responsible for compensation, benefits, payroll and automation and served on the System’s national Benefits and HR Automation Oversight Committees. Liz’s earlier career experiences at the Fed included assignments in a variety of accounting and finance-related areas such as Auditing, Accounting and Budgeting where she was often responsible for the implementation of new automation systems.

Liz holds a B.S. in Business Administration from St. Francis College and an M.B.A. from NYU. Since retiring from the Fed, Liz is the Treasurer of her co-op, is a member of the Steering Committee that oversees the Central Park Conservancy’s tour program, and serves as the Fundraising Chairperson for Manhattan TaxAide (a free tax preparation service for low income elderly NYC residents).
Saundra ThomasSaundra Thomas ‘10, honorary doctorate in humane letters from St. Francis College. Vice-President of Community Affairs at WABC-TV since 2001, has made community service the center of her life. Thomas is in her 28th year at Channel 7 and after years of writing and producing on-air topicals for Eyewitness News and award-winning ABC7 special programs, she has gone on to combine her creative skills with her need to serve.

In her current role, Saundra Thomas oversees all on-air public service announcements, community outreach and station community projects for the tri-state. A recent candidate for New York City Council and an active board member, Thomas has served as a board member of Jazz Reach and Global Action Project and is currently serving on the New York Women in Communications Foundation Board, and the current board chair of both Dancewave and Council for Unity.

Thomas also sits on the advisory boards of The Grace Institute and Services for the Underserved. Thomas holds a B.A. in Journalism from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School. She is a proud and enthusiastic resident of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, where she lives with her family.


Dyanne Rosado ’95Dyanne Rosado ’95, is currently a Director of Human Resources – Lead HR Business Partner at Nasdaq in New York City where she assumed the role in August. Dyanne joined Nasdaq from Cantor Fitzgerald/BGC Partners where she had been for five years and most recently served as the Deputy Director of Human Resources. Dyanne specializes in Financial Services Industry HR and has worked in a variety of human resources generalist and program management roles at Brown Brothers Harriman, MetLife and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Dyanne holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology for Human Resources Management and Leadership Development from Columbia University Teacher’s College. She graduated from St. Francis in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History, having served as Student Body President during her senior year.

Dyanne lives in Brooklyn Heights with her son Gabriel. She has served on the Alumni Board of Directors at Packer Collegiate Institute, the Parish Council at St. Charles Borromeo, the Yuletide Committee of the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society and most recently as a Board Member of Musica de Camara. Her family has several St. Francis College graduates, her: brother, Ernesto Javier Rosado Toro ’87; mother, Gloria Landron Rosado ’92; and sister, Maria Cristina Rosado Landron ’98.
WLN Kick-Off Reception

Contact Us

For more information on WLN and ways to get involved, please contact development@sfc.edu or (718) 489-5361.