On Friday, April 19, join fellow Pace faculty and staff at the Women of Pace: Women’s Professional Development Forum to hear inspiring words of career and life wisdom from five women who have made it to the top of Pace while juggling careers, families, and busy New York lives. Panelists include Sue Maxam, EdD, University Director, Student Academic Engagement; Phyllis Mooney, Executive Director, Career Services; Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, PhD, Dean for Students, Westchester; Freddi Wald, Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President, University Relations; and Toby Winer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Borne out of a desire to bring women’s professional development to Pace, an issue that was near and dear to her heart, Senior Organizational Learning Consultant Susan Donahue worked closely with Maxam, who is on the Board of Directors for the American Council on Education’s New York State Women’s Network, to pilot this forum.
“I think it’s great, particularly for women in the beginning or middle stages of their careers, to hear what other women have learned—both good and bad—in their own careers that may have changed the course of things for them,” explains Donahue.
The panel of women, who come from both the academic and administrative ends of the University spectrum, will share their stories, answer audience questions, and network with attendees. The event, which is open to all faculty and staff, will focus primarily on roadblocks encountered, opportunities afforded to female professionals, and advice and insight for those working their way up the corporate ladder.
Especially committed to the opportunities that networking can present, Wald believes that it’s through this type of information exchange—especially for career changers and those looking to move up in the world—that workers are able to gain insight into their industries that they would be unable to get elsewhere.
“It was a privilege to be asked to join the panel,” says Wald. “I believe one of the most valuable resources we have are people—meeting people, finding mentors, gathering information. Women, especially now, face amazingly challenging decisions. Whether it’s family issues—caring for children or elderly family members—or the responsibility of daily juggling and logistics.”
Maxam hopes that those who attend the forum come away knowing that career paths are typically not linear, but rather filled with many interesting twists and turns. Such diverse experiences, she believes, enable leaders to be well-rounded, view issues from a wide variety of perspectives, learn many transferable skills, and adapt easily to new situations.
“Female professionals often look for insights, guidance, and mentoring from female leaders,” says Maxam, “This venue opens the door to such conversations, in addition to providing an opportunity for networking with Pace University colleagues at all levels.”
To learn more about the Women’s Professional Development Forum and to register to attend, please click here.