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Women's Leadership Institute Launches In Harrison

The launch of the Women's Leadership Institute had many special guest speakers. Photo Credit: Contributed
The Manhattanville School of Business launched their Women's Leadership Institute on Jan. 29. Photo Credit: Contributed

HARRISON, N.Y. – The Manhattanville School of Business celebrated the launch of its Women’s Leadership Institute Thursday, Jan. 29, in Manhattanville’s historic Reid Castle.

The institute, supported by founding sponsor PepsiCo, is the first center of its kind offered at a world-class academic institution in Westchester and surrounding areas to meet the leadership and professional development needs of women in the workplace. More than 200 powerful female business leaders, community members, and local dignitaries attended the launch event, which included a “speed networking” session and formal presentation about the institute’s vision, mission and future plans.

Dean of the Manhattanville School of Business Anthony Davidson and Women’s Leadership Institute Director Kathy Meany also applauded the members of the institute’s various committees for their dedication, thoughts and resources in guiding the development from idea to inception. Special guest speakers included Marcia DeWitt, president and CEO of GuilfordPare, Ltd., and Manhattanville alumna and trustee; Janet Hasson, president and publisher of Journal News Media Group; and Dr. Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of The Business Council of Westchester.

“The Women’s Leadership Institute has been formed to help women maximize their potential and become impactful leaders,” Davidson said.

The Women’s Leadership Institute gave special recognition to neighboring PepsiCo as the institute’s founding sponsor for its support of the advancement of women in the workplace. CLAY Health Club + Spa in Port Chester was the event’s sponsor, donating gift bags with spa products and guest membership privileges to all attendees.

The Women’s Leadership Institute will offer the academic certificate program, “Lead with Distinction,” beginning this September, in addition to providing year-round mentoring, coaching, and training opportunities to help women achieve their personal goals and career objectives.

“The Women’s Leadership Institute is a place where women can collaborate to define, create, and expand leadership opportunities by taking ownership and developing executive presence,” Meany said.

Upcoming Women’s Leadership Institute events include an April 14 panel discussion titled “Being the Boss,” followed by the center’s inaugural Women’s Conference June 3. For more information about program offerings or sponsorship opportunities, contact (914) 323-5150 or email

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