Olympian Raisman Keynotes Women Conference


Two-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman will keynote Adelphi’s fifth annual Women’s Leadership Conference on March 26 as the school commemorates “125 Years of Women in Leadership” during this milestone anniversary and celebration of Women’s History Month.
The daylong event will be hosted at the university’s Ruth S. Harley University Center and will also be livestreamed.

“I’m grateful to the incredible leaders who will share their wisdom and expertise with the Adelphi community for this powerhouse professional development event,” said Adelphi President Christine M. Riordan. “We look forward to empowering our colleagues and friends to be courageous in their careers and communities.”

The conference will feature a moderated conversation with Raisman, team captain of the Olympic gold-medalist U.S. women’s gymnastics teams in 2012 and 2016. Raisman is the third-most decorated American gymnast of all time and the first American gymnast to win gold in the floor exercise. She uses her platform to normalize the conversation around mental health, encourage positive body image and promote the importance of self-care. Raisman is also an advocate for systemic changes within the sport of gymnastics and the eradication of sexual abuse.

The conference will include several panels and sessions with trailblazing women, including a conversation with Dr. Riordan, Adelphi’s first female president; Marjorie Magner, founding member of Brysam Global Partners; and Adelphi graduate Carmen Ortiz ‘78, JD, ‘12 (Hon.), both the first Hispanic and first woman to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. The event will conclude with an award ceremony, including Raisman’s in-person moderated conversation.

“We want attendees to have knowledge of and respect for those women who have come before them and laid a foundation,” said Thomas Kline, vice president of Adelphi’s Advancement and External Relations. “We also want to give them information they can use and overall inspiration for what comes next as they go back to their classrooms, as they go on to their careers and as they go on in life.”

The conference is open to the public as well as members of the Adelphi community, including students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends. General admission is $25 for in-person and $10 for online; admission for students is free. To learn more and register, visit adelphi.edu/womens-leadership.

—Submitted by Adelphi

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