Adelphi’s Women’s Leadership Conference Planned for November 2

Speakers at Adelphi's Women's Leadership Conference: Neha Gandhi and Dottie Herman

Adelphi University will hold its third annual Women’s Leadership Conference on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Garden City Hotel from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adelphi invites all members of the community to a day full of panels and table discussions providing hands-on leadership training and exclusive professional development.

The conference will feature two major keynote speakers. The breakfast speaker is Dottie Herman, CEO of Douglas Elliman Real Estate LLC and the “Richest Self-Made Woman In Real Estate” according to Forbes. An Adelphi alumna, she was a President’s Gala honoree in 2007 and affectionately claims Adelphi as her home.

The lunch keynote speaker is Neha Gandhi, editor in chief and chief operating officer at Girlboss. Prior to Girlboss, she was the senior vice president of content strategy and innovation at Refinery29and held editor positions at Harper’s Bazaar, Seventeen and more.

“The Women’s Leadership Conference is important because it allows Adelphi to provide leadership training and professional development to all Panthers– students, alumni, and friends,” said Jodie Serpico, executive director of Alumni Relations.

Co-hosted by Adelphi’s Center for Career and Professional Development and the Office of Alumni Relations, the conference is centered around the theme “Becoming Your Most Powerful Self.” The topics include leadership across the generations, money management, resiliency and more.

Last year, more than 250 Adelphi alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends participated in the half-day program, which included breakout panels and a networking roundtable luncheon that will be incorporated in this year’s conference.

Conference attendees will include students from high schools that participate in Adelphi’s Hispanic Community Partnership Program, a summer college-readiness program, including Sacred Heart Academy and Our Lady of Mercy.

“The conference has quickly become a premier, signature event for Adelphi and we are hoping to develop and mentor the future leaders of Long Island and beyond,” said Sperico.

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