Vaughn College hosted the 2019 Women of Color Conference, organized by the American Council on Education New York Women’s Network on Friday, January 11. The event kicked off with a warm welcome address by Vaughn College President Dr. Sharon B. DeVivo, who reflected on the important impact that diversity has on college campuses.

“We need more women in leadership positions, because a diverse team helps to achieve the success that colleges and companies strive for,” said DeVivo.

Following the welcome Denise Patrick, leadership communication strategist, delivered the opening keynote address and spoke about the importance of work-life balance and bringing our whole selves into the workplace and taking motivation from our minds and spirits. Patrick also noted the importance of having a support network and mentors in the workplace who can help you reach your goals.

“If you never venture out of your pond, you’ll never be aware of the ocean or sea,” Patrick remarked.

Attendees applauded Patrick’s inspirational message and broke out into a panel discussion that covered the influence of diversity in higher education. The day’s agenda continued with afternoon workshops that included marketing and outreach tips for higher education and nonprofits, a session on developing healthy leadership habits, as well as strategies to launch new initiatives.

The Vaughn College community reflects the diversity of the borough of Queens and upholds a diverse work environment that encourages our community of students to achieve success as leaders in the industries we serve.

For more information on upcoming events, check the events calendar.