Networking begins at college

Professional networking support still is harder for women to get than men, but Pace University women students are giving it a significant boost.


Contact: Bill Caldwell, Pace University Office of Public Information, 212-346-1597,

Networking begins at college

Elaine Taylor-Gordon, President and Publisher of Women’s Business NY,
to speak, marking new Pace University triple partnership
with women’s business organizations for networking and mentoring

NEW YORK, April 17, 2003 – Professional networking support still is harder for women to get than men, but Pace University women students are giving it a significant boost.

A Pace student organization, with help from a Pace placement counselor, recently has formed partnerships with three organizations that encourage women in business.

Next week the campus organization, Women in Corporate America (WICA), is sponsoring a forum with Elaine Taylor-Gordon, President and Publisher of Women’s Business NY. The event takes place Monday, April 21, at Pace University’s New York City campus, 6 pm.

The WICA program is unusual among campus-based mentoring programs for women because of its multiple partners and its degree of student-administration cooperation. The program is the first of its kind to include members of professional organizations serving as mentors to students.

The women’s organizations partnering with Pace are:

· Women’s Business NY. The magazine profiles top executive women and holds monthly “Women to Watch” networking sessions to which Pace students on both the Westchester and downtown New York campuses are invited.

· The National Association For Female Executives (NAFE). Melissa Wahl, executive director, recently helped Pace form the first and only student chapter of the organization. WICA members were invited to a national NAFE conference in New York City this fall, where they assisted with administrative responsibilities and made valuable contacts. NAFE has a membership of over 125,000 members throughout the United States.

· The Carole Hyatt Leadership Forum. Hyatt, an expert on women’s career issues, has conducted weekend seminars for more than 550 senior level female executives. She is a noted lecturer and author often seen on the “Today” show and “Oprah.” One of the Forum’s leaders, Jennifer Deare, an executive director of Catalina Marketing Corporation of Saddle Brook, New Jersey, now invites WICA members to each of her “E Groups” of executive women. In addition, she has developed a mentoring program for executive women to mentor WICA students. More than 30 women mentors meet regularly with Pace mentees and invite them to professional meetings.

The Pace University coordinator for WICA is Barry Miller, Ph.D., a counselor in the University’s Career Services department who is the department’s Alumni Relations Liaison. Miller enthuses: “It is exciting to see connections being made among successful businesswomen and our students. Common interests and goals eliminate any potential generation gap, and both sides come away enriched by the experience.”

Adds the Carole Hyatt forum’s Deare: “As much as young professionals need mentors, there are many people out there who would be interested in giving back by passing on their expertise and perspective to young professionals. Our goal is to help facilitate this process and make it productive and satisfying for all involved.”

WICA was founded by Samar Sleiman, then a Pace University junior. She is spending the term in Spain and is interested in pursuing an entrepreneurial career in import-export after she graduates this spring. The WICA president is Ranae Marquez; the director of events planning is Erica Jayson.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor. More than 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School.

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