Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to New York State Governor, to Address Leaders in Media and Marketing at Berkeley College in Manhattan, NY


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“Women in Media: The Courage to Own Your Story”
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Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, will serve as the keynote speaker for “Women in Media: The Courage to Own Your Story,” an event hosted by Berkeley College at its campus in Midtown Manhattan, NY, on October 18, 2017, in honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Week. Ms. DeRosa will share her experience in managing communications and press for the Governor with an audience of entrepreneurs, students and community leaders.

“Women in Media: The Courage to Own Your Story” will also feature panel discussions with prominent women leaders over the course of two days; first in Midtown Manhattan on October 18, and then at Berkeley College in Woodbridge, NJ, on October 19. Different panelists will address how women are shaping the news landscape, how small businesses can stand out by sharing their stories, and how entrepreneurs can develop and protect their digital presence.

“Women’s Entrepreneurship Week at Berkeley College gives us an opportunity to bring together influencers in government, business and media for a dialogue on how entrepreneurs can shape their stories and build a media presence in a crowded digital world,” said Angela Harrington, Vice President, Communications and External Relations, Berkeley College.

Prominent leaders participating in panel discussions on October 18 in Midtown Manhattan include Jill Kaplan, Vice President and Publisher, Crain’s New York Business; Bernadine Han, Group Vice President, Spectrum Networks; Jenna Flanagan, Host/Reporter, “MetroFocus,” WLIW21 for WNET; Monica C. Smith, CEO and Founder, Marketsmith Inc.; Elana Zolfo, EdD, Dean, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business®; Marla Diamond, Reporter and Anchor, WCBS Newsradio 880; Cristyne Nicholas, CEO, Nicholas & Lence Communications; Hilary Russ, Municipal Bond and Public Finance Reporter, Reuters; Angie Tang, Board Trustee, Berkeley College, and Impact Investing Advisor; Gail Smith, Managing Director, Impacto Latino; Christal Young, Fashion Correspondent, FOX 5 New York; Amy Soricelli, Vice President, Career Services, Berkeley College; and Dena Bateh, PhD, Professor, Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business.

Prominent leaders participating in panel discussions on October 19 in Woodbridge are Nancy Meyer, President and Publisher, North Jersey Media Group; Joanna Gagis, Host, “Life & Living” on NJTV and FiOS1, Caucus Educational Corporation; Kate Tomlinson, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, New Jersey Monthly; Elayne McClaine, Regional Director, New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers New Brunswick; Alexandra Hill, Reporter/Afternoon News Anchor, WBGO 88.3 FM; Mary Wagner, PhD, Associate Dean, Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies; Alka Agrawal, COO/General Manager, EBC Radio; and Meg Fry, Business Reporter, ROI-NJ.

There is no charge to attend. However, space is limited and registration is required. To register for “Women in Media: The Courage to Own Your Story” at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan, NY, click here. To register for the event in Woodbridge, NJ, on October 19, click here.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 550 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is

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