Time: Apr 4 6:30 PM
Location: DC 218
Women's Leadership Forum

Women's Leadership Forum

Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 6:30 p.m.
Dominican Center, Room 218

Join us as we bring together a group of inspiring Mount women graduates from the business arena who are setting the world on fire! 

This event is complimentary and open to MSMC alumni, students, faculty and staff. Light refreshments will immediately follow the program.

Maxine Lindsay-Shillingford ’98
U.S Army Veteran
Director of Nursing for PeriOperative Service at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center

A native of the Island of Jamaica, West Indies, and raised by her farmer paternal grandparents, Maxine immigrated to the United States as a teenager. One of twelve (12) children, she was the first to graduate high school – earning Valedictorian and Head Girl – and the only child among her siblings to attend and graduate from college.  Maxine followed her calling into public service, becoming an Evangelistic Pentecostal youth minister and following in the footsteps of her Zionist Pastor maternal grandmother, “Mother Walker”.  In her role as a youth minister, Maxine focused on working with battered women and sexual assault survivors, and has continued to now as a Department of the Army Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiner (SAMFE).

A Registered Nurse for over 20 years, Maxine worked in all aspects of the health care profession from staff Nurse to Nurse Supervisor and Nurse Manager in both private, and public health care organizations. Her dedication to public service has led her  to working with the Veteran population. She currently is the PeriOperative Anesthesiology Director of Nursing at the Department of Veterans Affairs

Maxine directly commissioned in the United States Army Reserves over (20) years ago in the Army Nurse Corps as a Clinical Critical Care Registered Nurse. She served in multiple leadership roles, including Executive Officer, Company Commander, Officer in Charge, and Chief Nurse.

Maxine has been serving on the MSMC Alumni Board since graduating from the Mount. She credits her  education at the Mount to the dedicated faculty and Dominican sisters who taught, coached, and mentored her. Faculty like the late Dr. Virginia Davis, Dr. Thomas Sarro, Dr. Paul Schwartz, Sister Ann Sakac, Sister, Dr. Leona, and the HEOP staff in 1992, such as Ms. Edwina Chance and Dwight Henry. The staff at the student CoOp office prepared her for a once in a lifetime student internship program, leading to her first staff nurse job.

Maxine holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nursing and Management with concentrations in Psychology, Education, and Administration.  

Grace SanchezPanelist
Grace Sanchez

Owner of Field Trip, located on Liberty Street in Newburgh
Founder of The Grace Group

Grace Sanchez, the founder of The Grace Group, has a rich and vast background in the non-profit world as a professional fundraiser. Grace has raised millions of dollars and worked on many successful fundraising campaigns for such organizations as World Vision, Focus on the Family, and the Union Rescue Mission.

In 2000, Grace was recruited out of the non-profit world to work with private family foundations for Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, cultivating relationships with some of the wealthiest families in the United States. She now offers her many years of fundraising expertise to your organization as the founder of The Grace Group.

On September 1, 2021, Grace became the official owner of the Field Trip located in the historic district of Newburgh, NY on Liberty Street, steps away from Washington’s Headquarters. Field Trip focuses its inventory on high-quality, handmade goods from the Hudson Valley as well as featuring their flagship plant-based skincare line called "Hudson Naturals. “My story serves to honor my parents and, hopefully, offer hope and inspiration to all those who come from humble beginnings. I honor my parents for their courage to come to America, to build a strong family, and to allow me the opportunity to live out my dreams.” 

Kathryn Rose ’91

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of getWise

Kathryn Rose is an innovator and the founding CEO of award-winning technology platforms (getWise/channelWise) that power expertise as a service for companies, communities, small businesses, professionals, and IT channel vendors/partners to accelerate business or career growth. She is a former Wall Street executive sales leader and an author of nine books. She has been featured in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, CBS Marketwatch, Fox News and more. She was recently named Worth Magazine Top 100 Entrepreneurs, Forbes Top 1000 innovators and a member of the prestigious Nasdaq Milestone Makers program.

Prior to devoting her focus on her platform, Kathryn was an executive sales and marketing consultant for large global and local clients developing targeted online campaigns resulting in millions of engaged fans, followers and connections. Kathryn's experience has taken her from startup to multimillion dollar companies. She is an award-winning Wall Street sales leader driving $100 million+ in annual sales and in channel marketing with global B2B clients. 

Kathryn is a highly sought-after speaker at leading global industry events — Google, IBM, Dell Technologies, Women in Tech Summit and the Grace Hopper Celebration. Kathryn has received accolades for her vision, commitment, and leadership including the CompTIA Advancing Women in Technology Mentor of the Year Spotlight award and more. 

Kathryn is regarded for her grit, tenacity, creative problem solving, glass-half-filled approach and her ability to laugh, always. A tireless champion for diversity, Kathryn has received accolades for her vision, commitment, and leadership including being recently named to the Channel Futures Top DE&I Champions in Technology 101 list. The list recognizes individuals from diverse and multicultural backgrounds who are driving diversity, equity and inclusion in the technology channel through their words, actions and leadership. 

Sr. Catherine Walsh O.P. ’70
Professor Emerita of Communication Arts

Sister Catherine is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary College with a degree in English and certification in Education. She served as teacher in, and principal of, Bishop Dunn Elementary School; taught in the Mount's Division of Education; and was the Coordinator of Student Teaching at the Mount. Sister Catherine has always loved the world of communication. At the Mount, Sister Catherine was responsible for developing the Media Studies major and implementing the Public Relations major developed under the leadership of Dr. Irene Nunnari. In 1995, Sister Catherine was elected the first prioress (president) of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, a new Dominican congregation founded by the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh. She retired from the college when she was again elected to leadership by the Dominican Sisters. She remains an active member of the college community, volunteering her time and efforts in many ways for both the Communications program and the entire college community as a representative of the Dominican Sisters.