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Mount alumnae at the Influential Latinas Panel

From left: Tiba Araujo, Susana Alba, Leonora Liz '12 MBA '17, and Genesis Ramos at the Influential Latinas Panel.

Inspiring alumnae and other local leaders discussed their experiences as women in the workplace at two recent panel discussions. 

First, the college’s Latino Student Union (LSU) brought together five women of color to discuss their struggles and successes at the Influential Latinas Panel.

Sharing their expertise with the Mount community were Genesis Ramos, executive director of the Desmond Center for Community Engagement and Wellness and Orange County Legislator (District 6); Susana Alba, former Dean of admissions at the Mount; Giselle Martinez ’20, a Newburgh City Councilwoman (Ward 1); Tiba Araujo, author and on-air personality on CNN’s NotiMuhjer; and Lenora Liz ’12 MBA ’17, Deputy City Treasurer, Middletown, N.Y. Mayor’s Office. 

The panel was moderated by LSU president Victoria Veloz-Vicioso, a Mount Business major with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Digital Media Production. She also serves as secretary of the Mount’s Student Business Association. 

Mount alumnae at Women's Leadership Forum
From left: Crystal Bhagwandeen Johnson '06 '13 MBA '09; Jillian Torre '14; and Shannon Morris Zawiski '06 at the Women's Leadership Forum.

Later in the semester, three highly-successful alumnae returned to their alma mater to share their business experience with the next generation of students. The Women’s Leadership Forum, hosted by the college’s Alumni Office, featured a panel discussion with Crystal Bhagwandeen Johnson ’06 ’13 MBA ’09, assistant vice president and assistant controller with Walden Savings Bank; Jillian Torre ’14, group marketing manager at Money-Media, Financial Times; and Shannon Morris Zawiski ’06, chief operating officer at Independent Living. 

The three discussed how they followed in the footsteps of the Dominican Sisters – the women who founded the Mount – and made their mark with service, hard work, and a commitment to their community. 

The forum was moderated by Nikki Khurana-Baugh, vice president for Advancement, and kicked off with an introduction by Sr. Catherine Walsh, OP, a Dominican Sister and former Mount professor of Communications.

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