Olympian Aly Raisman to host Adelphi women’s leadership event

GARDEN CITY, NY – Adelphi University is hosting its fifth annual Women’s Leadership Conference, featuring two-time Olympic champion Aly Raisman on March 26. The hybrid event will be both in-person and online, and tickets for both are available now.

Entitled “125 Years of Female Leadership,” the conference will celebrate Women’s History Month and Adelphi’s 125th anniversary. The day-long event will be hosted at the university’s Ruth S. Harley Academic Center and will also be livestreamed.

“I am grateful to the incredible leaders who will share their wisdom and expertise with the Adelphi community for this powerful professional development event,” said Adelphi President Christine M. Riordan. “We look forward to empowering our colleagues and friends to be courageous in their careers and communities.”

This year’s talk will feature a moderated conversation with Aly Raisman, captain of the Olympic gold medal winning team of the United States women’s gymnastics teams in 2012 and 2016. Raisman is the third most decorated American gymnast of all times and the first American gymnast to win gold in the floor exercise. Off the mat, she uses her platform to normalize the conversation about mental health, encourage positive body image, and promote the importance of self-care. Raisman is also an advocate for systemic changes in the sport of gymnastics and the eradication of sexual abuse.

The conference will feature several panels and sessions with pioneering women, including a conversation with Dr. Riordan, Adelphi’s first female president; Marjorie Magner, founding member of Brysam Global Partners; and Adelphi graduate Carmen Ortiz, both the first Hispanic and the first woman to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. The event will conclude with an awards ceremony, including Raisman’s in-person moderated conversation.

“We want participants to know and respect the women who have gone before them and laid the groundwork,” said Thomas Kline, vice president of academic advancement and external relations. “We also want to give them information they can use and general inspiration for what to expect as they return to their classrooms, as they continue their careers and move forward in the life.”

The conference is open to the public as well as members of the Adelphi community, including students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends of the university. The in-person experience will follow all COVID-19 precautions from the CDC and New York State Department of Health and as such may require proof of vaccination, testing and/or masks for participants in person.

Mara R. Wilmoth