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National Girlfriends Networking Day 2018


Monday, June 4, 2018
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Class of ’62 Auditorium (Room G-9425)
University of Rochester Medical Center

National Girlfriends Networking Day is a nationwide celebration of the power of building connections. Join thousands of women around the country by attending this interactive networking event.

From 12:00–1:00 p.m., there will be a live stream of a panel of renowned, diverse women leaders discussing their career paths. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions via social media. The panel is organized and presented annually by The New Agenda, and the Susan B. Anthony Center hosts a viewing of the event annually.

A buffet lunch will be served.

To RSVP, email the Susan B. Anthony Center at by May 25, 2018.


Rose Marcario is CEO and President of Patagonia Works and Patagonia Inc. companies owned by iconoclastic Founder Yvon Chouinard. She is credited with quadrupling the company’s profits and revenues during her tenure as COO and CEO since 2008, and taking Chouinard’s “radical revolution to scale.” She created the companies first in-house venture fund, and oversaw the development and creation of Patagonia Provisions, an organic regenerative food company focused on applying Patagonia’s mission to the food supply chain. She was honored at the White House by President Barack Obama as a Champion of Change for her family friendly work policies. She was profiled in Fortune Magazines Most Powerful Women in Business 2015, and Fast Company named her one of the most creative and innovative CEO’s of 2016. She was named by Good Net as one of the five most inspiring CEO’s in America. Upworthy named her one of nine high profile CEO’s who did positive things for world in 2015. She has been recognized for her work as a champion of the Benefit Corporation movement. She has been practicing Buddhism for two decades and is on the Board of Trustees at Naropa University, a Buddhist College in Boulder, CO. She lives in Santa Barbara, CA.

Ashley Nicole Black is a senior writer and correspondent on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. She dropped out of a PhD program at Northwestern University to study comedy at The Second City. Thank God it worked out.

In 2017, Ashley took home an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner.



Dr. Jeannette M. Perez-Rossello grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology and Society from Cornell University where she was also inducted into the Quill & Dagger Honor Society for exemplary service to the university. She received her medical degree from the University of Rochester and completed her radiology residency at Mount Auburn Hospital. She completed a pediatric radiology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and joined the staff in 2002. She is Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and lecturer in the pediatric radiology elective, orthopedics core course and child abuse conference. She has served as Co-Director of Outpatient Radiology Services and Co-Director of Clinical Staff. Her clinical interests span a broad spectrum of pediatric imaging, in particular musculoskeletal diseases. Her research focus is metabolic bone diseases and the imaging evaluation of child abuse. She has been appointed Chair of the Child Abuse Committee of the Society of Pediatric Radiology. Dr. Perez-Rossello serves on the Steering Committee of the President’s Council of Cornell Women and on the board of Milagros para Niños of Boston Children’s Hospital. She lives in Boston with her husband and three children.


Amy Siskind is a national spokesperson, writer and expert on helping women and girls advance and succeed. A highly successful Wall Street executive, she’s Co-founder and President of The New Agenda, a national organization working on issues including economic independence and advancement, gender representation and bias, sexual assault and domestic violence. Some of her television and radio appearances include: CNN, Fox News, CNBC, PBS,, NPR and Marketplace Radio. A frequent source for national press, Siskind has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, POLITICO, U.S. News & World Report, RealClearPolitics, the Boston Globe and The Hill.

She’s a regular featured contributor at The Huffington Post. Amy speaks on college campuses and to young women about economic empowerment, and delivers inspiration keynotes and speeches to professional women on how to succeed. She serves on Cornell University’s highly prestigious President’s Council of Cornell Women and Cornell University Council, and was recently honored by the Westchester County Legislators for her LGBTQ advocacy.

A pioneer in the distressed debt trading market, she has a lifetime of experience with failure and remarkable success and knows what it takes to win. She became the first female Managing Director at Wasserstein Perella at the age of 31, and later ran trading departments at Morgan Stanley and Imperial Capital, where she was also a partner. She received a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA in Finance from The NYU Stern School of Business.