By Lara Legath

The Women’s Leadership Network provides opportunities to network with career women who support St. Francis College.

Recently, an event was held in commemoration of SFC being co-ed.

“Celebrating 50 years of Women at SFC” featured speaker Chief Data Officer at Mastercard Ms. JoAnn Stonier.

Stonier explained how St. Francis College offered class schedules that would allow her to work as well, at the time she lived in the Bronx with her family.

She shared with the audience her experience taking classes with as little as two female students in it.

According to the SFC website, “While the College was established in 1859, it went ‘officially’ co-ed in 1969 with the 13 female students in the first class.

“Today, females comprise over 60% of the full time undergraduate student population and 52% of the graduate population.”

At the event, the need to encourage young girls was emphasized.

President Miguel Martinez-Saenz also spoke at the end of the interview; he began by sharing his observation that all the paintings in the room were of successful men with the audience.

His finishing statement was, “If there’s one thing I would ask you to do… as you leave today, as you engage folks today, is to reflect on the possibility of mentoring a young person… the joy that that will bring you is immeasurable and you’re also going to enable a young person to achieve some [of their] dreams.”

The night ended with an hour of networking and making connections between alumnae, students and other professional individuals.

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