On Thursday, November 19, 2015, I attended the Annual AJC Sponsored Thanksgiving Diversity Breakfast at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. The 375 attendees came together for a morning of shared values and diverse roots--an event that has been taking place since September 11th.
This year's theme was "Respecting Ourselves, Respecting Others" honored: Monsignor Alan Detscher of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Greenwich, Joel Fridovich of the New Rochelle Alternative High School and Ayse Keskin of the Turkish Cultural Center in Elmsford.
This year also featured a special tribute to Clifford Wolf (pictured Center below), AJC Westchester/Fairfield Interreligious and Intergroup Relations Committee Co-Chair.
Among the dignitatries who spoke were Mr. George Oros, Chief of Staff, Westchester County Office of the County Executive, Robert P. Astorino and Ms. Kathy Hochul, Lt. Governor, State of New York.
(Pictured Above: Mr. George Oros, Chief of Staff, Office of the Westchester County Executive, Robert P. Astorino)
(Pictured Above: Ms. Kathy Hochul, Lt. Governor, State of New York)
On October 19, 2015, I attended the AJC-JCC Mid Westchester screening of PUMP: The Movie featuring Yossie Hollander, Founder of Fuel Freedom Foundation.
Welcoming remarks were said by Rika Levin, Director of Marketing and Communications, JCC and Mark Reisman, Co-Chair, AJC Westchester/Fairfield Energy Committee. Daniel Singer, Co-Chair of AJC Westchester/Fairfield Energy Committee gave the introduction of Guest Speaker, Yossie Hollander.
Pictured: Mr. Yossie Hollander
PUMP: The Movie is an interesting film that showed America's addiction to oil and the discussion to advance alternative energy solutions, including ethanol, natural gas and electric. PUMP: The Movie spoke on the history of oil consumption in America as well its dependency and its relationship to either an economic upswing and/or downturn.
In short, the word promulgated throughout PUMP: The Movie is choice. Indeed Hollander said in his talk, "We have choice when we buy clothing or what I put in my mouth to eat--why not at the pump?"
Here's the trailer of PUMP: The Movie:
SOURCE: You Tube, Pump Official Trailer (2014)
On October 15, 2015 at Iona College's Arrigoni Center, I attended the AJC Westchester/Fairfield and Iona College: Driscoll Professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies Program: In Our Time from Enmity to Friendship: Celebrating 50 Years of Reconciliation Charting the Next 50 Years of Common Work.
Endorsed by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, the Program comprised of a Panel Discussion led by Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies, Chair, Religious Studies Department at Iona College; Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations and Mr. Clifford Wolf, Moderator AJC Westchester/Fairfild Interreligious and Intergroup Relations Co-Chair.
Pictured Above, L-R: Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Mr. Clifford Wolf, and Rabbi Noam Marans
The panelists spoke of the history and significance of Nostra Aetate in its Jubilee year as well as its evoluntionary proces in Catholic and Jewish relations. As Rabbi Noam Marans said of Nostra Aetate, it is "A good document, not a perfect document."
Additionally, the evening's Program brought together dialogue amongst each tables' attendees led by a faciliator. Attendees were given questions to ponder and discuss amongst the tables' gathering.
A Q&A Session followed.
The highly attended Program gave rise to the celebration of the living Vatican Council II document, Nostra Aetate.
Congratulations to AJC Westchester/Fairfield and Iona College Driscoll Professorship Jewish-Catholic Studies for a most inspiring evening of dialogue!
On Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Westchester Community College's Gateway Center, I attended a most informative seminar: Hispanic Small Business Summit--Crossroads to Customers, Capital and Contracts--hosted by Latin Business Today and Westchester County Government.
The Summit consisted of small business owners, vendors and business leaders. The Welcome address was given by Westchester County Executive, Robert P. Astorino and program MC was Debra Cruz, VP. MetLife and Advisory Board Member, Latin Business Today.
Pictured Above: Westchester County Executive, Robert P. Astorino
Along with various workshops on marketing, financial planning and legal topics, the evening offered a Keynote Address given by Tony Jimenez, President/CEO, Microtech and Advisory Board Member, Latin Business Today.
Pictured Above: Tony Jimenez
Mr. Jimenez spoke on his experiences building and maintaining a business at its various stages, including the challenges of success!
Pictured Above: Panel Speakers: L-R: Carlos Fonseca, Steven Alfasi, Carola Bracco, and William Mooney III
Additionally, a Panel Discussion on Customers, Capital and Contracts was led by an array of experts: Carlos Fonseca, Senior VP, MetLife, Latin Business Mentor and Former Executive at Coca Cola Company, MasterCard, and IBM; Carola Bracco, CEO, Neighbor's Link and formerly of GE, Ford, and Time Warner; Steven Alfasi, Attorney at Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu, and Venditti, LLP and WIlliam Mooney III, Director, Westchester County Office of Economic Development.
It was an honor to have attended the "Women of Faith" Leadership Breakfast on September 29, 2015 hosted by Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino, The Faith-Based Partnership Office and Westchester County Office of Women.
Having had a hugely successful inaugural event, this second was truly inspirational. It brought together Faith Leaders as well as an array of experts talking about services for seniors and county programs.
Pictured above: Ms. Robin Schlaff, Director, Office of Women (L), Westchester County Executive, Robert P. Astorino , and Ms. Carrie Mobley-Johnson (R), Senior Advisor to County Executive Astorino, Faith-Based Partnerships Initiatives
I'm so thrilled to have served as a member of my 25th Class Reunion Committee for Fordham University's Jubilee Celebration!!
What a most soulful experience that took us to, as University President, Father Joseph McShane, SJ, stated in his Homily, "a pilgrimage home." It was endearing to be on the Fordham University Rose Hill Campus with fellow alumni enjoying the festivities and learning of the expansive work being done at Fordham University.
"Sapientia et Doctrina" always!! GO RAMS!!
Here are some photos of my "pilgrimage home":
Pictured Above: Dr. Iadeluca with Fordham University President, Fr. Joseph McShane, SJ.
Pictured Above: Dr. Iadeluca with Dr. Patricia Peek, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and fellow Alumni celebrating our 25th Class Reunion
Pictured Above: Dr. Iadeluca with fellow Alumni celebrating our 25th Class Reunion along with the Fordham RAM
President/CEO, Dr. Luisa M. Iadeluca shares proudly a photo taken with and recently, graciously signed by Mr. Adam West (Batman from the 1966-68 TV Series). The photo was taken when as an undergraduate at Fordham University, Rose Hill Campus in 1989 where Mr. West gave a talk.
In this humble person's opinion, Mr. West is the best Batman and the TV Show is a quality and timeless program that has delighted multiple generations spanning across the globe!!
Fellow Batman '66 fans can check out Mr. West's website (www.adamwest.com) for great memorabilia!!
Thank you, Fordham (www.fordham.edu) and thank you, Mr. West, for the treasure that is Batman!!
"To the Batmobile!!"
Holiday Season 2014
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Sending very best wishes at the Holiday Season and always and may the New Year be one of peace, happiness, and prosperity!
Blessings and Best Regards.
Luisa M. Iadeluca, Ed.D. | President/CEO
President/CEO, Dr. Iadeluca, joined fellow Diversity Committee members and over 300 attendees at the AJC (American Jewish Committee) Thanksgiving Diversity Breakfast on November 20, 2014 at Manhattanville College.
Coming together were faith, ethnic and community leaders from around Westchester and Fairfield Counties, celebrating our diverse roots and shared values, as has been every year since the tragedy of September 11, 2001.
Supported by more than 80 sponsors and communal partners, the event honored individuals and organizations that embody this year's theme, "Building Bridges--Piece by Peace."
Honorees were: Rev. Paul Alcorn, Westchester Youth Alliance, Ms. Janice Lubin Kirschner of JCY/ Westchester Community Partners/FSSY and Ms. Carol Kunin of Walking Together.
Please see below a photo display of the Thanksgiving Diversity Breakfast:
Pictured Above: Mr. Stephen Gill, Diversity Breakfast Co-Chair and Master of Ceremonies
Pictured above: Reverend Susan Andrews, General Presbyter, Hudson River Presbytery and Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC Director, Interreligious and Intergroup Relations
Pictured above: Mr. Kevin Plunkett, Deputy County Executive, on behalf of Westchester County Executive, Robert P. Astorino
Pictured above: Honoree, Ms. Janice Lubin Kirschner, JCY/Westchester Community Partners/FSSY
Pictured above: Honoree, Ms. Carolyn Kunin, Walking Together
Pictured above: Honoree, Rev. Paul Alcorn, Westchester Youth Alliance
Pictured above: Dr. Iadeluca and Ms. Jill Friedman, AJC Associate Regional Director
Pictured above: Ms. Pearl Quarles, Diversity Breakfast Committee Member and Dr. Iadeluca
Pictured above: Ms. Mona Abramson, AJC Westchester/Fairfield and Dr. Iadeluca
Pictured above: (Left to Right)
Dr. Iadeluca, Mr. Sakir Keskin, Diversity Breakfast Committee Member/ Executive Director, Turkish Cultural Center, and Ms. Haina Just- Michael, Co-Chair, Diversity Breakfast/ AJC Westchester/Fairfield
Pictured above: Ms. Julie Gallanty, CEO, New Rochelle YMCA and Ms. Pearl Quarles, Diversity Breakfast Committee Member
Pictured above: (Left to Right)
Mr. Clifford Wolf, Diversity Breakfast Co-Chair; Ms. Jill Friedman, AJC Associate Regional Director; Mr. Stephen Gill, Diversity Breakfast Co-Chair, and Ms. Karin Shiel, Diversity Breakfast Committee Member/ Westchester Youth Alliance
Here's to another very successful Thanksgiving Diversity Breakfast and looking forward to next year's reaching new heights!
Meta Visions Enterprises Consulting Group, Inc. wishes all a HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY FILLED WITH PEACE, JOY AND AN EXTRA HELPING OF PROSPERITY!!