Le Moyne President Honored at Key4Women Event
President Linda LeMura was among three local women were honored at KeyBank’s 2019 Key4Women® Forum, held on March 26 at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. More than 200 guests attended the event, which celebrates, supports and encourages the progress of women in business.
Awards and recipients were:
Achieve Award: Le Moyne President Linda LeMura was honored for the positive impact she’s had and inclusive vision she’s brought to Central New York, both inside and outside of the College.
Community Impact Award: Janet Agostini, president and CEO of Friends of Rosamond Zoo, was honored for her efforts to help the zoo, a great cultural and learning institution, thrive.
Small Business Achieve Award: Laura Ratcliffe, owner of O’Baby’s Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe in New Hartford, was honored for the uplifting effect on her employee.
“All of these women have not only had success in business, culture and academia, but they’ve also had a transformative impact on this community, said Stephen Fournier, KeyBank Central New York market president. “They’ve all helped our great community grow and thrive and we are delighted to recognize their achievements and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit that Key4Women® promotes and celebrates.”
Following the awards presentation, guests enjoyed a presentation from keynote speaker Susan Taylor, founder and CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, and editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence Magazine. Taylor shared anecdotes and lessons learned from her career along with her vision for calling together a critical mass of caring people to work strategically, peacefully and passionately to heal all that is hurting our children, communities and country.
Since 2005, Key4Women® has supported women leaders and entrepreneurs through advocacy, connections and empowerment to help their careers and businesses thrive. The program is uniquely focused on introducing women business leaders to a network of likeminded professionals—both men and women; providing customized financial wellness and business development resources; and offering a platform to discuss overarching trends women experience in the workplace.
Shown in photo are, from left: Susan Taylor, Barb Smith from KeyBank, Evelyn Carter from Wegmans, Janet Agostini, Laura Ratcliffe, Dr. LeMura, Syracuse Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens, and Steve Fournier from KeyBank.