Empowering Generations at the 6th Annual Power of Women Event - Kingswood Oxford

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April 18, 2024

Empowering Generations at the 6th Annual Power of Women Event

In a world where gender equality remains an ongoing struggle, events like the 6th Annual Power of Women are a powerful reminder of women’s progress and the work that still lies ahead. Held in the Roberts Theater, this year’s event celebrated female leadership, resilience, and empowerment, bringing together students, professionals, and community members to share insights, experiences, and inspiration.


The room was filled, in particular, with mother-daughter pairs and other community members. The Power of Women initiative, founded six years ago by Director of Leadership Giving Jayne Rotter, has become a cornerstone of the Kingswood Oxford community. Each year, it grows in scope and impact, catalyzing change and progress.

Rotter’s opening remarks set the tone for the day, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and uplifting the incredible potential of every young woman. She spoke passionately about the group’s mission, which focuses on empowering individuals to embrace their unique voices, passions, and potential and breaking down barriers that limit opportunities for women.


This year’s panelists represented diverse fields, from entertainment and law to politics and healthcare, offering attendees a wealth of knowledge and inspiration.ย 


Jenn Allen โ€˜03, vice president of business affairs at NBC Universal Television Group, captivated the audience with her journey from law school to the entertainment industry. She spoke candidly about the challenges she faced and the pivotal moments that shaped her career, emphasizing the importance of being assertive and decisive and empowering others along the way.


Alexia Cruz Pโ€™29, โ€˜29, senior vice president and claim general counsel at Travelers Insurance, shared her insights from law and leadership. Drawing from her own experiences, she highlighted the importance of taking risks, defying stereotypes, and supporting other women in their professional journeys.


Jennifer Papa Kanaan M.D. โ€˜87 Pโ€™20, โ€˜22, โ€˜25, โ€˜25, associate professor of medicine at UConn, provided valuable insights from her career in healthcare and academia. She emphasized the importance of making a difference in the lives of others, whether through patient care or mentorship, and underscored the transformative power of community and collaboration.


Catalina Salazar โ€˜12, digital director for Senator Chris Murphy, offered a unique perspective on the intersection of politics and digital communications. She spoke passionately about the power of storytelling and authentic connection in driving meaningful change, urging attendees to embrace their voices and use them to effect positive impact.


One recurring theme throughout the panel discussions was the importance of mentorship and community in fostering personal and professional growth. Panelists shared stories of the mentors who had guided and inspired them along their journeys, emphasizing the impact of supportive relationships.


As Catalina Salazar said, โ€œFinding those people and taking care of that relationship is key to unlocking one’s full potential.โ€ As the day drew to a close, attendees left the Power of Women event with a renewed sense of purpose and determination.ย 


One of the greatest impacts of the Power of Women event lies in its ability to inspire the next generation of female leaders. For students at KO, the event provided a unique opportunity to connect with successful professionals, gain valuable insights, and envision a future where anything is possible.



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