Building Momentum:

The CUNY Community College Women’s Empowerment Summit for Individual and Social Change

Saturday, May 6, 2017 Guttman Community College

Building Momentum: The CUNY Community College Women’s Empowerment Summit for Individual and Social Change, is a one-day FREE event geared towards enhancing the personal and professional development of young women in community colleges across the Tri-State Area.

Our goal is to provide opportunities for students to enhance their professional and personal skills and to become leaders on their campuses and within their communities. Our theme of empowerment, specific to community college women, includes interactive sessions on setting clear goals, maintaining motivation and building on momentum, and managing external demands. We hope that all participants will leave with a sense of empowerment and a renewed ownership of their destinies.

Register here for The CUNY Community College Women’s Empowerment Summit for Individual and Social Change.

Funded by The Diversity Projects Development Fund of the University Advisory Council on Diversity (UACD)

8:00am-9:00am                      Registration & Breakfast

9:00am-10:30am                    Welcome & Keynote Address

10:45am-11:45am                  Concurrent Session 1

12:00pm-1:00pm                    Lunch & Networking

1:15pm-2:15pm                      Concurrent Session 2

2:30pm-3:30pm                      Concurrent Session 3

3:30pm-4:30pm                      Closing & Networking

Allegra Moet Brantly

Allegra is the Head of Partnerships and Marketing at the Financial Gym, a female led fintech startup putting the ‘personal’ back in ‘personal finance’ and offering affordable financial planning services to all, with a focus on women. She’s was formerly the Global Partnerships Director at international fashion tech summit series, Decoded Fashion, where she discovered emerging b2b tech startups innovating the fashion, beauty and retail space. Allegra is also an entrepreneur, having founded women’s luxury loungewear brand, A.MOAY, creating custom robe, turban and eyemask sets for the modern women. Her background also includes working for The Estee Lauder Companies in Global Digital Marketing across their 28+ brand portfolio and has done various strategy and social media consulting for startups and fashion brands.

She’s most passionate about empowering women to realize and achieve their full value potential and is on a mission to inspire 100K women to do just this. Hailing from an eclectic upbringing spanning LA, Asheville, Miami, the DC area, Charleston and Brazil, she found her home in NYC in 2010 and has been trying not to steal busy New Yorker’s dachshunds ever since. Allegra is an avid traveler, podcast enthusiast and story-teller who loves a good laugh that leaves you breathless.


Celia P. Lloyd

Celia Lloyd, a higher education strategist and change leader, has worked at the City College of New York (CCNY) for approximately 18 years. During her tenure she has held several leadership roles. Celia has served as a member of the College’s Strategic Planning Committees and the Middle States Committee. Nationally, Celia served on several committees of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). A key leader, she has participated in CUNY’s Executive Leadership Development Program and the Harvard University Management Development Program.

From 1998 – 2008, Celia served as the Senior Registrar for the college, where she led the conversion of the College’s legacy student registration system to the CUNY-wide student information system. Given her pivotal role during this critical conversion, she was named Director of Student Information Systems. Celia’s portfolio continued to grow as enrollment and retention increased at the College. Because of her continued success and ability to lead large teams, Celia was named Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management, a role she held for 10 years, overseeing the recruitment, admissions, enrollment and registration process for thousands of students annually. In 2014 as the College faced another system conversion, Celia was named Assistant Vice President for PeopleSoft/CUNYfirst Integration.

Prior to joining CCNY, Celia worked as Academic Services Manager at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix Campus, where she oversaw aspects of enrollment management activities, including admissions, registration services, and graduation. She also became involved in other aspects of life on the island serving as an Emergency Services Coordinator for the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (V.I.T.E.M.A.). Before joining the University of the Virgin Islands team Celia worked as an educational professional at Queens College/CUNY.

Celia’s passion is mentoring and empowering others. She strongly believes in helping individuals achieve their highest potential, and leverages her experiences to maximize talent — an essential attribute that allows her to build strong dynamic teams. Celia developed and led a Leadership Development Program at City College for staff members. More recently, Celia has expanded her mentorship to student entrepreneurs at the Zahn Innovation Center at City College, running workshops and providing guidance in relevant subject areas. She is also an active mentor in the Women of GRIT Program at the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College/CUNY. Celia believes that providing mentorship to underserved students is critical to access and retention. In addition to these roles across the University, Celia serves as a Member of the Church Council (Board of Deacons and Trustees) of the Riverside Church, as well as Chair of the Membership and Parish Life Commission.

Gentry Gibson

Gentry Gibson is a mental health counselor with Masters degrees from Columbia University in Psychological Counseling and Education. She completed her internship in psychological counseling at Guttman as a Wellness Clinician in the spring of last year and currently works at Brooklyn Counseling Services, a mental health clinic that provides care for women and their families through the life stages.

Gentry is passionate about helping women gain insight into their strengths, stories, and possibilities in order to empower them through life’s challenges. As a former dancer and a student of Martha Graham, the modern dance pioneer, and a current student in the healing practices of feminine qigong, she has developed a strong interest in how body and movement awareness can facilitate health, centeredness, self-compassion, and a greater connection to oneself and others.

Gentry specializes in incorporating mindfulness and embodiment practices as a mental health practitioner to help women find improved balance in their lives, make contact with their moment to moment needs, and cultivate their deepest wishes.

Kyoshi Basai

Johnny “Basai” Burrell Jr. (Owner & Chief Martial Arts Instructor) was born in Brooklyn, New York. He started Martial Arts at the age of twelve and has been studying Martial Arts for close to thirty years. His teachers include two of the founders of the Kuroshi-do system: Soke Haisan Kaleak, his immediate teacher, and Soke S. Papasan Canty. Mr. Burrell also received training from Hanshi Zato, Kyoshi Nekosan, Hanshi Jap, Kyoshi Katana, and Sensei James. As of 2015, Johnny Burrell Jr. has been promoted to the rank of Kyoshi 6th Degree Black belt in the Kuroshi-do system.  Mr. Burrell also has training in Brazilian Jujitsu, and Ninjitsu. He has studied technical management with a focus on marketing at Devry College in New York City, and studied creative writing at Medgar Evers College. Kyoshi has been inducted in the U.S.A Martial Arts Hall of fame, and the Kuroshi-do Hall of Fame, as instructor of the year, and is a recipient of the Elite Legion Of Honor Award. He has taught in after school programs such as the Jackie Robinson Center for Physical Culture, The Malcolm X Academy, and The Leadership Academy.



Lateef Oseni

Lateef Oseni, Co-Owner of Triomph, Lateef is an ISSA certified personal trainer and specialist in performance nutrition.  Lateef believes that the wellness approach is the true path to attaining all goals, no matter what they are.  “When your mind and body are in a state of perfect health and balance you will be able to manage stress better, you will find it easier to make better dietary decisions, you will have little problems losing fat, you will sleep better, your workouts will be more effective, you will be pain free, you will look younger, you will be more productive at work, you will live younger & longer, and the cycle never ends.”



NYC Healthy Relationship Training Academy

A division of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, the NYC Healthy Relationship Training Academy was established in 2005 to provide educational and skills-building training for adolescents, parents, and organizations that provide services to young people. To further its work in educating all New York City youth in healthy relationship development, in 2016 the Academy debuted the Creating Awareness about Relationship Equality (CARE) program to reach youth in the City’s foster care system.

The Academy and CARE program provide interactive workshops on dating violence and healthy relationships that provide young people and parents with a meaningful opportunity to learn from trained peer educators. Training is also available for staff that works directly with young people. On average, the Academy provides 60 workshops every month for approximately 800 youth participants in settings such as after-school programs, faith communities, juvenile detention centers, GED programs, schools, community programs, runaway homeless youth programs, and foster care programs.

Presenter: Celia P. Lloyd, Assistant Vice President for PeopleSoft/CUNYfirst Integration, City College
Poise, Professionalism and Presence: Careers in Context

Poise, Presence and Professionalism are essential elements for career success. Coupled with a strong “elevator pitch” these elements can also help to showcase your professional identity.  During this interactive session, we discuss the elements of success, as well as ideas for crafting a strong elevator pitch.  Participants who are interested in enhancing their careers, crafting an elevator pitch, or refreshing an existing pitch, should attend.

Presenter: NYC Healthy Relationship Training Academy
Healthy Relationships: Trust, Communication and Boundaries

This session focuses on the nuances of healthy relationships among intimate partners, friends, and parents. Join us in discussing features of a healthy relationship, trust, effective communication strategies, peer pressure and boundaries facilitated by Peer Educator from the NYC Healthy Relationship Training Academy.

Presenters: Kyoshi Basai, Owner and Chief Martial Arts Instructor at Nyendo Arts LLC. Lateef Oseni, Co-owner of Triomph Fitness
Keeping Inside a Safe Space: Own it, it’s yours!

K.I.S.S: Keep Inside a Safe Space was co-founded by Kyoshi Basai and Lateef Oseni in order to give women a snap shot of Martial Arts principles and philosophies. This session will focus on techniques for self-defense by addressing real life challenges that women face on a daily basis. Participants will learn the psychological and physical tools to address “the assault before the assault” and adequately defend themselves against assailants.

Presenter: Allegra Moet Brantley, Head of Partnerships and Marketing at the Financial Gym
Salary Negotiation & Earning your Value in the Workplace

Salary discussions aren’t always the most comfortable conversations to have, but their definitely one of the most important. At the end of the day a job is always done in exchange for money and our salaries are a reflection of that value exchange. Understanding your value for work product within a company is critical to earning your worth. A combination of your experience, skills and expertise goes into understanding your salary range for a particular role. In this session you will learn how to understand salaries, your value, negotiating first offers and raises.

Presenter: Gentry Gibson, Mental Health Counselor at Brooklyn Counseling Services
Minding the Body: Insights for Cultivating a More Attuned and Balanced Life

As Martha Graham famously said, “The body never lies.” If that’s so, what is our body telling us and telling others without our awareness? How are our movements/postures a reflection of thoughts, feelings, and attitudes? Are there ways we can change our postures to improve our emotional state?

In this workshop, we’re investigating how reconnecting with ourselves from head to toe and from inside out can help restore balance and a sense of well-being. We’re also exploring strategies for crafting greater self-care and self-compassion in the midst of sometimes fast-paced, stress-filled lives.


Nearest subway stops:

Take the B, D, M or F to 42nd Street-Bryant Park.

Take the N, Q or R to Times Square-42nd Street.

Take the 7 to 5th Avenue-Bryant Park.

Take the 1, 2 or 3 to Times Square-42nd Street.

Buses within Manhattan that stop near us:

From the east side, take the M1, M2, M3, M4 or M5.

From the west side, take the M6, M7, M10, M20, M42, and M104.


On-street parking is extremely limited in this area. Nearest parking garages include:

Icon Parking – 38 W. 43rd St., between 5th and 6th avenues

Icon Parking – 59-61 W. 36th St., between 5th and 6th avenues

Central Parking System – 38 West 46th St., between 5th and 6th avenues


You can cancel by e-mailing Since space is limited, we kindly ask that you cancel by no later than Friday, April 14th in order to allow for other students to register.


How much does The CUNY Community College Women’s Empowerment Summit for Individual and Social Change?The Summit is FREE. There is no cost to you.

Where do I go once I arrive to Guttman Community College?
Registration will take place in the Atrium near the main lobby. Please look out for signs and staff to assist you.

Do I have to attend a community college and/or be a CUNY student to attend?
No. We welcome all students attending any community or senior college/university within the Tri-State area.

Can men attend?
Yes. We welcome any male students attending any community or senior college/university within the Tri-State area.

How should I dress for this event?
Since you will be attending workshops, networking with fellow peers and professionals, and will have access to having a professional headshot taking of you, we highly encourage business casual attire.

Do I need to register for the specific workshops I want to attend?
No. You will have the opportunity to select from a variety of workshops within each concurrent session. A full description of each workshop will be provided to participants at a later time. We encourage you to check them out.

Can I cancel my registration?
Yes. We kindly ask that you cancel by no later than Friday, April 14th. You can do so by e-mailing us at

What if I have more questions?
You may e-mail us at or contact Victoria Romero at 646-313-8843.