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The Empowerment Project


Join us for a film screening and discussion, presented in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York.

Moderated by:

  • Kathleen McLean, Motivational Speaker and Business Coach


  • Colleen Costello, CEO Vital Vio
  • Alisa Endsley, Broadway Actress and Singer
  • Jalinda Soto, Principal Capital Region BOCES

The Empowerment Project

The Empowerment Project

The Empowerment Project is a movement – with a powerful documentary film at its core. The goal is to honor the women in our lives, to cultivate a generation of strong and compassionate young women and inspire future leaders. The Empowerment Project is a global campaign that is powered by local communities coming together to honor their own by promising to be the best role model and to lift others up.

The film, created by Emmy-Award winning filmmakers Sarah Moshman and Dana Michelle Cook, inspires an important conversation about women’s empowerment and female leadership by following the lives of 8 successful women in historically male-dominated industries. With a special focus on women in STEM, these women will inspire the next generation of leaders and dreamers to pursue their career ambitions. We ask a simple question - What would you do if you knew you would succeed?

The Empowerment Project is a way to celebrate strong, inspiring women in leadership roles all across the world. By telling their stories, we can start to redefine women’s roles in the media, the workplace, and in the home.

Learn more about The Empowerment Project at empowermentproject.com

About the Participants

Kathleen McLean

Kathleen McLean is President of The McLean Group – a consulting firm that partners with organizations to create customized solutions that specialize in diversity/inclusion, team building and leadership development.

Kathleen is a sought after motivational speaker, trainer, facilitator and executive coach who serves her community with compassion, integrity, inspiring each individual to be more, do more and follow their passion. She has built over 35 teams focusing on emotional intelligence that transformed the culture of multiple organizations throughout New York State. Kathleen's experiences, travels, and her ability to communicate in Haitian Creole and French, afford her with the ability to relate to a diverse number of people.

Kathleen received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Buffalo State College, a Master's Degree in Social Work (Management Concentration) from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master's in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Empire State College. She is also an Adjunct Instructor at Sage College teaching World 401 - This course engages students in an examination of how women influence and change their world.

Presently, Kathleen is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York and the Capital Region Woman of Color Network. In addition Kathleen mentors several young women throughout the Capital Region and beyond.

She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 25 years and they have four amazing children ages 22, 20, 16 and 13.

Kathleen’s motto in life is she came her to LOVE, LIVE and LEAD out LOUD!

Colleen CostelloColleen Costello's career spans clinical research, engineering, biochemistry, product development, and technical entrepreneurship.. Colleen has several patents pending and holds a degree in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Technological Entrepreneurship from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY. She has additionally been featured on CNBC, Bloomberg, ABC was named as a Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 recipient in Enterprise Technology, Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 Most Brilliant Young Founders, 50 Emerging Global Entrepreneurs to Watch by Inc. Magazine, Albany Business Review 40 Under 40 and is a selected member of the Kairos Society.

Alisa EndsleyAlisa Endsley has portrayed numerous leading ladies of the musical stage from Sandy & Rizzo in Grease, Eva Peron in Evita to the lead role of Norma Desmond in the original company of Sunset Boulevard in London’s West End as well as on Broadway, she has sung with the B.B.C. orchestra, recorded in the famous Abbey Road studios, been the featured guest on many radio & television shows in the United Kingdom as well as here in the U.S. Miss Endsley has worked with some of the biggest names on Broadway including composer Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Director Trevor Nunn, Tony winning actors Patti Lupone, George Hearn and Betty Buckley.

Jalinda SotoJalinda Soto has over 12 years of experience as a public-school educator. Most of her experience is in urban education. She is a former Elementary Education and Special Education Teacher in both non-charter and charter schools. She has served as an Elementary Principal and currently serves as the Building Principal for Special Education programs for middle school students.




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