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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

Hosted By:

  • Dr . Deborah Lawrence, Dean of Russell  Sage College

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 a motivational speaker, trainer, facilitator and business coach who serves her community with compassion, integrity, inspiring each individual to be more, do more and live out loud. She is the President of the McLean Group. Her company specializes in diversity, leadership development, and team building. The McLean Group’s target market includes institutions of higher Learning, non-profit organizations, and New York State (NYS) government. Kathleen has contracted or subcontracted with the following agencies: New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Hudson Valley Community College, Higher Education Services Corporation, Head Start, NYS Training Council, Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, Albany Housing Authority, and several other organizations. She also has done international work in London, England.

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.

Free Event

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm

Date: May 10, 2017

Bush Memorial Hall & Goldberg Auditorium
55 1st Street
Troy, NY
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