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Saturday, November 2, 2019
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


The Garden City Hotel
45 7th Street
Garden City, NY 11530

Women’s Leadership Conference

Thank you to all who attended and supported the third annual Women’s Leadership Conference. What a terrific day for Adelphi and the record-breaking number of alumni, students and friends who attended. Be on the lookout for pictures from the event on social media, our photo gallery, and on our alumni website.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 7, 2020 for the fourth annual Women’s Leadership Conference.

» View the Conference Program

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Co-hosted by Center for Career and Professional Development and Office of Alumni Relations.

2019 Keynote Speakers

Dottie Herman

Dottie Herman

CEO of Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Breakfast Keynote

Dottie Herman is the quintessential American success story. She exemplifies the qualities of a great leader, mentor, and role model.

After attending Adelphi University, Dottie began her real estate career in 1978 working as a broker for Merrill Lynch on Long Island. In 1989, Merrill Lynch sold their real estate division to Prudential, where Dottie stayed on as one of their leading brokers. With the change in ownership, Dottie was convinced she could run the company herself, so in 1990 she borrowed $7 million dollars from Prudential to purchase Prudential Long Island Realty. Despite being told she would never succeed, she turned the company into the powerhouse brokerage on Long Island and then in the Hamptons. Ready to conquer the Manhattan market, in 2003, Herman and her business partner Howard Lorber purchased Douglas Elliman, Manhattan’s largest and most prestigious brokerage firm. Since then, Douglas Elliman has become the largest and fastest-growing real estate residential brokerage in New York and Dottie the most successful woman in real estate.

Carlolyn Quinn

Carolyn Quinn ’87 RN

Executive Director, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Northwell Health

Lunch Keynote

As executive director, Carolyn Quinn leads Cohen Children’s Medical Center, overseeing the daily operations of the children’s hospital. Ms. Quinn, who has held a variety of clinical and leadership roles at Cohen since 1987, previously served as deputy executive director, and the associate executive director of patient care services and chief nursing executive. 

As chief nursing executive, she created and facilitated the strategic plan for nursing and clinical services, and she assumed fiscal responsibility for the largest cost center at Cohen Children’s. She is an integral member of Northwell Health Nurse Executive Council and has focused on the professional development of nurses. Her work has resulted in a national certification rate of 65 percent. Eighty-five percent of her nurses hold a bachelor’s of science in nursing — the highest percentage Northwell-wide and higher than the national and state averages. 

Ms. Quinn is an innovative thinker. Her staffing strategies, which included creating nursing competence across institutions, reduced nursing overtime costs by 68 percent and agency cost by 92 percent while maintaining fewer than 5-percent RN turnover. Nursing engagement scores (4.23) at Cohen Children’s were among the highest in the health system. Seventy-five-percent of Cohen Children’s unit-based nursing scores for patient experience are also well above the Press Ganey mean for nursing care. Nursing quality has also outperformed national benchmarks in catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), patient falls and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).

These quality outcomes helped demonstrate excellence in care as the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) recognized Cohen Children’s as a Magnet hospital in 2016. Cohen Children’s is the only children’s hospital in the New York metro region to receive this recognition, and the 31st children’s hospital in the country. 

Ms. Quinn holds a master’s in nursing from Molloy College and a bachelor’s in nursing from Adelphi University. She is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American College Healthcare Executives and she is certified through American Nurse Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive – Advanced.

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