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Academy of the Holy Names, Russell Sage Team for Women’s Networking Event


(Albany) – Thursday, October 27. Dr. Martin Kilbridge, President of Academy of the Holy Names, announced today the school, along with The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College, will co-host a morning of networking with representatives from various Capital Region organizations focusing on supporting women and girls.

The event will take place on Monday, November 7, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Renaissance Room of The Armory at Sage College on the Albany campus located at 130 New Scotland Avenue.

Participating organizations include:

  • Albany County League of Women’s Voters
  • Capital District Women’s Employment and Resource Center
  • Capital Region Chamber Women’s Business Council
  • Freihofer’s Run for Women
  • Girl Scouts of Northeastern, NY
  • Woman’s Club of Albany

“I am thrilled to meet with this dynamic group of women,” said Wendy Diefendorf, Director of Enrollment Management, Academy of the Holy Names. “As a senior administrator in an all-girl’s school, I am confident this will be a transformative opportunity to exchange ideas which will be of great benefit to our students and the women and girls of the Capital Region.”

“When you get a group of passionate women together, we get things done,” said Shelly Calabrese, Executive Director of The Women’s Institute, Russell Sage College. “Our goal is to bring together like-minded women’s organizations to promote equity and equality through community initiatives and advocacy. Channeling the power of collaboration is truly how we’ll bring about positive change. When women unite, we make things happen!”

“This convening of women and girl-serving organizations is so timely and important,” says Brenda Episcopo, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY. “With the impacts of COVID, cost of living increases, and the childcare crisis continuing to disproportionately impact women, we must work together to champion the best possible outcomes for women and girls. At Girl Scouts, we hold deep values of sisterhood, working together and making the world a better place. We look forward to broadening our sisterhood to like-minded organizations and are excited about the possibilities of what we can achieve together.”

If you are a leader in an organization with a focus on women or girls and wish to attend this meeting, please contact Wendy Diefendorf at

About Academy of the Holy Names
Academy of the Holy Names offers a student-centered education for girls in grades 6-12 that is delivered with expertise and a passion for inspiring girls to become active leaders in service to others. The school is one of a distinguished international network of schools sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, whose presence is felt throughout the world. Learn more at

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