Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco has been awarded a Helen Gurley Brown Genius Grant, and The College of Saint Rose has been invited to join the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network by the Pussycat Foundation. To “champion women of superior accomplishment,” and to honor President Stefanco’s leadership of the College, the Foundation has provided a $100,000 grant to the President’s Fund at the College. The BOLD grant of $1 million will fund a program to benefit women student leaders at Saint Rose over the next few years.
The BOLD Women’s Leadership Network funding is intended to empower a diverse group of young women leaders enrolled at a select group of institutions of higher education to address important issues in their communities. The Pussycat Foundation was founded by Helen Gurley Brown, best known for reinventing Cosmopolitan magazine, and was named after Ms. Brown’s favored term of endearment.
In the past two years, the foundation has identified 80 BOLD scholars, a diverse group of female students who are working on developing projects to transform their campuses. The initiative envisions collaboration across institutions of higher education to address issues on their campuses, particularly those related to leadership development. The BOLD Women’s Leadership Network currently operates at five colleges and universities: Ithaca College; Middlebury College; Smith College; California State University, Fullerton; and Rutgers University–Newark. With this announcement, two institutions were added to the network: The College of Saint Rose and the University of Connecticut. Each partner institution is led by a woman president, who has demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout her career.