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Courage. Authenticity. Vision. At Saint Rose.

The BOLD Women’s Leadership Network — established by the Pussycat Foundation in the spirit of longtime Cosmopolitan magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown — is an intergenerational initiative across six institutions of higher education led by women presidents that have demonstrated their commitment to collaboration, innovation, diversity, and inclusion.

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BOLD Women’s Leadership Network Comes to Saint Rose

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 bene

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BOLD Cohort 2020

  • Arianna Paul
    Communications, Albany, NY
  • Janay Salter
    Interdisciplinary: Education/ Political Science, Harlem, NY
  • Belinda Ligotino
    Music Industry, Ellenville, NY
  • Essence Coxum
    Social Work, New Paltz, NY
  • Marissa Isabella
    Accounting, Lincoln, RI
  • Hellen Jumo
    Chemistry, minor in Biology, Kwekwe, Zimbabwe
  • Nia Brown
    Biology, Newburgh, NY

BOLD Cohort 2021

  • Isabelle Rulison
    Political Science, minor Philosophy, Coxsackie, NY
  • McKenzie LeVan
    Childhood Special Education, Troy, NY
  • Jheivonnia Johnson
    Accounting and Business Administration, Bronx, NY
  • Gabrielle Saintilma 
    Criminal Justice , Ocean, NJ
  • Juliana Castrillon
    Music Industry, Bogota, Columbia
  • Julissa Manzanet
    Communications Sciences and Disorders, Bronx, NY
  • Hannah Deetz
    English and Communications, Scotia, NY

BOLD Scholars Application


We are excited to have you apply to be an inaugural Saint Rose BOLD Scholar.

Please follow the link to complete the application.

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Yolanda Caldwell

Inaugural Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute and BOLD Women’s Leadership Network at The College of Saint Rose

Yolanda Caldwell is an experienced business professional, who is committed to empowering women, children, and families to fulfill their purpose. Yolanda is an entrepreneur, consultant, facilitator, coach, and international speaker, who specializes in crafting and deploying customized solutions for organizational improvement, community development, and personal leadership development.

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“I am so grateful for the opportunity that these funds will provide to support leadership development and our students. It is a tremendous honor for me, and for The College of Saint Rose. As a scholar of women’s history and leadership, I know that we still have a long way to go for women to realize our potential."

That knowledge, coupled with my own role as the first permanent woman lay president at Saint Rose, fuels my passion to continue the progress of those bold women who have gone before us, including Helen Gurley Brown.

Honorees with Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco at the Service Awards/Service Excellence Awards

Carolyn J. Stefanco

Saint Rose President