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Annual Center for Leadership Summit

The 2023 Annual Center for Leadership Summit took place on Thursday, November 9.

Check out the News 12 the Bronx recap!

Want to expand your horizons and find out how you can become an even better leader? Then the Annual Center for Leadership Summit at the University of Mount Saint Vincent is the event for you!

You’ll get to hear from some of the nation’s top leadership professionals, network and workshop with your peers, and find out how to best incorporate new leaderships styles into your education or career.

Missed out on this year’s event? Watch the recordings!

Morning Session | Afternoon Session

Check out some of this past year’s esteemed speakers:

Bishop Joseph A. Espaillat II


Bishop Espaillat is an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York. Growing up in Manhattan, he learned to speak three languages: English, Spanish, and street! He loves ministering the sacraments: celebrating the holy sacrifice of the Mass, hearing confessions, and proclaiming the Word of God. He also loves working with youth and helping them encounter Christ. Bishop “J” enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as playing softball, basketball, tennis, and golf. He also enjoys watching movies, writing poetry, and rapping. Bishop “J” is the founder of the ministry Messengers of Christ.

Dr. Larry D. Johnson, Jr.


Dr. Johnson began serving as the second president of the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College-CUNY in July 2021. Prior to joining Guttman, he served as the first Black president of Phoenix College (in the Maricopa County Community College District)—a first in the college’s 100-year history. He is committed to ensuring that first-generation college students and minoritized communities are granted access to educational and cultural experiences that increase their self-efficacy and social mobility.

As an engaged member of the academy, Dr. Johnson provides expertise and service to several organizations, including the Presidents Academy Executive Committee of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and Phipps Neighborhood (NYC). He is the recipient of national and community awards, such as the Power Players in Education (NYC), the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society Paragon Award, and the Most Admired Leaders Award, to name a few. He is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

Dr. Johnson has participated in national leadership programs such as the Carolyn Grubbs-Williams Mid-level Leadership Institute (LDI) of the National Council of Black American Affairs (NCBAA). He was also tapped to join the inaugural New Presidents Fellowship by the Aspen Institute Community College Excellence Program.

Dr. Johnson holds a BA in English literature from Florida A&M University (FAMU), a masters in humanities and a graduate certificate in institutional research from Florida State University, and a Doctor of Arts in English literature from Clark Atlanta University.

Terri Bowles


Terri Prettyman Bowles serves as the Special Advisor to the Provost on Media Education and Curriculum Innovation at the University of Mount Saint Vincent and is an adjunct professor of media studies at The New School and of media and strategic communication at Iona University. Terri previously worked as an editor and writer for some of the media industry’s most venerated brands, including The History  Channel, Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, and others. She was an associate producer on the award-winning 2014 documentary film, Life’s Essentials With Ruby Dee, and is a co-founder, panel curator, and moderator at Daughters of Eve Media, which, for more than a dozen years, has highlighted the work of diverse filmmakers, directors, writers, and film scholars at the American Black Film Festival. 

Terri’s work—focused on opening pathways for diverse storytelling—encompasses wide-ranging skills and experiences across media, allowing her to highlight emerging and groundbreaking innovators in film and media arts. She has curated various exhibitions and programs that highlight multicultural visual artists and is an investor/co-producer of multiple theatrical productions, including the London  production of Mandela (2022-23), the recent Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman (2022-23), and an upcoming Broadway musical.  

Additionally, Terri works as an arts consultant for Mosaic Genius, a social impact venture creating wealth in communities of color. Terri serves as a member of the board of directors of several New York-area educational and arts organizations; is a supporter of numerous nonprofits, museums, and cultural institutions; and has developed programs introducing youth to opportunities in media and higher education.