Women in Leadership Network

The Suffolk Women in Leadership (WIL) Alumnae Network advocates for the professional and personal development of Suffolk women. WIL provides resources and programming for both alumnae and current students, linking these women to each other and to the larger Suffolk community. Alumnae and students volunteer together to plan social, educational, and networking events and activities. If you’re a woman and you graduated from Suffolk, come join us!

Women in Leadership Committee

The WIL Committee meets regularly to plan and execute events. Responsibilities include contributing to the overall strategic programming plan; attending meetings; serving on ad hoc committees; promoting and participating in WIL and other Suffolk events; and supporting Suffolk's fundraising goals. Committee members are the most involved in steering WIL and ensuring our programs fulfill our mission of advocating for the professional and personal development of Suffolk women. Committee membership lasts one year, generally running from June to June of the following year.

Founder and Chair

Cordelia Pisacane, BS '08

Director of Communication

Leigh Handscuch, MPA '13

Director of Marketing

Maria Pappas, DIP '84


Elizabeth Hinds-Ferrick, BA '86, MS '90
Annika Khan, BSBA '09, MBA '17
Laurie Teplow, MBA '10
Roxanne Wilkins, BS '15
Rachael Draper, MBA '17
Alycia Tellen, MBA/MSA '17


WIL aims:

  • to connect Suffolk women, both alumna and student, to the larger Suffolk community
  • to ensure Suffolk alumnae feel invested in current students' success by fostering relationships between these groups
  • to present programming for Suffolk alumnae and students that promotes their personal and/or professional development

Signature Programming

WIL hosts annual and ongoing events such as our Professional Success Expo which is open to all Suffolk University undergraduates and provides information on professional development topics, including:

  • Elevator pitches
  • Resume reviews
  • Speed Interviews
  • Mentoring
  • LinkedIn profile reviews
  • Personal brand & social media
  • Internships

WIL also sponsors WIL Reads, a book club that meets every two to three months. We select our books/meeting dates by polling general members. Past WIL selections include The Girls of Ennismore by Suffolk alumna Patricia Falvey, BS ‘70; The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom; and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Other special events have included Stir it Up! Connection Building and Cocktail Tasting with career/life coach and entrepreneur Susan Drevitch Kelly, BS ‘70; a special screening and talk with director and producer of the documentary Blindsided, Lisa Olivieri, BSJ ‘90; and Uncorked: An Evening of Storytelling and Wine Tasting with Patricia Falvey, BS ‘70, author of The Linen Queen and The Yellow House; Paula Doress-Worters, BS ‘62, cofounder and co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves; and Magaly Rojas, JD ‘13, immigration attorney, sharing their stories about second chances.

Contact Us

Interested in joining or getting involved with the Women in Leadership Alumnae Network? Email Cordelia Pisacane, BS ‘08, chair, or Amy Siegel, MEd '96, associate director, alumni relations & annual giving.