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Young Women and Girls' Educational Empowerment Summit


Saturday, September 15th, 2018



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Keynote Speaker

Jennifer L. Boutte is a native of Rochester, NY and a proud mother of one daughter, Aaliyah Winter Boutte, 8thGrade student at the Aquinas Institute. Her professional experience includes over 15 years of experience in Nonprofit Finance and Administration with a special interest in Nonprofit Fundraising and Development. Currently she serves as the Director of Development at CDS Wolf Foundation.


Jennifer’s greatest passion is empowering and enriching the lives of women and girls within the Rochester community. Such passion can be witnessed in her various community commitments. From January 2015 through June 2017, Jennifer was appointed as the Events Chair at Young Women’s College Prep Charter School. Her involvement included the YWCP Annual Leadership Breakfast, YWCP Girls’ Leadership Conference, Cool Women/ Hot Jobs and the YWCP Fashion Show and Vendor Sale. Jennifer is a member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley, serving as Chair of the Annual A Purse for Change Auction from 2016 to the present. As a result of her commitment to women and girls through her dedication to YWCP and the Women’s Foundation, she was featured as a Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Woman to Watch in January 2017.Last but certainly not least, Jennifer is a proud member of the Rochester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Jennifer holds an A.S. in Business Administration (Monroe Community College) and a B.S. in Organizational Management (Roberts Wesleyan College).  In May 2017, she completed her M.S. in Strategic Leadership at Roberts, where she was honored as the 46threcipient of the Christian Service Award. Jennifer’s words to live by are found in Psalm 46:5, “God is within her; she will not fall.”


As the Deputy Commissioner for Administration and Chief Financial Office at NYS Department of Labor, Nathaalie Carey manages the agency's $4 billion portfolio and oversees internal operations. Nathaalie served as a member of Governor Cuomo’s NYS Women's Pay Equity panel, which recently published a report on closing the gender pay gap. Prior to this role, she served as Assistant Comptroller for Local Government and School Accountability where she was responsible for implementing both the NYS property tax cap and the local government fiscal monitoring system. In addition to Mrs. Carey's many accomplishments, at age 24 she became the youngest person, first woman and first person of color appointed as Budget Director of Broome County .


Nathaalie Chairs the Liberty Partnership Program, sits on the Women@Work Advisory Board and started a mentorship program for women in the workplace. Her @RisingHigherTogether facebook group is aimed at helping professionals reach their potential and informs her bi-monthly column in the Women@Work Magazine. In 2018, Nathaalie was recognized by the Center for Women in Government as a Woman of Strength and later this year she will receive both the Resourcedful Woman of the Year award from the GCR-YWCA and the Woman of Color in Civil Service award from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Mrs. Carey is the past President of the Albany, NY Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and  she is proud to provide support to women throughout her community, encouraging them to find and use their voices. 


Nathaalie received a B.S. in English and Master's in Public Administration from Binghamton University. She is an experienced executive at local and state levels of government with a strong background in finance, operations and technology. 


Of all her accomplishments, Nathaalie is most proud to be a mother of 2 silly, intelligent and active children Chloe and Samuel IV. She is blessed to be married to an amazing man and her childhood friend, Samuel Carey.

Guest Presenter

Since 1986, Georgia P. Kelly has been committed to helping clients pursue and achieve their financial and life goals.  Whether working with families, retirees, corporate executives, business owners or nonprofit organizations, Georgia believes that successful wealth management begins with thoughtful, personalized financial analysis to reach a deep understanding of each clients’ needs. Georgia specializes in developing comprehensive intergenerational wealth planning and philanthropic strategies for families and nonprofit organizations. She is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® (CRPC®) and a designated portfolio manager in Merrill Lynch’s Personal Investment Advisory program. 


Georgia’s experience and passion in addressing the philanthropic and intergenerational needs of families has deepened Georgia’s commitment and service to the nonprofit community. Georgia as served as a board member of the Rensselaer Regional County Chamber of Commerce and the Saratoga Arts Council, in addition to the Chair of GIRLS Incorporated’s GIFTS Council, and Treasurer of the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York. In June 2011, Georgia was awarded one of seven Women of Excellence Awards by the Capital Region Chamber Women’s Business Council. Georgia is currently a board member of Women@Work magazine.


A graduate from Syracuse University, Georgia enjoys her time on the Hudson River with her husband, Dan, and their children Brodie & Alana.  Georgia’s hobbies include boating, motorcycle riding, golfing and traveling with her family.

Youth Guest Presenter

Jadah Robinson began her boxing career at five years old and became licensed and registered for events by the time she was seven years old.  At 11 years old she became the first female boxer from the Capital District Region to achieve the number one place in the country within her weight class. Jadah has received numerous accolades including being named the  2017 USA #1 National Junior Olympic Champion,  Elite National Champion and becoming a two time Silver Glove Champion. Locally, Jadah received the recognition of City of Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, where July 15, 2017 has been deemed Jadah Robinson Day. She has also been honored by Albany County Executive, Daniel P. McCoy having received a Proclamation of Citizen of the Month and being appointed an Athletic Ambassador.  Jadah is a youth community leader and volunteers with several organizations, including, Triumphant Fellowship Ministries Inc. and Teaching Kids Opportunities (TKO). She is an active member at her church where she plays the drums and sings in the choir. Outside of boxing and volunteering in the community, Jadah is an honor roll student at her school and plays on the Albany City Rocks Basketball Team.  


Jadah Robinson strives to motivate youth and other young women to achieve their goals. Just as Michelle Obama, Heather Hardy, Anne Wolfe and Clarissa Shields have inspired her, Jadah hopes to inspire other young women to follow their dreams and make the impossible, possible. 

Panel Moderator

Daquetta P. Jones was appointed Executive Director of YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. in Troy, New York in December 2013. YWCA-GCR is one of the area’s largest providers ofsupportive, affordable and safe permanent and transitional housing to both single women and women with children that would otherwise be homeless or living in substandard housing. In addition to economic empowerment, homelessness prevention, food security services and supportive programs, every day, YWCA-GCR houses 104 women and 50 children. YWCA-GCR mission is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA is one of the largest multicultural women’s organization in the world, serving 25 million women and girls globally; 2.3 million in the United State of America.


Ms. Jones is an experienced, dedicated, charismatic and visionary professional and leader who seek to enhance the lives of others. She brings with her over 18+ years of human services experience; 10 years in leadership. Ms. Jones knows firsthand the oppressions, isms and obstacles to reaching and maintaining self-sufficiency, especially as a woman of color. As a teen parent, Ms. Jones experienced homelessness, domestic violence, and a plethora of judgements due to her plight. She continued to persist as a dedicated single parent, with a purpose, strong work ethics, devotion to education advancement, and commitment to servicing others in need.


Ms. Jones is a 2011 graduate of The Sage Colleges Graduate School of Management. She also possesses a BS in Crime and Justice Policy from The Sage Colleges of Albany and an AAS in Human Services from HVCC. Jones is committed to be a lifelong student. She demonstrates this commitment through a continuum of professional development, research, collaboration and having a spirit of receiving. Jones said, “We learn something new every day as many people are teaching us. We must listen and when we do; we’ll hear it, apply it, experience growth and pay it forward.”


Dr. Shai L. Butler currently serves as the Vice President for Student Success & Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Dr. Shai, as she is known by her students, attended the University at Albany where she earned both a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration with a concentration in Higher Education Management. In 2014 she went on to further her studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where she earned a doctorate in Law & Policy. Dr. Shai has over 20 years of experience in student affairs, diversity, and student success serving a decade with her alma mater, the University at Albany/State University of New York and is in the start of her 11th year with The College of Saint Rose. She has participated in and facilitated various workshops, panels and keynote addresses on topics related to diversity, inclusion, leadership, women’s empowerment and student success. Her professional accolades include a recent appointment as an Executive Contributor for the Global E-Publication, HigherEdJobs.com and a 2017-18 appointment as one of 20 senior college administrators selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a year-long Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program for prospective college and university presidents. Dr. Shai serves on the board of the New York State American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network and is also a past recipient of the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society’s Women in Public Service Award for achievements in advancing a Civil Society. A strong proponent of the role that mentoring and sponsorship play in career advancement, Butler recently published a March 2018 article on this topic in higheredjobs.com titled, Paying it Forward, Mentoring Across Lines of Difference and a July article titled “Not Your Mother’s Diversity Training; Paradigm Shifting: Why New, More Inclusive Models for Racial Healing are Needed. She loves to motivate and inspire girls and women and has dedicated her life to the belief that a strong woman, lifts as she climbs. Proud wife of one (Odo) and mom of three (Nori, Koa and Chantelle), Shai is a strong proponent of faith, family, and friendship. 

Julianna Obie has a passion for youth development and civic engagement—mentoring for Sponsor a Scholar, facilitating girl empowerment workshops and volunteering for many local organizations and initiatives. She grew up in Schenectady and spent many of her adult years working for Girls Incorporated, giving back to the community who invested in her. Strong ties to the Capital Region, drive her enthusiasm for being a part of its revitalization efforts, while ensuring it maintains its authenticity and provides unique opportunities for urban communities. She graduated from SUNY Albany with a Bachelors in Communication Rhetoric and is currently working on a Masters in Educational Policy and Leadership. In her current role as Community School Coordinator, she has the ability to shape the services and opportunities that are provided to local families and students. She is confident that women and girl empowerment surrounding, workforce development, politics, and activism will take the Capital District far, with its growth potential.

Nadja Pope is a Senior studying Criminal Justice and Sociology at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.  Nadja has worked in the Admissions Office at Hartwick College serving as a student recruiter and traveling across the state representing Hartwick College. Nadja has also received numerous accolades including the recognition and respect she has earned from the Office of the Hartwick College President, the Vice President of Enrollment, and also being recognized for her academic achievement on the Dean's List. She was also recently selected as a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.


Nadja has been afforded the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland and will be traveling to Thailand to complete another study abroad session in 2019. Outside of her academic and professional responsibilities, Nadja also participates in Habitat for Humanity, Community Involvement and Volunteerism, and is President of the Orchesis Dance Club at Hartwick College.


Nadja is a graduate of Guilderland High School and is a member of Metropolitan N.T.M. Baptist Church. She is a also a product of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Albany, NY Alumnae Chapter programming, having participated in the Delta Pearls, Academy, G.E.M.S. and Cotillion.


Ms. Pope aspires to become an attorney and will be enrolling in Law School upon completing her undergraduate degree. 

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