Women Moving Forward - Preparing Tomorrow's Leadership

Seminole State has a rich history of women in leadership roles and believes strongly in preparing future leaders at all levels. The initiative “Women Moving Forward” meets employees at their current levels, responds to their career goals, and adds students to the program for mentorship activities.

Women Moving Forward organizes current programs and tailors them for women at various stages of their careers, educational paths, and visions for the future. The College annually requests feedback of women’s interests for career development, mentoring workshops with speakers, and further programming, which forms the basis for annual program planning.

Leadership

Women Moving Forward is co-chaired by representatives from Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, the two largest areas of employment. Several of its external outreach avenues are coordinated within the Office of the President.

The College’s program includes activities with the ACE Women’s Network – Florida. The Network focuses on employees seeking advancement to senior leadership.  While this is the focus of the College's program Women Moving Forward, there are occasional opportunities to develop student leaders as well.

2021 Leadership Conference

Learn more about the 2021 Women's Leadership Conference.

Steering Committee
NameRole
Dr. M. Lisa Valentino
  • Co-chair
  • ACE Women's Network -
    Florida Institutional Representative
  • Associate Vice President, Academic Services
Dr. Jan Lloyd-Lesley
  • Co-chair
  • Associate Vice President, Student Services
Barbara Coleman-Foster
  • Professor, Mathematics
Samaris Cruz-Brown ***
  • Educational Advisor
Dr. Michele Cuomo
  • Dean, Arts and Communication
Tracy Harbin
  • President, Faculty Senate
  • Professor, Political Science
Marisabel Irizarry
  • Director, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Dr. Shahin Kanani
  • Professor/Program Manager, Pharmacy Tech Program
Dr. Molly Kostenbauder
  • Dean, Health Sciences
Olga Perez
  • Human Resources
Dr. Krista Price **
  • Assistant Director, Disability Support Services
Janet Balanoff
  • Associate Vice President, Equity and Diversity/Title IX Coordinator

*designee for Mae Ashby, Associate Vice President, Human Resources.
** designee for James Miller, Chair, Professional & Technical Employees Council.
*** designee for Courtney Chester-Romsey, Chair, Career Service Employees Council.

The steering committee follows the College’s shared governance model, including men and women representing diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds, pay plans, areas of assignment, and primary campuses.

Equity and Diversity/Title IX – 5.31.18, updated 7.02.18, 7.10.18, 7.25.18, 8.09.18, 8.24.18, 4.16.19, 5.03.19. 6.17.19, 8.28.19, 2.07.20, 5.18.20, 8.24.20, 7.21.21, 10.4.21

Contact

Janet Balanoff
Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity/Title IX Coordinator
407.708.2963