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Shecession: Inequality and COVID-19

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Hear from expert panelists on Wednesday, March 3, regarding how the pandemic has disproportionately affected women in the workforce. They will take a deep dive into this new normal, as well as share tools to move forward—together.

COVID-19 has been difficult for the entire world, and has had an unequal affect on many communities—especially women. In recognition of Women’s History month, the Pace University Alumnae Engagement Committee invites you to join us for a discussion on how the pandemic has created a “shecession.” Hear from a panel of Pace Community members on their experiences with the shecession, and learn, share, and gain new tools on how to move forward in this new climate.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Register to attend


>> Mary T. Agoglia Hoeltzel ’80 is the senior vice president of tax and global chief accounting officer of Cigna Corporation. Mary is responsible for tax, the global enterprise accounting, internal and external financial reporting activities and related analysis, financial controls, shareholders disclosures, as well as the implementation of the enterprise wide financial infrastructure suite and IT finance. She also oversees a shared service operation in India. She is the executive sponsor of Cigna’s Women’s Leadership Council for Finance.

Mary is a certified public accountant, and started at Cigna as the vice president global chief accounting officer in January 2009. Prior to joining Cigna, Mary served in a number of financial management positions at General Electric. She was the chief financial officer of the GE Trailer Fleet Services/Modular Space Division from 2005 to 2007. From 2002 to 2005, she was the chief financial officer of retailer consumer finance business for GE Money Americas. Mary attended Marymount College and Pace’s Lubin School of Business.

>> Maren Westphal, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at Pace Pleasantville in the Department of Psychology and Mental Health Counseling. Maren is a licensed psychologist who received a BA in social and political sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in clinical psychology from Columbia University.

Maren investigates individual differences that explain variability in response to adversity, with a focus on emotion regulation, mindfulness, self-compassion, and resilience. Her research on these topics includes diverse populations: students, psychiatric and primary care patients, individuals with spinal cord injuries, and emergency care personnel. Maren is also an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and sees therapy clients at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York City. Maren is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and a certified Diplomate in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

>> Riddhi Doshi ’17 is a senior associate working within the Crisis Management and Business Continuity practice at Binder Dijker Otte (BDO), one of the largest accounting firms in New York City. She serves clients across a diversity of sectors on matters of resilience, integrity, and crisis management. She is a passionate advocate for inclusion in the workplace. Riddhi received her BBA and MBA in public accounting from the dual degree program at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.

>> Hannah Wyllie ’23 is a sophomore from Guilford, England, studying business management and statistics. Hannah is a Student Alumni Ambassador, a member of the Field Hockey team, the Assistant Operations Manager at the student-run business PacePerk, and a part of the Pace Student Leadership Program. She loves watching and playing sports and has been engaged in philanthropy for sports through volunteerism with the Field Hockey team and Cancer Care events.


>> Fran Pastore ’83 is a pioneer in the women’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. As the founder and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council, the leading organization championing female entrepreneurship, Fran is a globally recognized expert on the issue of women’s economic equality.

For over two decades, Fran has been instrumental in the passage of legislation benefiting women entrepreneurs, providing numerous testimonies before the US Congress. She has served on the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC)—an independent source of counsel to the President, Congress, and the US Small Business Administration (SBA), and is an active strategic advisor on the Board of Directors of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). She is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Jack Welch College of Business and Technology (WCBT) at Sacred Heart University. Most recently, Fran was appointed to serve as vice chair of the State of Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Authority Board of Directors.

Globally, in partnership with the US Department of State, the Business Council for Peace, and the University of Connecticut, her influence has been exemplified through her direct work with women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Costa Rica, and Turkey.