Rachel Cirelli, director of the Center for Career Development at Manhattan College, received a New York Moves Magazine Diversity Leadership Mentor Award at the publication’s annual gala luncheon on Wednesday, May 3. The event was described as a “celebration of women leaders and the energy, experience and expertise they use in mentoring today’s millennials into tomorrow’s executives.”
“It means so much to me to be honored for such a distinguished award,” said Cirelli. “I have been working with students for about 15 years, and over time, I've developed a strong desire to provide additional support to women who are still trying to bridge the very real leadership and wage gap.”
Cirelli was nominated and chosen for the award through her dedication and expertise in mentoring college students. She said that her goal is to help young people by offering guidance and direction.
“I have found fulfillment in my career by mentoring and supporting college students and putting together programs and opportunities that help them see their talents, explore opportunities, advocate for themselves and build lasting, authentic professional networks,” Cirelli said. “ I feel lucky to get to play a part in this pivotal time in students' lives.”
In addition to receiving the award, Cirelli was part of a panel discussion called “Diversity and Inclusion: mentoring remote workers.”
“I am ecstatic and so proud of Rachel, not only for her contributions to the College but for the hundreds of students that have gone through the W.I.S.E. (Women Inspiring Successful Enterprise) and the mentorship programs that she has developed,” said Ronald Gray, vice president for student life. “This is a wonderful addition to the many accolades that she has received through the years. It’s important for the College to know that we have a gem in Rachel, a dedicated student advocate and professional.”
The diversity awards were hosted by Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden and the master of ceremonies was Univision Anchor, Stephanie Vies. The keynote address was delivered by Lieutenant Colonel Laura Tilley, a U.S. Army emergency medicine physician and an associate professor at Uniformed Services University.
For fifteen years, New York Moves Magazine has advocated for women’s rights, social fairness and equal opportunity to its readers.