President Huntington Named 'Purse-o-nality' by Girls Inc. of Westchester


Recognizing a shared mission of empowering the next generation of female leaders, Girls Inc. of Westchester named CNR President Judith Huntington one of its 2013 "Purse-o-nalities," pairing her with a professional designer to create a one-of-a-kind handbag that was auctioned off at a gala Thursday, November 14.

At the event, held at the Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, Huntington touched on the long history of The College of New Rochelle, educating and empowering women before they had the right to vote.

"We pride ourselves on our continued commitment to the education of women," said Huntington, who noted that despite years of inroads, women continue to experience obstacles in school and in the workplace.

"Being here this evening is especially meaningful to me as nearly 50,000 graduates of The College of New Rochelle are women who are personally and professionally successful, who are women of conscience and compassion and are women who demonstrate self-confidence and leadership," Huntington said. "The very same characteristics of the important programs Girls Inc. of Westchester promotes."

Many students at The College of New Rochelle, said Huntington, "persevere because they know that education will transform their lives and that of their family."

Huntington's fellow "Purse-o-nalities" were actor Michael Boatman, star of Spin City and China Beach; Renee Brown, president and CEO of CW Brown, Inc.; Olympic gold medalist and pioneering professional tennis player Gigi Fernandez; Dr. Stacy Hobson, research staff member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center; and former Major League Baseball executive Jimmie Lee Solomon.

Proceeds from the auction will support programs that inspire Westchester girls between 9 and 18 "to grow up strong, smart, and bold: to pursue the education and skills they will need for fulfilling futures."

The event was emceed by CNBC Senior Commodities and Personal Finance Correspondent Sharon Epperson.