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Ithaca College to Host Panel Discussion by Local Black Women Leaders

ITHACA, NY — A panel discussion on “Black Women Leaders in Business” will be held at Ithaca College on Tuesday, April 12. Sponsored by the School of Business and Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity (CSCRE), the program will take place at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. It will be preceded by a 6:15 p.m. reception. Both the reception and discussion are free and open to the public.

Serving as panelists will be entrepreneur and police officer Christine Barksdale; Patricia Johnson, associate vice president for finance and treasurer at Cornell University; and Schelley Michell-Nunn, director of human resources for the City of Ithaca.

Christine Barksdale was hired in 1997 as the first African American woman in the Ithaca Police department, where she currently serves as a juvenile investigator and member of the Critical Incident Negotiations team. She also owns two local businesses: Diaspora Gallery, an afro-centric art and gift shop; and Sustainable Passion, a women-centric adult boutique. In addition to serving with a number of community organizations, she has volunteered as a mediator and is a trained facilitator for the Multicultural Resource Center’s Talking Circles on Race and Racism.

Patricia Johnson joined Cornell University in January 1995 as the assistant treasurer, was promoted to treasurer in 1999, and since 2007 has held the title of associate vice president for finance and treasurer, providing stewardship of the university’s debt and financial assets. She also serves as treasurer of the Cornell Research Foundation and Cornell Club of New York, and volunteers on the boards of several corporate and not-for-profit organizations in the Ithaca area.

As director of human resources for the City of Ithaca, Schelley Michell-Nunn is responsible for all aspects of employee and labor relations. She is an experienced leader with expertise in reengineering, staffing, diversity and inclusion initiatives, compensation, and project development and implementation in both the public and private sectors. She serves on several local boards and community organizations emphasizing public service and advocacy for the underserved.

The presentation is part of the CSCRE discussion series “Centering the Margins.” For more information, visit /cscre/discussionseries/.