March 2020
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA’s Inaugural ‘Leadership as Gift’ Seminar Draws to a Close

Demarest, NJ: The Academy of the Holy Angels’ inaugural “Invitation to Leadership as Gift” seminar drew to a close this month. During the final session, Sister Kathleen Cornell, SSND, asked her students to reflect on their personal leadership styles.

Each young woman considered whether she sees herself as a creative and artistic leader, an uncomfortably honest person who disturbs old patterns, a nurturer who brings out the best in others, a sparkplug who gets people moving, a manager who organizes and harnesses other people’s energy, or a friend and companion who respects the integrity of others’ journeys.

S. Kathleen and AHA Academic Dean Francesca Tambone-Puzio presented each student with a certificate noting their successful completion of this special offering. The young women responded by presenting S. Kathleen with tokens of their esteem, including a bouquet of flowers, and heartfelt hugs.

AHA students who completed this seminar include Carmela Alessio of Belleville; Hanga Antal of River Edge; Caitlin Brannigan of Hillsdale; Zeida Ben-Fredj and Darynne Madison Dela Gente of Bergenfield; Julia Fernandez, Daniella Nahan, and Janella Osbourne of Teaneck; Mary Flahive of Harrington Park; Kaitlyn Grifonetti of Old Tappan; Brooke Hess of Cedar Grove; Ria Jani of Haworth; Cameryn Lindsay of Englewood; Antonia Mysliwiec of Cliffside Park; Danielle Patti of Englewood Cliffs; and Julie Rubino of Nutley.

Throughout her life, S. Kathleen has been leading others as a teacher, principal, college administrator and faculty member, and as leader of the SSND’s Atlantic-Midwest Province. At AHA, she encouraged her students to discover who they are and how they want to be as leaders. Seminar participants explored belief systems, decision-making, collaboration, and the importance of listening. They also learned to set goals, develop a meeting agenda, encourage dialogue, and assess progress. The seminar was offered in Kelleher Hall’s SSND Heritage Room during community time, a 70-minute flexible period that is part of AHA’s new schedule.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.

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