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Third Annual Alumnae Luncheon Explores “C-Suite Success”

September 25, 2017

Susan Rooney, wife of President Gerard J. Rooney, will host the third annual Alumnae Luncheon, which features two Fisher alumnae, a College Trustee, a Fisher parent, and a current senior—all of whom have blazed their own trails to the C-Suite and will talk about their rise to the top.

Student panelist Kelsey Michener '18 talks about leadership on campus during the 2016 Alumnae Luncheon.

Student panelist Kelsey Michener '18 talks about leadership on campus during the 2016 Alumnae Luncheon.

A part of Alumni Weekend, the luncheon will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, in Cleary Family Auditorium in Kearney Hall. Registration for the luncheon, which is $15, is available through the Alumni Weekend registration page.

Panelists include Sharon Napier ’81, CEO, Partners + Napier; College Trustee Diana Nole, president and CEO, Wolters Kluwer Health; current Fisher parent Naomi Silver, president, CEO, COO, Rochester Community Baseball, Inc.; Michelle Westrich ’98, CFO, Klein Steel.  Also joining the panel is student Anna Harmer ’18, president of the Student Alumni Association and an executive intern with the Office of Marketing and Communications.

The panel will be moderated by Fisher alumna and Trustee Jill Knittel ’94, ’03 (MBA), president of JK Executive Strategies, LLC.

Napier is chief architect and business leader of Partners + Napier. At the age of 43, while serving as CEO of an ad agency with three offices, she dreamed of building a nationally recognized shop in Rochester, New York. Along with colleagues she fondly refers to as the “Brave 40” because they put everything on the line to create a new agency, Napier led the management buyout of the aforementioned agency, establishing Partners + Napier in 2004. Today, the fully integrated shop employs 125 people, with headquarters in Rochester, and offices in New York City and San Francisco.

With 30+ years of agency and brand-building experience, it’s no wonder Advertising Age recognized her as one of the most influential women in the industry. Nor is it surprising that she’s told her story numerous times in the New York Times’ Corner Office and is a regular on the speaker’s circuit, inspiring audiences at Advertising Week, 4A’s Transformation, Ad Age’s Small Agency Conference, and more.

Napier also serves on Project Worldwide’s Global Strategic Leadership Team, helping steer the “un-holding company” as it continues to make waves and headlines.

Nole is the CEO of Wolters Kluwer Health, a global leader providing medical information and software applications to health care professionals for their use in learning, research, practice, and clinical point-of-care. Wolters Kluwer Health solutions support 1.3 million clinicians in 187 countries and educate over 1 million students in 670 medical schools.

Under Nole’s direction, research and development investments leverage the latest technologies including artificial intelligence to deliver innovative solutions that improve the quality and cost of health care, specifically focused on:  user experience, decision support, disease detection, advanced workflows, and analytics. 

Nole holds a master of business administration from the William E. Simon Business School at the University of Rochester and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York. Among other credentials, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. John Fisher College. 

Silver, chairman of the board and chief operating officer of Rochester Community Baseball, has baseball in her blood. She is the only daughter of Morrie Silver, the man who saved baseball in Rochester in 1957. She began as an intern with the Red Wings in the early ‘90s, learning the business from the ground up before taking on a variety of roles including management of the team store and the concessions operation. She was paramount in spearheading the move from Silver Stadium to Frontier Field, as well as the decision to align with the Minnesota Twins.

She has been recognized with numerous local and national awards for her work with the ball club, including the Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award. Like her parents, Silver has always found time to give back to the community, serving on many not-for-profit boards in the Rochester area.

As chief financial officer at Klein Steel, Westrich is accountable for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the company, which includes the development of its financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results. She also has primary responsibility for the company’s IT functions. Westrich has been recognized for significant improvements that include evaluating market conditions to anticipate business practices needed; securing financial support and resources needed to grow the business; and identifying opportunities for Klein team members to work more efficiently and effectively.

Westrich earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting, summa cum laude, from Fisher and is a Certified Public Accountant and Notary Public, State of New York. She is an active member of the finance committee and board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities and serves as secretary for the board and member of the finance committee for St. John’s Home.

Harmer, a senior at Fisher, is working towards earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing. While consistently making Dean’s List, Harmer is highly involved in all that the College has to offer, including serving as president of the Student Alumni Association (SAA), a group of student leaders who work closely with Fisher alumni to create better networking opportunities and professional development skills.

Harmer has also served as the College’s student orientation coordinator, leading a team of nearly 70 students involved in Freshmen Orientation. In addition, she was selected as one of four 2017-2018 executive interns and is working in the Office of Marketing and Communications. While taking on these roles, she holds two work-study positions on campus.

Upon graduating this May, she hopes to continue contributing to her alma mater through a career with the College.