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Bay Path Inducts Three into 21st Century Business Leaders Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD — More than 1,700 women celebrated the induction of three new Hall of Fame members at last month’s Women’s Leadership Conference. The 2019 induction ceremony celebrated the impact of Dr. Ann Errichetti, Kate Kane, and Mel Robbins. Each inductee received a hand-blown Josh Simpson paperweight to honor their achievement.

Established in 2004, Bay Path’s 21st Century Women Business Leaders Hall of Fame celebrates and shares the courageous spirit of women in business. Through this virtual Hall of Fame, thousands of visitors have learned the stories of extraordinary women. The induction criteria, originally developed as part of a class project to study leadership styles, has provided a way for Bay Path students to understand the qualities of successful women business leaders.

Each inductee must take risks and assume responsibilities, possess an entrepreneurial spirit, foster teamwork as well as individual excellence, incorporate integrity and a strong sense of ethics, adhere to a collaborative management style, value education, be open-minded, and serve as a mentor to others.

Errichetti recently served as chief Operations and academic officer at Presence Health, a $2.6 billion Catholic health system in Chicagoland. Previously, she served as CEO of St. Peter’s Hospital and Albany Memorial Hospital in Albany, N.Y., president of Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Ill.; and president of Advocate South Suburban in Hazel Crest, Ill. In addition to her role as president, she held the position of chief academic officer for Advocate Health Care. She was also an associate dean at Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical School.

Kane graduated cum laude from Vassar College with a degree in English, and is managing director and wealth management advisor for Northwestern Mutual in Springfield. She has worked for Northwestern Mutual since 1986, climbing the corporate ladder to eventually become field director. Well-known for her volunteerism and philanthropic spirit, she currently serves on the board of directors for Elms College and Girls Inc. of Holyoke, and is vice chair of the board of trustees for Springfield Museums. She co-wrote the original business plan for the local chapter of Dress for Success, which supports the career and economic advancement of women, and she serves as a business mentor for many young entrepreneurs in the region.

Robbins, a Dartmouth College and Boston Law School graduate and a Women’s Leadership Conference keynote speaker, is a serial entrepreneur, bestselling author, internationally recognized social-media influencer, and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the world. Her digital platform inspires more than 20 million people each month with transformative videos, articles, positive psychology research, and inspiring content. Her latest book, The 5 Second Rule, has been translated into 29 languages, was last year’s top audiobook in the world, and is one of the top five most-read books on Amazon. Her TEDx talk about change has more than 14 million views. She’s the host of an original advice show on Audible, Kick Ass with Mel Robbins, and is debuting a talk show on CBS later this year.

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