Accomplished women professionals from an array of career backgrounds shared their stories of success with students from St. Joseph H.S., Downtown Brooklyn, during the school’s 11th annual Women’s Professional Day to empower, inspire and encourage the young women.

The theme for the event reflected the same one as International Women’s Day – “Press for Progress” – which celebrated the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. School faculty, students, and more than 40 panelists gathered at the Oratory Church of St. Boniface March 8 for the welcome ceremony.

Three women represented DeSales Media Group, the parent company of The Tablet and NET-TV, including graphic designer Gabriela Flores and Currents News anchor Liz Faublas, who was the event’s keynote speaker.

“Always maintain control to express yourself effectively in every situation,” Faublas told the girls. “You are queens, carry yourself like that.”

She encouraged the students to be confident about their self-worth and to have unwavering faith that their futures will be outstanding. Her moving speech about women passing the torch evoked an emotional response – some clapped, some cheered and even cried. Faublas ended her speech by asking the entire assembly to lock arms as a symbol of unifying support for each other, which set the tone for the remainder of the day.

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