Bridges to Adelphi

Top honors for women leading Adelphi, SBU innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two of the top women inside the Long Island innovation economy have earned prestigious national and international honors. Adelphi University President Christine Riordan, the first woman to fill the office and already regarded as a diversity pioneer, has been ranked among the “Top 25 Women in Higher Education” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, a fairly self-explanatory (and highly influential) online news and resource hub. And Esther Sans Takeuchi, a distinguished…


Sensing something big in Adelphi’s ASD-friendly space

By GREGORY ZELLER // Noting “a first of its kind [at] a college or university,” Adelphi University this week heralded the opening of a new “sensory room” for students on the autism spectrum. Part of the Garden City-based university’s Bridges to Adelphi program, the new space was funded by a private, undisclosed donation from Alabama-based KultureCity, a nonprofit focused on improving resources for – and societal acceptance of – people with autism spectrum disorders. It’s…


All part of the plan: Savvy Hires goes to Washington

By GREGORY ZELLER // A big win in the regional round of the 2017 InnovateHER business plan competition has punched Savvy Hires’ virtual ticket to Washington – though mentally, founder Felicia Fleitman was already there. Besting nine competitors in the Hofstra University-hosted regionals of the annual Small Business Association contest, Savvy Hires has been nominated to represent Long Island in early July’s semifinal round, which will whittle things down to 10 finalists expected to collide July 31…


Savvy Hires, Northwell building autism ‘pipeline’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A startup recruiting firm with modernized methods for matching talent and opportunity has made significant headway on a potentially enormous – and socially conscious – vertical. Westbury-based Savvy Hires, launched in July by entrepreneur Felicia Fleitman, will partner with two well-known corporations – including New York State’s largest private employer – to create unique internship programs for autistic students through Adelphi University’s Bridges to Adelphi program. In concert with the school,…