President Berger-Sweeney Recognized by Posse Foundation for Leadership in Education

Posse Stars Also Awarded to Trinity Alumna Leslie Cooper Sillcox ’78 and Husband Mark Sillcox

From right, Trinity Posse alumni Zaydee Santiago '09,
Jessica Romero '13, and Nicole Tsesmelis '06, on-stage
at the Posse Gala to help in honoring President Joanne
(Photo: Amaranth Photography.)

Hartford, Connecticut, June 2, 2017 – The Posse Foundation honored Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney and alumna Leslie Cooper Sillcox ’78 and her husband Mark Sillcox as 2017 Posse Stars at the foundation’s annual gala celebration on May 24 in New York City. Posse is a national nonprofit dedicated to changing the face of leadership through college access and youth leadership development; Trinity is one of The Posse Foundation’s 57 partner colleges and universities.

The elegant event at Cipriani Wall Street, attended by close to 600 guests, raised more than $2 million to support The Posse Foundation’s program and its Scholars. Attendees at the gala, which was emceed by 60 Minutes correspondent Leslie Stahl, included representatives from major companies from across the country, as well as national journalists, noteworthy philanthropists, Posse Scholars, and several members of the Trinity College community.

Each year, The Posse Foundation identifies honorees who exhibit leadership, make a significant contribution in the field of education, and positively affect people’s lives. The honorees include leaders in their respective fields, Posse alumni, and one president or chancellor of a Posse partner college or university. The Posse Foundation also awards a star to an outstanding company or foundation that has invested significant resources in helping Posse achieve its goals.

In addition to honoring Berger-Sweeney and Leslie and Mark Sillcox, The Posse Foundation awarded 2017 Posse Stars to Bank of America – accepted by BOA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian T. Moynihan – and Nana O. Sarpong, M.D., a Brandeis University Posse alumnus and orthopedic surgery resident at Columbia University Medical Center.

Posse Founder and President Debbie Bial said, “We are so proud of our partnership with Trinity College – a collaboration that now spans more than 16 years. Joanne’s visionary leadership and her team’s commitment to the program’s success have resulted in a campus community where Posse Scholars thrive. We are forever grateful.”

Trinity College has more than 80 current Posse Scholars and more than 220 Posse graduates since the College’s first New York cohort matriculated in fall 2002. Posse Scholars – from both New York and Chicago – have made their mark at Trinity, with many taking leadership roles on campus and being honored as President’s Fellows and Fulbright recipients.

Founded in 1989, The Posse Foundation has three goals: to expand the pool from which top colleges and universities can recruit outstanding young leaders from diverse backgrounds; to help these institutions build more interactive campus environments so that they are more welcoming to people from all backgrounds; and to ensure that Posse Scholars persist in their academic studies and graduate.

Online access to a Posse video honoring Berger-Sweeney is available to members of the Trinity campus community through Trinflix. The video may be accessed by entering a Trinity College username and password and then selecting the recording, “Posse Foundation Honors President Joanne Berger-Sweeney.” 

Written by Kathy Andrews