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Annual Dinner

Carolyn Risoli '86

New York Leadership Council Annual Dinner

Date: Monday, May 14, 2018
The Pierre, New York, New York
Honoring Carolyn Risoli '86

If you have any questions about the event please call Patricia Gibbons Haylon `83,P17, director of stewardship programs and special events at 508-793-3856.

2018 Honoree: Carolyn Risoli '86

Carolyn is a fashion and luxury industry veteran who has tapped into her deep knowledge of every part of the trade in her work for industry giants like Marc Jacobs, Liz Claiborne, Dana Buchman, and Louis Vuitton.

Today, Carolyn works with apparel and fashion companies in various phases of their launch and growth with a particular emphasis on emerging brands. She is known for her respect of the balance between beautiful design and highly-effective operations, and her commitment to building high-performing teams centered around mentorship.

Carolyn serves on the College’s Board of Trustees the Board of the International Pre-schools in New York City, and on the Advisory Board for Comprehensive Development, Inc., a non-profit organization within the public school-sector, that Carolyn helped to found 20 years ago. Carolyn graduated in 1986 with a B.A. in History. She lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and in Bridgehampton, N.Y. with her husband, Joe Silvestri, and their two children, Alex and Olivia.

Learn more about Carolyn as she talks with Micaela English ’08.

Silent Auction

The Holy Cross Leadership Council of NY is hosting a silent auction in conjunction with this year’s benefit dinner honoring Carolyn Risoli ’86.

Bidding is open to all. Please review the items and start bidding today. The auction will close at 8:30 p.m. on May 14. 

View the auction »

Proceeds from the auction will support Council initiatives, including summer internships in metro NYC and the NYC Semester Program. 
With questions, please contact: Jen Guerin DiFranco '99, or at (508) 793-2246


About the Council

Each year the Holy Cross Leadership Council (HCLC) of NY honors a distinguished member of the Holy Cross community who is thoughtful, well-prepared, hard-working, trustworthy and devoted to the common good and the service of others. They are leaders in business, law, education, social service, ministry and medicine. 

Since its inception, the HCLC  has raised more  than $5 million in support of the Summer Internship Program and other initiatives. The success of this dinner in recent years has enabled the Council to support the Summer Internship Program at a higher level, increasing the number of students who are able to gain meaningful work experience. 

Past Honorees

Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J. '49
Iris Cantor H03
William T. Collins III '63
Robert J. Cousy '50
Michael E. Daniels '76 P04,03
Bill Doran '77 P16
William F. Glavin, Jr. '80 P10
James F. Gill, Jr., Esq. '53
Stanley E. Grayson '72
Edward J. Ludwig '73
John E. Luth '74
William J. McDonough '56
Arthur J. Mirante II '65
Jeremiah W. O'Connor, Jr. '63 P95,91
William F. Plunkett, Jr., Esq. '62 P91
John T. Sinnott '61
Mary Agnes Wilderotter '77
Robert C. Wright '65