College of Engineering:
Amy Fleischer, PhD

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences:
Helen K. Lafferty, PhD

Lisa Sewell, Director of Programming for Gender and Women's Studies

College of Nursing:
Stacy Grant Hohenleitner, MSN, RN, NE-BC, NHA

Villanova School of Business:
Cheryl Carleton, PhD Economics, VWPN Director

Suzanne Clain, PhD Economics

Lynn Brooks, PhD Management & Operations

Melinda German, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs

Michelle Gianforcaro
Mentoring Program Director, VSB

Shelly Howton, PhD Finance

Kristy Irwin '13 EMBA
VSB Graduate Programs

Mary Kelly, PhD '83 VSB Economics

Janice Sipior, PhD
Accounting & Information Systems

Alicia Strandberg, PhD Management & Operations

Cathy Toner, JD Communication and Marketing

Amy Ginocchio Molnar '94 VSB

Aminah Fawad '15 VSB

Hillary Seith, VSB MBA Candidate

Villanova University:
Amy Layman, Executive Director, Alumni Relations


Message From the Chair

Recap Spring 2014 Events
Work $mart

Leadership Panel

Marketplace Café

Claudia Goldin

Aspire to Lead

Upcoming Events
September 23
Madeline Bell

Work $mart

October 29th
Industry Roundtables

November 2
"Developing Women Leaders: What You and Your Organization Can Do"

November 4
Presenting Opportunities for Women (POW!) Conference

Special Feature
Villanova Women's Track and Field Team

Recognizing Outstanding Alumna
Amy Heller ’98 VSB

Julie Filizetti ’84 CLAS

Vanessa Stine ’14 VLS



Cheryl Carleton, PhD

Greetings! We hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer so far!

Spring 2014 was another great semester for the Villanova Women's Professional Network (VWPN). In this edition of our newsletter, you will find reporting on our events, as well as links to some event videos.

See also a preview calendar of events for Fall 2014 – and save the dates!  

We are thrilled to partner with the College of Nursing to bring you our first event of the year: keynote speaker Madeline Bell on September 23rd in Driscoll Hall at Villanova. We hope to see you there!
Last spring, the VWPN Steering Committee focused on strategic planning. We updated the VWPN mission and goals, and we have been making plans to harness the talent and enthusiasm of our wonderful alumnae who want to help our initiative grow. Stay tuned for news on how to get involved. 

Our LinkedIn group has grown steadily this year. Be sure to join to stay up-to-date on VWPN news and events and to participate in our discussions.

Also in this newsletter, we are excited to feature the accomplishments of the Villanova Women's Track and Field team, who won the BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championship title in May.

And we are proud to highlight three more accomplished Villanova alumnae: Julie Filizetti ’84 CLAS, Amy Heller ’98 VSB, and Vanessa Stine ’14 VLS.

As always, we appreciate the ongoing support and commitment of VSB Dean Pat Maggitti, who believes in our mission and has been integral to our success.

Please continue to send us your ideas for events, presenters and programming, as well as article ideas and alumnae to highlight in upcoming newsletters at We look forward to hearing from you!

Warm wishes,

Cheryl Carleton, PhD
Director, Villanova Women's Professional Network
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics


Work $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop 

A million dollars—that's how much less a woman with a college degree will earn over the course of her lifetime than a man with the same degree. For women with a graduate degree, that number goes up to two million.

These women were in the West Lounge of Dougherty Hall on Villanova's campus on Sunday, February 2nd, for Work $mart, a salary negotiation workshop. The event was organized by the Graduate Women in Business Committee and co-sponsored by VSB Graduate Business Programs and the Villanova Women's Professional Network. Read more.

Women in Leadership: Observations, Advice and Answers

The panel was part of Villanova School of Business' "VSB-Week," which is an annual event intended to celebrate and showcase Villanova School of Business strategic initiatives, expose students to emerging business trends, enhance their professional development, and foster a sense of community within the college.

The four panelists were: Christine James, Managing Director at Wells Fargo Asset Management; Mary D. Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Terry Whitaker, entrepreneur and brand strategist with Terry Whitaker Unlimited, Crossbow Studio; and Terrie Stickel, Director at SAP Global Software. Read more.
Marketplace Café

A cold day of heavy rain did not prevent 40 women from gathering in the West Lounge of Dougherty Hall on Sunday, March 30th to participate in the second annual "Marketplace Café," a networking brunch designed to connect graduate students and alumnae in business and related fields. The event is hosted by the VSB Graduate Women in Business Committee and co-sponsored by VSB Graduate Business Programs and the Villanova Women's Professional Network.

Said Jennifer Smith, a 1998 alumna of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, "What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Enjoying the company of professional and soon-to-be professional women who share the same successes and struggles." Read more.
Claudia Goldin

Claudia Goldin, the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University, presented her recent findings in research on the gender wage gap. Her talk was entitled "A Grand Gender Convergence: Its Last Chapter."

Professor Goldin is an economic historian and a labor economist, best known for her historical work on women in the U.S. economy. She is the author and editor of several books, including Understanding the Gender Gap: An Economic History of American Women. She has recently embarked on a wide ranging project on the family and career transitions of male and female graduates of selective universities from the late 1960s to the present. Read more.
Aspire to Lead: A Candid Conversation with Influential Women on campus

On April 24th, at Villanova and many other universities across the country, PwC hosted its program, Aspire to Lead: A Candid Conversation with Influential Women on campus. The purpose of the event was to provide a forum to encourage young women to build leadership skills as they transition from college to the workplace. The evening, sponsored by the Women in Business organization and held in the West Lounge of Dougherty Hall, began with a showing of a webcast taped earlier that day where Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of the bestselling book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, responded to student questions on the challenges and opportunities for women in their careers. The dialog continued "live" as a panel, consisting of PwC partners and Dr. Amy Way, Assistant Professor of Communications, responded to questions from Villanova students on such topics as work-life balance, mentor-mentee relationships, and how to build skills and a network while on the job.


Fall 2014

Madeline Bell, President and COO of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
"The Evolving Role of Leadership"
Tuesday, September 23, 6 - 8p.m.
Driscoll Auditorium
Villanova University

Work $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop
Sunday, October 19th, 1 - 3:30p.m.
Dougherty Hall
Villanova University

Industry Roundtables
3rd annual VWPN Industry Roundtable will bring together students and alumnae for casual networking and industry-specific knowledge sharing.

Wednesday, October 29th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Dougherty Hall
Villanova University

"Developing Women Leaders: What You and Your Organization Can Do"
Anna Marie Valerio

Sunday, November 2, 1 - 3 p.m.
East Lounge, Dougherty Hall
Villanova University

Presenting Opportunities for Women (POW!) Conference
This annual Undergraduate Women in Business Society conference will bring together students, faculty, alumnae, and distinguished business leaders to network and discuss challenges facing women in today's business environment.

Tuesday, November 4, 5:45 - 9 p.m.
Connelly Center
Villanova University


Villanova Women's Track and Field Team 

In early May, the academic year was winding down with most students leaving for the summer and seniors preparing to graduate while things were heating up for the Villanova Women's Track and Field Team. On Sunday, May 11, 2014, the track team won the BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championship in their home stadium. Some members of the team continued running through mid-June—senior Emily Lipari placed 4th and sophomore Angel Piccirillo placed 12th in the 1500 meters at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. That was the final meet of an outstanding season for this remarkable group of female athletes.

Earlier in the season, the women won the BIG EAST Indoor Championships. In April, they brought home three Championship of America "wheels" when they swept the distance relay events at the Penn Relays. (The last time the women won three wheels in one year was 1997.) This brought the total number of Penn Relay Championship of America Titles to 35 for the women's team. Other noteworthy accolades during this most recent season include Lipari being named a first team All-American (Outdoor) and the Mid-Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year (Outdoor). Additionally, she earned the distinction of national champion in the Mile earlier during the indoor season. And as testament to the leadership, Women's Head Coach Gina Procaccio (Villanova graduate class of 1987) and the Women's Staff were named BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year. Read more.


Amy Heller

Amy Heller ’98 VSB

Amy Heller ’98 VSB founded WGIRLS while she was working on Wall Street in 2007. WGIRLS is a membership-based organization of professional women who dedicate their time and talents to fundraising, volunteering, and advocating on behalf of disadvantaged women and children in their local communities.

With nine chapters throughout the United States and United Kingdom, WGIRLS hosts several dozen fundraising events throughout the year. Read more.

Julie Filizetti

Julie Filizetti ’84 CLAS

Mentoring and championing others has given Julie Filizetti ’84 CLAS the greatest satisfaction throughout her career to date.

Julie is Vice President and Director at Isaacson Miller in San Francisco, CA, a national executive search firm dedicated to recruiting exceptional leaders for mission-driven organizations. The firm searches on behalf of nonprofit and public sector organizations such as universities, foundations, research and civic institutions, as well as select for-profit corporations with ties to education, science, and social responsibility. Read more.

Vanessa Stine

Vanessa Stine ’14 VLS

Students like Vanessa Stine ’14 VLS exemplify what it means to be a Villanovan. Her efforts fighting for immigrant rights bring to life Villanova's Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition, which challenges students to use their knowledge, skills and compassion to improve the world around them.

In 2012 Stine started the Notario Fraud Project when she realized that Pennsylvania had no programs dedicated to fighting notario fraud—where immigrants are tricked by non-lawyers who misrepresent their qualifications to provide legal assistance. Read more.