College of Engineering:
Amy Fleischer, PhD

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

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

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

Madonna Sutter '81 MA
Associate Dean, External Relations

Cathy Toner, JD Communication and Marketing

Amy Ginocchio Molnar '94 VSB

Sarah Choi '14 VSB

Hillary Seith, VSB MBA Candidate


Message From the Chair

Recap Fall 2013 Events
Pamela Ryckman Event

Start $mart Workshop

Industry Roundtables

POW Conference

Heidi Hartmann

Upcoming Events
Feburary 2
Work $mart Workshop

March 17
VSB Week - VWPN Panel on Leadership

March 30
Marketplace Cafe

March 31
"A Grand Gender Convergence: Its Last Chapter" By Claudia Goldin

April 4
25th Anniversary Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference

Recognizing Outstanding Alumna
Ashley Ferguson COE '09

Mary T. Kelly VSB '83

Jessica Wamala '13 CLAS

Communication and Work-Life Wellness

Work-life Wellness: Hype or Help?

In The Media



Cheryl Carleton, PhD

Hello and happy 2014!

The Villanova Women’s Professional Network (VWPN) had an exciting fall semester, and we are excited to report on the highlights in this Winter 2014 edition of our newsletter.

First of all, we are tremendously grateful for the ongoing support and encouragement of VSB’s Dean Pat Maggitti, without whom the VWPN would not exist. 

In addition to sponsoring a number of events last fall, the VWPN expanded its website. Check it out at www.villanova.edu/vwpnand  come back from time to time as we update it with events, information and resources.
We also created a LinkedIn group for the Villanova Women’s Professional Network.  Be sure to join the group to stay up-to-date on VWPN news and events and to participate in our discussions – and invite your friends and colleagues to join as well! 

We have been conducting regional alumnae meetings this winter to receive further input as we plan for the future of the VWPN.  So far we have met with alumnae in Boston and New York, and we will soon hold a meeting for the Philadelphia region as well.

This edition of our newsletter contains three articles highlighting the accomplishments of Villanova women of whom we are very proud: Ashley Ferguson 
09 COE, Mary T. Kelly, PhD ’83 VSB and Jessica Wamala 13 CLAS

Finally, you will find an article entitled “Work-Life Wellness: Hype or Help” by Amy Way, assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  The article contains communication strategies based on current research that may help you achieve a more positive work-life experience.

As always, we welcome your ideas for events, presenters and programming, as well as article ideas and alumnae to highlight for upcoming newsletters.  Please contact us at vwpn@villanova.edu.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and look forward to seeing you at future events! GO NOVA!

Warm wishes,

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


Pamela Ryckman Event 

The Villanova Women’s Professional Network kicked off the 2013-14 academic year on Wednesday, September 18 with a talk by Pamela Ryckman, author of Stiletto Network: Inside the Women’s Power Circles that are Changing the Face of Business. VSB Trustee Sheila Klehm '83 VSB and VSB Associate Dean of External Relations Madonna Sutter led the planning of the event. 

The evening’s activities began at 4:30 p.m. with a roundtable discussion in the Dean’s Suite Faculty Board Room led by Ryckman. The roundtable brought together 22 Villanova female student leaders representing 15 campus organizations. Over a casual light dinner, Ryckman told the up close and personal story of the book and answered students’ questions about her findings. 
Read more.
Start $mart Workshop

On Wednesday, September 25, at 6:00 p.m., the Villanova Women’s Professional Network held Start $mart, a workshop on starting salary negotiation, in the West Lounge of Dougherty Hall.

Start $mart was created by the WAGE Project, a non-profit organization established to enable every working woman in America to be paid what she is worth. The WAGE Project was founded in 2005 by Evelyn Murphy, PhD, economist and former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, in an effort to help close the gender wage gap. Read more.
Industry Roundtables

The Industry Roundtable, held on Thursday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m. on Villanova’s campus, was a great success.

Professor Shelly Howton of the VSB Finance Department spearheaded the planning and execution of the event, which was promoted to Villanova undergraduate and graduate students.  40 students attended the event representing three Villanova colleges: the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Read more.
POW Conference

The Undergraduate Women in Business Society held the Presenting Opportunities for Women (POW!) Conference on Wednesday, November 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center. This seventh annual conference was attended by over 100 students, faculty, staff and professionals representing companies such as Vanguard, Deloitte, KPMG, Merrill Lynch and Ernst & Young.

The evening began with a welcome by Dean Pat Maggitti. Sarah Choi, president of the Undergraduate Women in Business Society, then introduced Adele Oliva, keynote speaker and partner at healthcare investment firm Quaker Partners. Read more.
Heidi Hartmann

The Villanova Women’s Professional Network supported the Gender and Women’s Studies Department in presenting a talk entitled “Women and Men, the Recession and Recovery” by Heidi Hartmann on Monday, November 11 at 6:00 p.m. in Bartley Hall.

Hartmann is a feminist economist and the founder of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a scientific research organization formed to meet the need for women-centered public policy research. She is a research professor at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, she lectures internationally on women, economics and public policy, and she frequently testifies before US Congress. Read more.


Spring 2014

VSB Week - VWPN Panel on Leadership
Terrie Stickel - Director, SAP Global Software
Christine James - Managing Director, Wells Fargo Asset Managment
Terry Whitaker - Brand Strategist, Terry Whitaker Unlimited, Crossbow Studio
Quinetta Roberson, PhD Moderator - Professor of Management & Operations, VSB

Monday, March 17, 6:00 p.m.
Driscoll Auditorium, Villanova Campus
Villanova Women's Professional Network

Marketplace Cafe
A networking event designed to connect Villanova graduate business students and alumnae in business and related fields. Featuring "A Candid Conversation about Confidence," facilitated by Kimberly Strickland, SPHR, Market Inclusion Leader, PwC.

Sunday, March 30, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
West Lounge, Dougherty Hall, Villanova Main Campus
VSB Graduate Business Programs & Villanova Women's Professional Network
Click here to register.

A Grand Gender Convergence: Its Last Chapter by Claudia Goldin
Joseph L. Lucia Memorial Lecture featuring Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University and author of Understanding the Gender Gap: An Economic History of American Women.

Monday, March 31, 5:00 p.m.
Cinema, Connelly Center, Villanova Main Campus
VSB Department of Economics & Villanova Women's Professional Network

25th Anniversary of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference
Featuring keynote address: "Bullied: Youth, Gender and Homophobia" by CJ Pascoe, Department of Sociology, University of Oregon.

This conference will highlight and celebrate the incisive work produced by students from across campus during the previous year.

Friday, April 4
Connelly Center, Villanova Campus
Gender and Women's Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Click here for more information


Ashley Ferguson

Ashley Ferguson '09 COE

Ashley Ferguson is a Villanova Mechanical Engineering graduate from class of 2009. She went on to complete her Master in Systems Engineering at Penn State University while working for the Naval Surface Warfare Center - Carderock Division (NSWCCD) in the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Ashley is currently the Shaft Depot Engineer managing all surface ship main propulsion shafting repairs for the US Navy. She currently manages five facilities around the country and will soon add a sixth. Read more.

Mary T. Kelly

Mary T. Kelly, PhD '83 VSB

Dr. Mary T. Kelly, faculty in the Economics Department at the Villanova School of Business and member of the Villanova Women’s Professional Network steering committee, received the 2013 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching.

The Lindback Award is presented to a faculty member who excels in undergraduate teaching. The University President solicits nominations for this award annually. A subcommittee, consisting of previous recipients of this award, evaluates these nominations. The award is presented during commencement exercises in May. Read more.

Jessica Wamala

Jessica Wamala '13 CLAS

On Saturday, November 23, Jessica Wamala of Milford, NH became the third Villanova University student-athlete in the institution's history to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.

Wamala graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Villanova University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in May 2013, with majors in political science, Arab and Islamic studies, and global interdisciplinary studies. She is now pursuing her MA in political science at Villanova. Read more.


Work-life Wellness: Hype or Help?

Work-life balance is certainly a hot topic in both the scholarly literature and popular press. But sometimes the recent hype over issues of work-life negotiation can feel more like a reminder of our constant struggle than any sort of helpful discourse. So is it all just talk or are there ways that communicating about such issues can actually help us find a sense of control? The following are communication strategies, all based on current research, that may help you take an active role in creating a more positive work-life experience for yourself. Read more.


The Top 5 Ways Firms Can Advance Women

By Cheryl Carleton, PhD, Director of VWPN, for Business Insider

Why are there so few women as we look up the rungs of the job ladder? How do we stop talented and successful women in the highest levels in their careers from leaving the labor force? It's about more than just leaning in. Here's a look at what employers can do to increase the number of women in leadership positions. Read more.

Engineering a Better Future for Girls
By Amy Fleischer, Member of VWPN and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, for US News and World Report

It remains to be seen if small steps toward socially norming science will make a difference, but the data is beginning to suggest that we are on the right track. Read more.

Why We Should Care About the Caring Industry
Cheryl Carleton, PhD, Director of VWPN, for Business Insider

Despite women's increased educational attainments and labor market experience, the gender wage gap persists. Read more.

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