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“When a man strongly asserts his point of view and autonomy, he is hailed as a strong, competent leader.  When a woman exhibits the same executive qualities, she is labeled a brusque, overbearing bitch.   This is not really news anymore, is it?  Yet these unfair perceptions are a key reason why only five percent of Fortune 500 Company CEOs are women.  How can women leaders break through that brick wall of “bitch”? How can they manage gender expectations and still successfully climb the corporate ladder?   Breaking through Bitch uses personal experience and stories from executives to reveal why stereotypically feminine characteristics, such as nurturing, empathy, and inclusiveness are the keys to power, not signs of weakness, shows how these characteristics can be equally effective for men; visualizes better organizational cultures where confidence is not arrogance, a drive for achievement is not destructive, political savvy is not cutthroat, and emotional intelligence is the norm rather than the exception.”

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 29th 6:00 pm

WHERE:  Driscoll, room 132,  Villanova University

WHAT:   Carol will discuss her new book, answer questions, and there will be an opportunity for informal networking and book signing after.  About her book:

REGISTRATION:  Click here.  Questions?:  Write to

Open to the entire Villanova Community.

Carol Mitchell


May 5: Women of Color Scholarship Luncheon

The Center for Access, Success, and Achievement at Villanova University will host the 12th annual Women of Color Scholarship Luncheon on Friday May 5th. The event will feature a keynote speaker. Proceeds from the luncheon will be used to award a scholarship to a deserving underrepresented female student at Villanova. 

All alumni and alumnae are welcome to attend the luncheon. The cost is $35/person and $250 for a table of eight. Visit to purchase tickets. 

If you have any questions, or if you would like to make a direct donation to the scholarship fund, please contact Linda Coleman in the CASA at (610)-519-4074 or

For more information:

May 5, 2017

Villanova University

Villanova Room

11:00 am – 2:00 pm


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Working Moms Who Make It Work: Real Advice for Young Professionals

Great article about work-life balance advice from Villanova Alumni!

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Closing the Pay Gap and Beyond - Elise Gould, Economic Policy Institute

On September 21, Villanova faculty, students, and friends met in the Idea Accelerator in Falvey Library to listen to Dr. Gould discuss her work on closing the gender pay gap and participate in conversations about the recent Women's Economic Agenda: Creating an Economy That Works for Everyone. A total of about 75 atendees came to the event and participated in lively discussions throughout the evening.


For those interested in Dr. Gould's research but unable to attend the event, the presentation is available here.


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