The Villanova Women’s Professional Network (VWPN) connects Villanova women, encourages their professional and personal development, and inspires them to succeed. Our programming enlightens all of our community about the issues and challenges facing women today. Led by a steering committee of faculty, staff, students, and alumnae from across campus, the VWPN wants Villanova to be known as an institution where women thrive, on our campus and beyond.


  • Provide opportunities to connect Villanova women from diverse backgrounds across disciplines, both on and off campus
  • Advocate for the advancement of Villanova women  
  • Sponsor and champion Villanova programming that educates our community on how we can work together to enhance the quality of life for women

Whom We Serve

Our target audience is all women in the Villanova community, including undergraduate and graduate students, alumnae, faculty, and staff from all six colleges on campus: Villanova School of Business, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Nursing, College of Engineering, School of Law, and College of Professional Studies.

All members of the Villanova community are invited and welcome to participate.

Who We Are

The Villanova Women’s Professional Network is led by a steering committee of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and alumnae currently based at the Villanova School of Business.  

We began our work in the 2011-2012 academic year.

Steering Committee Membership, 2014 – 2015

Cheryl Carleton (Director) - Economics, VSB

Debra Arvanites - Management & Operations, VSB

Lynn Brooks - Management & Operations, VSB

Aminah Fawad - President of Undergraduate Women In Business, VSB ‘15

Amy Fleischer - Mechanical Engineering, COE

Melinda German - Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, VSB

Michele Gianforcaro - Mentoring Program Director, VSB

Stacy Grant Hohenleitner - Faculty Member, MSN, RN, CNA, College of Nursing

Shelly Howton - Finance, VSB

Kristy Irwin - Director of Strategy & Development, Graduate Programs, VSB

Mary Kelly - Economics, VSB

Helen Lafferty - Education and Counseling, CLAS

Amy Layman - Executive Director, Alumni Relations

Amy Molnar - Alumna, VSB '94

Hillary Seith - VWPN Graduate Fellow, President of Graduate Women in Business, VSB MBA '15

Lisa Sewell - English, Director of Programming for Gender & Women's Studies, CLAS

Alicia Strandberg - Management & Operations, VSB

Cathy Toner - Director of Communications and Marketing, VSB

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Contact Us

Cheryl Carleton
Director, Villanova Women's Professional Network

VWPN 2013-14 Profile