August 2019
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Newsletter Welcome

Welcome to the Summer 2019 Newsletter! I hope everyone has an opportunity to relax, enjoy some time off, and catch up with family and friends.

This edition recaps the Spring 2019 events the VWPN sponsored and those we partnered in offering with The Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership as well as provides you with information on our upcoming events for Fall 2019. Our three columns highlighting individuals draws on women involved with our Master of Science in Finance (MSF) and Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) programs here at Villanova. These include:

  • Our column highlighting faculty features Alicia Strandberg, PhD, Associate Professor, Management & Operations.
  • A new column recognizing a current Villanova School of Business student. Our inaugural student is Tanya Coutray, who is a student in our MSA program. She is Senior Director of Technology, Data, and Analytics at Walmart.
  • Our column highlighting Villanova School of Business alumni features Linh Tran,who is a recent graduate of our MSF program.

I look forward to seeing you at some of our Fall 2019 events. As always, if there are any topics you would like to see us cover or have speakers to suggest, please let us know.

Warm wishes,

Cheryl Carleton, PhD
Department of Economics
Director, The Villanova Women’s Professional Network

Cheryl Carleton

Upcoming Events

You Are a Brand: How Smart Women Brand Themselves for Success

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | PwC Auditorium, Bartley Hall
Join us for a lively discussion on personal branding led by Catherine Kaputa, brand strategist, speaker, and award winning author, followed by refreshments and a time for informal networking or catching up with “old” friends. We will draw names for two of Kaputa’s books and have others available for purchase.

AAUW Work Smart Wage Negotiation Workshops

Thursday, October 3, 6 - 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 27, 1 - 3 p.m. | HSB, Room 200
Come join us and learn how to negotiate for a pay raise, a promotion, or other benefit. Look for the registration link on our webpage in late August.
Alicia Stranberg

Recognizing Faculty

In this edition of the VWPN Newsletter, we are highlighting the work of Alicia Strandberg, PhD, Associate Professor NT in the Management & Operations department. Her specialties include applied analytics, applied statistical methods and robust methods.
Tonya Coutray

Recognizing VSB Alumni

Tanya Coutray holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mathematics from Virginia Tech University and is a student in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) program at VSB.

At Walmart she has led the tech and data for global compliance, people analytics, global responsibility, and most recently the focus on their positive community impact through philanthropy and sustainability. Earlier in her career she owned her own business, was an NFL cheerleader and worked at PwC, TC Technologies and Spring. Coutray is married and has four children.
Linh Tran

Special Feature – Interview with Recent Alumna Linh Tran

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Trinity College. Before attending Villanova’s MSF program, she worked at Touchtone Research, and held multiple internships at Ameriprise Financials, CFA Institute, and Goman & York Advisors.

Recap of Spring 2019 Events

Work Smart Wage Negotiation Workshops

February 19, March 19, April 7, and April 9, 2019

The VWPN and The Anne Welsh McNulty Women’s Leadership Institute held several AAUW Work Smart Wage Negotiation Workshops in the Spring Semester. Two were open to all women, while one was held at the Law School and one was facilitated in Philadelphia for Ellevate. Work Smart Wage Negotiation Workshop are aimed at women already in the work force or looking to return to the work force.

Through an interactive lecture and practical role-playing exercises, participants learned about negotiating for a promotion or salary increase. Specifically, the workshops helped them identify their personal value, develop persuasive responses and negotiation strategies, conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits, and acknowledge the effects of the gender pay gap on economic security and life goals.

We typically offer two of these workshops each semester. The workshops were facilitated by Jennifer Altamuro, Associate Professor, Accounting and Information Systems and Cheryl Carleton, Assistant Professor of Economics, VSB and Director of the Villanova Women’s Professional Network. Consider attending or inviting your family and colleagues one of the upcoming workshops!

Start Smart Wage Negotiation Workshops

February 11, February 21, and April 23, 2019

The VWPN and The Anne Welsh McNulty Women’s Leadership Institute facilitated several AAUW Start Smart Wage Negotiation Workshops last semester. Start Smart Workshops are aimed at current students who will soon be beginning their careers in the workplace.

Two of the workshops were held for specific groups; one for the Undergraduate Women in Business Society, facilitated by Mary Kelly, PhD, Associate Chair and Assistant Professor of Economics and Maggie Songer, Director, Employer relations; one for CASA, facilitated by Cheryl Carleton, and one open to all students facilitated by Danielle DeWesse, Assistant Director of the Anne Welsh McNulty Women’s Leadership Institute.

If you know of a current student or student group that would benefit from one of these workshops, please reach out to us and we can let them know about upcoming workshops or schedule a workshop for a group on campus.

Financial Literacy Workshop

March 13, 2019

The VWPN and The Anne Welsh McNulty Women’s Leadership Institute hosted a workshop on Financial Literacy to enable post-graduate women to approach money matters with competence and confidence. The workshop encouraged participants to explore how they approach money matters, as well as the past, current, and future state of their financial health. The facilitators provided information on the basics of tracking expenses and creating a spending plan, saving for the future, managing credit scores and debt. Participants also had the opportunity to learn how to prioritize saving goals, monitor financial process, and find additional resources. Toward the end of the workshop, attendees were divided into two groups: understand student and credit card debt and making your money work for your future. Once again, Meghan Wyks and Catherine Stecyk did a great job as facilitators for the workshop. Look for another workshop in the Fall!