Cheryl Carleton

We are thrilled to announce our 2016 theme: "Empowering Ourselves and Others."

All year we will sponsor, support and champion programming inspired by this theme. Please check our calendar of upcoming events for more details.

If you are involved with a regional VUAA Chapter and would like to plan an event related to this theme, let us know and we will feature your event on the VWPN website and on LinkedIn! Read more

Cheryl Carleton, PhD  


Villanova Women's Professional Network (VWPN) Online Networking Event
Expand your network and chat with Villanova women around the world during this online networking event. This activity is open to all Villanova women - students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents - and others who support women's leadership. Networkers are not required to participate for the full hour.
Friday, January 22,12 p.m.-1 p.m.
VU Women in Tech
Women are leading and innovating with technology across Villanova’s campus and alumnae base. At this event, we will share experiences, highlight opportunities for women in technology, and motivate those who hesitate.
Saturday, January 30, 8:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Villanova University
For more information and to register:

TED Salon I
How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard
by Linda Cliatt-Wayman
Tuesday, March 8, 6 - 8 p.m.
Idea Accelerator, Falvey Memorial Library
Villanova University

Work Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops
Two workshop dates will be offered to Villanova student women and alumnae to help them enhance their earnings for the rest of their working lives. Participants should attend only one workshop.
Sunday, March 20, 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 29, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Health Services Building
Room 200
Villanova University

Closing the Pay Gap and Beyond
Elise Gould, Economic Policy Institute
Tuesday, April 5, 6 - 8 p.m.
Bartley Hall
Villanova University

27th Gender and Women's Studies Student Research Conference
Highlights and celebrates gender focused work produced by students from across the university. Keynote speaker: Lauren Berlant, University of Chicago
Thursday, April 7
Villanova University

TED Salon II
The US needs paid family leave - for the sake of its future
by Jessica Shortal
Thursday, April 14, 6 - 8 p.m.
HUB's CityView at 30 S. 17th Street 
14th Floor 
United Plaza in Center City, Philadelphia


Karin Risi '99 MBA

Karin Risi '99 MBA was named head of the Retail Investor Group at Vanguard in March of 2015. She is now one of ten Managing Directors who advise and report to Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb.

Karin grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania and chose to stay in the area when she graduated from Villanova. Her first professional opportunity was with a rotational program for financial associates at Sunoco in Center City, Philadelphia. Read more


Nafisat DisuGoing Global!

This new feature in our newsletter will profile Villanova women around the world. Each edition will highlight a different continent. Our first stop with this column is Africa! Future columns will introduce Villanova women in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.


If you, or a Villanova woman you know, would be interested in participating, please email Amy Molnar at For this inaugural feature, we head 5,598 miles from Villanova to Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Read more


The Art and Science of Negotiation: Bending Towards "Yes"

By Quinetta Roberson, Ph.D., Fred J. Springer Endowed Chair in Business Leaders and Professor of Management

Negotiation is the art and science of securing an agreement between two or more independent parties, and is a constant feature of our daily lives. We negotiate performance goals, compensation, and development opportunities at work. We negotiate prices, conditions of purchase, and customer support in the marketplace. We negotiate chores, meals, and schedules at home. However, many of us spend little, if any, time considering what factors make us more – or less – effective in negotiations. Read more 


Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceutical Development Hosted VWPN Event

On Friday, September 11, Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceutical Development located in Edison, N.J., hosted the Villanova’s Women's Professional Network for the Women's Forum Event Leadership Shadowing Event. Undergraduates had the opportunity to listen to a career panel discussion about the diversity of career paths in the pharmaceutical industry. Read more

Suit Up for Success

On September 16, more than 30 undergraduate, graduate, and alumnae women attended the Suit up for Success networking event. Lauren Wattie and Lauren Nick of Vault Communications, a public relations firm in the Philadelphia area, and Sheri Cowan and Jenn Marion of Calista Image, an image consulting firm in West Chester, Pa., led an informative session on professional appearance and confident presence with a focus on bringing the best version of yourself to the internship, job interview, and the first day of your career.

Work Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops

The VWPN held two Work Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops this fall at Villanova on Tuesday, October 6 and Sunday, November 15. Thirteen staff, students and alumni attended the first workshop, facilitated by Katina Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Psychology, CLAS and fifteen students and alumni attended the second workshop, facilitated by Cheryl Carleton, Assistant Professor of Economics, VSB and Director of the Villanova Women’s Professional Network. Read more

VWPN Networking Event in Washington, D.C.

Women's Professional Network Members at DC event

On October 15, 35 Villanova women gathered for a VWPN Networking Event in Washington, D.C. at the beautiful home of F. Davis '77 VSB, P '10 and Lynda Camalier P '10. The alumnae in attendance represented classes from 1983 to 2015 from the COE, CON, CLAS and VSB. Attendees had the opportunity to network and hear from accomplished women in the region. Michele Gianforcaro ’89 VSB said, “I really enjoyed witnessing and participating in so many ‘real conversations.’ The young alumnae were eager to discuss what they were and were not enjoying about the current jobs and were eager to explore options and hear from more experienced alumnae about their career paths.”  

Keynote Speaker Joanna Barsh

Joanna Barsh Event
On Tuesday, October 27, Villanova Women’s Professional Network, the College of Engineering and CLAS Gender and Women’s Studies presented Joanna Barsh, Director Emeritus at McKinsey & Company and best-selling author of “How Remarkable Women Lead” and “Centered Leadership.” Read more

Cradles to Crayons Coat Drive

This past fall the Villanova Women’s Professional Network collected 78 new and gently used winter coats, as well as hats and gloves, for Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.





Karin Risi '99 MBA

Going Global

The Art and Science of Negotiation
By Quinetta Roberson


Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceutical Development Hosted VWPN Event

Suit Up for Success

Work Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops

Lunchtime Virtual Networking Event for Villanova Women

VWPN Networking Event in Washington, D.C.

Keynote Speaker Joanna Barsh

Cradles to Crayons Coat Drive

Fall 2015

Cheryl Carleton (Director)
Economics, VSB

Debra Arvaintes
Management & Operations, VSB

Lauren Blough 
VWPN Graduate Fellow

Lynn Brooks
Management & Operations, VSB

Annette Palen
President of Undergraduate Women In Business, '16 VSB 

Michele Pistone 
Professor of Law, VLS

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

Wen Mao
Interim Vice Dean, VSB

Amy Molnar
Alumna, '94 VSB 

Hillary Seith
VWPN Graduate Fellow, '15 MBA 

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

Alicia Strandberg
Management & Operations, VSB

Kate Szumanski 
Director of Communication, CLAS

Cathy Toner
Director of Communications and Marketing, VSB

Ani Ural
Mechanical Engineering, COE


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