Summer 2017 

Cheryl Carleton, PhD

Welcome to our Summer 2017 Newsletter! I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather with family and friends and finding time to feel refreshed and revitalized! Please take a few minutes to read the articles in this edition of our newsletter. In addition, please email me with comments or suggestions for upcoming newsletters. I would love to hear from you!

We are still working on the Fall calendar, which will be posted on our website later this summer. One BIG event to put on your calendar is the launch for the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership on October 26, 2017. The committee is working on several events for the day with a keynote speaker in the evening. Stay tuned!

Our "We're in the World" column continues this month, where we travel along the East Coast to Virginia. If you have suggestions for future editions please send them along.

Enjoy your summer and I hope to see many of you at some of our events.

Upcoming Events

Career Advancement for Introverts—Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Join us for a workshop on "Career Advancement for Introverts" led by Nancy Ancowitz, author of Self-Promotion for Introverts®. More information and a registration link will be sent out in early August.

Work Smart Workshops—Sunday, September 17, 2017 & Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Work Smart Wage Negotiation workshops will be hosted in HSB 200 at 1 p.m. on September 17th & 6 p.m. on November 8th

McNulty Women's Leadership Institute Launch—October 26, 2017

Day and evening events are planned. More information coming in September.

Brazen On-line Networking—September 26, 2017 & November 9, 2017


Real Perspective

Talent and Women's Professional Advancement
On June 14th The Washington Post published an article entitled "The big problem for Uber now: Attracting talent." The piece alluded to the firm's challenge in repairing its reputation for an "anything-goes, cutthroat" culture and allegations of inappropriate behavior towards women. The author underscored the need for the company's rehabilitation to address the challenge of attracting industry talent. 
Read more

We're in the World

Megan Walsh
In this newsletter, our fourth profile is of a Villanova alumna in North America. Future columns will introduce Villanova women in Asia and Australia. Join us now as we take a quick trip down the East Coast of the United States and head 270 miles south from Villanova to Virginia! Read more

Recap of Spring 2017 Events


Joann Lublin, Management News Editor at The Wall Street Journal

On February 15, the Villanova Women's Professional Network along with the Undergraduate Women in Business Society hosted an event with Joann Lublin, Management News Editor at The Wall Street Journal and author of a recently published book, "Earning it: Hard Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World." Before her speech to a larger audience, Joann met with a group of 15 women student leaders for a lively discussion on themes from her book. Afterward, Joann spoke to a crowd and hosted a Q&A followed by refreshments with an opportunity to purchase her signed book!

AAUW Work Smart Workshop

The VWPN facilitated an afternoon AAUW Work Smart Workshop on Sunday, February 26 in the Health Services Building. The AAUW Work Smart Wage Negotiation Workshops provide valuable information and skills on how to negotiate for a raise or promotion. The workshop was facilitated by Villanova's Katina Sawyer and the event was open to all. For more information and future workshop dates, please visit

Resiliency Workshop

The Villanova Women's Professional Network along with the Undergraduate Women in Business Society held a Resiliency Workshop on Thursday, March 16, led by Dr. Beth Weinstock and Dr. Jane Shure from The Resilience Group. Participants included alumnae, graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff. The focus of the workshop was "Strengthening Your Inner Coach to be Stronger than Your Inner Critic."

Brazen Virtual Networking Hour

On March 22, the Villanova Women's Professional Network along with the Villanova University Alumni Association and the MBA SA Women in Business Committee hosted a Brazen Virtual Networking Hour. Villanova women at all life stages networked and shared professional and personal advice. These virtual networking hours present opportunities to make connections with other Villanovans through brief "chat-roulette" style conversations - and continue the discussion with new connections after the event. No matter where you are in the world, you can sign in from your home, office, local library or mobile device. They are free, they are only for an hour and they are fun! We will be hosting more in the fall - stay tuned.

Strengthening Your Inner Coach to be Stronger than Your Inner Critic

Carol Mitchell, author of "Breaking Bitch: How Women Can Shatter Stereotypes and Lead Fearlessly," presented on "Strengthening Your Inner Coach to be Stronger than Your Inner Critic" to the Villanova University community. This event was open to all and was held on-campus on March 29 at Driscoll. Carol Vallone Mitchell, PhD cofounded Talent Strategy Partners, a talent management consulting firm.


Big East Networking luncheon

The VWPN, University Advancement, and the McNulty Women's Leadership Institute hosted a Big East Networking luncheon and panel in New York City as part of Big East Week on March 10. Our own Joyce Russell, PhD, Dean of the Villanova School of Business, moderated the panel, which included Catherine Keating, President and CEO, Commonfund ; Nnenna Lynch, Managing Principal and Director of Development, The Georgetown Company; Paula Sutter, Operating Partner, TSG Consumer Partners and CEO TSG Fashion; and Eileen Barker, GM Sales and IT Cosmetics. Please visit the VWPN website for more information on this great event!

Villanova Women's Professional Network served dinner to families staying at The Ronald McDonald House once again

On Monday, June 5, the Villanova Women's Professional Network again served dinner to families staying at The Ronald McDonald House at Front & Erie in Philadelphia. A prepared dinner is a welcomed relief for families as they return from a long and often exhausting day at the hospital caring for their child. The dinner not only provides the families with a nutritious meal that might otherwise be skipped, but also creates an opportunity for families to interact with one another, share their stories, and learn from people who are in similar situations.





Talent and Women's Professional Advancement


Megan Walsh 


Summer 2017

Cheryl Carleton
Economics, VSB and Director, VWPN

Jennifer Altamuro
Accounting and MIS, VSB 

Sharon Ballard
Program Co-ordinator, VSB Centers of Excellence

Lynn Brooks
Management, VSB 

Yoon-Na Cho
Marketing, VSB 

Caitlin Dannhauser Finance, VSB                                   
Lee Every
Director, Finance and Administration, VSB

Melinda German Associate Dean, Undergraduate Business Programs, VSB

Michele Gianforcaro
Director, Mentoring Program, VSB

Caitlin Gilmore
Undergraduate Advisor, VSB

Stacy Grant Hohenleitner CON

Shelly Howton
Finance, VSB                                     
Mary Kelly
Economics, VSB                                     
Leah Kramkowski
Alumnae, VSB and former Graduate Fellow, VWPN 

Helen Lafferty
Education, CLAS

Amy Layman
Executive Director, Alumni Relations

Wen Mao
Economics, VSB 

Victoria Martinez President, Undergraduate Women in Business, VSB

Tim McCall
Co-director, GWS, CLAS

Ann McKenzie MSN, RN; Director of College Relations, CON 

Sue Metzger

Lauren Miltenberger, PhD

Amy G. Molnar
Alumna, VSB

Rebecca Monro
Graduate Programs, VSB 

David Nawrocki
Finance, VSB                                   
Michele Pistone

Yvonne Poorman-Taylor Co-ordinator, Marketing, VSB                                     
Manuela Priesmuth Marketing, VSB                                    
Hillary Seith
Alumna, VSB and former Graduate Fellow, VWPN

Alicia Strandberg Analytics, VSB                                     
Kate Szumanski
Director, Professional Development, CLAS

Cathy Toner
Director, Communication and Marketing, VSB

Ani Ural

Jackeline Vega
Associate Director, Internships/Co-Ops, VSB

Shannon Wilson Assistant Director,
Communication and Marketing, VSB