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Summer 2018

Newsletter Welcome

Welcome to the 2018 Summer Newsletter! My favorite part of this season is the longer days and the chance to get back outside after dinner. I hope you have an opportunity to spend some time relaxing and catching up with the special people in your lives.

In addition to a recap of events the VWPN sponsored or championed, this edition of our newsletter includes information on upcoming events for the fall.  Our column highlighting faculty doing research on gender in the workplace features Melissa Hodges, PhD from the department of Sociology and Criminology. Our Special Feature section is written by Marianne Bellesorte, who also served as a panelist following our screening of "Zero Weeks." 

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and I look forward to seeing you at some of our upcoming events. As always, if there are any special topics you would like to see us cover please let me know.

Warm wishes,

Cheryl Carleton, PhD
Department of Economics

Upcoming Events

Work Smart Workshops
Tuesday, September 18, 6-8:30 p.m. | The Curley Exchange, Bartley Hall
Sunday, October 28, 1-3:30 p.m. | HSB 200

We have exciting news to share about the AAUW Work Smart Wage Negotiation Workshops. The VWPN, along with the Anne Welsh McNulty Women's Leadership Institute has extended and expanded the contract for the next three years to be able to continue providing these workshops as well as to begin offering Start Smart Workshops which are aimed at those just entering the workforce. Read More

Donella Rapier, President and CEO of BRAC, USA
Wednesday, September 19 | Bartley 1011

Donella Rapier will be the featured speaker for our Fall Speaker Series. BRAC USA is the US affiliate of BRAC, a global leader in creating opportunities for the world's poor. Donella Rapier joined BRAC USA in July 2016. Before joining BRAC USA she served as the Chief Development and Administrative Office at Accion, a global leader in microfinance and financial inclusion. Before that she was CFO at Partners in Health, a global healthcare organization working in remote places. Read More

Real Estate: From Concept to Completion
Tuesday, September 25, 6 p.m. | ICE Center, Falvey Library

Moderator: Jessica Taylor, Director, The Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate
VSB Organizer: Megan McGinnis, '10 VSB and member, Wildcat Women in Real Estate

A panel presentation exploring opportunities and careers in real estate and how these careers can provide one with the opportunity to make change happen. The panel will take a project from concept to completion, illustrating all the roles and opportunities required. There will also be an opportunity for networking after the event. Read More

Pilot Financial Literacy Workshop for Post-College Women
Tuesday, November 7, 6 - 8 p.m. | The Curley Exchange, Bartley Hall

While any programming we offer will be open to all, this workshop will primarily be for alumna, faculty, staff, and the greater community, with a focus on issues facing women. SWIFT, a student-run program, will be offering student-led workshops for other students on financial literacy. The mission of the workshop is to empower women with the financial intelligence to approach money matters with competence and confidence. Please keep an eye on our website for more details. Read More

Recognizing Faculty Research

In this edition of the VWPN Newsletter we are highlighting the research of Melissa Hodges, PhD, Assistant Professor Sociology and CriminologyRead More

Special Feature - Marianne Bellesorte
Vice President of Advocacy, PathWays PA

On August 5, 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) took effect. The FMLA brought huge change to workplaces across the country, ensuring for the first time that if you or your "family" (we'll get to the fine print later) needed care, you wouldn't need to lose your job to provide it. Since 1993, workers have used the FMLA more than 200 million times. Read More

Recap of Spring 2018 Events

VU Women in Tech Conference

Every year, the VU Women in Tech conference brings together students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community to share experiences, highlight opportunities for women in the technology, and motivate participation in the field. Read More

Work Smart Wage Negotiation Workshops - February 18 and March 14

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. Read More

Fireside chat with Dean Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, Dean of VSB and Linda A. Bell, Provost of Barnard College

On Monday, February 26, Linda A. Bell, Provost and Dean of Faculty at Barnard College, and the Claire Tow Professor of Economics, visited VSB. Provost Bell is also a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany and a senior consultant for the labor practice group of the National Economic Research Associates. Prior to joining Barnard College, she was the Provost and John B. Hurford Professor of Economics at Haverford College. Read More

BIG EAST Tournament Networking Luncheon

During the BIG EAST Tournament, the women's leadership lunch Women Leading Change: Where's Your Seat at the Table? sparked a conversation about women's leadership. The event featured four Villanova women who shared their perspectives on their careers and positions, the need for making changes in their organizations and creating initiatives in advancing women's leadership. Read More

Screening of "Zero Weeks"

Weaving powerful personal stories with insightful interviews from leading economists, doctors, parents, business leaders, employees, policy makers and researchers, Zero Weeks is a documentary exploring America's paid leave crisis and the cost of doing nothing. Read More

Panel Discussion - Caring Work: Who & At What Cost?

Caring work, both paid and unpaid, is dominated by women. Given the low pay in the fields which Caring Work encompasses and increasing opportunities for women in other fields, there could be a crisis in the not too distant future. Read More

Service Subcommittee

VWPN at Ronald McDonald HouseThis past semester, the VWPN with the direction of our Service Subcommittee ran a clothing collection for a women's shelter, The Women's Place. In early July, a group of VWPN volunteers prepared and hosted a meal for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House at Front & Erie in Philadelphia. 


Message from the Director

Upcoming Events

Recognizing Faculty Research

Special Feature - Marianne Bellesorte

Recap of Spring 2018 Events

Villanova Women's Professional Network Committee

Cheryl Carleton, PhD
Assistant Professor, Economics; Director, VWPN

Monica Allen
Marketing Manager, Communication & Marketing

Jennifer Altamuro, PhD
The Megan '07 and Matthew '06 Baldwin Assistant Professor, Accounting & Information Systems

Kelly Amber
Program Coordinator, Executive MBA Programs

Sharon Ballard
Program Coordinator
VSB Centers of Excellence

Lynn Brooks, PhD
Assistant Professor
Management & Operations

Yoon-Na Cho, PhD
Lisa D'Alessandro '87
Assistant Professor
Marketing & Business Law

Christine Etheridge
Associate Director, Alumni Engagement

Lee Every
Finance & Administration

Melinda German
Associate Dean
Undergraduate Business Programs

Michele Gianforcaro
Assistant Director, Professional Development Mentor Programs

Caitlin Gilmore
Associate Director
Academic Advising

Carita Geib
Coordinator, College Relations, Fitzpatrick College of Nursing

Stacy Grant Hohenleitner
Faculty Member

Mary Kelly, PhD
Associate Chair, Economics

Helen Lafferty, PhD
College Professor, Education & Counseling, CLAS

Wen Mao, PhD
Associate Dean of Faculty; Associate Professor, Economics

Ann McKenzie MSN, RN
Director of College Relations, CON

Sue Metzger, Instructor
Information Systems; Faculty Director, VU Women in Tech

Lauren Miltenberger, PhD
Assistant Professor
Public Administration
Nonprofit Coordinator

Amy G. Molnar '94 VSB

Rebecca Monro,
Executive Director, Graduate & Executive Programs

David Nawrocki, PhD
Katherine M.
& Richard J. Salisbury, Jr. Professor, Finance

Michele Pistone, LLM, JD
Director of Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES), Professor of Law, VLS

Yvonne Poorman-Taylor
Marketing & Business Law

Suzanne Seidl
VSB Business Fellow

Margaret Songer
Associate Director
Employee Relations

Alicia Strandberg, PhD
Assistant Professor
Management & Operations

Kate Szumanski, MA, MS
Professional Development, CLAS

Cathy J. Toner, JD
Director, Communication & Marketing

Ani Ural, PhD
Associate Professor, COE

Jackeline Vega
Associate Director

Shannon Wilson
Assistant Director
Communication & Marketing

Graduate Fellows, Present and Past

Quynh Tran
Alicia Forero
Leah Kramkowski
Lauren Blugh
Hillary Seith