Winter 2017 

Cheryl Carleton, PhD

Hello from the Villanova WPN!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had wonderful holidays filled with family, friends, and celebrations. As you are settling into the New Year, please take a few minutes to read this edition of our newsletter where we are continuing our 2016 theme: "Empowering Ourselves and Others."

This newsletter includes sections on "Recognizing Outstanding Villanova Women," which highlights Michele Gianforcaro ‘89, and our "We're in the World" column where we hear about experiences in Peru.

We have a new section to the newsletter by Dr. Lynn Brooks featuring senior women leaders. This winter, Cathy Engelbert of Deloitte LLC and her insights on sponsorship are discussed.

We have several events already scheduled for the spring that are listed below, with more still to come. Additional details and a complete schedule of events are continually updated on the VWPN website.

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I hope to see many of you at some of our events this spring!

Upcoming Events

Work Smart Workshops—Sunday, February 26, 2017

One of more Work Smart Wage Negotiation workshop will be hosted in HSB 200 at 1 p.m. Read More

Joann Lublin—February 15, 2017

Joann Lublin, author of “Earning It: Hard-won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World,” and Management Editor of the Wall Street Journal. February 15, 2017. Register

Resiliency Workshop—March 16, 2017

Resiliency Workshop on March 16th, presented by Beth Weinstock and Jane Shure of The Resilience Group: Strengthen Your Inner Coach to be Stronger Than Your Inner Critic." March 16. Read more

Carol Mitchell—March 29, 2017

Carol Mitchell, author of "Breaking Through Bitch: How Women Can Shatter Stereotypes and Lead Fearlessly," which we will co-sponsor with the Undergraduate women in Business Society will be on Wednesday, March 29 at 6 p.m. in Driscoll room 132. Read more

Real Perspective

Women and Sponsorship
Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte LLC, recently shared her personal stories and success strategies with a standing-room only audience at VSB. Her insights on sponsorship during the presentation particularly resonated with me. Sitterberry App. 
Read more

Recognizing Outstanding Villanova Women

Recognizing Outstanding Villanova Women
Michele Gianforcaro, Mentor Program Michele Gianfacaro - Imagine going through one of the most confusing and complicated times of your young adult life. Now imagine going through the same time but with the support of someone who has successfully navigated the same experience. Read more

We're in the World

Jessica Medina Kuroki
In this newsletter, our third profile of a Villanova alumna takes us to South America. Future columns will introduce Villanova women in Asia, Australia and North America. Join us now as we head 3,399 miles from Villanova to Peru! Read more

Recap of Fall 2016 Events

Closing the Pay Gap and Beyond – Elise Gould, Economic Policy Institute.

September 21.

On Wednesday, September 21, Villanova faculty, students, and friends met in the Idea Accelerator in Falvey Library to listen to Dr. Gould discuss her work on closing the gender pay gap and participate in conversations about the recent Women's Economic Agenda: Creating an Economy That Works for Everyone. A total of about 75 attendees came to the event and participated in lively discussions throughout the evening.

Work Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops.

September 27 and October 23.  

VWPN held two Work Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops this fall at Villanova on Tuesday, September 27 and Sunday, October 23. The workshops were co-sponsored with VU Alumni Association, HRD, and MPA. Villanova staff, students and alumni attended the workshops to gain knowledge of the gender wage gap and receive training on the steps of salary negotiation, applicable to any industry or situation. Participants learned valuable strategies and techniques when negotiating salary and benefits packages. Role-play exercises enables participates to practice their negotiation skills and build confidence.

The workshops were facilitated by Katina Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Cheryl Carleton, Assistant Professor of Economics, VSB and Director of the Villanova Women’s Professional Network.

Fall Speaker Series – Nicole McCabe, Global Head of Gender Equality for SAP.

November 3.

On Thursday, November 3, VWPN presented Business Beyond Bias with Nicole McCabe, Global Head of Gender Equality for SAP. Students, faculty, and staff came to learn how to harness the power of perspective in business.  Discussions included why it is needed, what often limits firms from realizing it as well as what can be done, and how to measure impact.

Prior to the presentation, a small group of students, faculty, and staff met with Nicole over dinner to have an open discussion about her experience and to ask any questions regarding equality in the workplace and how it is implemented at SAP.





Women and Sponsorship


Michele Gianforcaro


Jessica Medina Kuroki


Winter 2017

Cheryl Carleton
Economics Dept. and Director, VWPN

Jennifer Altamuro
Accounting and MIS

Sharon Ballard
Program Co-ordinator, VSB Centers of Excellence

Lynn Brooks
Management Dept.

Yoon-Na Cho

Caitlin Dannhauser Finance

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

Mary Kelly

Pam Kokkalis
Manager of Executive Programs and Alumni Relations, VSB

Leah Kramkowski
MBA Student and graduate fellow, VWPN

Helen Lafferty
Dept. of Education

Amy Layman
Executive Director, Alumni Relations

Wen Mao
Economics Dept.

Victoria Martinez President, Undergraduate Women in Business, VSB

Tim McCall
Co-director, GWS

Ann McKenzie Coordinator of college relations, CON

Sue Metzger

Lauren Miltenberger

Amy G. Molnar
Alumnae, VSB

Rebecca Monro
Graduate Programs

David Nawrocki

Michele Pistone
Law School

Yvonne Poorman-Taylor Co-ordinator, Marketing Dept.

Manuela Priesmuth Marketing

Hillary Seith
Alumnae, VSB and former Graduate Fellow, VWPN

Alicia Strandberg Analytics

Kate Szumanski
Dirctor, Professional Development, CLAS

Cathy Toner
Director, Communication and Marketing, VSB

Ani Ural

Jackeline Vega
Associate Director, Internships/co-ops, VSB

Shannon Wilson Communication and Marketing, VSB