The COVID-19 crisis has amplified many inequities and issues for women in their workplaces, communities and families. It has also been a time when we have seen extraordinary leadership and growth in the understanding of what skills are needed to address them. In conjunction with the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership, the College of Professional Studies is pleased to present the Women’s Leadership Development Series, featuring virtual panels and workshops focused on topics most critical for women in these challenging times.

The free webinar panels provide a high-level view of leadership—focused on how the panelists have acted and made decisions based on their core values as leaders in their communities or organizations. An optional workshop session follows each panel, focused on strategies and tools to develop skills related to the panel discussion. Each optional workshop costs $100 and registration will open immediately upon completion of the associated webinar panel.

Attendees of all four webinar panels and workshops are eligible to receive a 10% discount on the Women's Leadership Development Certificate program, launching Fall 2021.


“Leading in a Time of Crisis”, features women leaders who faced critical issues in their industries or communities as a result of the COVID crisis. The impressive line-up of panelists include:

Moderator: Dr. Terri Boyer '95 CLAS, Founding Director, Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership  


Facilitator: Kathleen Oswald, PhD, Adjunct Instructor, Department of Communications, Villanova University

Hone your leadership skills with tools and strategies for authentic communication and negotiation—an absolute necessity in a time of crisis. Participants will explore how to remain true to one’s own goals and values as a leader, how to ask the right questions, and use information gained as the basis for negotiations.




Navigating Work and Life in a Global Pandemic features women leaders in organizations and industries particularly impacted by the quarantine from a work-life perspective. Panelists include:

Moderator:  Heather Cluley, PhD, Associate Director and Assistant Professor of the Human Resource Development Program at Villanova University.

Facilitator: Dr. Terri Boyer, Founding Director, Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership

Explore work and life issues through the lens of gender and leadership. Build your personal Work-Life Influences model, analyze how you spend your time and what you value, and gain strategies to anticipate and address conflicts as they arise, including approaches to requesting more flexibility in your work schedule. 




Managing our personal finances is important to helping us achieve our goals, and it is especially so in a time of global crisis. This panel features women leaders who will discuss their experiences and share practical tips to achieve financial independence.

Panelists include:

Christina Larson Kelly, Principal, Larson Financial Planning, Inc.
Mairead McCarthy, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
SWIFT (Society for Women in Financial Training) representative

Moderator:  Joyce Russell, PhD., Helen and William O'Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business

Facilitator: Christina Larson Kelly ’74 BSN, MSN, Principal, Larson Financial Planning, LLC

Effectively managing our personal finances can lead to greater independence. Financial independence gives us the opportunity to have choices in both lifestyle and careers. Did you know you will spend 50% of your income on just 5 major purchases? Do you know how to make the right choices? Through humorous anecdotal stories combined with very practical advice, come learn strategies for financial stability and independence through life’s ups and downs.




“Creating a Smart Network” features women leaders whose stories show the importance of having a strong and diverse network of connections to achieve one’s leadership goals. Panelists will discuss formal and informal professional networks, securing mentors and sponsors, and building partnerships to achieve their personal and professional goals.


Kate Waters, Senior Vice President- Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley
Scarlett DeBease, Founder, Scarlett Image
Deneene Brockington, MBA, Program Manager, Strategic Partnerships, UPMC Health

Moderator: Jane Mullany, Founder and Principal, JMM Consulting LLC

Facilitators: Michele Gianforcaro ’89, Villanova School of Business and Dr. Terri Boyer, ’95, Founding Director, Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership

Dive into Network Science to build a better, smarter network. This interactive session will help you analyze and strategically craft your professional network. We’ll also tackle the critical-- and different-- roles of mentors, sponsors, and advocates in your network to help you get ahead.