Recap of Spring 2016 Events

Online Virtual Network Event for Villanova Women 
January 22, 2016. Co-sponsored with VU Alumni Association

The Brazen networking event was a huge success! Over the course of the hour, 98 different networking conversations occurred between Villanova seniors or recent graduates all the way to women who had been with their companies for 20+ years. One woman signed in and networked all the way from Germany, and women were able to not only connect via the networking chats, but the open booth as well, where some women discussed balancing their careers and maternity leave, and others offered advice on changing career paths entirely. The event was a hit and women actively participated and made connections across industries.

Villanova University Women in Tech
January 30, 2016

  • Women are leading and innovating with technology across Villanova’s campus and alumnae base. At this event, we shared experiences, highlighted opportunities for women in technology, and motivated those who hesitate.

Work Smart Salary negotiation workshops.
March 20 and March 29.  

  • VWPN held two Work Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops this spring at Villanova on Sunday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 29. 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.

TED Salon: “How to Fix a Broken School.”
March 8, 2016.

  • Students, faculty, staff, and alumni watch the TED Talk and listened to Linda Cliatt-Wayman discuss her experience as principal in North Philadelphia. Following the viewing, an active discussion was led by Katina Sawyer, PhD from the Department of Psychology, enabling attendees to interact with each other and hear Linda’s perspective on improving Philadelphia’s school system. 

Northern California Women’s Professional Networking Reception
January 28, 2016 at UBS in San Francisco.  

  • This reception was organized by a Villanova alumna, Courtney Jones. A guest speaker from McKinsey spoke about McKinsey’s 2015  “Women in the Workplace” study, which was followed by a reception and opportunity for networking. 

Big East Tournament Networking Lunch in NYC: Women’s Leadership in Sports.  
March 11, 2016.  Co-sponsored with VUAA and the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law. 

  • Villanova alumnae, faculty, students and friends met in NYC for a networking lunch during the Big East Tournament. The program featured remarks and a Q&A from a panel of women executives and leaders from the sports industry:
    • Kathy Behrens, President, Social Responsibility & Player Programs National Basketball Association
    • Kristin Bernert, Senior Vice President, Business & Basketball Operations, New York Liberty
    • Ingrid Petri '02 VSB, Associate Vice President, NBA Global Marketing Partnerships, Business Development
    • Kate Porter '10 VLS, International Arbitration and Sports Law Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

The panel discussion was moderated by Vince Nicastro, Associate Director of the Moorad Center. Following the event, Villanova beat Providence (76-68) in the Big East semifinal championship game at Madison Square Garden!

TED Salon: “The US Needs Paid Family Leave – for the sake of its future” at The HUB in Center City on Thursday, April 14.

  • Students and faculty met at The HUB in Center City to view and discuss the TED Talk by Jessica Shortall, a working mother, author, strategy consultant, and social entrepreneur. A discussion was led by Lauren Miltenberger, PhD from the Public Administration Program, taking a deeper dive into the current workplace situations parents face when it comes to work and children.  

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