Past Spring 2017 Events


lublin event

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 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

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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 your 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.

Carol Mitchell

Strengthening Your Inner Coach to be Stronger than Your Inner Critic

On March 29, 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 at Driscoll. Carol Vallone Mitchell, PhD cofounded Talent Strategy Partners, a talent management consulting firm.


Big East Luncheon

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; Nnema Lynch, Managing Principal and Director of Development, The Georgetown Company; Paula Sutter, Operating Partner, TSG Consumer Partners and CEO TSG Fashion; and Eileen Baker, GM Sales and IT Cosmetics. Please visit the VWPN website for more information on this great event!

VWPN 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 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.

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