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VU Women in Tech

VILLANOVA, Pa., February 18, 2016On January 30, 2016, Villanova University presented the inaugural VU Women in Tech conference to celebrate women who are leading, innovating, and inspiring with technology. This one-day event brought together more than 130 students, faculty, staff, alumnae and professionals to encourage women to explore the possibilities of technology-based careers; learn about successes and failures; engage in technology-driven discussions; and network across schools, disciplines, and generations.

“Women are very much a part of the tech space and really appreciate an opportunity to gather and share their interest,” said event organizer Sue McFarland Metzger. Instructor, Accountancy & Information Systems, Department of Computing Sciences.

Provost Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, opened the conference and introduced the keynote, Karen Mazer, principal of Deloitte Consulting LLP. An “accidental technologist,” Karen entered college with the goal of becoming a psychologist, but found herself drawn to decision science and the technology behind it.

She advanced her career by taking on various leadership roles at Deloitte, and attributed much of her success to her technology background. Karen stressed the importance of mentorship and shared how her mentor encouraged her to invest in herself.

Technology has had a profound effect on our personal lives and industry alike, she shared, providing women with an extraordinary opportunity. “This is an incredible time for all of you,” she said in closing, “because everything I just talked about has really happened in the last 20 years or so, and it’s from people like you who’ve had passion, who’ve dreamt big, who had a vision.”

Following the keynote, the one-day conference proceeded with three tracks: leading with technology, innovating with technology, and inspiring with technology. Session topics ranged from “Pairing Passion & Tech” to “U, UX & Awesomeness.”

The speaker line-up included 18 distinguished women who have made their mark in technology:

  • Susan Birkhoff, MSN, RN, PHRN, PhD Student, College of Nursing, Villanova University
  •  Jo Clubb, Applied Sports Scientist, Buffalo Sabres
  •  Rachael Cohen, Business Technology Analyst, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Philomena (Nina) DiQuollo, Director of Analytics, Barnabas Health
  • Lisa Farnin, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager, IBM
  • Laura Freeman, Product Manager, Zonoff
  • Chanelle Henry, Director of UX, Bluewolf
  • Mary Malone, Principal Engineer, Software Systems Architect, Comcast
  • Kristen Maynes, Manager, Cybersecurity and Privacy, PwC
  • Karen Mazer, Principal, Technology Strategy & Architecture, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Erin McInerney, Account Executive, SAP America
  • Alyssa Nazar, User Experience Specialist, Technical Operations Analyst, Bloomberg LP
  • Kimberly K. Siejak, Director, Customer Analytics, Independence Blue Cross
  • Remy Stiles, Director, Client Solutions, Kepler Group
  • Patricia Dougherty Stumpf, Project Manager, Quintiq
  • Jenn Van Arsdalen, Applications Developer, QVC
  • Amber Wanner, Founder & CEO, CandiDate
  • Darla Wolfe, Principal & CEO, Sweat Equite, LLC

The inaugural VU Women in Tech conference left attendees energized and inspired. For more information about the event, please visit

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #24 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers or Institutes of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights, the Center for Church Management & Business Ethics and the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute) with each center and institute designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit

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