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Villanova University Celebrates Women’s History Month with Series of Programs and Events

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VILLANOVA, Pa.—Villanova University celebrates Women’s History Month in 2022 with wide-ranging conversations and interactive events throughout the month of March. Activities include networking opportunities, alumni career panels, and more. Check back throughout the month, as this page will be kept up-to-date.


Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership

A conversation with Melonie Parker, ’14, Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Google
When: Wednesday, March 2 at 5:30pm
Where: Mullen Center for the Performing Arts

This event is part of the Villanova University Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development and the Villanova SHRM Student Chapter’s LEVEL UP HR Conference. There is a $15 admission fee for this event.

Leading Through Change: A Panel Discussion with Villanova Women Faculty
This program is co-sponsored by VISIBLE.
When: Wednesday, March 9 at 12pm
Where: Zoom

During this panel we will hear from Villanova Faculty on their experiences taking on new roles, or developing new programs or initiatives amidst the massive changes we have all been experiencing since March of 2020.

Developing Your Personal Leadership Path
When: Wednesday, March 23 at 12pm
Where: Zoom

This panel will explore how to build on experiences and interests to develop leadership skills and form your own unique path in leadership. This panel is ideal for women who have five or more years of experience in either formal or informal roles; are seeking a career change; want to strengthen their current position or are returning to the workforce.

Using Your Power: A Conversation With Young Leaders On Owning Leadership
When: Wednesday, March 30 at 7pm
Where: Zoom

In this conversation, recent Villanova and McNulty Institute Lorenzini Leadership Ambassador alumnae will discuss their journey to finding their passion, navigating career starts, and being a leader no matter one's age or title.
To learn more and to register for a Women’s Leadership Wednesday event, visit



BIG EAST Women's Networking Luncheon: The Great Resignation and the Shape of Work
When: Friday, March 11 at 11:30 am
Where: InterContinental New York Times Square

In the past year, millions of Americans have left their jobs and the resignations keep coming—especially among women. Join us for a panel program discussing what is driving this trend, how leaders can address it and how it may be shaping work in the future. The panel will feature leaders from a variety of industries, including those most impacted by the trend, such as healthcare, education and technology. Register here.


Student Life

Spotlight on Leadership with Ibtihaj Muhammad
When: Monday, March 28 at 6:30 pm
Where: Villanova Room, Connelly Center

Ibtihaj Muhammad is an entrepreneur, activist, speaker, and Olympic medalist in fencing. In 2016, Ibtihaj became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics in a hijab. On 03/28 in the Villanova Room, Ibtihaj will speak to the Villanova community about perseverance and Olympic success. This event is ASC approved and registration is not required.


Charles Widger School of Law

The Villanova Women’s Law Network Presents: A Conversation on Empowerment with Villanova Women Trailblazers
This event is co-sponsored by the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership
When: Wednesday, March 16 at 5pm
Where: John F. Scarpa Hall (also available via Zoom)

The event will feature a panel discussion followed by a reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres. Participants can join in person or virtually. Panelists include: Senator Kelly Ayotte '93, former United States senator for the State of New Hampshire; the Honorable Joanna E. McClinton '06, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Democratic leader and representative for the 191st House District; Jami McKeon '81, chair of Morgan Lewis; and the Honorable Sandra Newman '72, former Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Learn more.


Villanova College of Engineering

Society of Women Engineers’ 17th Annual Networking Dinner
This event is co-sponsored by VISIBLE.
When: Wednesday, March 23 at 5:30pm
Where: Villanova Room, Connelly Center

The Society of Women Engineers’ 17th Annual Networking Dinner provides a unique opportunity for professionals and students to connect over dinner. This event is open to both male and female engineering students of all engineering disciplines. Learn more.


Villanova School of Business
As a national effort in celebration and recognition, the theme for 2022 Women’s History Month is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope”

Spotlight Speaker Series: Shauna Shapiro, PhD.
When: Thursday, March 17 at 1:30pm
Where: Zoom

Professor, Author, and Mindfulness Expert Dr. Shauna Shapiro will share key points about the importance ofmindfulness for women who work in a male-dominatedprofession such as Business. Register here.

Cultural Conversations: "Women Must Prioritize Mental Health on Their Way to the Top"
When: Friday, March 29 at 12:30pm
Where: Zoom

For this session of Cultural Conversations, the group will discuss the article "Women Must Prioritize Mental Health On Their Way To The Top" from Fortune, and six ways career-minded women can cultivate positive mental health. We look forward to a robust conversation and solutions to preventing and eliminating burnout! Register Here.

Veritas Voices: An Open Conversation for VSB Students
When: Friday, March 25 at 3pm
Where: Curley Exchange, Bartley Hall

VSB's Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion present an open conversation about women and wellness. Register here.


About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit