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Villanova University offers an inclusive environment for leadership development, including a deep commitment to recognizing and promoting the pivotal roles and perspectives women leaders contribute to all industries and fields.

The Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership fosters women’s advancement through education, advocacy, community-building and the collaborative creation of new knowledge.

In addition to supporting new research and leadership development opportunities, the Institute for Women's Leadership will act as a centralized resource where students, alumni, faculty and staff can find academic, extracurricular and professional programs that will stimulate conversations about women in leadership and develop the skills and experiences that can help women excel in their chosen fields and act as agents of change.


The Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership fosters women’s advancement through education, advocacy, community‐building and the collaborative creation of new knowledge. We believe gender equity is central to the common good, and are committed to developing leaders in the Augustinian tradition of self‐understanding in the pursuit of a just and peaceful world.


The Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership will be nationally recognized as a premier organization known for its groundbreaking scholarship, innovative programs and effectiveness in advancing women as leaders. The Institute will create awareness, inspire actions and develop opportunities for Villanovans to work together as a driving force for gender equity.

To that end:

  • We will build a vibrant interdisciplinary research environment to engage faculty and students in scholarship related to women’s leadership and the broader field of Gender and Women’s Studies, which will lead to transformative thinking and inform policy change.

  • We will establish opportunities for lifelong skills development that position Villanova women to achieve leadership success and empower both women and men to enact social change.

  • We will create a climate that fosters new opportunities and connections within Villanova and the broader community in order to mentor, network, exchange knowledge and inspire the development of women leaders.

  • We will cultivate an environment in which Villanovans speak out to challenge gender-based assumptions and advocate for policy changes, leading to a better and more equal society.

The McNulty Institute will provide a broad set of programming that serves Villanova students, faculty, staff and alumni.

  • Research and Knowledge Development: Recognize, support and disseminate research on women and leadership.

  • Capacity Building and Skills Development: Develop leadership abilities of Villanovans through rigorous leadership and academic programs.

  • Networking and Enabling Connections: Facilitate connections and build support networks throughout the Villanova community and beyond. 

  • Advocacy: Raise awareness about obstacles to women’s leadership within social and institutional structures as well as within individuals; promote policy changes to help eliminate those obstacles and establish environments where gender equity flourishes. 

Teresa Boyer

Terri Boyer, EdD, ’95 CLAS has been appointed as the founding director of the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership and an associate professor of Education and Counseling, effective July 31. An innovative leader in economic and social equity for women, Dr. Boyer previously served as executive director of the Center for Women and Work and as an assistant research professor at Rutgers University.

Dr. Boyer is an accomplished author who has published widely on educational and workforce equity, institutional reform for equity, women’s education and leadership, the effectiveness of equity programs, and assessment and teacher training. She is a skilled researcher who has secured substantial federal, state and private grant funds to support critical work on the issues of the advancement of women and gender equity. Known as an outstanding professor, Dr. Boyer has taught classes on working women in America, work-life balance, leadership development, youth and work, and career planning and development.

Dr. Boyer holds a doctorate in Education and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Villanova, and she received the Medallion of Excellence from the Department of Education and Counseling the year she graduated.

View Dr. Boyer's media expert profile to see her latest news interviews and media areas of expertise.

The Advisory Council offers leadership and guidance, working closely with the Institute Director to support the Institute's success.

Marietta Waters Alba ’96 VSB
Senior Manager

Joanna M. Bennett, JD, ’92 CLAS

Erin Bigley, CFA, ’96 COE
Senior Vice President
AllianceBernstein (AB)

Tracy Setlock Brala ’90 VSB
Executive Director
Growth and Strategy Consumer Services
Comcast Universal

Coleen Burke-Finney ’90 COE
Director, International Strategy & Market Development, Boeing International
The Boeing Company

Ann Conry ’86 VSB
Managing Dir., Head of Official Institution Sales, Americas
BNP Paribas Investment Partners

Laura K Esposito ’98 VSB
Senior Vice President, Head of North America Business Development
TT International

Sarah Francis-Bland ’06 CLAS
Executive and Board Network Leader – Americas Financial Services Organization
Ernst & Young LLP (EY)

Janet Garrity ’87 MBA
Retired - Vice President Financing and Cash Operations
Verizon Communications

Maryalice Morro ’83 CON
Carl Vinson VA Medical Center

Jane M. Mullany ’80 CON
Non Profit Consultant

Therese DeVries Narzikul, MBA, MSN, CRNP, ’04 EMBA
VP, Practice Design & Care Coordination
Jefferson Health

Erin Scanlon ’86 VSB
Partner | Audit Services
Media & Entertainment Audit Leader
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Carla E. Small
Sr. Director | Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator
Boston Children’s Hospital

Maura Topper ’08 VSB
Vice President
Dunne Manning

Marguerite Walsh ’76 CLAS
General Counsel

Kate K. Waters ’98 CLAS
Senior Vice President
Morgan Stanley

Darla Wolfe ’06 EMBA
Managing Principal
Sweat EquitE LLC

Formed in June 2015, the McNulty Institute Steering Committee forged the guiding vision and recommendations for the Institute and continues to lead the foundational research and assessments for the Institute’s programming and initiatives.  

Amy Fleischer, PhD (Chair)
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies
Director, Novatherm Laboratory

Aprile Age
Executive Director, McNulty Foundation

Cheryl Carleton, PhD
Assistant Professor, Economics, Villanova School of Business
Director, Villanova Women’s Professional Network

Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell, PhD
Professor, College of Nursing

Gary Gabriele, PhD
Drosdick Endowed Dean, College of Engineering

Michele Gianforcaro
Assistant Director, VSB Mentor Programs, Villanova School of Business

Amy Layman
Executive Director of Alumni Relations, University Advancement

II Luscri
Executive Director, ICE Institute

Jean Lutes, PhD
Associate Professor, English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Tim McMahon
Senior Associate Vice President, University Advancement

Cheryl Morris
Director, University Advancement Communication

Nina Sawhney
Program Manager, McNulty Foundation

Lisa Sewell, PhD
Associate Professor, English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Co-Director, Gender and Women’s Studies

Anne McNulty

Anne Welsh McNulty is an active philanthropist and advocate for leadership development and social change. She is the co-founder and managing partner of JBK Partners, with businesses including investment management and a private philanthropic foundation. Before starting JBK Partners, she was a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs and a senior executive of the Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Strategies Group.

Anne has a sustained passion for lifelong learning, and over the past decade has greatly expanded the mission she began with her late husband John to enable young people to grow as high-impact leaders. Under her leadership, the McNulty Foundation has established several initiatives that support individuals who strive to make a difference in the world, including the prestigious McNulty Prize, which recognizes the extraordinary success of young global leaders solving some of the world’s most intractable societal and environmental challenges.

As a woman who has broken barriers herself in becoming a leader in her field, Anne is an enthusiastic advocate for women’s leadership. She actively supports initiatives that increase the representation of women in leadership positions and build conscious and inclusive environments that enable women to flourish—key aims of the McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership at Villanova.

Anne graduated from Villanova as valedictorian in 1975 and served on the University’s Board of Trustees for 10 years. She currently serves on the Board of Overseers at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her MBA. In addition, Anne serves as a trustee of the Aspen Institute and the Naples Children & Education Foundation, and on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Opera of New York, the Child Mind Institute in New York and the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.



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Thurs., January 25

Can Women Trust Each Other?: Women in Dialogue with Other Women
Join Dr. Boyer and other campus leaders in this Freedom School session to discuss and examine the ways our current social climate has constructed divides among women and how these divides can be traversed. Sponsored by the Center for Peace and Justice Education.  
1:00 p.m.
St. David's Room (Lower Level Connelly)


Sat., January, 27

VU Women in Tech
The McNulty Institute is co-sponsoring the VU Women in Tech Conference featuring a robust line-up of speakers addressing disruptive technologies impacting the financial industry. Dr. Boyer will be co-presenting on Unconscious Bias and data at 10:15 a.m. Register
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Bartley Hall