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Women's Leadership Wednesdays: Using Your Power: A Conversation with Young Leaders on Owning Leadership

In this conversation on March 30, 2022, 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.

Women's Leadership Wednesdays: Developing Your Leadership Path

On Wednesday, March 23, 2022, this panel explored 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.

Women's Leadership Wednesdays: Leading Through Change: A Panel Discussion with Villanova Faculty

On Wednesday, March 9, 2022 we heard 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 2020. This program is co-sponsored by VISIBLE (Villanova Initiative to Support Inclusiveness and Build Leaders).

2022 Keynote Speaker: Winona LaDuke
Sacred Relationships: The Land, Justice and Redemption 

On January 18th, Winona LaDuke is a Harvard-educated economist, environmental activist, author, hemp farmer, grandmother and a two-time former Green Party Vice President candidate with Ralph Nader. LaDuke specializes in rural development; economic, food and energy sovereignty; and environmental justice talked about Sacred Relationships: The Land, Justice and Redemption.

Living and working on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, LaDuke leads several organizations, including Honor the Earth (co-founded with The Indigo Girls 28 years ago), Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute, Akiing and Winona’s Hemp. These organizations develop and model cultural-based sustainable development strategies utilizing renewable energy and sustainable food systems.

LaDuke is an international thought leader and lecturer in climate justice, renewable energy and environmental justice, plus an advocate for protecting Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering. She has written seven books, including Recovering the Sacred, All Our Relations, Last Standing Woman, The Winona LaDuke Chronicles,and her newest work, To Be A Water Protector: The Rise of the Wiindigo Slayers.

VU Women In Tech

The McNulty Institute was a proud sponsor of the VU Women in Tech 2021 Conference. Click here to view workshops and conversations from the conference. 

Black Women, Representation, and the Constitution

With the passage of the 19th and 15th Amendments more than 100 years ago, African American women’s suffrage became part of the Constitution. Yet the history of the struggle for Black women’s suffrage and representation is lesser known and is still developing today. Join Nadia Brown, professor of government and chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Georgetown University and Idol Family Fellow at the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute at Villanova University; Bettye Collier-Thomas, professor of history at Temple University and co-editor of African American Women and the Vote, 1837–1965; and Martha Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and author of Vanguard, for a discussion on the history of Black women in America’s representative democracy, including their roles as suffrage advocates, voters, and representatives, from Sojourner Truth to Shirley Chisholm. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, provides introductory remarks, and Lana Ulrich, senior director of content at the National Constitution Center, moderates the discussion. 

This program is made possible through the generous support of the McNulty Foundation in partnership with the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership at Villanova University and as part of the Center’s Women and the Constitution, initiative.

A Seat at The Table: Villanova Women and Board Leadership - March 12, 2021

Women’s representation in board leadership has been slowly increasing, but large disparities remain. As the governance bodies that steer corporate and non-profit organizations, Board of Directors seats are critical power positions. Hear from a panel of Villanovans about their experiences on boards across sectors. Gain insights into the pathways to these seats, effective board leadership skills and leveraging them for your leadership advancement.

Panelists include Teresa Briggs P '21, Catherine Keating '84 CLAS, Anne Roby, PhD, '86 COE, Royce Warrick Esq. '85 CWSL. The panel will be facilitated by Sarah Francis-Bland '06 CLAS.

A compilation of resources that were shared by the panelists.

Women's Leadership Series - Virtual Webinar Creating a Smart Network

On March 10, 2021, the McNulty Institute in collaboration with CPS hosted a virtual panel featuring women leaders whose stories show the importance of having a strong and diverse network of connections to achieve one’s leadership goals. Panelists will discuss formal and informal professional networks, securing mentors and sponsors, and building partnerships to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Panelists Include:

  • Kate Waters, Senior Vice President- Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley
  • Scarlett DeBease, Founder, Scarlett Image
  • Deneene Brockington, MBA, Program Manager, Strategic Partnerships, UPMC Health
  • Mia Jung, Partner, Oxeon Partners

Moderator: Jane Mullany, Founder and Principal, JMM Consulting LLC

Full panelist bios and photos can be found here. 

Gender Identity Discussion Hosted by The Parenthood Collective

On January 21, 2021, Dr. Alex Iannucci, executive director of Strategic Initiatives from Villanova's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion joined the Parenthood Collective for an open discussion on how to talk to your children about gender identity. 
Resources about gender identity:

Women's Leadership Series - Virtual Webinar Financial Management in Times of Crisis

On January 20, 2021, the McNulty Institute in collaboration with CPS hosted a virtual panel on Managing our personal finances is important to helping us achieve our goals, and it is especially so in a time of global crisis. This panel features women leaders who will discuss their experiences and share practical tips to achieve financial independence.

Panelists Include:

  • Christina Larson Kelly, Principal, Larson Financial Planning, Inc.
  • Amanda Lawrence, Vice President of Community Impact, Trident United Way
  • Meredith Okenquist, Career Transitions Coach, Villanova University

Moderator:  Joyce Russell, PhD., Helen and William O'Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business

Full panelist bios and photos can be found here.

Women's Leadership Series - Virtual Webinar Navigating Work and Life

On November 18th, the McNulty Institute in collaboration with CPS hosted a virtual panel on Navigating Work and Life in a Global Pandemic features women leaders in organizations and industries particularly impacted by the quarantine from a work-life perspective.

Panelists include:

Moderator:  Heather Cluley, PhD, Associate Director and Assistant Professor of the Human Resource Development Program at Villanova University

Women's Leadership Series - Virtual Webinar Leading in a Time of Crisis

On September 30th the McNulty Institute in collaboration with CPS hosted a virtual panel on “Leading in a Time of Crisis”, features women leaders who faced critical issues in their industries or communities as a result of the COVID crisis. 

Panelists include:

Moderator:  Dr. Terri Boyer, Director, Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership

To view full bios for Leading in a Time of Crisis” panelists click here

IABCN Online Webinar: Women in Leadership - A Transatlantic Conversation

In conjunction with the Irish American Business Chamber and Network of Philadelphia and Technological University Dublin, McNulty Institute Director, Dr. Terri Boyer is joined by Professor Yvonne Galligan, Director for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Technological University Dublin for this transatlantic conversation. The conversation covers some of the most prominent issues of women and leadership today, including the pay gap, work and life, and our growing presence in public leadership roles like elected office and corporate boards, and how the distinct cultures of Ireland and the United States impact how gender and leadership intersect.

Spotlight on Leadership: A Conversation with Tarana Burke

Villanova welcomed Tarana Burke, activist and founder of "me too" on March 29, 2019. A conversation which started with Dr. Aronte Bennett expanded to include the full Villanova community including more than 700 students that were present. Click here to view video. Villanova credentials may be required to view.

Gender Equity in Law Schools

On October 25, 2019 The McNulty Institute participated in Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law's "Gender Equity in Law Schools" symposium. Click here to view videos and descriptions for each session.

At the Intersection of Gender and Leadership

In September 2019, the McNulty Institute, in collaboration with Get Woke Nova, hosted Get Woke on Women's Leadership Week. Throughout the week students, staff, and faculty gathered for morning coffee discussion on topics of gender in the context of religion, education, intersectional identities, leadership, and STEM. As a culminating event, the McNulty Institute hosted a panel discussion: At the Intersection of Gender and Leadership. This panel, moderated by Elizabeth Pianucci, CLAS '21, president of She's the First, featured students, staff, and faculty change agents to discuss their experiences of how gender influences leadership on campus.

Mothers at Work: Who Opts Out?

On November 13, 2018 Villanova's Gender and Women's Studies and the McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership welcomed Dr. Liana Christian Landivar, Sociologist and Faculty Affiliate, Maryland Population Research Center, University of Maryland, College Park, to campus to discuss her research and new book, "Mother's at Work: Who Opts Out"

Are We Sisters? A Dialogue on Sisterhood and Race

Dr. Catherine Kerrison's book, Jefferson's Daughters, is the untold story of Thoma's Jefferson's three daughters-two white and free, one black and enslaved. More than 200 years later, the account brings light to our experiences of "sisterhood" among women from divergent backgrounds. On April 12, 2018, The McNulty Institute co-sponsored the event, Are We Sisters? A Dialogue on Sisterhood and Race, which featured comments from Dr. Kerrison & students Chidinma Chioke and Claire Grindinger to discuss their hopes for the future of a true sisterhood to support women's advancement, no matter our backgrounds.

A Conversation with Fran Hauser, Author of "Myth of the Nice Girl"

On May 2, 2018, Terri Boyer, EdD, ’95 CLAS, Founding Director of the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership, was joined by Fran Hauser, author of The Myth of the Nice Girl, long-time media executive, startup investor, and celebrated champion of women and girls.

McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership Launch

On October 26, 2017, University leaders, alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends came together to officially launch The Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership. The launch included a keynote address by renowned author and scholar Anne-Marie Slaughter, PhD, JD, President and CEO of New America.