Women's Leadership Center


Attend our workshops, training, courses, and forums to strengthen your skills and accomplish your career goals.


The Women’s Leadership Center at the University of Saint Joseph invites you to participate in:

Engaging Women in Our Community

Meet women like you who are ready to explore public service.

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Join active community leaders who will share their experiences and respond to your questions during interactive panel discussions.

To register for this event, please call Cristina Southward at 860.231.5291 or email [email protected].

Participant fee: $15 for adults, $5 for college students with valid ID (includes lunch).

Please review directions to the University of Saint Joseph and our campus map so that you can easily find Mercy Hall. The Crystal Room is on the first floor of Mercy Hall and is wheelchair accessible. Campus Map,  Directions, and Parking Map


Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017; 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Mercy Hall – Crystal Room, University of Saint Joseph

The importance of women leaders in public service, historically and for our future.

  • Rhona Free, President, University of Saint Joseph

Appointed Municipal and Non-Profit Leaders
How to become a candidate for a leadership position at a non-profit or government commission.

  • Mae Maloney, Program Director, Leadership Greater Hartford
  • Thea Montañez, Mayoral Chief of Staff, Hartford, Conn.

Elected Municipal Leaders
Considering a run for local office? What to expect as a candidate for a local elected position.

  • Shari Cantor, Mayor, West Hartford, Conn.
  • Mary Glassman, former First Selectman, Simsbury, Conn.
  • Marcia Leclerc, Mayor, East Hartford, Conn.

Networking Lunch

Starting Your Own Non-Profit
What to expect when you start-up a new non-profit agency.

  • Ronit Shoham, Co-founder of The Miracle League and community activist

Wrap-Up and Next Steps

Summary of learnings for the day and potential paths forward for participants.

  • Judith A. Carey, RSM, M'72, H'91, Ph.D., Organizational Consultant, University of Saint Joseph Board of Trustees

Past Events

Global Women's Leadership

April 17, 2017

The World Affairs Council and the University of Saint Joseph's Women's Leadership Center are celebrating global women's leadership. Join us and a panel of distinguished women leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women in our international landscape as well as the role women's advancement will play in shaping our global future.


The Honorable Nancy Johnson
House of Representatives representing the 5th and 6th Districts of Connecticut (1983-2007)
Senior Advisor, Baker Donelson
K. Riva Levinson
Founder, President and CEO of KRL International LLC, advisor to Africa's first elected female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and author of the acclaimed memoir, Choosing the Hero.

Moderated by:

Tara Joyce
News anchor, NBC Connecticut
Monday, April 17, 2017
Reception at 5 p.m.
Event to follow at 6 p.m.

Hoffman Auditorium, Carol Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities
University of Saint Joseph
1678 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117


Diana Sousa
Director, Marketing and Communications

A Hesburgh Lecture Series Event: “Can You Do Well While Doing Good?”

Nov. 9, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Connor Chapel of Our Lady, sponsored by the University of Notre Dame Club of Hartford.

Rev. Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C., Ph.D., ’61, ’69 M.A., Associate Professor, Management; Fellow, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Director, Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business

Today, many believe that business ethics is an oxymoron. Following the spirit of the famous line, “an ambassador is an honest man lying abroad for the good of his country,” some business leaders conduct their operations as if the bottom line is the only concern. Is it possible to do well while doing good? Discussing many examples such as Microsoft, Anglo American, Coca-Cola, and Merck, Rev. Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C. discusses how it is possible to outline a way for a business manager to exhibit superior performance in business and yet be a model of virtue and ethical values. Held in conjunction with the Notre Dame Club of Hartford.

Contact: Ruth Foxman
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 860.231.5221

Are You Ready for the Job Market?

The University of Saint Joseph is celebrating its 40-year tradition of educating women business leaders with a series of events during the fall 2016 semester, beginning with the “Are You Ready for the Job Market?” Speaker Series.

A recent PayScale survey reported that 87% of recent college graduates felt they were well-prepared for the workplace. However, only 50% of managers agreed with that assessment. By attending this series, you will learn which skills are necessary for success in the business world – straight from three industry leaders.

On Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. in the second-floor reception room of Bruyette Athenaeum, Lynn Olson-Douglas ’05, M’08, Director of Human Resources at Travelers, will offer her insights.

The second installment will feature Paddi LeShane, Chief Executive Officer/Lobbyist for Sullivan and LeShane, Inc. and member of the USJ Board of Trustees, on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. in the Crystal Room in Mercy Hall.

The series will conclude on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at 12:30 p.m., when Rob King, Senior Vice President of SportsCenter and News at ESPN and member of the USJ Board of Trustees, speaks in the Crystal Room in Mercy Hall.

Join the USJ community for each lecture, followed by light refreshments and networking opportunities.

Working to Elevate Women to the C-Suite

Thursday, October 20, 2016 Registration at 5:30 p.m., Program at 6 p.m.

Hoffman Auditorium
Bruyette Athenaeum
1678 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

What do women need to make it to the top — assertiveness, mentors and a willingness to “lean-in,” or more business, financial and technical skills and experience? Join us for a program aimed at helping women advance in their careers. Women in leadership positions in four industries will discuss their perspectives, experiences and recommendations for women who want to climb the career ladder.

The program is designed for mid-career, senior and executive level women, but all are welcome. There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required.

Panelists Include:

Sheila Hartnett '74: Senior Advisor, former business owner & Chairman/CEO of Geometry Global

Patti LaMonica: Executive Director of Emergency Medicine and Prehospital Service Line, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center

Madelyn Lankton: Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Operations and eBusiness, Travelers

Joanne Price: Co-founder/Managing Partner, Fairview Capital


Nancy Roath '72: Co-Founder & Senior Director of Future 5, Stamford, CT; formerly Vice President of Brand & Product Marketing, IBM Corporation

Closing Remarks:

Marty Gervasi '83: Chief Human Resource Officer, The Hartford

Networking opportunity and refreshments sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise to immediately follow the program.

RSVP to Cristina Southward.