Women’s Leadership Center

Committed to preparing women for success in their future careers.

Founded in 2016, the Women’s Leadership Center at the University of Saint Joseph is committed to developing inspiring and effective leaders.


Women’s Leadership Center mission is to:

  • Provide multi-generational experiences within a diverse community
  • Build a collaborative, inclusive value-based environment in which individuals develop new and enhance existing leadership skills
  • Offer educational programs, including professional end executive education
  • Support research related to women’s leadership
  • Promote mentorship and sponsorship programs

Our Goals

The Women’s Leadership Center is focused on five goals from 2018-2021:

How to Accomplish Our Goals

The WLC provides workshops and courses, training sessions, supports research, and offers networking opportunities for women determined to further develop their talents and achieve success in their chosen field.

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In addition to helping women succeed, research conducted by the WLC aims to better understand what prevents women from reaching senior management and leadership positions. That research, in turn, guides the Center’s program initiatives in order to help women excel.

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About Us

Executive Director: Melanie Sinche

Student Assistant: Aya Cruz

Steering Council:

  • Katharine Ann Buck, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, USJ
  • Donna Collins, Special Projects Consultant, Hartford Business Journal
  • Jessica Dodge, Director of Operations and Programs, CTNext
  • Rhona Free, President, USJ
  • Colleen Johnson, Executive and Employee Communications Leader, CIGNA
  • Michelle Kalis, Provost, USJ
  • Barbara Lerner, former Executive Director, West Hartford Chamber of Commerce
  • Paddi LeShane, Chair, WLC Steering Council; CEO, Sullivan & LeShane, Inc.
  • Lois Lewis, Freelance Writer/Editor
  • Dara Macchi, Vice President of Marketing, American Eagle Financial Credit Union
  • Jennifer Matos, Executive Director, Noah Webster House/West Hartford Historical Society
  • Maggie Pinney, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, USJ
  • Lynn Ricci, President and CEO, Hospital for Special Care
  • Nancy Roath, College Consultant and Advisory Board Member, IBM/FUTURE 5
  • Stacy Routhier, Director of Marketing and Communications, USJ
  • Charlene Russell-Tucker, commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Heather Summerer, Associate Director, Public Affairs, Pratt & Whitney
  • Sharon Ware, Associate Professor of Special Education, USJ
  • Diane Whitney, Attorney, Pullman & Comley

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