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The Women’s Leadership Center at the University of Saint Joseph is pleased to present the 2021-2022 season, “Advancing Your Career in a Complex World,” sponsored by and held in collaboration with The Hartford.

Past Events

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Meaningful Mentorship: Empowering Women in the Workplace

Women have been engaged in mentorship in the workplace for decades. However, many are still curious about the best way to engage another person in a mentoring relationship, and some may wonder how best to empower the people they mentor.

The Hartford proudly sponsored this interactive discussion on the best approaches to mentorship, including:

– How to identify and approach a potential mentor
– How to support women you currently mentor
– How to maintain mentoring relationships over time

International Women’s Day: Combating Violence Against Women

The WLC was delighted to partner with the World Affairs Council of CT and Interval House on the following:

This virtual program was in recognition of International Women’s Day to learn more about combatting violence against women featuring Reem Alsalem, United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences. This important event represented an ongoing collaboration between the Women’s Leadership Center at the University of Saint Joseph and the World Affairs Council of Connecticut.

This event was made possible by the generous support of The Hartford.

You can view a replay of the event here.

Behind the Camera: Groundbreaking Women in Media

Join us for this dynamic event featuring women who have blazed a trail through a variety of media. The following leaders in film, print, and audio will speak about their career paths across the media landscape, and will share insights and strategies for women and men interested in entering the field:

– Anita Ford Saunders, Owner, Anita Ford Saunders Communication
– Lydia B. Smith, Independent Producer/Director
– Neely Lohmann, Head of Audio, SoHi Media
– Donna Collins, Executive Producer, Media and Marketing Consultant

Negotiation Skills for Women in the Workplace

The Women’s Leadership Center at the University of Saint Joseph is pleased to partner with The Hartford to offer this informative discussion on how to negotiate effectively at work, a critical skill needed for all women looking to progress in their careers.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Melanie Sinche, Executive Director of the Women’s Leadership Center and Director of the Career Development Center at the University of Saint Joseph.

Speakers will include professionals from The Hartford, including:

Denise L. Amanatidis, Assistant Vice President, Claims Legal
Tatiana Banhon, Director, MLC Property Product
Jennifer Barbee, Managing Director, Middle Market Management Liability
Sandra Traub, Director, Hartford Global Specialty Claims

This event is made possible by the generous support of The Hartford.

Embracing Life’s Transitions: Managing Your Future in Uncertain Times

Marty Gervasi

Hear from expert, author, and former Chief Human Resources Officer at The Hartford, Marty Gervasi, about the importance of planning for and navigating life transitions when they occur. Ms. Gervasi is an Executive Committee Member, Trustee, and graduate of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT, and currently serves as a Senior Advisor for My Next Season, a firm that specializes in helping people manage career and other transitions well.

Global Changemakers: International Women’s Day Celebration 2020

Join women from around the world to participate in our annual Changemaker event co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Connecticut.

A conversation with Her Excellency Dina Kawar, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States.

Voices of Women in CT Leadership: A Celebration of Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

Secretary of State Denise Merrill will provide an overview of the past, present, and future of women’s suffrage in Connecticut followed by an interactive panel session.

Balancing Work & Life: Reflections From Women Leaders in Business

This event, was made possible by the generous support of The Hartford, included a talk, table discussions facilitated by business leaders from across Greater Hartford, and a 10% discount for attendees to a USJ/MindEdge online course, “Current Issues Facing Women in Business” to continue the learning beyond the event.

From Muse to Maker: 20th Century Women as Leaders in Connecticut Visual Arts

This event, made possible in part by the generous support of The Hartford, included a presentation on Connecticut women leaders in the visual arts.

Women’s Work: Stories Behind the Movement

This event, co-sponsored by The Aurora Foundation and made possible by the generous support of The Hartford, included a selection from Women’s Work, a multimedia series from Connecticut Public, featuring the stories of local women who share a common desire to be part of a collective effort.

Mentorship vs. Sponsorship: Investing in Relationships to Advance Your Career

The Women’s Leadership Center at the University of Saint Joseph cordially invites you to attend this event, focused on career development for professionals from the Greater Hartford region and across Connecticut.

Join leaders from across the state, featuring Patricia A. Rehmer, Senior Vice President of Hartford HealthCare and Behavioral Health Network President, as we explore the impact of mentorship and sponsorship on career advancement.

This interactive session will allow attendees from various career stages to hear from and network with professionals from a wide range of fields. Attendees will emerge from the program with an actionable plan for identifying mentors and sponsors.

Global Changemakers: International Women’s Day Celebration 2019

On March 4, 2019, we celebrated global changemakers in innovation: women at the forefront of discoveries, innovation, and movements that will shape the future of our world.

Moderator Yu-Hui Rogers and speakers Priyamvada Natarajan and Diana Ayton-Shenker shared a glimpse into our global future as we explored revelations in the cosmos, the next big trends in global social impact, and how these women are using innovation for the betterment of our world.

Got Grit?

Angela Duckworth

We watched a TedX Talk by Grit author, Angela Duckworth, and interacted with women leaders on our panel and with each other in the audience. Learned how Grit entails sustained perseverance, dedication, and a strong drive and commitment to achieve your goals over a long period of time.

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STEP, WLC event

USJ Women’s Leadership Center joined the I SHALL NOT BE AFRAID Foundation to present STEP.

As a distinguished winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking, STEP highlights the senior year of a Baltimore girls high school step dance team and their important message of empowerment, education, and reaching your goals.

Making Her Story: Carolyn Mile

Carolyn Miles, Save the Children President and CEO

Making Her Story: Sheila Horan

Sheila Horan, Retired FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterintelligence

Global Changemakers

Global Changemakers

2018 International Women’s Day

Featured: Josepha M. N. Musabyemariya, Bayartsetseg Jigmiddash, Stephenie Foster

A Celebration

Ann Uccello

Ann Uccello’s 50th anniversary of becoming the first woman mayor of a capital city, Hartford, in the U.S. in 1967.

Featured Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame traveling exhibit: Powerful Voices: Connecticut Women Changing Democracy. Connecticut’s history is filled with remarkable women who achieved extraordinary things!

Engaging Women in Our Community


A networking event to meet women like you who are ready to explore public service.

Speakers included: Rhona Free, President, University of Saint Joseph, Thea Montañez, Mayoral Chief of Staff, Hartford, Conn., Shari Cantor, Mayor, West Hartford, Conn., Marcia Leclerc, Mayor, East Hartford, Conn., Ronit Shoham, Co-founder of The Miracle League and community activist, Judith A. Carey, RSM, M’72, H’91, Ph.D., Organizational Consultant, University of Saint Joseph Board of Trustees

Global Women’s Leadership


The World Affairs Council and the University of Saint Joseph’s Women’s Leadership Center celebrated global women’s leadership: 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.

Panelist: The Honorable Nancy Johnson, K. Riva Levinson
Moderated by: Tara Joyce

A Hesburgh Lecture Series Event

Rev. Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C., Ph.D.


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

Are You Ready for the Job Market?

The University of Saint Joseph celebrated 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 featuring: Lynn Olson-Douglas ’05, M’08, Paddi LeShane, Rob King

Working to Elevate Women to the C-Suite


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? 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.

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

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