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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Title IX with women leaders in sport, media, and law as they reflect on the ESPN film 37 Words. 

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Title IX: 37 Words for Equity and Justice 
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022 
5-6 p.m. Networking Event 
6-7 p.m. Screen clips from the film 37 Words and hear from panel speakers

The Women’s Leadership Center at the University of Saint Joseph is proud to host this dynamic event, where we will welcome a panel of powerful women in sport, media, and law to discuss clips from the ESPN four-part docuseries 37 Words. The film celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the 1972 amendment passed by Congress to forbid discrimination based on gender. 

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Panelists and moderators include: 

  • Donna de Varona, Olympic Gold Medalist in Swimming, Activist, Television Sportscaster 
  • Leander Dolphin, Managing Partner, Shipman & Goodwin LLP 
  • Clare Smith Marash, Producer, 37 Words 
  • Carol Stiff, President, Stiff Sports Media Consulting, LLC 

Before the main event, we invite you to participate in a networking event, where you can connect with professionals based on your career field of interest. The networking session will take place from 5-6 p.m., and light refreshments will be served. We will then move into Hoffman Auditorium to screen clips from the film and hear from our distinguished panel. 

Register today and share this link broadly to continue the journey toward equity and social justice here.

Innovative Leadership in a Changing Workplace

The Women’s Leadership Center (WLC) at the University of Saint Joseph was founded in 2016 to celebrate the legacy of women leaders throughout the University’s history. Its current mission is to develop and inspire effective women leaders across the state of Connecticut.

As we emerge from the worldwide pandemic, we acknowledge that the nature of work has changed. We are pleased to launch the WLC 2022-2023 series, Innovative Leadership in a Changing Workplace in response to this dynamic employment landscape. This series, sponsored by The Hartford, will focus on evolving work decisions faced by leaders across all industries regarding remote and in-person work. The following programs are open to all:

  • Identifying Talent and Finding the Right Fit for Remote Work – Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022
  • Team Leadership in a Remote Workplace – Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023
  • Professional Growth and Networking in a Virtual World – Wednesday, April 19, 2023

“This series was created for leaders throughout Greater Hartford as they tackle new developments in the workforce, including remote-only employees, in-person and virtual teams, and effective networking across their fields,” according to WLC Executive Director Melanie Sinche.

For more information and to register for these programs, please visit www.usj.edu/wlc.

To learn about future programming and the activities of the WLC, join our mailing list by emailing [email protected].


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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.

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