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Innovative Leadership in a Changing Workplace
2022-23 Series

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:

Team Leadership in a Remote Workplace

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023 at 7 p.m. EST

About this virtual event

Managing teams in the remote/hybrid spaces of the post-pandemic world takes thoughtful, and very often innovative, leadership skills. In this session, you will hear from leaders across a variety of industries who have managed remote/hybrid teams successfully. Join us for this virtual session to build your skills and develop as a leader.

Click here to register for Team Leadership in a Remote Workplace


  • 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.

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Past Events

Identifying Talent and Finding the Right Fit for Remote Work – VIRTUAL SESSION

In the post-pandemic workplace, the remote talent pool has increased exponentially, as many workers have decided to trade their workspaces for home offices and remain virtual. During this informative session, we will first explore what it takes to be effective as a remote employee. What skills and work ethic are required to be productive in this space? Following this discussion, we will address the need to employ creative strategies for identifying talent in the digital age. Join us and share your thoughts through interactions with other professionals in the workplace.

Title IX 50th Anniversary

The Women’s Leadership Center at the University of Saint Joseph proudly hosted a dynamic event that welcomed 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 were: 

  • 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 
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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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