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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.


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About Us

Executive Director: Melanie Sinche
Graduate Assistant: Michael Pendergast

Steering Council:

  • Christine Caruso, Interim Director and Visiting Asst. Professor of Public Health, USJ
  • Donna Collins, Associate Publisher, Hartford Business Journal
  • 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
  • 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
  • Charlene Russell-Tucker, Chief Operating Officer, CT State Department of Education
  • Diana Sousa, Associate Vice President, Marketing and Public Affairs, USJ
  • Sharon Ware, Associate Professor of Special Education, USJ
  • Diane Whitney, Attorney, Pullman & Comley

Contact: [email protected]

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Women’s Leadership Center Celebrates Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, the Women’s Leadership Center (WLC) at the University of Saint Joseph held “Voices of Women in Connecticut Leadership: A Celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage.” The event, which brought together women from across the state – including Secretary of the State Denise Merrill – featured presentations that delved

Got Grit? WLC event panel

Grit: Get it, Use it, Share it

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Women’s Leadership Center (WLC) at the USJ has a clear mission focused on life-long learning: Provide multigenerational 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 and executive education Support research related to women’s leadership Promote mentorship

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