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To celebrate 2018 International Women's Day, the University of Saint Joseph and the World Affairs Council of CT are hosting a free, public event: Global Changemakers featuring Josepha M.N. Musabyemariya, Bayartsetseg Jigmiddash, and Stephenie Foster

Global Changemakers: International Women’s Day Celebration

March 7, 2018, 5 - 7:15 p.m.

- Free - please register to attend!

Additional info can be found on the Eventbrite page here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/global-changemakers-international-womens-day-celebration-tickets-43142732073

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

On March 7 we celebrate global changemakers – women pressing for progress at the edge of today’s most prominent global movements.  

Featuring a panel of distinguished women:

  • Bayartsetseg Jigmiddash has held senior government positions in the justice sector and has been at the forefront of Mongolia’s far-reaching reform initiatives. Currently, she is CEO and Founding Director of Veritas Consulting. From 2012 to 2016, Jigmiddash served as Secretary of State of the Ministry of Justice of Mongolia, becoming the first woman appointed in this position. Under her leadership, the legal policy on gender-based violence has been significantly improved, including criminalization of domestic violence. Prior to this top civil service post, she served as legal advisor to the president of Mongolia, and has been involved in the judicial reform as well as abolishment of death penalty in Mongolia. She has extensive civil society experience and pioneered an array of initiatives to promote human rights and access to justice.
  • Stephenie Foster is a Partner in Smash Strategies and a former Senior Advisor and Counselor to the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the U.S Department of State. As a member of the leadership team, she coordinated, managed and implemented a wide range of policies and programs, including the women, peace and security initiative, women’s political participation and women’s economic empowerment. At the State Department, Ms. Foster represented the United States in various multilateral and bilateral forums. She served at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, focusing on women and civil society, travelling extensively throughout the country to work with individuals and organizations advancing the role of women in Afghan society. Ms. Foster served as Chief of Staff to two United States Senators, Barbara Mikulski and Christopher Dodd.
  • Josepha M. N. Musabyemariya is the United States Rwandan Community Abroad (USRCA) Commissioner for Gender and Social Affairs. She also is President of Rwandan Community Abroad (RCA) in Maryland, District of Columbia and Virginia (DMV). She has more than 25 years of experience in handling special projects and initiatives designed to positively impact lives of people in her home country of Rwanda,  the communities in and outside DMV and around the globe. She works for the African Union in the U.S.  In this office, she was among the handful of individuals charged with setting up the African Union office in Washington DC which was just prior to the arrival and assumption of duties of the first Permanent Representative in 2006. Josepha’s passion lies in dealing with all issues concerning gender and women empowerment.

5 p.m. | Reception

6 p.m. | Event followed by opportunity for audience Q&A

A partnership of: 

This year, join the World Affairs Council of CT and the University of Saint Joseph Women’s Leadership Center as we work to motivate women to continue to be bold, to press for progress and take groundbreaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women locally and across the globe.



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Past Events

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

Featuring 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! Join us for an interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and learn about some of the state’s powerful female voices for change in our democracy.

Join us as we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the election of Ann Uccello ’44 as Mayor of Hartford, the first woman in the United States to be elected Mayor of a capital city.

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, Registration at 5:30 p.m., Program at 6:00 p.m.

As a role model and leader in our community, we invite you to bring guests.  All are welcome. Space is limited.

There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required. 

RSVP to Rudeena Basden by Friday, November 11, 2017.

University of Saint Joseph
Crystal Room, Mercy Hall
1678 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

Engaging Women in Our Community

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

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Active community leaders shared their experiences and responded to questions during interactive panel discussions.

Speakers included:

  • Rhona Free, President, University of Saint Joseph
  • Mae Maloney, Program Director, Leadership Greater Hartford
  • 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

April 17, 2017

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.


The Honorable Nancy Johnson
House of Representatives representing the 5th and 6th Districts of Connecticut (1983-2007)
Senior Advisor, Baker Donelson
K. Riva Levinson
Founder, President and CEO of KRL International LLC, advisor to Africa's first elected female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and author of the acclaimed memoir, Choosing the Hero.


Moderated by:

Tara Joyce
News anchor, NBC Connecticut

A Hesburgh Lecture Series Event: “Can You Do Well While Doing Good?”

Nov. 9, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Connor Chapel of Our Lady, sponsored by the University of Notre Dame Club of Hartford.

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.

On Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. in the second-floor reception room of Bruyette Athenaeum, Lynn Olson-Douglas ’05, M’08, Director of Human Resources at Travelers, offered her insights.

The second installment featured Paddi LeShane, Chief Executive Officer/Lobbyist for Sullivan and LeShane, Inc. and member of the USJ Board of Trustees, on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. in the Crystal Room in Mercy Hall.

The series concluded on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at 12:30 p.m., when Rob King, Senior Vice President of SportsCenter and News at ESPN and member of the USJ Board of Trustees, spoke in the Crystal Room in Mercy Hall.

Working to Elevate Women to the C-Suite

Thursday, October 20, 2016 Registration at 5:30 p.m., Program at 6 p.m.

Hoffman Auditorium
Bruyette Athenaeum
1678 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

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? Join us for 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.

The program was designed for mid-career, senior and executive level women, but all were welcome.

Panelists Included:

Sheila Hartnett '74: Senior Advisor, former business owner & Chairman/CEO of Geometry Global

Patti LaMonica: Executive Director of Emergency Medicine and Prehospital Service Line, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center

Madelyn Lankton: Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Operations and eBusiness, Travelers

Joanne Price: Co-founder/Managing Partner, Fairview Capital


Nancy Roath '72: Co-Founder & Senior Director of Future 5, Stamford, CT; formerly Vice President of Brand & Product Marketing, IBM Corporation

Closing Remarks:

Marty Gervasi '83: Chief Human Resource Officer, The Hartford

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

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