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Women's Leadership Center


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Upcoming Events

Global Changemakers: International Women's Day Celebration 2020

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Join women from around the world to participate in our annual Changemaker event co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Connecticut. (Snow date: Wed., March 4th)

Location: Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

5 p.m. Registration and reception

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


Where Are the Women? Rediscovering the Origins of Connecticut Women Artists

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Enjoy the uniqueness of the exhibition and splendor of these ~ 70 selected works of art by 23 female artists, founders and early members of CT Women Artists.

Location: Bruyette Athenaeum, Art Museum

SAVE THE DATE for the opening reception of the exhibition! 5-7:30 p.m.

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Past Events

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

Monday, January 27, 2020

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.

Location: Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

5 p.m. Registration and reception
6 p.m. Presentation
6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion


Balancing Work & Life: Reflections from Women Leaders in Business

Monday, November 18, 2019

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.

Location: University of Saint Joseph, Mercy Hall, Crystal Room

5:30 p.m. Registration
6 p.m. Presentation on balance, followed by table discussions
7 p.m. Networking reception

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

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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

Monday, September 16, 2019

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

Monday, April 1, 2019

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.

Angela Duckworth

Got Grit?

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, a Where We Live Series


Carolyn Miles, Save the Children President and CEO
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Making Her Story, a Where We Live Series


Sheila Horan, Retired FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterintelligence

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Global Changemakers


2018 International Women's Day

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

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!



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



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

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



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



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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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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