Female colleagues and students having a conversation during a conference.

The Center for Women & Business


The Center for Women & Business is dedicated to creating and growing a community of women focused on achieving their professional goals and sharing their wisdom and experiences with each other through skill-building workshops, motivational events and networking opportunities.

What We Do

Professional development for career-focused women

As part of a dynamic and growing educational institution with multiple professional disciplines including law, medicine, health science, business and engineering, we can effectively serve the needs of women professionals by leveraging the strengths of the institution.

Past Events

Beat Burnout: Women & Sustainable Success presented by Emilie Aries, Bossed Up’s Founder & CEO

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 8:30-11 a.m., North Haven Campus

Emilie Aries is a nationally recognized speaker and the Founder and CEO of Bossed Up, an innovative personal and professional training organization that helps women craft sustainable careers.

Emilie is a political organizer turned award-winning women’s leadership consultant. She has helped hundreds navigate career transition and prevent burnout. Her TED talk, “The Power of No,” shows how to set healthy boundaries and invest in sustainable long-term achievement.  Learn more about Emilie at emiliearies.com

Portrait of Emilie Aries in front of a stone wall.


Cheryl L. Jones speaking during an interactive workshop.

Lower stress and manage distractions

Cheryl L. Jones, chief mindfulness officer at The Mindful Path, LLC, speaks during an interactive workshop hosted by the Center for Women & Business on Thursday, April 20, 2017 on the North Haven Campus.

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Mindfulness in the Workplace

Mindfulness is more than just something practiced in quiet monasteries by Buddhist monks. In fact, nowhere is mindfulness—the ability to focus awareness on the present moment and acknowledge thoughts and feelings without judgement–more necessary than in the fast-paced, highly competitive business world. 

That is why the Center for Women & Business at Quinnipiac hosted an interactive workshop on mindfulness in the workplace on April 20, 2017. The workshop, presented by Cheryl L. Jones, chief mindfulness officer at The Mindful Path, LLC, focused on lowering stress, managing distractions, cultivating emotional intelligence, and improving relationships in the workplace. 

“Mindfulness is about noticing what’s happening within you and around you with a gentle, open mind,” Jones explained. “I believe it is the key to creating healthy and sustainable business practices for individuals, organizations and communities.” 

Jones is a certified health and wellness coach and an authority on mindfulness for the last 20 years. Her inspiring workshop echoed the Center for Women & Business’s mission to empower women to achieve their professional goals. 

“Cheryl is a skilled teacher with a real passion for helping women to reduce stress, build resilience and improve poise through mindfulness,” said Judy Gedge, associate director of the Center for Women & Business. 

For Jones, mindfulness isn’t just a cognitive tool for practicing mental and emotional self-care, but a way to help an organization improve its workplace culture. Mindful leadership and increased employee well-being and performance, she says, enables a company to attract and retain talent, achieve business excellence, navigate change and improve employee engagement. 

“Mindfulness teaches professionals to clearly see how their work aligns with the objectives of their organizations and how they can be accountable for their part in its success,” Jones said. “Practitioners learn how to transform the way they work every day."

Examples of past events include:

Kathy McAfee gives tips to graduate student Latisha Wilson during a speed networking session.

Connecting Women Breakfast Forum

Motivational speaker Kathy McAfee gives introduction tips to Quinnipiac graduate student Latisha Wilson during a speed networking session Friday, April 16, 2016 on the Mount Carmel Campus.

Cindy Russo speaks during the leadership breakfast panel.

Breakfast Panel: How to Succeed in Leadership Roles

Cindy Russo speaks during the leadership breakfast panel hosted by the Center for Women & Business on October 2, 2015.

Contact Us

Quinnipiac University Center for Women & Business

Kathleen Simione, Director
Associate Professor of Accounting

Judy Gedge, Associate Director
Associate Teaching Professor of Business Law

Patricia S. Kelly, Associate Director
Instructor of Management

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