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People’s United Center for Women & Business

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The People’s United 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.

Upcoming Events

Women in Leadership Panel: Become an Authentic Leader

To celebrate Women Entrepreneurship Week (WEW), People’s United Center for Women & Business and the Women Presidents' Educational Organization have joined forces to deliver a panel of three successful Connecticut women business owners from different industries. Each will share their experiences and provide tips on being an authentic leader.

October 22, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
North Haven Campus, MNH 101
Quinnipiac University
370 Bassett Road
North Haven, Connecticut 06473

The event is open to the public and free of charge. We encourage you to bring your friends and colleagues.

Advance registration is required. 

The panelists:


Katherine Saint
President of The Schwerdtle Stamp Company


Diane Winston
CEO and Founder of Winston Strategic Partners


Beverlee Dacey
President of Amodex


Catlin Wells
Title IX Coordinator at Quinnipiac University & Moderator

This event is hosted by the QU People’s United Center for Women & Business, within the School of Business. Please contact QUCWB@qu.edu with any questions.


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.

Past Events Continued

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."

Other 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

People's United Center for Women & Business at Quinnipiac University

Kathleen Simione, Senior Adviser
Associate Professor of Accounting

Julia Fullick-Jagiela, Co-Director
Associate Professor and Chair of Management

Kiku Jones, Co-Director
Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems

Hanna Hejmowski, Director of Operations
Central European Institute
People's United Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
People's United Center for Women & Business
Global Asset Management Education (GAME) Forum