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Chatham University

Business Administration (MBA) Faculty and Staff

Katharine "Kit" Needham


Adjunct Business Faculty
Hometown : Pittsburgh, PA
Joined Chatham : 2010

Academic Areas of Interest

Entrepreneurism, Women's advancement, Business strategy

Personal Areas of Interest

Gardening, reading, cooking


Kit is Entrepreneur in Residence at Project Olympus. She provides students start-up advice, business strategy planning, connections to industry experts, advisors and the business community. She is a technical advisor to BlueTree Allied Angels and serves on the Screening Committee. She is an Advisory Board member of Chatham University's Center for Women's Entrepreneurship. She also provides consulting services to promote economic growth to Chambers of Commerce, individual entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. Kit was formerly Senior Vice President for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development where she developed the Conference’s strategy to expand business opportunities in the region’s target sectors of Life Sciences and Information Technology, as well as the strategy to support innovation and entrepreneurship. Kit was brought to Pittsburgh by Mellon Financial Corporation to serve as the Chief Operating Officer for Mellon Lab, a new unit being established to spark innovation in the creation of revenue-producing businesses for Mellon. She has held senior positions in BITS, a division of the Financial Services Roundtable, and the American Bankers Association where she developed and implemented strategies to maintain the industry’s competitiveness and security in the face of rapidly changing technology and managed a number of for-profit products and services. She has served on the Board of the Women’s Center and Shelter of Pittsburgh since 2003 and The Neighborhood Academy since 2006. She was a member of Leadership Pittsburgh XIX. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland with a B.S. She later obtained a Masters of Technology Management degree from American University, receiving The Graduate Scholarship Award, which is periodically awarded by the faculty for outstanding scholarship.


  • Masters of Technology Management, American University (Washington DC), 1981
  • B.S. University of Maryland (College Park, MD), 1969 (magna cum laude)


  • The Graduate Scholarship Award (periodically awarded by the faculty for outstanding scholarship), American University, 1981