Chatham News

YWCA CEO visits campus on April 9 to discuss Innovative Entrepreneurship for a Nonprofit

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
March 25, 2010

Click here to read more about Magdeline Jensen and the YWCA in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

PITTSBURGH (March 25, 2010) … The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University continues its monthly Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series with Magdeline Jensen, CEO of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, discussing “Innovative Entrepreneurship for a Nonprofit” on Friday, April 9, 2010, at 7:30-9:30 a.m. The $25 admission fee includes a continental breakfast and networking session which precede the presentation. Registration and information is available at or by calling 412-365-1253.

Ms. Jensen’s presentation will discuss the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh entrepreneurship venture to open a Nathan’s Famous food franchise in a portion of its building storefront downtown as a way to develop new, alternative income streams. She will answer questions on the reasoning behind the choice of Nathan’s Famous, and the overall process in assessing capacity, the market, and projected profit. She will also address other important issues such as Nathan’s Famous having an impact on the YWCA non-profit status, and how the YWCA will be able to protect it.

Ms. Jensen has been the CEO of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh since November 2007. The YWCA is a non-profit association whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women and girls. Founded in 1869, the Association operates 12 programs and five annual events, all of which are managed by more than 200 employees working at four locations throughout Allegheny County. Prior to her position at the YWCA, Ms. Jensen was the first woman to be selected as the Chief Federal Probation Officer in Arizona, where she managed a $15 million operation of the U.S. Probation office for nine years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Criminology and a Master of Criminology from the University of California, Berkeley, CA.

About CWE
The mission of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is to educate, create economic opportunities, and foster entrepreneurial thinking for women entrepreneurs, women in business, and students. The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs in both new development and growth stages of their businesses to start, develop and significantly grow their companies by utilizing Chatham resources, programs, faculty expertise, and student assistance. CWE also provides programming targeted to local and regional women in business. This programming is designed to teach women in business how to think and act entrepreneurially by focusing on innovation and creativity within the context of an existing organizational environment. And finally, CWE offers specific programs for both undergraduate and graduate students which help them learn the skills needed to become either successful entrepreneurs or successful women in business. For more information about programs offered by CWE call 412-365-1253 or visit

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit