Chatham News

MBA program launches new Certificate in Executive Women’s Leadership – Next open house is February 24

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
January 21, 2011

PITTSBURGH (January 21, 2011) … Responding to the challenges faced by women in business, Chatham University’s MBA program has developed a new 18-credit Certificate in Executive Women’s Leadership (CEWL). The program, designed in partnership with the University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE), also places students on track to earn an MBA.

The CEWL program will begin during summer semester 2011. The University will host three CEWL open houses on Tuesday, January 25; Thursday, February 24; and Wednesday, March 23, all from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Chatham University Howe-Childs Gate House at Fifth Avenue and Woodland Road. For more information call (412) 365-2433 or (412) 365- 2975, or email

“Through input from women executives in the region as well as from Chatham’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship we know that business women are looking for opportunities to enhance their business acumen and leadership presence,” explains Bruce Rosenthal, MBA program director and chair of the business programs at Chatham. “We focus expressly on the strategic thinking and entrepreneurship skills that women need and provide opportunities to network with other business women through events sponsored by CWE.”

Mr. Rosenthal notes that 12 of the certificate’s 18 credits can be applied to Chatham’s MBA program, enabling students to complete the degree with only an additional 25 credits. Access to CWE’s annual Think Big conference and Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series are included in the tuition. A bachelor’s degree is required for admission.

Certificate courses are designed at the master’s-level curriculum and include:
• Effective Business Communication for Women Leaders
• Entrepreneurship/Strategy
• Negotiations/Persuasion for Women Executives
• Creativity/Innovative Thinking
• Gender and Diversity in Leadership
• Strategic Performance for Women Executives

About the Chatham University MBA
Chatham’s MBA program is taught by faculty whose long and varied business experience and strong academic credentials form the cornerstone of small, interactive classes. Chatham’s MBA curriculum is designed to meet the business challenges of 21st century and focuses on skills identified by current business leaders as vital in an increasingly competitive job market. The Chatham MBA consists of two parts: Core Classes which provide students with detailed coverage of the advanced business knowledge and critical skills that are most in demand by employers, and three Concentration Tracks – Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Healthcare Management; and Executive Leadership for Women.