Chatham News

Director of Chatham’s CWE to be named NAWBO Member of the Year

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
July 26, 2011

PITTSBURGH (July 26, 2011) … Rebecca U. Harris, director of Chatham’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE), will receive the Member of the Year award from the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) on August 3. The organization was created to allow businesswomen share information and foster an atmosphere of professional community to further strengthen their entrepreneurial interests. NAWBO represents the unified voice of more than 10 million women-owned businesses across the country.

Ms. Harris is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience as a consultant and marketing specialist. She graduated from Northwestern University as a communications studies major, and received her MBA from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.

She has started and managed several businesses and is passionate about helping women start and grow successful businesses as the director of the CWE, which aims to increase the economic vitality of the region by encouraging women business startups, business growth, and increased employment. Ms. Harris supports NAWBO’s mission through various partnerships and has spoken at NAWBO conferences.

For more than 30 years, NAWBO has been expanding across the United States, with chapters in nearly every major metropolitan area. Through its affiliation with Les Femmes Chefs d’Enterprises Mondiales (World Association of Women Entrepreneurs), NAWBO’s global reach extends to 60 countries on five continents worldwide. NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh is the fifth oldest chapter in the country, founded in 1975. Two past presidents of the national organization were from Pittsburgh—Grace McGarland and Mary Del Brady.

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 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.

Current and initial funding for CWE provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Initial funding for CWE was provided by the Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. 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 help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit