Chatham News

Chatham’s CWE presents So You Think You Know How to Negotiate on September 9

The presentation is part of the CWE’s Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
August 15, 2011

PITTSBURGH (August 15, 2011) … The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) will host M.J. Tocci, director and co-founder of Carnegie Mellon’s Babcock Institute for Negotiation, as part of its Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series on Friday, September 9, 2011, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the James Laughlin Music Center on the University’s Shadyside Campus. Ms. Tocci, a 2011 Athena Award Program finalist, will discuss how women can determine if they are paid fairly and how to feel more valued at work and/or home.

“MJ is an exceptional woman; attendees will no doubt benefit from her ability to inspire and teach women how to ask and negotiate,” says Rebecca Harris, director of the CWE at Chatham.

In addition to her role at CMU’s Babcock Institute for Negotiations, Ms. Tocci is the president of Fulcrum Advisors and is principal of Trial Run, Inc. She was named by California Lawyer magazine as one of California’s most effective prosecutors and has been an award-winning teacher of trial advocacy, communication, negotiation, and leadership skills for 20 years. Ms. Tocci has designed and instructed women’s leadership programs nationwide. As an attorney, consultant, coach, and trainer, she has guided women at all levels to recognize and refine their leadership skills and has helped corporations, educators, and law firms to create environments that will leverage those skills effectively. Ms. Tocci holds an undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Connecticut and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.

The $25 admission fee includes a continental breakfast and networking session, which precede the presentation. To register or for more information visit or call 412-365-1253.

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