Chatham News

The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham to present nationally-renowned speaker and multi-national C-level executive,
Christine Robins

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

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
February 2, 2012

PITTSBURGH (February 2, 2012) … The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University will host Christine Robins, chief executive officer of BodyMedia, Inc., as part of its Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series on February 10, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the James Laughlin Music Center on the University’s Shadyside Campus. BodyMedia is a pioneer in developing and marketing wearable body monitors, and has leveraged that one product to form an industry-changing business.

Attendees will hear one of the area’s dynamic women business leaders share her insights into business growth as she describes the successes and challenges she faced in growing a successful one-product business in an established market. Ms. Robins will describe how BodyMedia has found a way to build a focused, compelling strategy that took a single product and leveraged it for significant year-over-year growth.

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 Christine Robins
Before joining the BodyMedia team, Ms. Robins was the CEO of Philips Oral Healthcare, where, she led the Sonicare® brand to significant sales and share growth. She spent 17 years at S.C. Johnson, and took this background in global management to BodyMedia. It was this, along with an entrepreneurial zeal and a passion for developing strategy, building teams, and driving innovation, that has led to her success at BodyMedia.

Ms. Robins is a noted speaker, presenting at Harvard and Duke Universities as well as major technology tradeshows such as CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, and CTIA, an international wireless telecommunications tradeshow. She holds a degree in marketing and finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an MBA from Marquette University.

About the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship
The mission of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship is to educate, create economic opportunities, and foster entrepreneurial thinking for women entrepreneurs, women in business, and students. CWE provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs in all stages of businesses to start and grow their companies by utilizing Chatham resources, programs, and expertise. CWE programming is also designed to teach regional businesswomen how to think and act entrepreneurially by focusing on innovation and creativity in the workplace. CWE also offers specific programs for both undergraduate and graduate students that help develop the skills needed to become successful businesswomen.

Founded in 2005, CWE has expanded its reach throughout Southwestern PA to help an increasing number of businesswomen learn, network, connect, and achieve their business goals.

Current and initial funding for CWE provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.  Initial funding for CWE was also 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