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Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship to Offer Mentoring Program for Women in Manufacturing

PITTSBURGH  -  The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University has announced a mentoring program for women who own manufacturing businesses.

MyBoard Manufacturing is based upon the successful MyBoard mentoring program designed and offered by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University. MyBoard pairs women business owners looking to grow their businesses with a board of four mentors who will provide expertise on a wide range of business skills.  A participating business owner will meet with her MyBoard five times throughout the year using a flexible combination of in-person and virtual meetings.

Participants can also interact with and learn from other women in manufacturing, and are given educational and networking opportunities offered through the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, Catalyst Connection, and Bridgeway Capital.

“The skills gap in manufacturing is a big problem in the U.S.,” said Rebecca Harris. “Building a network of support for women who own manufacturing businesses will encourage more women to participate in this sector of our economy.” Harris suggests that minimizing the gender gap in manufacturing will help to close the skills gap, resulting in more opportunities to on-shore manufacturing jobs.

MyBoard Manufacturing offers a series of peer-to-peer workshops focused on how to implement strategies for success including superior process improvement; talent acquisition, development and retention; extended enterprise management; customer-focused innovation; global engagement; and sustainable products and processes.

Participants receive a one-year membership in the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, with access to business experts, one-on-one business and legal consulting, networking opportunities, and members-only pricing for educational programs.

Applications are now being accepted at www.chatham.edu/cwe/myboard.

Building on Chatham University’s 145-year commitment to women’s leadership and education, The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University has provided quality education and training for women entrepreneurs since 2005.

The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the PNC Foundation and the Alcoa Foundation.

About the Partners
Catalyst Connection is an economic development organization dedicated to helping small manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania improve their competitive performance.

Bridgeway Capital is a nonprofit lender committed to effectively growing, innovating and stimulating economic development in western Pennsylvania.

About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to women’s leadership and issues advocacy, and is the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson. Today, Chatham is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been named to The Princeton Review’s Green College Honor Roll, been honored by the US EPA, named to Sierra magazines list of top 25 “cool schools” and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.” Building on these accomplishments, Chatham will open in early 2014, the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education, Eden Hall Campus, with completion of the first stage of construction on its 20-year master plan.

Consisting of three colleges and the Falk School of Sustainability, Chatham’s works to prepare its 2,000+ undergraduate and graduate students to create a brighter, healthier tomorrow through the fields of sustainability, health sciences, business and communication, and the arts and sciences.