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International Women’s Day 2020 theme

In honor of International Women's Day, the Rowland School of Business will host "A WIN — Accelerating Women in Industry," a day of workshops open to the public and Point Park University students, faculty and staff on Friday, March 6, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Lawrence Hall 200.

The event is in collaboration with the University's Women in Industry Speaker Series and is led by Sandra Mervosh, M.S., SHRM-SCP, SPHR, assistant professor of HR management, and Dorene Ciletti, Ph.D., associate professor of sales and marketing.

Workshops and panel discussions focus on celebrating the successes of women, while acknowledging challenges they've faced in the professional world.

Event Highlights



The event is open to the public, as well as Point Park University faculty, staff and students. The registration fee for this event, which includes continental breakfast, lunch and dessert, is $25 per person, $15 for students and $175 for a table of eight. 

Register online by Friday, February 28, 2020, to secure your spot.

For more information, contact Sandra Mervosh at or 412-392-3970.

Speaker Bios

Pictured is Jocelyn Horner, Ph.D.Jocelyn Horner, Ph.D.

Jocelyn Horner, Ph.D., is the co-president and executive director of Strong Women, Strong Girls Pittsburgh. She joined the organization in the summer of 2017 and has since been working to bring strong mentoring relationships to more girls and women in the city.

Prior to joining Strong Women, Strong Girls, Horner received her doctorate from Tulane University’s Interdisciplinary City, Culture and Community program, with a concentration in social work. Her research examined innovative strategies for promoting social-emotional wellness among adolescent women exposed to risk or trauma. While pursuing her doctorate, Horner also founded HerStory NOLA, a mentorship project that leveraged college women as mentors to teach the art and skill of digital storytelling to young women and girls in New Orleans’ schools and youth centers.

In 2019, Horner was named a Woman of Influence by the Pittsburgh Business Times and was honored at the Smart Business Magazine Smart 50 Awards as a top executive and specially in the Impact category for her work with SWSG. 

Pictured is Janet Manuel. Submitted headshot.Janet Manuel

Janet Manuel, MS, SHRM-CP, PHR, leads the City of Pittsburgh's Department of Human Resources & Civil Service and EEO/Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. Manuel's team is responsible for overseeing the hiring process, employee benefits, payroll and pension deferment to name a few responsibilities for the 3,500 City employees.

Also, Manuel leads employment and training opportunities for City residents through the Pittsburgh Partnership and in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Employment and Retention Network. 

Prior to her position with the City of Pittsburgh, Manuel served as vice president, director, regional manager and manager of human resources, which includes Fortune 500 for-profit companies and a nonprofit. Additionally, she is the immediate past president of the Pittsburgh Human Resource Association.

Pictured is Elizabeth Walsh.

Elizabeth Walsh

Elizabeth Walsh is the president of WBEC-East, which offers a full continuum of services to entrepreneurs. WBEC-East is one of 14 Regional Partner Organizations providing the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council certification for women-owned businesses.

Dedicated to ameliorating the lives of workers, the growth of businesses, and the economic vitality of the tri-state region, Walsh has spent her career in workforce and economic development. She has been a founder of two nonprofit organizations, including Suited for Success of Bucks County (PA). The Suited for Success organization provided free work and interview appropriate clothing to women reentering the workforce and served over 1,500 clients a year.

Walsh has received local and national recognition. She was selected as one of 100 women volunteer leaders across the nation by the Eckerd Foundation for her contributions in advancing women’s causes. A mentoring program Walsh started, partnering disadvantaged young people with business leaders, received three prestigious ADDY awards for its marketing, recruitment, and outreach platform.

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