Women in Leadership Program Highlights Challenges and Successes of Female Executives

Some of the region’s leading women business executives will share their experiences and views on challenges facing women in leadership at an upcoming program at Neumann University. Presented by the Neumann University Center for Community Leadership Development and Entrepreneurship, the program will feature:


- Sue Schick, President and CEO, UnitedHealthcare of PA & DE

- Catherine M. Cahill, President and CEO, Mann Center for the Performing Arts

- Kellyanne Conway, President and CEO, The Polling Company

- Esperanza Martinez Neu, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Community Involvement, Amerisource Bergen


These experienced female executives will discuss the challenges facing women in business, avenues to success, mutual support, and other tools necessary to achieving women’s leadership goals. The interactive session will provide participants with the opportunity to network; share ideas; leverage best practices; and develop new contacts and relationships with peers.


The “Women in Leadership” program will be held on Thursday, March 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Schmidt Multi-purpose room in Neumann University’s Living and Learning Center I. Accountants and attorneys who attend this program will earn three CLE and CPE credits. For more information on our speakers and to register, visit www.neumann.edu/cclde.


The program is the third of five programs the Center for Leadership Development and Entrepreneurship will offer during the Spring 2013 semester. The Center’s fourth program will be held on April 25, and is entitled “Fundraising for Organization and Individual Leaders.” The program will feature panelists Gary Parecko, President of Riddle Hospital, Main Line Health; Don Kramer, Chair of Non-Profit Law for Montgomery McCrackin Walker Rhoads, LLP; and Jaime Howard, Director of Development for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


About the Panelists:

Sue Schick


Sue Schick is Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of Pennsylvania. In her role, she is responsible for all aspects of overseeing the company’s commercial health benefits business in the Commonwealth, including growing and retaining its commercial and individual members, acting as a primary interface with brokers and consultants, and maintaining solid relationships with all regulatory and legislative bodies. Schick joined UnitedHealthcare in 2003 as the National Vice President of Broker Strategies & Programs before being named CEO of the Pennsylvania commercial health plan. She holds a B.S. in economics/business from Randolph-Macon College, where she graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Catherine Cahill



Catherine Cahill was appointed President and CEO of the Mann on June 1, 2008 following eight years with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, where she served as President and CEO. She has held management positions at the Marlboro and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, as well as directing the Grant Park Music Festival from 1991-1994 and serving as General Manager of the New York Philharmonic from 1994-1998. Cahill trained as a cellist and earned a Bachelor of Music at Temple University and then a Master of Science in Arts Administration/Arts Management at Drexel University.



Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Conway is Founder and President of The Polling Company, inc./WomanTrend a privately-held, woman-owned corporation founded in 1995. The firm is headquartered in Washington, DC and maintains an office in New York City. Conway is one of the most quoted and noted pollsters on the national scene, having provided commentary on more than 1,200 television shows on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, HBO, Comedy Central, MTV and the Fox News Channel, and numerous radio shows and print stories. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Trinity College, Washington, D.C., where she earned a B.A. in Political Science. Conway holds a law degree, with honors, from George Washington University Law Center.


Esperanza Martinez Neu

Esperanza Martinez Neu is Vice President of Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Community Involvement for Amerisource Bergen, where she has served for more than 30 years. In this role, she is responsible for developing programs and strategies to acquire talent, leads the company’s initiative to promote a diverse and inclusive work environment, and ensures AmerisourceBergen creates a sustainable presence within the community. In 2012, Neu was the recipient of the Most Powerful & Influential Women Award by the National Diversity Council and also received the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women of Distinction Award. Additionally, Neu was the recipient of the 2012 Alumni of the Year Award from Strayer University, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. 


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