Woodrow Wilson Fellow Dede Bartlett Leads Women and Leadership Discussion at Carlow on November 9

Woodrow Wilson Fellow Dede Bartlett will lead a panel discussion on “Women and Leadership” at Carlow University on Monday, November 9.

University Communications For Immediate Release
Drew Wilson, Director, Media Relations
412.578.2095 (phone)
412.260.6807 (cell)
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Monday, November 9th Event Co-Sponsored by Carlow’s MBA Program and Schneider Downs

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Carlow University’s master of business administration (MBA) program and leading Pittsburgh accounting firm Schneider Downs are co-sponsoring a discussion of “Women and Leadership” led by Dede Bartlett, a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and former Fortune 25 executive, on Monday, November 9, 2015, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Kresge Room, located on the fifth floor in Carlow’s new University Commons. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required (see below).

Bartlett is the Executive-in-Residence for Carlow’s MBA program this semester.  She is a former top executive with Altria Group, Phillip Morris, and Mobil, among others, as well as director of the American University of Central Asia Foundation, the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, and is co-chair of the Jim and Dede Bartlett Foundation, which is committed to increasing the number of women pursuing degrees in mathematics, computer science, and engineering.

Bartlett will speak about overcoming the challenges faced by women in leadership positions in corporate America, and then take part in a panel discussion that will include:

Atiya Abdelmalik, MSN, RN, director of community programs and employee volunteerism at Highmark, Inc., has more than 20 years of health care experience. In this role she leads corporate citizenship programs including community health partnerships, the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community and the Fun, Fit & Fabulous women’s health conference. In addition, she leads Highmark’s workplace giving campaigns, nonprofit board placements and the coordination of volunteer opportunities for the Highmark Health workforce.

Bibiana Boerio, MBA
, former executive vice president of Ford Motor Company and former managing director of Jaguar Cars, Ltd., has a diverse international background, including positions as a senior automotive and financial services executive, chief of staff for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and interim president of her undergraduate university. A native of Latrobe, Pa., Boerio presently serves on the advisory boards for the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business and the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership. She also serves as a board member of Adelphoi, the local Westmoreland County Board of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and St. Vincent College.

Susan M. Kirsch, CPA, JD, chair of the tax practice and nonprofit industry group with Schneider Downs, will moderate the panel discussion.  She has more than 25 years of public accounting and industry expertise in tax matters affecting not-for-profit organizations and higher education institutions. She is an experienced tax and business advisor with experience in both internal and external settings, providing clients with timely, innovative, and high-quality advice on a broad array of compliance, planning, regulatory, and business issues.

Titina Ott-Adams, MBA
, vice president of worldwide alliances and channels for Oracle Corporation, is a global business executive of more than 23 years experience.  She is responsible for the operational excellence of Oracle’s program enablement, business process solutions, and systems that manage an $8 billion business unit for all of Oracle’s 28,000 Alliance and Channel partners. Prior to this role, she was vice president of people and organizational effectiveness at Oracle. She first joined Oracle in 1996.

Christy Uffelman, MBA, a partner with Align Leadership, has facilitated peer learning and coached leaders for almost a decade, helping them align talent strategy with business strategy. She launched the east coast office of Align Leadership in 2013, centering on women’s leadership development and Millennial/Gen Y initiatives. She has helped organizations like FedEx Ground, CONSOL Energy, and Eat ‘n’ Park engage and develop their emerging talent pipeline.

This is a free event, but seating is limited, so an RSVP is required.  Registrations will be taken at www.carlow.edu/executive.

During her visit to Carlow, Bartlett will be the Executive in Residence for Carlow’s master of business administration (MBA) program, lecture during a number of undergraduate and graduate classes.  In addition to the “Women and Leadership” discussion, she will also lead free, public events on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.  Tuesday’s talk is titled “Ways to Empower Yourself for the Workplace,” and will include discussion of the pay gap between men and women in corporate America, as well as ways to further a career.  This event is co-sponsored by the YWCA of Pittsburgh, and will take place at 6 p.m. in Room 107, of the A.J. Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology, located on the corner of Fifth and Craft avenues on the Carlow campus.  Wednesday’s discussion – which will take place in the Kresge Room, located on the fifth floor of University Commons, and is co-sponsored by Mercy Behavioral Health – is titled “Are You Safe? Helping Domestic Violence Victims Become Survivors,” will focus on domestic violence prevention. For more information about these events, go to www.carlow.edu.


Editor’s Note:  Dede Bartlett is open to being interviewed in advance of this event, and has some availability for interviews November 9-12. The news media is also welcome to attend the three public events.  To arrange an interview, please contact Drew Wilson at (412)578-2095 or on his cell phone at (412) 260-6807.

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