Judy Molnar, executive director of infrastructure and technology support at Xavier, and Sandra Richtermeyer, chair and professor of accountancy at Xavier, were selected to become members of "One Hundred Wise Women" in Cincinnati. The group honored 25 women at its quarterly networking breakfast on Oct. 26, including Richtermeyer and Molnar.
The One Hundred Wise Women program was founded in 2004 on the premise that talented women need trusted mentors and strong, diverse networks to establish themselves as leaders in careers and community. Rising women leaders and the community’s most accomplished career women learn from each other. Almost 4,000 women have participated in invitation-only, quarterly breakfasts, which provide a comfortable setting for sharing topics related to career and personal development. In 2005, Procter & Gamble, Taft Stettinius & Hollister and U.S. Bank joined Deloitte as sponsors.
Molnar has more than 20 years of experience in technology advising, support and planning in higher education, utility, transportation and banking. At Xavier, she oversees support and management of the enterprise converged network, core computing systems, personal technology platforms and user experience.
Richtermeyer’s teaching interests are in corporate governance, managerial and nonprofit accounting, and accounting information systems. Before becoming a professor, she worked as a certified public accountant in Denver, focusing on accounting system implementation and management advisory services. She has been a board member at several nonprofits and was recently Global Chair for the Institute of Management Accountants. In 2011, she was named outstanding educator by the American Women’s Society of Certified Public Accountants and educator of the year by Lean Enterprise Institute.
Women comprise 50 percent of the management and professional workforce and studies rate women as high as or higher than men on leadership skills. Yet, women hold only about eight percent of top leadership positions. One solution to close the gap is networking and mentoring: Men focus from an early stage on developing the relationships that underpin career growth. One Hundred Wise Women offers that type of support for women.
The One Hundred Wise Women model has been replicated beyond Cincinnati, with similar programs in Columbus, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle and Los Angeles, among others. A seed has been planted for more women to leverage the power of networking.