Judy Molnar, executive director of infrastructure and technology support at Xavier University, and Sandra Richtermeyer, chair and professor of accountancy at Xavier, were selected as two of the "One Hundred Wise Women" in Cincinnati. The group honored 25 women at its quarterly networking breakfast 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.
Women comprise fifty 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 support.
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.
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. Molnar earned a BS in Computer Science in 1991 from the University of Akron and an MBA with a concentration in Information Technology from Kent State University in 2007. She received her Project Management Professional certification in 2004 and is a member of the Southwest Ohio Chapter of the Project Management Institute. She lives in Miami Township.
Richtermeyer’s teaching interests are in corporate governance, managerial and nonprofit accounting, and accounting information systems. Before becoming a professor, she worked as a CPA 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 CPAs and educator of the year by Lean Enterprise Institute. She received her PhD, MS and MBA from the University of Colorado and a BS from the University of Wyoming. She lives in Mason.