Chatham University has made headway in women’s entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh. Traditional practices, such as business development and growth, make up a large part of the business curriculum at Chatham, but the University offers a unique educational experience.
Education and Professional Associations
The Department of Business and Entrepreneurship offers Chatham’s undergraduate students a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, where they are required to complete classes in entrepreneurial ventures. Additionally, students enrolled in Chatham’s College for Graduate Studies may pursue an MBA concentrated in Entrepreneurial Leadership & Strategy.
Chatham supports and encourages students to become familiar with professional organizations while attending school. The professional associations involve a variety of business fields with which Chatham student entrepreneurs can engage and network. Chatham’s Business and Entrepreneurship Department offers MBA students a free one-year membership to the association of their choice.
The Business and Entrepreneurship Club is available to students interested in business-related co-curricular activities. The BEC, along with student clubs involving marketing, environmental sustainability, or other concentrations, help students gain business experience before graduating.
Women in Business
Many current initiatives focus on advancing women in professional positions. Chatham was traditionally an all-women’s school. The first semester of male students enter its undergraduate programs this fall, 2015.
The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship and the Chatham University Women’s Institute help women entrepreneurs at Chatham build leadership skills that will help them reach the top of their niche markets.
Chatham’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) ensures that women enter the business world with the tools to be successful by providing training, mentoring, and networking for students at Chatham. Membership is not limited to Chatham students–anyone interested in business may join the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship. Members of the CWE receive discounts on training programs and free attendance to workshops.
Chatham University Women’s Institute was established in 2014 to provide education and research opportunities to women to overcome social inequalities in business, politics and health. The Women’s Institute is a collaboration of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship and the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University.
Environmental sustainability is a major focus of Chatham initiatives and organizations. Chatham has received consistent recognition from several publications as an environmentally friendly campus. Chatham prides itself on upholding the preservation, maintenance, and restoration of nature by becoming a sustainable institution.
The Office of Sustainability looks to constantly improve the social and environmental responsibility of Chatham. In 2014, Chatham opened the Eden Hall Campus, a self-sustaining location that emits zero carbon emissions, manages waste and stormwater on-site, and produces more energy than it consumes. Undergraduate and graduate students interested in environmental studies can earn a degree at Chatham’s Eden Hall.
Chatham University is setting a standard for environmentally-conscious entrepreneurs by offering a curriculum focused on environmental sustainability and social responsibility.