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RMU to Host the Women and Transformational Leadership Symposium

Friday, December 11, 2015
Pittsburgh, Pa. -- The Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program at Robert Morris University will host a two-day “Women and Transformational Leadership Symposium” starting Thursday, Jan. 21, with a keynote address by RMU alumna and accomplished financial executive Jada Grandy.

The symposium will examine why women are underrepresented in corporate and political leadership positions despite obtaining higher levels of education than men over the past 40 years and demonstrating that companies led by women have outperformed their competition in several measures.

A reception to kick off the symposium will take place at 4 p.m. Jan. 21, in the Sewall Center at RMU’s Moon Township campus. Grandy, the senior vice president and Community Reinvestment Act director at Fifth Third Bank, will begin her talk at 5 p.m. The speech is titled “The Transformational Power of Mentoring: Preparing Women for Leadership” and is free and open to the public. Space is limited, however, so please RSVP here.

Grandy is based in Charlotte and leads the community affairs, community development and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) compliance strategic initiatives in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia. She oversees strategic community partnerships and opportunities to transform and impact communities served. Grandy has received the Women’s Financial Empowerment Award, the Urban League Young Professionals of Central Carolinas 2013 Leadership Award, the Women of Achievement Award in Banking in 2011, and was and named one of the New Pittsburgh Courier Fab 40 in 2009. Grandy earned a bachelor’s degree in finance in 2000 and an MBA in 2004, both from RMU. Click here for her complete bio. 

The symposium will continue on Saturday, Jan. 23, with a series of workshops open only to the students and faculty/staff mentors in the Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program. Among the topics they will tackle:

  • The power of negotiation
  • Building financial acumen
  • Feminism, diversity, and inclusion
  • Awareness of leadership types and communication

The Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program seeks to attract, retain and empower women students so they can achieve leadership roles both at RMU and in their lives after graduation. Each year the WLMP invites 20 to 25 incoming women undergraduates to participate in a four-year enrichment opportunity that teaches leadership skills and provides opportunities that foster young women’s ability to contribute, lead, and engage in mutually beneficial mentoring relationships. Students in the WLMP graduate with leadership as an embedded skill set.

Each new student is partnered with an upper-class peer mentor and a faculty/staff mentor to assist with all university needs, including academic tutoring, and scholarly sessions for their four years at RMU. When they reach their junior year, students will have the opportunity to partner with a professional mentor. At the beginning of their junior year, the students will also serve as peer mentors for new students in the program.


Through 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate degree programs across five academic schools, Robert Morris University (RMU) in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to change its students' lives so that they can go out and change the lives of others for the better. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate, nontraditional and online students from 45 states and 41 nations are enrolled at RMU, which sits on 230 scenic acres just 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Emphasizing experiential learning, Robert Morris focuses on professional development, service learning, global awareness, undergraduate research, campus leadership, and cultural experiences, all of which are documented on our innovative Student Engagement Transcript. More than 100 clubs and organizations help students to develop leadership skills, network professionally, and meet friends. RMU also has 16 NCAA Division I athletic programs, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey, and men's and women's lacrosse.