#ThinkingBigger2016 is presented by Chatham University, founded in 1869 when most women were barred from attending college. While access to higher education in the United States is not as pressing an issue for the majority of women today, women still face social, political, and economic inequalities. As a fully co-educational institution with over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs, Chatham University remains committed to promoting women's leadership and gender equity. This fall, we celebrate a historic year of Thinking Bigger Than Ever about women. Join us for three days of fascinating speakers and networking opportunities.


Chatham University Women's Institute

The Women's Institute works to eradicate social, political, and economic inequalities and to promote women's leadership and gender equity. It does this by serving as a platform to draw together the university's broad range of gender initiatives, resources, and academic programs. Through education, research, and outreach, we work across campus and into the community with our affiliated centers and programs: the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship, the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics, and the Women's & Gender Studies program. Visit page.



Center for Women's Entrepreneurship

The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University creates economic opportunities for women through entrepreneurial education and training, mentoring and networking. Building on Chatham's tradition of educating women for nearly 150 years, CWE has provided quality education and training for women entrepreneurs since 2005. Visit page.


Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics

The Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University is a non-partisan center devoted to fostering women's public leadership through education, empowerment, and action. Established in 1998 and re-conceived in 2003, PCWP conducts candidate and advocacy trainings, offers educational programs in applied politics, and provides timely analysis on women's issues. Visit page.


Women's Business Center

Established on April 1, 2016, Chatham's Women's Business Center (CWBC) is funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide services geared specifically to women and underserved populations, minority entrepreneurs and veterans throughout Western PA. CWBC offers aspiring and existing business owners free business counseling, training programs, technical support and mentoring focused on business planning and financing, access to capital, federal contracting, and business expansion through international markets and exporting. Visit page.