International Women's Day Schedule

International Women’s Day celebrates the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future.

About International Women's Day

International Women’s Day celebrates the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. To learn more about International Women’s Day, view the schedule below for upcoming events on campus and in the local community, and view a listing of ways to celebrate on your own.  

Wednesday, March 18

  • Women’s Leadership Forum

The forum will address a range of subjects of special interest to professionals—with a focus on the unique perspectives and challenges facing women in business. Drawing on the expertise of distinguished Smeal College of Business faculty and special guests, the program will feature a range of topics from negotiation to communication and work life balance, providing tangible career tools to put to use right away.

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
ACE Conference Center, Lafayette Hill, PA
Open to the Penn State community
Registration required
Cost: $40

  • "Women Don't Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation - and Positive Strategies for Change," by Sara Laschever, co-author

From the author, "By neglecting to negotiate her starting salary for her first job, a woman may sacrifice over half a million dollars in earnings by the end of her career.  Yet, as research reveals, men are four times more likely to ask for higher pay than are women with the same qualifications. Whether they want higher salaries, better career opportunities, or more help at home, women are much less likely than men to ask for what they want. They pay for this decision in every aspect of their lives—in lost income, delayed career advancement, and under-utilization of their skills at work. They also pay in strained relationships and health problems at home. These are losses women don’t need to suffer. I'm looking forward to discussing the importance of negotiating for themselves with women at Penn State.”

The Women of Smeal is a co-sponsor of this event.

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
125 Business Building (Virtual session)
Open to Smeal faculty, staff, and students

Another viewing session is scheduled for 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library. Register online to attend this alternative viewing session.

Friday, March 20

  • “Women and Money: Unique Challenges & Opportunities,” by Farnoosh Torabi ‘02

Farnoosh Torabi is a personal finance expert, bestselling author, TV personality, and sought-after speaker. Her mission is to help people take control of their finances so they can live their richest, happiest lives. She has personally coached a wide range of audiences, from college students, to couples, to executives at Fortune 500 firms. Farnoosh is a contributing editor at Money Magazine and frequent contributor to DailyWorth, Yahoo! and The Today Show. The New York Times calls her advice, “perfectly practical.” Her latest book is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is entitled When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women. In this virtual session, Farnoosh will discuss the power of money as it relates to the unique challenges and opportunities that women encounter.

12:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.
124 Business Building (Virtual session)
Open to Smeal students and alumn
Registration required

Tuesday, March 24

  • “Financial Literacy Presentation,” by Dr. Daad Rizk, Penn State’s Financial Literacy Coordinator

All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality including social and economic equality.  Financial literacy knowledge can help women “Make it Happen.”  In this interactive workshop, Penn State Financial Literacy Manager Dr. Daad Rizk and the attendees will review and examine the findings of an international survey, conducted by VISA of women in 27 countries worldwide, to explore the international barometer of women’s financial literacy.  The goal is to gauge the strength and weaknesses of financial education for women worldwide in comparison to women in the USA in order to identify opportunities for improvement.

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
124 Business Building
Open to Smeal faculty, staff, and students

Please RSVP as space may be limited.

Wednesday, March 25

  • Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast

Penn State celebrates International Women's Day by honoring a woman and an organization from the University or surrounding community. At the breakfast, the 2015 Spirit of Internationalization Award nominees will be announced. Dr. Lee Ann De Reus, associate professor of human development and family studies at Penn State Altoona and the co-founder of Panzi Foundation USA, will also be the keynote speaker.

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Atherton Hotel
Open to Smeal faculty, staff, and invited student organizations
Register: Dean Whiteman is sponsoring two tables at this breakfast; e-mail Marion Mason to reserve a seat.

Additional tickets may be purchased online.

  • Centre County Women’s Resource Center Wish List Donation Drive

As part of the Smeal International Women’s Day celebration, we ask for your participation in a CCWRC Donation Drive to benefit local women in need at the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.  Donations will be received in the Atrium at the CCWRC tables. See the CCWRC Wish List for the Donation Drive.

We encourage you to stop by to help create the Smeal Make It Happen Mural and learn more about the Art of Body Mapping, a narrative therapy from South Africa presented by Penn State Spirit of Internationalization Award Winner, Debra Greenleaf. The CCWRC will also feature information handouts in multiple languages and announce upcoming events like the Lunafest to promote the well-being of all women, domestic and international.

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Business Building Atrium
Open to Smeal students, faculty, and staff

  • “LUNAFEST short films by, for, about Women,” sponsored by the Centre County Women’s Resource Center 

LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This season, our program of nine films is filled with stories of reflection, hope, and humor.

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., the viewing is 1 hour, 15 minutes, followed by a reception and discussion
State Theatre
Open to the Penn State community

Cost: Purchase tickets online ($15 Adults and $6 Students w/ IDs, ticketing fee included)

Thursday, March 26

  • “Telling the Story About a Few Good Women”

The presentation is based on the book A Matter of Simple Justice by Lee Stout, Penn State Librarian Emeritus. Lee will be the speaker. It is about women in the early 70s who showed tremendous leadership in government to increase the hiring of women in government and business, with Barbara Franklin, a Penn State alum, leading the way. For more information, visit A Matter of Simple Justice.

Women in Business is a co-sponsor of this event.

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Schlow Library
Open to the Penn State community
Registration required

Friday, March 27

  • Striving Toward Awareness & Respect for Tomorrow (S.T.A.R.T.) Conference

The conference focuses on business initiatives in diversity by gathering corporate, academic, and community speakers. Conference participants gain knowledge and information about issues regarding diversity, awareness, and respect for oneself and others. Students have the opportunity to network with corporate representatives, explore career paths, and gain insight into the corporate climate of presenting companies.

9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Nittany Lion Inn
Open to Smeal faculty, staff, and students
Registration required

Sunday, March 29

  • Big Hat Brunch, sponsored by the Multicultural Women’s Forum

The Big Hat Brunch celebrates the beauty, strength, and accomplishments of women from all cultures, through speakers and performances. 

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Business Building Atrium
Open to Penn State faculty, staff, and students
Registration required