Health/Wellness Panel for Local Businesswomen Planned

Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary’s College
(574) 284-4579

March 7, 2014 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—The Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) at Saint Mary’s College and KeyBank’s Key4Women® will host a free spring health and wellness panel discussion and networking event for local businesswomen on Friday, March 14. The event will take place from 8-9:30 a.m. in room 140 of Spes Unica Hall on the Saint Mary’s College campus. Please see below for registration information. Click for a campus map.

The panelists will inspire and empower participants to achieve optimal health and be the best they can be in 2014.  They are:

  • Bridgette VanSchoyck-Clark, owner of Beyond Zen Studio (Pilates, yoga, massage)

  • Debra Sheehan, registered craniosacral therapist, licensed HeartMath coach/educator

  • Susan Szczechowski, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator
  • Cindy Cohen, RN, wellness consultant, certified health coach, author of book, What’s on Your Plate? A Simple Guide to Healthy Cooking

Each attendee will receive a free copy of Cohen’s book as a special gift from KeyBank’s Key4Women. While there is no cost to attend this event, registration is requested. To register, go to or contact Anne Niespodziany at KeyBank at (574) 282-8836.

This event is an example of one of WEI’s primary goals: to partner with community businesses, non-profits and organizations to provide financial and business education services to women entrepreneurs in the Michiana region.

About the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI): The Department of Business Administration and Economics and the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership at Saint Mary’s College launched WEI in 2010 after the College received a $245,000 Small Business Administration grant to support women’s entrepreneurship in the region. Though the grant has expired, WEI is sustained through the generosity of Jack Ruhe, professor emeritus of business, alumnae, NIPSCO, The Pokagon Fund, and local banks including KeyBank, 1st Source, and PNC. The Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust, managed by Wells Fargo Bank, sponsors SPARK-Art for Women Visual Artists. WEI partners with community businesses, non-profits, and other organizations to provide financial and business education services to women entrepreneurs. WEI is pronounced "we."

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, residential, women’s liberal arts college offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study, such as business, nursing, art, chemistry, and social work. The College’s single-gender environment has been proven, in study after study, to foster confidence, ethical leadership, and strong academic success. Saint Mary's College ranks 76 among the top 100 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” for 2014 published by U.S. News. Founded in 1844 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Saint Mary’s College’s mission is to educate women and prepare them for postgraduate success whether it’s a first job, graduate school, or postgraduate service.

About Key4Women®: For decades, Key has been lending to women-owned businesses, watching them grow, and recognizing the unique challenges that women business owners face. The Key4Women program for women business owners offers access to capital, customized financial solutions, networking opportunities and ongoing education.