Catherine Feminella, M.Ed.

Catherine Feminella
Position: Assistant Dean for Student Development and Engagement
Institution: Widener University

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership means setting an example for others in your words and actions while being open to learn from others and expand your skill set regardless of your career trajectory. It also means serving others and being willing to do the hard work to accomplish goals alongside your team.

Why is networking/mentoring important?

Networking is critical to our careers in that we nurture these relationships which in turn propel ourselves, others and our field forward in an intentional way.

Mentoring allows us to “pay it forward” in the same way in which we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us and those beside us. Mentoring allows both parties to learn and grow, often personally as well as professionally. I am grateful for all of the mentoring I have received throughout my career and seek opportunities to assist others on their journey as well.

Why are you a member of PAACE?

I am delighted to be a member of PAACE as it allows me to learn more about myself and my field, mentor others, receive mentorship, and nurture rich relationships with colleagues and peers throughout our region.


Catherine has been at Widener University for 14 years. She is proud to add PAACE Regional Coordinator as a new endeavor and is truly excited about taking on this role. Catherine has held progressive positions in Residence Life since 2002. She restructured her office to meet national benchmarks for residence life programs. She is a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Forum at Widener University. This group plans a speaker series on campus with the goal to inspire, empower and assist female colleagues in their professional development and provide opportunities for networking.

Catherine is a member of PAACE because she values learning from, teaching and supporting women in higher education. Catherine believes that networking is an essential way to develop long term relationships with peers to advance our field and promote one another. Leadership means serving others, role modeling and collaborating at all levels. Catherine also enjoys serving her community as a Commissioner for the Chester Housing Authority, seeking to improve housing conditions in her community.

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