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Women's leadership series focuses on higher education career success

By Leslie King | Emory Report | Dec. 13, 2011

The workshop series, "Taking Charge: Women and Leadership at Emory," will be offered again this year, with a "refresh" and new topics, according to Katherine Brokaw, chair of the Women In Leadership Committee for the President's Commission on the Status of Women.

The workshops are based on best practices from the HERS Institute of Higher Education, a national program that has been attended by some of Emory's top women leaders.

The sessions, which begin this month, are:

• Thursday, Dec. 15, featuring Secretary of the University Rosemary Magee on "Structures and Cultures of the University."

• Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, on "It Takes a Village: Collaborations and Coalitions."

• Thursday, March 15, 2012, featuring Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration Mike Mandl on "The Future of Emory: Dollars and Sense."

• Thursday, April 19, 2012, on "How to Get Where You're Going: Careers, Networks, Mentors and Goals."

All sessions are from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library.  Each is held in conjunction with the monthly meeting of the President's Commission on the Status of Women.

The four sessions are free, and though primarily aimed at women, are open to all at the University.  Registration is not required nor is attendance at all four, though it is encouraged, Brokaw says.

Topics were adjusted based on feedback received from last year's sessions and a survey, says Brokaw.

Frequent and specific requests for topics included working across units and disciplines in the University and more programming on achieving career goals, Brokaw notes.

About 85 percent of participants in last year's program were staff; the remainder were faculty.

Feedback from survey participants included:

• "This will definitely help women on campus feel a part of something larger in order to succeed."

• "It was a way to see how many women at Emory are interested in contributing to leadership and in networking with other like-minded women."

• "Keep these sessions coming, they are so helpful."

For more information, contact Katherine Brokaw, assistant dean of student affairs in Emory Law.