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October 20, 2010

Take Note

Leading the way to 'Take Charge'

“What do women in higher education need to know in order to succeed?"

That’s what a new program, which debuts Thursday, Oct. 21, will present.

Titled “Taking Charge: Women and Leadership at Emory," the four-session program will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library. It is free and open to all women in the Emory community.

Taking Charge will have two workshops this fall and two more in the spring, offering Emory women a unique opportunity to network and learn more about issues related to higher education and professional development.

The program is based on some of the best practices of the curriculum from the HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, a national program that prepares women for leadership roles in management. 

Attendees of the HERS Institute will lead this program, which is a collaboration between the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and its Women in Leadership subcommittee.

Over the last decade, Emory has sent at least one woman every year to the HERS Institute. “This program is their opportunity to share what they gleaned from that leadership training,” says Tiffany Worboy, Women In Leadership chair.

“We will be asking that attendees of the Taking Charge program consider making every effort to attend all four sessions to create a sense of a ‘cohort’ for participants,” Worboy says.      

The first session on Oct. 21 will be “Structures & Cultures of the University,” led by Kim Loudermilk, senior associate dean in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and Carey Drews-Botsch, associate dean of Laney Graduate School.

The second session will be Nov. 18, titled “Budget and Finance” and led by Kerry Peluso, associate vice president for research administration, and Belva White, associate vice president and controller.

Sessions for the spring semester kick off Feb. 17 with “Networking & Mentoring” by Betty Willis, senior associate vice president for governmental and community affairs, Donna Wong, assistant dean for Campus Life and director of the Office of Multicultural Programs, and Kara Robinson, associate dean of admissions.

The final session is March 17,  “Goals & Career Management” with Laurie Patton, director of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, and Sita Ranchod-Nilsson, director of the Institute for Developing Nations.

For questions about the Taking Charge program, contact Tiffany Worboy.

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