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Female leaders to share insights with students

January  09, 2012

Dr. Jane Simonsen

The Augustana College Women’s and Gender Studies Program will bring more than 20 women in leadership roles to campus to interact with student-leaders during the second annual Women in Leadership Symposium on Sunday, Jan. 22. The public is invited to attend parts of the symposium, including six free panel discussions which run from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Emmy Carlsson Evald Hall (3601 7th Ave.).

Presenters will discuss a variety of topics, including corporate leadership, non-profit leadership, entrepreneurship and work/life balance.

Quad-Cities leaders represented on the panels include Dr. Kim Armstrong of Black Hawk College; Linda Bowers of LinguiSystems, Inc.; Barb Braun of The Communication Solution; Regina Haddock Clewell of Dress for Success; Angela Moody of Arrowhead Ranch; and Dr. Katie Van Blair of Psychology Health Group.

The symposium also will feature a panel of Augustana alumnae who hold leadership positions beyond the Quad-Cities area.

In addition to six panel discussions, the symposium will include a keynote address and networking lunch for Augustana students and the presenters. The keynote speaker will be Jennifer Robin, assistant professor in the Foster College of Business Administration at Bradley University, Peoria, and author of The Great Workplace: How to Build It, How to Keep It, and Why It Matters and A Life in Balance: Finding Meaning in a Chaotic World. She will share research on what makes for effective leadership based on her interviews with women who occupy mid-level positions in a variety of workplaces.

Dr. Jane Simonsen, associate professor of history and women’s and gender studies at Augustana and member of the interdisciplinary committee that planned the event, said, “We hope the symposium will help students gain perspective regarding how their liberal arts education will prepare them to be flexible, innovative and exceptional in their future workplaces…to think critically and creatively about the changing face of leadership.”

“This event will be bigger than last year’s, and we hope that men will consider attending, as both men and women will be negotiating workplaces where women increasingly are in positions of authority,” said Simonsen.

The symposium is made possible by the generous support of the Augustana Institute for Leadership and Service, the Augustana College Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the Augustana College Humanities Fund, the Jaeke Family Life Endowment, the Office of Student Affairs and various campus departments.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833