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Olivet College and Michigan Women Business Leaders Inspire Next Generation

Register now for inaugural event, Cultivating Women Leaders, set for March 3 It takes a village. Olivet College has tapped many prominent women leaders in our state to help equi…

Register now for inaugural event, Cultivating Women Leaders, set for March 3

It takes a village. Olivet College has tapped many prominent women leaders in our state to help equip the next generation for advancement.

Women make up approximately 51 percent of the U.S. population, and they hold almost 52 percent of all professional-level jobs, however in leadership positions women lag substantially behind men. Women are only 25 percent of executive- and senior-level officials and managers, hold only 19 percent of board seats, and are only 4.6 percent of CEOs*. Although women have made significant progress, Olivet College realizes more work needs to be done to inspire the next generation of women leaders.

On Friday, March 3, Olivet College will host its inaugural, daylong event Cultivating Women Leaders with the theme of Embracing Our Inner Strength. This annual event is designed to inspire and equip young women to embrace their inner strength and realize their potential as leaders.

The purpose of Cultivating Women Leaders is to provide current and prospective female students of Olivet College with the necessary tools and resources needed to establish them as leaders for today and the future. These young women will be given the opportunity to network and receive professional and personal development from Olivet College’s most successful alumnae, as well as Michigan’s finest women business leaders, as they learn how to overcome the obstacles and challenges that are ever present in today’s communities and workplace.

Cultivating Women Leaders is an Olivet College Presidential initiative, chaired by Presidential Spouse Traci Corey. “I believe the best way to create a better future for our young women is to present them with meaningful opportunities to learn and grow in a way that encourages them to self-advocate,” said Corey. “Many of these young women may have never thought of themselves as leaders. This event is meant to plant the seeds that will unlock their leadership potential.”

The day-long event will consist of multiple breakout sessions, with expert-led discussions on topics including Effective Communication Skills, Breaking the Stereotype, Recognizing the Dynamic Leader Within, Great, I Graduated…Now What?, Personal Financial Planning and more. Two-time Olympic silver medalist Danielle Scott-Arruda will be the keynote speaker at the event.

Guest speakers include: Yvonne Caamal Canul​, superintendent, Lansing School District; Paula D. Cunningham​, state director, AARP Michigan; Deborah Davis, vice president Commercial Loan Officer, Southern Michigan Bank & Trust; Margaret Dimond, Ph.D., president and CEO, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center; Tiffany Dowling, president and CEO, M3 Group; “Eunice” Adeola​ Fayehun, ‘07 Olivet College graduate and producer, Sahara TV; Tricia L. Foster, retired senior managing director and COO, CBRE Martin; Honorable Judge Denise Page Hood, chief judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; Sarah Jennings, CPA, CFE, principal, Maner Costerisan; Sheri Jones, news anchor, WLNS TV 6 Lansing; Darlene Lee, Ph.D., CEO, Darling Communications; Karla Middlebrooks, retired vice president Operations Finance, Chrysler Group; John C. Porterfield, regional president, Comerica; Glenda Price, Ph.D., president emeritus, Marygrove College; Mary E. Tyler, financial strategist and registered broker, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority; and Stephie Wilson, ’13 Olivet College graduate and entrepreneur.

For more information about Olivet College’s Cultivating Women Leaders program, email cwl@olivetcollege.edu or visit http://www.olivetcollege.edu/cwl2017. Space is limited so register early and registration officially closes on Thursday, Feb. 23. Prospective Olivet College students, current students, faculty and staff are complimentary. The general public will receive an all day access pass for $50.


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