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University hosts inaugural Global Women’s Leadership Convening

Women leaders from Israel, Jordan and Minnesota will gather on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University this summer to collect experiences of diverse women in public life. This wisdom will be used to create new models to propel more women into leadership roles in government, business, academia and elsewhere in the United States and around the world.

Global Women’s Leadership Convening: Women in Public Life is the result of a collaboratively planned effort featuring the vision of State Sen. Sandy Pappas (DFL-Minn.) and Paula J. King, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business and Leadership at St. Catherine University.

The University will welcome distinguished participants Dr. Rula Quawas, professor of American literature and feminism at the University of Jordan, and Rina Bar-Tal, chair of the Israel Women’s Network, a non-partisan organization that works to promote the status of women and equality between the sexes in Israel.

The convening — an invitation-only event — will begin July 13 and conclude July 20.  The event is supported by Allianz, North America. Participants will include Minnesota legislators Sandy Pappas, Rena Moran and Patricia Torres-Ray, as well as former gubernatorial candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher and former Minnesota State Sen. Sheila Kiscaden.

“The School of Business and Leadership at St. Catherine University is the perfect place to host the Global Women’s Leadership Convening because St. Kate’s is founded on the spirit of collaboration and inclusiveness in the effort to provide more opportunities for women and girls,” says Dean Paula King.

The six-day experience will include a World Café, where over 50 participants will gather to address the core question: “What bold moves can we make to propel more women into leadership roles in public life?” Another session will address the topics involved in preparing young women for leadership roles in society. Additional sessions will ask participants to explore the assumptions that help and hinder women who seek to take a greater role in political, education and community leadership.

Participants from Israel and Jordan will also visit the Minnesota State Capitol to meet with women state legislators.

Following the Global Women’s Leadership Convening, a website will go live later in the summer. This site will serve as a repository for the collected knowledge and resources developed through the event. The aim is to share the results of Global Women Convening more broadly and to create a framework for future gatherings of both emerging and accomplished global women leaders.

King will lead the event in conjunction with Martha Hardesty, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program. Serving as co-facilitators will be Ariella Tilsen MAOL '99, a senior consultant at Cincinnatus, a firm that provides leadership support services for organizations; and Ginny Belden-Charles, adjunct professor in the MAOL and co-founder of the Center for Emerging Leadership and its Women’s Leadership Community.

For more information about the invitation-only event, please e-mail leadandinfluence@stkate.edu or call Sue Kuncio at 651-690-6711.

June 15, 2011 by Elizabeth Otto

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