Emerging Women's Leadership Conference

November 6, 7, and 8, 2019

Conference Overview

Recent studies have indicated that women now comprise over 50 percent of the professional and technical workforce. Many of these women are college-educated professionals who are motivated to build a long, successful career. These women are striving to become the business leaders of the future. Organizations that maximize the potential of these women will have a competitive, sustainable advantage in the future. Successful organizations recognize that a diverse leadership team brings creative and innovative ideas to an increasingly competitive global marketplace. By developing women's leadership skills, organizations can capitalize on this untapped talent group to create the next generation of successful business leaders.

Learning Outcomes

The Emerging Women's Leadership Conference will provide high-potential women with an opportunity to develop their business and leadership skills. Graduates of the conference will leave with an individualized and distinct development experience that fosters the leadership capacity of each woman, thus enhancing her ability to create and sustain long-term growth within her organization.
Participants will receive a Duquesne University certificate from the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.


Virginia (Ginny) Berger is founder and principal of Partners for Performance, a strategic consulting organization that has assisted over 40 businesses and educational organizations align people, processes, technology and products with strategic business goals. She has extensive experience in leadership consulting, coaching and development, strategic business planning, change management, key issues resolution, process re-engineering, performance management and organizational development.

Ginny has held high-level management positions with both a Fortune 500 company and a national social service organization. For the past 20 years, she has worked as a business performance and planning consultant and has also served as an adjunct instructor for Duquesne University's Graduate School of Business.

Ginny received both master's and bachelor's degrees from Duquesne University. She also has completed post-graduate work in the fields of organizational development, leadership, coaching, counseling and administration.

Linda Coleman is an assistant professor of communication at Slippery Rock University. She also tutors writing at the Community College of Allegheny County. Dr. Coleman has been an adjunct instructor for Duquesne University's School of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, School of Leadership, and the School of Business. She also teaches a graduate course in organizational communication at Chatham University. She began her career at Duquesne University developing online programs for teachers with a team in the School of Education. She later moved to the School of Business where she was the Program Manager for the Center for Corporate and Executive Education for over eight years.

Dr. Coleman has taught several courses including, intercultural communication, business communication, public speaking, and marketing. She has consulted on leadership projects for several companies while developing programs during her tenure at Duquesne. She is active in the Pennsylvania Communication Association and is the chair for applied communication. Volunteering on several community projects, she is dedicated to the development of women, and the success of students, traditional and non-traditional.