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Duquesne University Programs Prime Rising Women Business Leaders for Advancement

In its continuing effort to promote women’s leadership development, Duquesne University’s Beard Institute will host important two programs this month.

The institute’s second annual Emerging Women’s Leadership Conference will be offered Wednesday, Sept. 14, through Friday, Sept. 16. In addition, the fifth annual Women’s Executive Leadership Program, will run September through March, with a kickoff retreat starting on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Nemacolin Woodlands.

Recent studies indicate that women now comprise almost 50 percent of the American labor force. These programs from the Beard Institute will help business women develop their leadership skills and foster their ability to create and sustain value within their organizations.

“Today, it is common knowledge that not enough business women reach the executive or board levels,” said Jim Byrne, executive director of the Beard Institute. “We are trying to change this fact by offering innovative women’s leadership programs that have impact. Our programs have helped participants reach executive levels, while their organizations have benefited from their increased strategic leadership skills.”

At the Emerging Women’s conference, rising business women will gain leadership skills that will help them to advance their careers. Instructor Virginia (Ginny) Berger, a consultant and adjunct instructor in Duquesne’s Donahue Graduate School of Business, has served as a high-level manager with both a Fortune 500 company and a national social service organization. This conference is supported by Giant Eagle, U.S. Steel Corp. and Westinghouse.

The Kickoff Retreat: Strong Leaders, Strong Stories starts the seven-month Women’s Executive Leadership Program, which will provide participants with new perspectives. Participating organizations include Giant Eagle, UPMC Health Plan, GlaxoSmithKline, MEDRAD, EQT and Westinghouse.

For additional information about these programs, visit the Beard Institute website at www.duq.edu/beard.

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