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Preparing the Next Generation of Women Business Leaders

Many of the women who comprise the nearly 50 percent of the American labor force are young, college-educated professionals who are motivated to build a long, successful career. Maximizing the potential of these women can help organizations/employers gain 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,” says Angela Arrington, program consultant for The Beard Institute. “By developing women’s leadership skills, organizations can capitalize on this untapped talented group to create the next generation of successful business leaders.”

To help prepare this next generation of women business leaders, the Duquesne University Beard Institute is hosting the Emerging Women’s Leadership Conference from May 25-27 in the Power Center Ballroom on campus. The conference will focus on developing business and leadership skills, benefitting not just the participants, but each of their respective organizations. Attendees include women from United States Steel, Bayer, Heinz and Giant Eagle, among others.

The three-day conference is broken into the following components:

  • Self-Awareness, Authenticity and Presence
  • Teams as Instruments of Change and Leadership
  • Culture and Global: Putting it All Together.

Elisabet Rodriguez Dennehy, founding president of the Pittsburgh-based Rodriguez and Associates, will serve as the lead instructor for the conference. Her firm specializes in a customized approach to women’s advancement in organizations, and develops and implement women’s initiatives, including leadership programs for middle- and upper-management levels on how to enhance female contributions at work.

“The Emerging Women’s Leadership Conference will provide United States Steel Corp. with an opportunity to expose our attending employees to diverse educational experiences that will aid their professional and personal development as well as support our company’s goals related to workforce development and retention,” said Sue Suver, vice president-human resources at United States Steel.

For detailed information on the Emerging Women’s Leadership Conference, visit www.business.duq.edu/Beard/docs/pdf/EWELbrochure2010.pdf.

The Beard Institute

The Beard Institute, as part of the Palumbo•Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University, advances the profession of management through the integration of three established disciplines: business ethics, sustainability and responsible financial management. The Institute collaborates with corporate, nonprofit and academic partners to create innovative research and practical strategies that add measurable value to the business community.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.