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WKU Hosting Conference Aimed at Encouraging Women to Seek Workplace Leadership Positions


Western Kentucky University is encouraging American workplaces to nurture and support female leaders.

A one-day conference on Friday, Feb. 19, is called Women Leading and includes talks given by women who have achieved leadership positions in academia and the military.

WKU communications professor Cecile Garmon says conference organizers hope to broaden the definition of the word “leadership”.

“If young women and young men realize that leadership is not masculine or feminine—it’s leadership—then both groups can do it, and they can both learn from each other and support each other,” Garmon told WKU Public Radio.

Garmon says the subject started getting more attention following comments made by Facebook Chief Operating Office Sheryl Sandbergabout the low number of women leading Fortune 500 companies.  

The Women Leading conference will feature talks by:

* Dr. Carly Speranza, Lt. Col. United States Airforce, and Department Chair at the National Intelligence University

*Dr. Susan Wente, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Vanderbilt University

*Dr. Laura Bryan, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, Transylvania University

The conference is being held in Room 3024 at the Downing Student Union on WKU’s campus.

If you wish to attend the conference, you can contact Vicki Armstrong by email, or by phone at 270-745-6508.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.
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