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Female Execs, UChicago Launch Program for Women in Public Leadership

By PA TIMES online
July 14, 2015

As women continue to seek—and achieve—unparalleled levels of power in the public sector, the University of Chicago is launching an executive program designed to educate and empower. The inaugural Women in Public Leadership (WIPL) program, offered by the University’s Harris School of Public Policy, brings together prominent female leaders and distinguished faculty to help equip executive women for greater leadership roles in government, politics and advocacy.

According to Rebecca Sive, WIPL academic director and a noted author, “With this program, Chicago Harris is offering smart, accomplished women an extraordinary opportunity to learn firsthand from female leaders who have broken through the glass ceiling. By combining academic research with battle-tested strategic advice, WIPL is designed to give women effective new tools to earn power and success, shape public policy, and help make the world a better place.”

Daniel Diermeier, Chicago Harris dean and Emmett Dedmon, professor of public administration, along with include acclaimed scholars will led the WIPL’s faculty. “The complex public policy challenges of our time demand a new kind of leadership, and I look forward to taking part in a program that paves the way for women to achieve even greater public influence and impact,” Diermeier said. “I can think of no better way to launch our executive education program than with a seminar to train the next generation of female public leaders.”

The five-day program will feature female trailblazers who have succeeded at every level of public service. They include:

• Celinda Lake, founder and principal of Lake Partners and one of the nation’s foremost experts on electing women candidates and on framing issues to women voters.

• Toni Preckwinkle, the first elected woman president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners and chief executive of the 19th largest government in the United States.

• Susan Sher, senior advisor to University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer and leader of the University’s Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum initiative. She formerly served as chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama.

• Julia Stasch, president of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and former deputy administrator of the federal General Services Administration.

The WIPL program will be held in November 2015 at the Harper Court Conference Center in Chicago, just blocks from the University of Chicago Hyde Park campus. The course fee is $7,200.

Registration is open and available online. To learn more about the program, visit http://harris.uchicago.edu/exec-ed/women-in-public-leadership or email [email protected].


Originally published on the University of Chicago’s Newswire.

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