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Bentley Institute for Women in Leadership Launches on April 20

January 12, 2005

Catalyst President Ilene H. Lang will be the keynote speaker at the inauguration of the Bentley College Institute for Women in Leadership: Ethics, Social Justice, Cultural Diversity on April 20 at 5:00 p.m. at Bentley in Waltham. Ms. Lang will talk about Busting Stereotypes: Ambition, Opportunity and the Impact of Women in Corporate America.

The Institute, founded with a grant from the Patrina Foundation in 2003, focuses on strengthening the presence of women in society. It supports faculty research on women's issues and fosters partnerships with businesses that highlight and address women in leadership. Professors of English Maureen Goldman and Gesa Kirsch are executive directors.

Catalyst is the premier research and advisory organization working with businesses and the professions to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women at work. At Catalyst, Ms. Lang leads a team of experts in tracking workforce demographic trends, establishing the business case for women's career development, and creating and implementing innovative strategies for recruiting, retaining and advancing women.

"We are honored to have Ms. Lang as our keynote speaker," said Professor Kirsch. "Ms. Lang and the work of the Catalyst organization have clearly done so much toward the advancement of women in the workplace, gaining the respect and confidence of businesses in the U.S. and abroad. We are pleased to welcome her to Bentley."

The Institute additionally promotes:


    • The research and development of Bentley College faculty through research fellowships, working paper series, colloquium, seminars, workshops, outside scholars and business leaders, and by supporting scholarly conferences and journals.


      • Ethical leadership, social responsibility and cultural diversity in the business community by sponsoring conferences, symposia and lectures where knowledge about women and leadership can inform public issues, business practice and global understanding.


        • Student Scholarship by the appointment of graduate and undergraduate assistants; through advanced courses on women and leadership; and by helping students develop leadership skills under the direction and mentorship of Bentley faculty, alumni and other executives in the corporate world.

          The event will be held on the Bentley campus in Waltham in the Adamian Academic Center Commons. It is free and open to the public by RSVP to A reception will follow. For directions, call 781-891-2100.

          BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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