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Institute for Women in Leadership Host Multinational Professional Women from Around the World

July 4, 2005

Waltham, Mass. -- The Institute for Women in Leadership at Bentley hosted 18 multinational professional women from 16 countries for a morning of leadership training by Bentley Associate Professor of Management Susan Adams on Monday, July 11.

Women leaders from Belize, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Egypt, Fiji, Guatemala, India, Jamaica, Malawi, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Serbia and Montenegro, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda participated in the workshop. The visitors included Jacqueline Kyatuheire, a member of the Parliament of Uganda; Sonia Yomara Perez Diaz, a Guatemalan journalist; Thandie Maureen Makamo, the manager of a South African AIDS counseling and care program; and Jo Enrica Enriquez Rosales, a deputy director for the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-Asia Pacific.

The primary goal of the visit, part of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, is to examine the leadership roles of women in government, business and the independent sectors, and to explore leadership training for women, while developing an understanding of the values and ethics that underlie educational leadership training for women.

WorldBoston, a nonprofit organization that arranges professional programs for foreign guests of the State Department, coordinated the Boston visit as part of a multi-regional program entitled, Leadership Development for Women. The Meridian International Center organized the three-week schedule which, in addition to Boston, will also bring the women to Washington, D.C., Seattle, Oklahoma City, St. Louis and Denver.

"The program's goal dovetails neatly with the evolving mission of the Institute," according to Marianne DelPo Kulow, the recently-appointed executive director of the Institute at Bentley. "We wish to reach out to both current and future women leaders to assist them in becoming ever more effective. Leadership training is one significant way in which the Institute can participate in the quest to strengthen women leaders."

The Institute leadership workshop is designed to help women explore their own leadership style and learn how to effectively lead others using personal strengths and available resources, according to workshop leader Susan Adams, who is former director of the field-based learning activities of the Bentley McCallum Graduate School of Business. She consults to profit and nonprofit organizations and serves in leadership positions in start-up ventures, nonprofits and the Academy of Management. Her research focuses on individual and organizational growth.

DelPo Kulow replaces outgoing executive directors and professors of English Maureen Goldman and Gesa Kirsch, who brought the Institute from its inception in 2003, with a grant from the Patrina Foundation, to its standing-room-only official launch in April 2005. DelPo Kulow brings to the Institute a unique blend of academic interests and working experience, giving her a multidimensional and applied perspective on women's leadership.

"My goal for the Institute is to take it from a cluster of intriguing ideas supported by an enthusiastic and energized group of executives and educators, to a focused vehicle for implementing the sorts of training and education that research indicates will enhance women's leadership," she said.

DelPo Kulow's first career was as a Boston litigation attorney, first with Bingham Dana and then with Peabody and Arnold. She has been a professor for the past 12 years, during which time she has published on various aspects of discrimination law, as well as diverse topics such as Sunday closing laws, liquor sales liability and tobacco liability abroad. She has developed and taught courses on diversity issues and has been a guest lecturer and panelist on a spectrum of topics--from the appropriate corporate handling of a whistleblower to the practical implications of workplace sexual harassment. She used a sabbatical leave to conduct international and domestic research on same sex marriage laws, a topic on which she has published both academic and editorial pieces.

Specific Institute projects and initiatives include:

  • Grants to support applied research with potential to have a practical impact on workplace effectiveness of women leaders
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  • Leadership training events for women at various career stages
    • Industry specific mentorship training and matching
      • Leadership development programs, particularly targeted at women in the first five years of their careers

        The International Visitor Leadership Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and its Office of International Visitors, operating under authority of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Fulbright-Hays Act). The emphasis of the program is to increase mutual understanding through communication at the personal and professional levels. Participants are established or potential foreign leaders in government, politics, media, education, science, labor relations, and other key fields. They are selected by American embassies overseas to visit the United States to meet and confer with their professional counterparts, and to experience this country firsthand.

        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 www.bentley.edu

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