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November 2, 2001

Learning about Leadership from the Leader's Mouth:
Forum Set for November 10

They are authors, doctors, artists, and politicians—with interests ranging from feminism, to children’s health care, to theater works by artists of color. They represent Generation X and the Baby Boom generation, all sorts of beliefs and backgrounds, and various professional fields, including state government and medicine. They are seven women leaders who have in common a role in transforming and being transformed by public life—and a desire to open the way for Mount Holyoke’s leaders to enter it. On Saturday, November 10, they will join MHC students at “Women in Public Life,” a forum sponsored by the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership, the Office of the Dean of the College, and the Ellen Boer Fund for Advocacy.

The idea for the forum came from Beverly Daniel Tatum, dean of the College, who was a panelist at “The Many Faces of Women’s Leadership,” a conference sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College last spring. “I thought the interaction between students and women leaders from a variety of backgrounds was a great idea,” said Tatum, who worked with Karen Remmler, codirector of the Weissman Center, and Weissman Center administrative fellow Abby Ferguson ’04 to give Mount Holyoke’s students a similar opportunity to interact with talented women. “My hope is that through that interaction, students will expand their own understanding of the various forms that leadership can take and explore strategies for balancing the multiple commitments that accompany the choice to lead,” Tatum said. “I certainly hope students will take advantage of this great opportunity.”

The daylong forum will begin with a panel discussion on the journey into public life, including the definition, personal rewards, and challenges of leadership. Panel participants will be Tanya Melich, owner of the New York-based consulting firm Political Issues Management; Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, feminist writers, activists, and authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future (see article on page one); Senator Susan W. Longley ’78, state senator for Waldo County, Maine; Elizabeth D. Scheibel Boudreau ’77, district attorney for the Northwestern District of Massachusetts; Elizabeth I. Onyemelukwe Garner ’89, doctor of gynecologic oncology at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Roberta Uno, professor of theater and founder/director of the New WORLD Theater, currently in residence at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

After lunch with keynote speaker Harriet L. Weissman ’58, forum conversation will continue with small-group discussions in which students will enjoy in-depth dialogue with panel participants. Topics might include balancing career and family demands, the role of mentors, and ethical dilemmas of leadership.

“Women in Public Life” is designed not only for leaders of curricular and cocurricular activities, such as chairs of student organizations, mentors and assistants of the Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program, and the Weissman Center’s student advisory board, but for all students who are beginning to think about future opportunities as leaders and how to pursue them. “With this event, we hope to encourage students to consider all the opportunities available to women in the public sphere and also the opportunities women might create for themselves,” said Remmler.

“The point is to bring together students with leaders of all kinds to expand the definition of leaders as people who transform a part of public life by the creation, exchange, and implementation of ideas and to allow students more insight into what goes into becoming a leader,” said Remmler. She hopes that this pilot forum will become an annual event, the first of many opportunities for MHC students to talk with women in leadership positions of all kinds. “There are many ways for women to lead in public life,” said Remmler, “and this forum is a chance to talk about some of those ways, and some of the strategies and challenges that come with them.”

Students interested in the forum may register by calling x3071 or by emailing Karen Remmler at Participation is limited to seventy.

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