Leadership program recognizes advisors, curriculum developers and students

Leadership program recognizes advisors, curriculum developers and students
December 22, 2010

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094

Lisle, Illinois~ The Master of Science in Leadership (M.S.L.) program at Benedictine University honored the many contributors who made the ground-breaking program possible at a special recognition celebration earlier this month at the Moser Center for Adult and Professional Studies in Naperville.

"We are truly appreciatiMSL_grouppicve of the women who have contributed their time and energy to support the development and implementation of the M.S.L. program, and to U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL-13th) for endorsing the program and securing the grant which helped many of the students receive either full or partial scholarships," said Tanesha Pittman, executive director of adult programs at Benedictine University.

"The seeds sown are blossoming into a uniquely powerful atmosphere in which to thrive," Pittman added. "It is truly the beginning of a remarkable journey to empower women all over the world in an unprecedented way." 

Among those who were honored were five members of the team that helped develop the program's curriculum, including: Karen Braswell, Assistant General Manager, Centerplate; Teri Clancy, Principal, Clancy and Company; Olfat El-Mallakh, Adjunct, Religious Studies, College of DuPage; Annette Harris, Principal, Sr. Manager, Organization and Training, Sonrise International; and Marti J. Sladek, J.D., Owner, Speaking of Work.

"The M.S.L. program is history in the making," El-Mallakh said. "Being of a part of the program has been amazing and being recognized for the program is humbling."

Also recognized were members of the Women's Advisory Council who helped shape the direction of the program, including: Vickie Austin, Founder, CHOICES Worldwide; Donna Dorsey, J.D., SPHR, Vice President, Human Resources, Navistar, Inc.; Barbara Dwyer, Premier Designs; Patricia Granados, Ed.D., President, Triton College; Kathy McDonagh, Ph.D., Vice President, Executive Relations, Hospira; and Michelle McGovern, Senior Vice President, Mesirow Financial.

Also recognized as advisory council members were Patricia Mitchell, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Former Chair, Organization and Leadership Department, University of San Francisco; Cheryl Richardson, Ph.D., President, CBR Consulting; Anne M. Schwab, Publisher and Owner, Authentic Woman Magazine; Melvinia Turner-King, Ed.D., Assistant Professor/Interim Director, Moorehouse Leadership Center; and Jennifer Wilken, Financial Advisor, Edwards Jones.

El-Mallakh and Richardson were also recipients of a special "Above and Beyond" award.

Several women were recognized for serving as mentors to the program's inaugural class of students, including: Diana Atkins, ACC, CPCC, M.B.A., Rise to Your Potential; Francisca Brown, Multicultural Marketing Manager, American Family Insurance; and Eloise M. Carnevale, Ed.D., who retired from the Chicago Police Department after 38 years of service and who was an adjunct at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Ind. for 10 years.

Also recognized for serving as mentors were: Maureen Keane, Executive Coach/Corporate Trainer/Professor, Keane Communication and Consulting, LLC; Agni Kitsios, M.S.O.D., President, Kitsios Consulting, Inc.; Renee Parson, Regional General Manager, Cricket Communications; and Wendy Ryce-Smith, President, Business Consultant, DYD Consulting.

Seventeen women who comprise the inaugural M.S.L. class were also recognized at the special event, including: Alice Chen, Naperville; Dana Wright, Joliet; Deborah Collum, Carol Stream; Robin Hunton, Downers Grove; Linnette Bullock, Westmont; Maeghan Rempala, Sugar Grove; Jackie Skinner, Bellwood; Amber Stenbeck, Chicago; and Dewanda Goff, Chicago.

Also, Jacqueline Burns, Bolingbrook; Loretta White, Bellwood; Marilyn Porter, Clarendon Hills; Cinthia Laporte, Lemont; Darlene Dear, Naperville; Karen Jones, Maywood; Melanie Griffin Pugh, Naperville; and Elaine Trulis, Batavia.

The M.S.L. program is designed to address the broad-based leadership, economic and social issues within the context of gender. The program courses are designed to be not only theoretical but also applicable to real life experiences both in the community, the workplace and the across the globe.

For more information about this program, contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300.                                                               


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.