Master’s program designed to empower women launches to universal plaudits 

Master’s program designed to empower women launches to universal plaudits 
October 11, 2010

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094

College of Business (web)Lisle, Illinois ~ "Phenomenal." "An extraordinary experience." "Intense." "Enlightening." "Stimulating." "An awesome learning experience."

These were just a few of the words used by students to describe the Master of Science in Leadership (M.S.L.) program which launched on August 28, 2010 by Benedictine University's Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies with an inaugural learning team of 20 dynamic and diverse women.

The M.S.L. program is designed to provide the knowledge base and skills that will contribute to the professional and personal development needs of women in today's society. The program is unique in that, though it is open to anyone, it was designed by women specifically for women.

"Today's women are making a significant contribution at all levels of our society," said Tanesha D.H. Pittman, M.B.A., executive director of adult programs for Benedictine University's Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies. "The M.S.L. program is intended to increase this contribution by developing and empowering knowledgeable, well-trained professionals and leaders who will not only emerge as leaders in their organizations and communities, but worldwide."

The program was led and developed by Pittman and a team of noted educators in consultation with women in leadership positions from both private and public sectors. It was 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.

"It is an extraordinary experience to be in this class," said student Alice Chen of Naperville. "I learned so much in two days. This is the first time I have studied here in the United States (I earned my bachelor's degree in Taiwan). I am not only learning to know more about myself and how to be an effective leader, but also how to be better in English." 

Some of the topics addressed by the program are: Self Efficacy, Diversity and Inclusion, Change Agent, Mentorship and Networking, Finances, Servant Leadership, Ethical and Global Leadership, and Social Responsibility and Community Service Leadership.

"Class was exhausting, exciting, overwhelming, intense, enlightening and powerful at the same time," said student Marilyn Porter of Clarendon Hills. "Is that even possible? The reading material was an excellent choice for this course and the professor knew her stuff."

The program is taught by women who are experts and leaders in their professions. Highly esteemed female and male guest speakers and panelists provide their expertise in various courses. Each student is assigned an academic advisor and a mentor who is a proven leader.

"Professor (Annette) Harris is a phenomenal woman," said student Jacqueline Burns of Bolingbrook. "She is jazzy, intellectual, very articulate and has a great fund of knowledge…about everything. She knows when to laugh and when to crack the whip. She kept the class interested and interesting. We were hanging on her every word."

Students meet from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday approximately every third weekend of the month and advance through the program at the same pace. 

"The other students in the class are amazing to say the least," said student Deborah Collum of Carol Stream. "I cannot wait to get to know them better."

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

"Benedictine is committed to excellence and professionalism and has been an avid supporter in recognizing and advocating diversity in society," Pittman said. "The M.S.L. for women is simply another step in providing the resources women need to realize and attain these goals."


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 (eighth in Illinois) for Master’s Universities, 11th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and as a Top School for International Students, Freshmen Retention and Graduation Rate for 2010 by U.S. News & World Report.