Ceremony marks founding of Women’s Institute at Benedictine University
June 14, 2012
Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University will mark the founding of the Women's Institute for Global Leadership and recognize women who have made a difference in the lives of others at an awards ceremony and breakfast on Thursday, June 28.
The event is open to the public and will be held on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Registration and a networking opportunity begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by breakfast and a ceremony at 8:00 a.m. The cost to attend the event is $20 for students and $25 for general admission.
The Women's Institute for Global Leadership is part of the Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies, an educational clearinghouse for emerging and top female leaders from around the world and offers a myriad of academic and non-academic leadership programs for women.
The accomplishments of the first class of graduates from the institute's flagship program, the Master of Science (M.S.) in Leadership, will be acknowledged at the ceremony, and four awards will be presented to recognize women who have worked to improve the lives of other women.
The four awards are:
″ The Community Citizen Leadership Award, for outstanding local contributions to women.
″ The Global Leadership Award, for outstanding international contributions to women.
″ The Youth Leadership Award, for demonstrated leadership, mentoring and community
″ The Outstanding Student Leader Award, for M.S. in Leadership students with exemplary
The Women's Institute launched the M.S. in Leadership program in 2010 to give women a solid foundation of leadership theory, practical business experience and mentorship to prepare them to make significant and lasting contributions to their communities, careers and families.
Robin Kelly, Ph.D., chief administrative officer for Cook County, will give the keynote address highlighting the importance of making humanitarian contributions locally and globally. Kelly previously served as chief of staff for the Illinois State Treasurer's Office, and is a former state representative for the 38th District where she sponsored numerous bills, including landmark legislation to protect domestic violence victims.
Also speaking will be Maaria Mozaffar, the principal attorney of her own law firm, who will address the impact great leaders can have on social justice issues. Mozaffar has served as legal advisor for the Council for America-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Chicago, where she mediated discrimination cases that resulted in monetary settlements, employee benefits and employer-employee duty agreements.
To register for the event, visit www.ben.edu/wiawardsbreakfast.
###Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.