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 volunteerism.
  • The Outstanding Student Leader Award, for M.S. in Leadership students with exemplary service, academic excellence and commitment to the work of the Women's Institute.

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 located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in 59 undergraduate and 23 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the seventh consecutive year in 2017. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.

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