2011 News Articles
New Institute offers unparalleled opportunities for women to lead 

New Institute offers unparalleled opportunities for women to lead 
July 18, 2011

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094

Lisle, Illinois online nursing DEC2010 ~ A recent Wall Street Journal report indicated that the progress women have made in the workplace during the past several decades has stalled and women may actually be losing ground in corporate America.

The Women's Institute for Global Leadership at Benedictine University has been established to provide women around the world access to unparalleled educational opportunities to grow, advance and lead while sustaining and expanding the gains they have already made in the workplace and society.

U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert of Illinois was the keynote speaker at an event held to celebrate the launch of the Women's Institute for Global Leadership on June 28 at the Krasa Student Center on the campus of Benedictine University. Among those in attendance were Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and National Van Lines CEO Maureen Beal.

"While it's getting easier, there are still gender specific obstacles in the workforce," Biggert said. "When I was a law student, a professor told me I was taking the place of someone who belonged there – a man. But I used that comment to motivate me to excel in my endeavors and I encourage all women to do the same."

Other attendees included Matt Ryan, who represented Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, and Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder. Deborah Collum (Carol Stream), Melanie Griffin-Pugh (Naperville), Cinthia LaPorte (Lemont) and Maeghan Rempala (Sugar Grove), students in Benedictine's Master of Science in Leadership program, were among the presenters.

The Institute was founded to cultivate an appreciation of the distinctive needs and matters concerning women; empower women with academic, practical and inspirational knowledge and understanding; foster greater collaborative efforts among women worldwide; and advocate for women via executive sponsorships of students and Institute members.

The Institute will offer degree and non-degree educational opportunities; host seminars and training on topics relevant to women's issues; utilize a core of adjunct faculty; welcome guest speakers to raise consciousness of the significant contributions women have made and continue to make in the world; and provide other tools that address the needs of women.

"Today's women are transforming lives on all levels of society," said Tanesha D.H. Pittman, M.B.A., executive director of the Institute based within Benedictine University's Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies. "The Institute has been developed to establish and cultivate more women capable of leading in industry, government and education."

The cornerstone of the Institute is Benedictine's Master of Science in Leadership (M.S.L.) program, which 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.

"The M.S.L. program is intended to develop and empower knowledgeable, well-trained professionals and leaders who will not only emerge as leaders in their organizations and communities, but worldwide," Pittman said.    

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

For more information about the Institute or the reception, contact Sandra Houston at (630) 829-6126 or shouston@ben.edu. For more information about the M.S.L. 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.