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Sally Helgesen, "Tapping the Power of the Female Vision"


Monday 12 June | 9:00 – 10:15 | Main Hall

Sally HelgesenDrawing on three decades of work with women leaders around the world, Sally will show how women at every level can more powerfully position themselves as leaders by: Articulating a clear, concise and authentic vision; framing what they see in the language of benefit; enlisting allies who can help them act on their vision; identifying what behaviors they need to embrace and what behaviors they need to let go of as they move to the next level and; building a stronger and more distinctive leadership presence.

Participants will come away with an enhanced understanding of what they have to contribute to their organizations, practices that foster more intentional career development and a means for strengthening their personal webs of support.

Sally Helgesen is an author and consultant who delivers leadership programs for organizations and associations around the world. Her most recent book, The Female Vision: Women's Real Power at Work, explores how women's strategic insights can strengthen their careers and benefit their organizations. Her best-selling The Female Advantage: Women's Ways of Leadership, hailed as "the classic work" on women's leadership styles, has been continuously in print for 27 years. The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations was cited in The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books on leadership of all time.

Plenary Panel, "Women and Power: Cultivating Influence"


Tuesday 13 June | 10:30 – 12:00 | Main Hall

Claudia de Castro Caldeirinha Photo Tuajuanda C. Jordan PhotoBarbara Kellerman Photo Betsy Myers Photo


Claudia de Castro Caldeirinha, Executive Director, Senior Leadership Advisor, Redscope Consulting

Tuajuanda C. Jordan, President, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Barbara Kellerman, James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

Betsy Myers, Founder, Myers Leadership; Founding Director, Center for Women and Business, Bentley University

Susan R. MadsenSession Moderator: Susan R. Madsen, Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University

At the center of the word "power" is the word "WE." We, as global women leaders, must maneuver through complex layers of culture, history, identity, context, and resources to exercise our power. Leading requires balancing both the challenges and the opportunities to capitalize on our individual and collective power. This diverse international panel of four distinguished women explores power and influence in politics, education, business, nonprofits, and communities. This engaging plenary will discuss how women "do power," how we might "do power differently," and how cultivating our whole selves can lead to finding and using our influence authentically.

Learn more about the creation of this panel in the article Don't Miss These Powerful Women Leaders at ILA's June Conference.


About the Speakers

Executive Director and Senior Leadership Advisor at Redscope Consulting, Claudia de Castro Caldeirinha has been working on gender issues and women's empowerment for the past 20 years. Through her company, Claudia acts as senior adviser on leadership and gender equality. She provides strategic and operational advice and support to multilateral and international organizations, private and public companies, and non-profit organizations to develop their leadership, gender diversity strategies, women's leadership programs, and overall organizational development plans. Claudia's current writing project is Women Leading the Way in Brussels co-authored with Corinna Horst. The book collects the stories of inspirational women role models. Claudia is a sought after speaker at various public events in Brussels and abroad. Leadership modules she has developed are used in numerous university programs in Europe including the leadership stream of the Lisbon MBA and the Post-Graduate Training for future leaders at University of Roma Tor Vergata. Claudia especially enjoys working with women leaders and women leaders-to-be to deploy their leadership skills and talents, which are needed to overcome the many challenges of today's reality.

Tuajuanda Jordan has served as St. Mary's College of Maryland's seventh president since July 2014. With a doctorate in biochemistry from Purdue University, Jordan has held faculty positions as a chemistry professor at Xavier University of Louisiana, Lewis & Clark College while also serving in a variety of administrative leadership positions including Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Chief Diversity Officer at Lewis & Clark, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean at Xavier. As a senior program officer for Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), her passion for fusing science and education led her to national prominence through the creation of HHMI's Science Education Alliance program, which she directed from 2008-2011. The program provides research opportunities for undergraduates in genomics and bioinformatics and has been implemented in institutions across the country. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards and her work has been widely written about. Most recently she appeared as the cover story for the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges' Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine, March 2017.

Approaching leadership from multiple disciplines, Barbara Kellerman's books are filled with big ideas discussing overarching, sweeping trends in leadership and followership. Throughout her career her books have challenged existing orthodoxies and created new contours to guide the field forward. She wrote Bad Leadership when books promoting good leadership were de rigueur. Women & Leadership challenged male-normed leadership models and the End of Leadership provided an insightful critique of the leadership industry. Her recent fashioning of leadership as an interconnected system of context, followers, and leaders is explored in Followership and Hard Times. Kellerman frequently earns titles like "Top 50 Business Thinkers" (Forbes.com) and is a regular contributor to major news outlets. She is the Founding Executive Director of the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership. Prior to her work at Harvard, Kellerman held many academic appointments including Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Leadership at the University of Maryland's James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, where, in a monumental act of imagination mirroring her books, she co-founded the International Leadership Association.

Betsy Myers has spent her career crossing boundaries and working to advance women and leadership. A successful business woman, she has served as the Director of the Office of Women's Business Ownership at the U.S. Small Business Administration, and is the founding director of the Center for Women & Business at Bentley University. As Executive Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School she worked to build strategic partnerships and leverage the center's work in the areas of women and leadership and personal leadership. This led to her work as senior advisor on women's issues to U.S. President Bill Clinton and senior advisor to and Chair, Women for Obama for Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. Her book, Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You, draws on her experiences in all of these sectors. Myers is a sought after speaker on topics related to leadership, particularly around engaging men to be full partners in the fight for women's leadership, and on achieving work/life integration.

Susan R. Madsen is Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University; a visiting fellow of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Zagreb; and a fellow of the Leadership Trust Foundation in Ross-on-Wye, England. With a research focus on the lifetime development of women leaders, she has written and edited six books and published over 100 articles, chapters, and reports while also presenting in local, national, and international settings. She co-edited ILA's Women and Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice book series and its first three volumes. Her latest book is The Handbook of Research on Gender and Leadership (Edward Elgar, 2017). Madsen is a founder of the ILA Women and Leadership Affinity Group and chaired ILA's first two Women and Leadership conferences. She has founded numerous influential networks in Utah and beyond and has received awards and honors for her teaching, scholarship, and service. Her research has been cited in the Huffington Post, the New York Times, and she regularly shares her work on radio and television news.

Debbie Dimitre, "Grandma Moses – American Primitive Folk Artist"


Wednesday 14 June | 10:30 – 12:00 | Main Hall

Debbie DimitreAnna Mary Robertson Moses began her art career in her early 70s. By the time she died at the age of 101, her work was known throughout the United States and Europe. Mary spent the better part of her adult life working on her farm, occasionally embroidering little pictures she called worsted art. It wasn't until after her husband's death that she found her way back to her passion for art. With a simple, colorful, childlike quality, her paintings were associated with what become known as American Primitive. Never painting for money or fame, but just for the love of it, Mary is an inspiration to anyone who has given up on their dreams!

For the past 30 years Debbie Dimitre has been entertaining audiences with her historical docudramas, bringing to life such women as Nellie Bly, Eleanor Roosevelt, Annie Oakley, Harriet Beecher-Stowe, and Rachel Carson just to name a few. Her interest in telling women's stories was "born out of an awareness that our children's school books are practically void of information about women in American history, their contributions, courage and bravery." She created Patch-Work Tales, a series of one woman presentations, to bring historical women to life. Dimitre has performed for the Folklife Festival as well as numerous schools, museums, and social and philanthropic organizations.