Leadership for Women Conference Scheduled at KSU

Professional women will have a unique opportunity to improve their leadership skills through an…

Georgia (Feb 16, 2004) — Leadership for Women Conference Scheduled at KSU

Terri Thornton


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Professional women will have a unique opportunity to improve their leadership skills through an educational conference offered by the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. “The Leadership Lab for Women Conference” is set for Saturday‚ April 17. It will feature panel discussions on a variety of topics of interest to women aspiring to leadership positions.

The event originated from a course offered as part of the curriculum for KSU’s Career Growth MBA program. The course‚ called “Above and Beyond: The Leadership Lab for Women‚” is the only one of its kind in the Atlanta area. The last session of this semester’s course has been expanded to incorporate the conference‚ which is open to the public.

“There is a perception that you’re either born a leader or you’re not‚ but the reality is that leadership skills can be taught” says Teresa Joyce‚ KSU’s Dean of Graduate Studies. “The women’s leadership course has prompted such positive feedback that we decided to sponsor this conference‚ which is open to the public‚” she adds.

Joyce will chair the conference‚ which will feature successful women discussing issues of critical importance. Four prominent Atlanta businesswomen who have been team−teaching will also participate in the conference:

Chris Coleman‚ Author‚ technology marketing pioneer and Chief Marketing Officer of SecureWorks

Teresa Owens Unser‚ Founder and President of Resource Consulting Group‚ Inc.

Lisa Scherrer Dugan‚ Executive Vice President of Professional Image‚ Inc.

T.K. Kieran‚ Principal of NewLeaf Partners‚ LLC and founder of T.K. Kieran & Associates.

Students who took the course which inspired the conference say it yielded invaluable information. “This course was one of the more difficult in the MBA program because it required introspective probing and soul−searching‚” said Dana Webster‚ who took the course last year. “It opened my eyes to the reality of the world of work for women and that it is‚ in fact‚ different between the genders.”

Jamie Amos says being a man in the class was an experience in itself. “This class will make me a better manager some day‚ as well as a better person over all‚” he says. “When you truly understand someone's struggles and the pain that they go through‚ it really makes you think twice about things that you would otherwise never think about.”

The conference will be held in the University Rooms of the KSU Student Center. It starts at 9 a.m. and lasts till 5:30 p.m. Members of the public may attend for a $60 fee. Discounts are available to Atlanta Executive Network‚ Atlanta Women’s Network‚ Professional Women’s Information Network and GlobalExecWomen members as well as KSU faculty‚ graduate students and Leadership Lab alumni. Reservations are required. Sponsors include Solvay Pharmaceuticals‚ Inc. and the Turknett Leadership Group.

For more information or to RSVP‚ contact Teresa Joyce‚ Dean of Graduate Studies at Kennesaw State University at (770) 423−6738 ortjoyce@kennesaw.edu.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population exceeding 17‚400 from 131 countries. The third largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu