‘Women’s Leadership in Sport’ summit draws participants from around the world

A global entourage convened at the Cobb Galleria Centre Oct. 20 for the 2005 International Summit Effecting Social Change through Women’s Leadership in Sport.

Georgia (Nov 29, 2005) — A global entourage convened at the Cobb Galleria Centre Oct. 20 for the 2005 International Summit Effecting Social Change through Women’s Leadership in Sport.

The unique and innovative conference‚ which promoted female leadership through sports‚ attracted more than 500 people from 34 countries. The participants‚ many dressed in their native attire‚ came from as far away as the Netherlands‚ China‚ Uganda and Korea.

“This conference is a unique approach to community development‚” Dr. Richard Sowell‚ dean of the WellStar College of Health & Human Services‚ said. “It has become increasingly clear that women are the ones organizing and making a difference for their communities.

“It doesn’t matter if you work in Asia‚ Africa or downtown Atlanta‚ you will find women at the forefront of community leadership.”

Attendees also heard from President Betty L. Siegel‚ Giovanni di Cola of the International Labour Office and Gudrun Doll−Tepper‚ president of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education.

Former Swiss president Adolf Ogi was the keynote speaker. He currently serves as the special adviser for development and peace under U.N. Secretary−General Kofi Annan.

“The world is watching us‚” Ogi proclaimed. “This must be the century of women’s leadership. We can make real progress if we work together. We have to take a lot of small steps that will bring a better and more peaceful world.”

To help instill the overarching message of the conference‚ nearly 30 workshops were held on topics such as coalition building‚ legislating sport and social change‚ getting girls physically active and fostering socio−economic improvements.

During the summit‚ it was announced that the new Center for International Women’s Leadership and Sport Development has been established on campus. Sowell said it was the university’s intention for the conference to have lasting significance after the participants departed.

“A resource has been launched to continue to elevate the awareness of the potential of women’s leadership through sport to affect society‚” Sowell said. “The center will also bring the next generation of leaders into the dialogue of sport and social development.”




 

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