VILLANOVA, Pa.—Villanova University’s 2017 Leadership Summit will focus on the theme of “Women Igniting Change,” and include a day of presentations, networking and discussions about supporting, empowering and recognizing women in all levels of leadership. The Oct. 26 event includes a keynote address by Val Ackerman, Commissioner of the BIG EAST Conference. Villanova’s 2017 Leadership Summit coincides with an evening launch event for the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership.
“The Leadership Summit has become a signature event for the Villanova University Alumni Association, and we are especially excited to pair this year’s event with the launch of the McNulty Institute. It will be a landmark day for Villanova,” said George Kolb ’84, Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations.
“The Summit offers a variety of impressive speakers and important topics about women’s leadership. The enthusiasm from this event will be a springboard for the McNulty Institute as we work toward our mission of advancing women leaders,” said Teresa (Terri) M. Boyer, EdD, ’95, founding director of the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership.
The 2017 Leadership Summit begins at 9:30 a.m. with pre-summit workshops. At noon in The Villanova Room of the Connelly Center, Val Ackerman will deliver the Summit’s keynote address. Ackerman was named the fifth Commissioner of the Big East Conference in 2013. She was the founding President of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and a past President of USA Basketball, which oversees the U.S. men's and women's Olympic basketball program. Ackerman has had a long and accomplished career in the sports industry and is one of the few sports executives who has held leadership positions in both men’s and women’s sports at the collegiate, professional, national and international levels.
The Summit’s afternoon sessions will offer a diverse mix of topics that focus on personal growth, career development, innovation and entrepreneurship. One of the highlights will be the Deans’ Panel, which will showcase four of Villanova’s deans sharing what it's like to be leaders at the University and how they arrived at these prominent positions. They will also discuss the opportunities and challenges of being women leaders in the higher education industry. The discussion, moderated by University Provost Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, includes Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, The Helen and William O'Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business; Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Deborah J. Tyksinski, PhD, Dean of the College of Professional Studies; and, Lesley A. Perry, PhD, RN, Interim Dean of the College of Nursing. For a full schedule of events, click here.
Following the 2017 Leadership Summit, Villanova will officially launch the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership, a new interdisciplinary institute at the University focused on advancing women leaders through education, advocacy, community‐building and the collaborative creation of new knowledge. The Institute will create awareness, inspire actions and develop opportunities for Villanovans to work together as a driving force for gender equity. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. in The Villanova Room of the Connelly Center. Click here for more information about the launch event.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit www.villanova.edu.