The University of Lynchburg chapter of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority will host a Women and Leadership discussion on Wednesday, October 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Sydnor Performance Hall, Schewel Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Five women in professional leadership positions at University of Lynchburg will speak about their career experiences and answer questions about navigating leadership roles.
Heather Scearce, president of Sigma Sigma Sigma at University of Lynchburg, said the program relates to the national sorority’s goal of providing women with “exceptional experiences that will empower women to change the world.
“We are hoping that through this event, we will begin to move towards that statement,” Scearce said. “The purpose of this event is to explore how women build leadership skills in college that will benefit them later in life and empower them to step up in both their community and careers. We wanted to reach out to women specifically, but men as well, on campus and in the local community; we wanted to have an open place for them to hear about how empowering leadership roles can be and understand that leadership can begin anywhere and at any time, even as a college student, by becoming involved on campus.”
This panel will include Dr. Sally Selden, vice president and dean for academic affairs; Kristen Cooper, director of residence life; Dr. Oeida Hatcher, dean of the School of Communication and the Arts; Rita Detwiler, vice president for enrollment management, and Dr. Sabita Manian, a professor of international relations and the President’s Fellow for Equity and Inclusion. The panel will be asked questions relating to their leadership roles and how they came about them. The Women and Leadership event is being sponsored by the office of equity and inclusion and is a passport event.
Those who attend the event will learn how leadership skills can be acquired and improved on over time with practice. They will also understand the benefits of including a diverse group of women in leadership roles and identify opportunities for college women to gain leadership, Scearce said.
Women and Leadership is sponsored by the University of Lynchburg Office of Equity and Inclusion and is a passport event.