Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month    

Prominent sociologist/‘Lean in’ researcher speaking at Purdue Calumet Tuesday (3/18)

            HAMMOND, Ind. — A Tuesday (3/18) campus keynote presentation by nationally respected sociologist, scholar and author Marianne Cooper headlines Purdue University Calumet’s celebration of Women’s History Month. 

 Cooper keynote address Tuesday (3/18)
            Cooper will deliver her keynote address at 8 a.m. in Alumni Hall of the Student Union & Library. An accomplished scholar and core member of the Clayman Institute’s Voice and Influence program, she has researched gender and leadership issues for 20+ years. She also served as lead researcher of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s recent book, Lean In, about women’s workplace empowerment.
            As well as sharing experiences about her Lean In research work, she will discuss barriers women face climbing their career ladder and how to support girls and women in efforts to achieve goals and realize ambitions.
            In Cooper’s own upcoming book, Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times, she explores how families cope and manage anxiety during what some consider an era of insecurity.
            “In addition to her behind-the-scenes experiences working with Sheryl Sandberg on Lean In,” she will focus in her speech on empowering women to take leadership roles, as well as challenges women face on the job and at home,” Purdue Calumet Interim Dean of Students and Professor of Communication Lisa Goodnight said.
            A continental breakfast will follow Cooper’s presentation.

Other Women’s History Month events include:

 ‘Building Networks’ March 26
            In a presentation directed to women on and off campus, Assistant Professor of Political Science Meg Rincker will discuss “Building Networks of Women at Purdue Calumet and Beyond” at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 26 in Room 176 of the Classroom Office Building.

 Workforce empowerment alumnae panel discussion March 27
            Purdue Calumet women alumnae leaders will offer their perspectives about workforce empowerment during a panel discussion at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 27 in the Student Union & Library’s ‘Room with a View’ (Room 150D).

            Panelists are:

  • Jennifer Fredricks (Vice President, Product Program at Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & NWI),
  • Kimberly Hobson (Director, Strategic Hospital Affiliations and South Side Healthcare Collaborative),
  • Cindy Leahy (CEO, Engage-n-Motivate),
  • Maggie Lybolt (Owner, Prime Real Estate),
  • Annah Mitchell (Communications Manager, Regional Transportation Authority),
  • Donna Peters (Process Manager Commercial Support, ArcelorMittal),
  • Pamela Quintero (Director, Chicago Board of Options Exchange Institute),
  • Lisa Reed (Account Manager, ArcelorMittal),
  • Ursula Saqui (CEO, Saqui Research),
  • Allison Stevenson (Senior Manager, Accenture)

            In Q&A format the panelists will discuss such career-related themes of Sandberg’s Lean In as: success vs. likeability trade-off; insecurity; self-promotion; imposter syndrome; being too ambitious, competitive or bossy; and carving out time for family.
            “Successful, Purdue Calumet alumni will discuss their experiences ‘leaning in’ and moving forward in the work place and with respect to other issues,” Associate Dean of the College of Business and Professor of Marketing Lori Feldman said.       
            An opportunity to network with the panelists will follow.

 Purdue Calumet professor discusses her book March 31
            Assistant Professor of History Tanya Stabler discusses her forthcoming book, ‘The Beguines of Medieval Paris: Gender, Patronage, and Spiritual Authority’, with particular focus on how the study of lay religious women challenges widely-held assumptions about medieval society and religion. Stabler’s presentation is at 3:30 p.m., Monday, March 31 in Room 240 of the Gyte Building.
            ‘The Beguines of Medieval Paris:…’ examines 13th century women in Paris who enjoyed a level of patronage and esteem by devoting their lives to Christian ideals without taking formal vows.  

            Other information about Purdue Calumet’s Women’s History Month observance is available at http://webs.purduecal.edu/lass/womens-history-month-2014/.

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