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2017 Mazzotti Awards in Women’s Leadership Recipients

Maria Villalobos Buehner, associate professor of Spanish, will participate in the Women’s Leadership Institute of the Council for Higher Education Management Associations.  The Institute provides professional development opportunities on issues that affect women in higher education with particular emphasis on those who aspire to be senior leaders.  Villalobos Buehner seeks to expand her leadership and networking skills to prepare one day for a future department chairmanship and to support the academic success of Latino students.

Juleen Buser, associate professor of graduate education, will participate in the Finding the Space to Lead program of the Institute for Mindful Leadership.  Sessions focus on a mindful approach to leadership including big picture thinking, enhanced creativity and resiliency and engagement with others to affect change.  Buser plans to use the experience to strengthen creativity and innovation related to her work with the Martinson Family Foundation Project.

Cathlene Leary-Elderkin, associate director of grants, will attend the Harvard University Women in Education Leadership program.  Designed to strengthen and leverage women’s leadership skills to advance education initiatives, the program provides opportunities for participants to practice advanced leadership techniques and analyze strategies used by successful leaders.  Leary-Elderkin plans to use the experience to advance grant-seeking in support of a variety of university priorities and to expand her leadership role within the Teaching and Learning Center. 

Sue Stefanick, registrar, will participate in The Women’s Leadership Program sponsored by the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.  Led by senior businesswomen and faculty, the program focuses on corporate culture, communication, conflict management, crisis leadership and decision-making under pressure.  Stefanick looks forward to utilizing the experience to strengthen her management of a variety of university-wide projects in service to students. 

Nova Thomas, associate professor of voice, will also attend the Harvard University Women in Education Leadership program. Designed to strengthen and leverage women’s leadership skills to advance education initiatives, the program provides opportunities for participants to practice advanced leadership techniques and analyze strategies used by successful leaders. Thomas would like to inspire and empower teachers and students in the performing arts to utilize assessment at all levels of learning – in the studio, classroom, college, university and the professional marketplace, making Rider a model for performing arts training.