'A Celebration of Women in Higher Education'
On Nov. 17, the American Council on Education (ACE) and its Office of Women in Higher Education (OWHE) came together for a special event celebrating women in higher education. That Friday morning, more than 200 women convened in the Feinstone Lounge in Sullivan Hall for breakfast and to hear words of inspiration from President Ann Weaver Hart.
The co-sponsored event brought together students and faculty members from across southeastern Pennsylvania, including the University of Pennsylvania, Villanova and Shippensburg. Hart, whose research focuses on leadership succession and development, organizational behavior in educational organizations and academic freedom, delivered the keynote presentation highlighting notable women throughout history.
“As I observed the enthusiasm on the faces of all the women in attendance that morning and their reaction to President Hart and her presentation, I felt very privileged to have had a part of all of the planning,” said Eda Manrodt, an administrative specialist in the School of Communications and Theater, who helped coordinate the event.
Hart opened her presentation with a video of her granddaughter reciting the ABCs, and then named a notable woman in history for each letter of the alphabet.
After her talk, Hart opened up the floor for a 30-minute question-and-answer session in which students, aspiring educational professionals and colleagues had the opportunity to pick her brain about critical career moves and the path to success in higher education.
“Dr. Hart’s exploration of women and leadership in higher ed — and beyond — was a deeply personal and heartfelt contribution to the event,” said Concetta Stewart, dean of the School of Communications and Theater and state coordinator of the OWHE. “The OWHE’s mission is to improve the status of women via collaboration with associations and other groups in higher education, and this is exactly what we achieved.”
Temple sponsors of the event were the OnLine Learning & Summer Programs, Human Resources, the Teaching and Learning Center, and the School of Communications and Theater.
— Erin Cusack, for the Temple Times