2009
Master's program designed by women to empower women available to all

Master's program designed by women to empower women available to all
April 2, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Despite years of positive strides, women still face many challenges in their struggle to assume leadership roles in the workplace. Studies indicate that among the barriers women face to following a leadership track are the unrealistic expectations both women and men place on women leaders, raising the bar for women. Some women expressed the difficulty of being heard, describing a communication gap between themselves and others in power. Others commented on the lack of mentors and the difficulty of following a leadership track in the absence of a support group. Women also commented that the culture in their workplace is not conducive to the collaborative working style of many women. To uplift and empower women to lead the world into the future, Benedictine University announces the establishment of a program specifically designed for women by women. The Master of Science in Leadership (M.S.L.) program is designed to provide the knowledge base and skills that will contribute to the professional and personal development needs of women in today’s society. The program is unique in that, though it is open to anyone, it has a specific gender orientation. “Today’s women are making a significant contribution at all levels of our society,” said Tanesha D.H. Pittman, M.B.A., executive director of adult programs for Benedictine University’s Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies. “The M.S.L. program is intended to increase this contribution by developing and empowering knowledgeable, well-trained professionals and leaders who will not only emerge as leaders in their organizations and communities, but in the world.” The program was developed by a team of noted educators in consultation with women in leadership positions from both private and public sectors, that came together to form an advisory council. The advisory council is led by Pittman and consists of women from diverse backgrounds who have invested a substantial amount of time and effort in developing this new initiative. The M.S.L. program is designed to address the broad-based leadership, economic and social issues within the context of gender. The program courses are designed to be not only theoretical but also applicable to real life experiences both in the community, the workplace and the across the globe. Some of the topics that will be delivered within the program include: Diversity and Inclusion, Change Agent, Mentorship and Networking, Finances, Collaborative Leadership, Ethical and Global Leadership, and Social Responsibility and Community Service Leadership. “These are just some of the examples of the subject matter that will be infused with a women’s perspective, incorporating leadership coupled with professionalism and commitment, and the concept of ‘lifting women as we climb,’” Pittman said. “Benedictine is committed to excellence and professionalism and has been an avid supporter in recognizing and advocating diversity in society,” she added. “The M.S.L. for women is simply another step in providing the resources women need to realize and attain these goals.” For more information about this program, contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.