Friday, January 22, 2010
Hollins Adds a Leadership Alternative for Women
Hollins University has added a new--and inexpensive--element to its Batten Leadership Program, which is designed to help produce the next generation of women leaders in the region. The program is called the Emerging Leaders Forum and it "profides an opportnity for women to learn more about leadership and improve their effectiveness in the workplace," according to program director Abrina Schnurman-Cook.
At a press conference announcing the program this morning at the Jefferson Club in Roanoke, Ed Murphy, CEO of Carilion, said, "There is little we can do that really matters, but leadership is one" of the few actions that count. Hollins President Nancy Gray said the program grew from the desire to train younger and less experienced women in leadership. The Batten Institute trains leaders who are generally higher in management than the target women of the Emerging Leaders Forum.
The cost of the program is $45 per session, which many of the business executives in the room agreed will help open the door for participation by companies strapped by the recession.
The initial session is scheduled April 10 and is titled "The Art of Networking" with author Paula Frazier directing. Those interested in more details should call Schnurman-Cook at 540-362-7488.