Dee Dee Myers to Headline Event Honoring Gender in the Workplace Research

April 15, 2010

Former White House Press Secretary to be Honored at Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Initiative’s Gender in the Workplace Research Competition Awards Luncheon

WASHINGTON, D.C. – How are female “compilers” perceived by their peers and executives? What is “quiet confidence” and is it considered an asset for women in leadership roles? Are female soldiers and veterans rendered invisible by the media coverage in the United States? In order for rising female “stars” to achieve their professional goals, do they need a significant mentoring relationship with another woman at a senior level?

These issues and others will be addressed in the third annual Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Initiative (GUWLI) Gender in the Workplace Research Competition Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 23.

Georgetown undergraduate and graduate students conducted rigorous research on gender issues in the workplace and will present their findings to a panel of successful businesswomen and research-trained faculty at the GUWLI-sponsored competition. Groups are judged based on the rigor of their research and the relevance of their findings. The winning group will present its findings at the awards luncheon attended by Georgetown students, faculty, staff, alumni, and local area executives. The group presentation will be followed by a keynote speech delivered by Dee Dee Myers, former White House Press Secretary and the 2010 winner of GUWLI’s annual Making a Difference Award.

“Pairing our students with executives brings the real world to the classroom and helps reveal structural advantages and disadvantages of stereotypical gender roles in the workplace,” said Catherine Tinsley, executive director of the Women’s Leadership Initiative and an associate professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “We’ve doubled participation in our research projects and nearly tripled attendance at the Awards Luncheon by some of the region’s most influential leaders in business, non-profits, and government. We also are very pleased to have Dee Dee Myers headlining our luncheon this year.”

This year’s judges, mentors and guests include Laura Liswood, secretary general of the Council of Women World Leaders; Kate Carr, president at Cardinal Bank; Suzanne Clark, president of the Potomac Research Group; and Victoria D. Harker, CFO of AES Energy.

The event is sponsored by the Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Initiative and Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

About the Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Initiative
The Gender in the Workplace Research Competition supports research aimed at understanding and promoting women’s advancement. The Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Initiative is dedicated to promoting the development and advancement of women leaders. The program aims to contribute to the social and economic progress of women by addressing their intellectual and practical needs. The uniqueness of this program lies in using quantitative research to underpin the program offerings and in turn, the programs generate ideas for research. Tying gender-in-the-workplace research to GUWLI programs and workshops creates a synergistic relationship between research and programming. The Georgetown Women’s Leadership Initiative targets gender issues in society and the advancement of women.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.