Michelle Rhee Headlines Event Honoring Research on Gender in the Workplace

April 02, 2009


DC Public Schools Chancellor to be Honored at Georgetown University Women's Leadership Initiative Gender Research Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 31, 2009)- How assertive can a woman negotiator get before that confidence backfires? How smart is it to buck gender expectations- for women or for men? How do gender, race and socio-economic status affect networking and building social capital? These issues and others will be addressed in the 2nd Annual Georgetown University Women's Leadership Initiative (GUWLI) Gender in the Workplace Research Competition & Awards Luncheon taking place April 6, 2009 at 12 p.m. at the National Press Club.

Chancellor Michelle Rhee will keynote the 2009 awards luncheon where a distinguished panel of judges will choose the outstanding research work focused on gender in the workplace.

Georgetown 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 symposium. 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 Chancellor Rhee, the 2009 Executive winner of GUWLI's annual Making a Difference award.

This year's judges and guests include Laura Liswood, secretary general of the Council of Women World Leaders; Alexis Gelber, senior editor, Newsweek; Suzanne Clark, president, National Journal Group; and Phyllis Caldwell, president, Washington Area Women's Foundation.

Past participants include Beth Brooke, global vice chair, Ernst & Young; Ann Sarnoff, president, Dow Jones Ventures; Norah O'Donnell, NBC White House correspondent; Victoria D. Harker, CFO, AES Energy; Shannon S.S. Herzfeld, vice president of government relations, Archer Daniels Midland Co.; Connie Lewis Lensing, vice president-legal, FedEx; and Pat Mitchell, president and CEO, Paley Center for Media.

The Gender in the Workplace Research Competition supports research aimed at understanding and promoting womens' 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.

Visit http://faculty.msb.edu/prog/guwli/ and click on "2009 Gender in the Workplace Research Competition" to see executive summaries and Powerpoint slides from the morning research session of the Workplace Research Competition.

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