MBA Women International Announces the Hall Of Heroes and Keynote Speakers for the Leadership Conference

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MBA Women International (MBAWI) announced today the first Hall of Heroes – recognizing those who have made a significant impact to change to better position women into leadership roles, the leadership pipeline, the C-suite and onto Boards of Directors.

MBA Women International(MBAWI) announced today the first Hall of Heroes – recognizing those who have made a significant impact to change to better position women into leadership roles, the leadership pipeline, the C-suite and onto Boards of Directors. MBAWI will pronounce the winners at their MBAWI Leadership Conference and Career Fair in October. Those awarded will include corporations and academic institutions, individuals and non-profit organizations.

“We understand and appreciate the numerous corporations, academic institutions, organizations, and individuals who are doing great things to change the status quo,” says Gail Romero, CEO MBAWI. “The statistics over the last three decades continue to amaze, not with their achievement indicators but with their dismal reports on the progress that has been made. Over 50% of the world’s population is still underrepresented, so 50% of the potential skill set, thought leaders and talent that can significantly change the social, environmental, economic and political stability of the world are not being utilized. That is why we launched the Hall of Heroes this year.”

Nominated this year include corporations like Ford and Walmart, as they are companies that have made much progress in recent years with women's empowerment. Two retailers have also been nominated: GAP and Nordstrom, as they cater to women for the majority of their consumers, and work to support women in the world of work with more than just fashion. “We are proud to say that many of the nominees for corporations and academic institutions are partners of MBAWI,” adds Gail Romero. Among the MBAWI Corporate partners are: GE, Deloitte, American Airlines, and Prudential. Many non-profits were on the list including The Impact Center.

MBAWI will host their annual Leadership Conference and Career Fair October 18-20 in Phoenix, Arizona. The winners will be announced on Saturday October 20, 2012 and inducted into the Hall of Heroes.

MBAWI will highlight these entities annually and welcome them into an alliance that will recognize their leading role as the world looks to find those that truly have taken actions that speak louder than words in advancing women into parity positions of leadership.

The conference will include Keynotes and major presentations by several leading figures including:

Lee Rhodes, Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year, will deliver the breakfast keynote Friday October 19, 2012 at 7:30 am

Scott Woelfel, President and CEO of Armchair Media will provide the lunch keynote on Friday October 19, 2012 at 11:30 am

Sara Canaday, Author, Consultant and Coach will deliver the breakfast keynote on Saturday October 20, 2012 at 8:00 am

Leo Hindery, Managing Partner of InterMedia Partners will address the Saturday keynote lunch on Saturday October 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

Leo Hindery is the Managing Partner of InterMedia Partners, which he founded in 1988 and continuously ran until February 1997. He was then elected President and CEO of Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI) and Liberty Media, at the time the world’s largest combined cable television system operator and programming entity. In March 1999 TCI merged into AT&T, and he became President and CEO of AT&T Broadband until he resigned in November 1999.

Mr. Hindery’s executive experience includes being the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GlobalCenter Inc. from December 1999 until January 2001, as well as the Chairman and CEO of The YES Network from 2001 to October 2004 and in 2005 he reconstituted InterMedia Partners.

Mr. Hindery is a member of several prestigious professional affiliations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, Chairman of the US Economy/Smart Globalization Initiative at the New America Foundation and Co-Chair of the Task Force on Job Creation and Trade. In 2008, he was an economic and trade advisor to presidential candidate Barack Obama, after earlier serving as Senior Economic Policy Advisor for presidential candidate John Edwards. From 2005 through 2007, he was Vice Chairman of the Presidential and Congressional HELP Commission. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Columbia School of Journalism and a Director of Common Cause New York, the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, the Paley Center for Media, and Teach for America.

One of the “25 Most Influential Executives Over the Past 25 Years,” Mr. Hindery has won numerous awards over the course of his career and was elected into the Cable Hall of Fame in May 2012. As a humanitarian, Mr. Hindery has won awards for his leadership in AIDS and HIV initiatives as well as for his efforts on behalf of equality and worker rights.

Mr. Hindery is the author of “It Takes a CEO: It’s Time to Lead With Integrity” (Free Press, 2005) and “The Biggest Game of All” (Free Press, 2003). He has an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and is an undergraduate of Seattle University. He has been named a Founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Emerson College and the Rabbinical College of America.

Lee Rhodes is the Founder and CEO of glassybaby and cancer survivor, whose story is as inspiring as her success. Born during a tough time, glassybaby became a method of healing and serenity and its impact stretches out to the community. Nearly one million dollars from sales has been donated to charities dedicated to meeting the needs of those that are not met through health insurance. Currently an $8 million a year business, sales have been up 40-50% every year since 2009.

Sara Canaday is a successful author, leadership strategist, engaging speaker and President of Sara Canaday & Associates. She draws upon 15 years of corporate experience. Canaday is known for her ability to connect with her audiences and help people identify the elusive blind spots that are preventing them from taking their careers (and companies) to the next level.
Canaday is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Founder and President of the Austin Chapter. Her most recent book, You – According to Them: Uncovering Blind Spots That Impact Your Reputation and Your Career, is available now.

Scott Woelfel is an Internet pioneer and media veteran who has helped shape both the business strategy and consumer experience for online information. He currently serves as president and chief executive officer for Armchair Media, a company he founded in 2001.

Before forming Armchair Media, Mr. Woelfel was a 15 year veteran of CNN and served as president and editor in chief of CNN Interactive and during his career has won numerous awards for his efforts. He was one of the co-founders who established CNN Interactive in January 1995 and launched CNN's first Web site,, in August 1995. He was the architect of the product strategy behind the creation of the CNN interactive brand and its presence across 13 Web sites, a global mobile information service and various other brand extensions. In addition, Mr. Woelfel served as general manager and editor in chief of, CNN’s financial news Web site.

Woelfel has also helped develop CNN's interactive news services, including CNN Mobile, the most comprehensive and advanced 24-hour global and pan-regional news and information service for GSM mobile phones. He also oversaw the development of content for CNN's news channel on PageNet pagers, PointCast, CNN Text, Intel's Intercast and iMagic's PowerPhones. He also supervised three CNN prime time newscasts: The World Today, Prime News and Evening News.

Prior to his time at CNN, Mr. Woelfel served as executive producer of The International Hour, as well as Early Prime worked as a news producer at local television stations in Florida, Virginia, Oklahoma and Missouri.

Mr. Woelfel graduated in 1981 from the University of Missouri, School of Journalism with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Additional components of the three day program will include a full day leadership training and assessments for MBAWI global leaders, several key announcements on the Executive Leadership Certification, Women of Wisdom series, The MBAWI Hall of Heroes awards, new scholarships and fellowships for leadership potential and a significant opportunity to meet with top leadership, presenters and thought leaders attending the 2 day conference during receptions and private interviews.

MBAWI expects 1,000 top female graduates and professionals, multinational and national corporations and significant MBA universities and students to gather in Phoenix to meet and discuss how to realize the dream of a better, stronger and more diverse future. Through the use of leadership training combined with appropriate education, culture and policy as well as soft skills, MBAWI members bring leadership to a whole new level.

ABOUT MBA Women International

MBA Women International is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of business women as corporate leaders, executives and entrepreneurs- enriching workforce diversity around the world.

It serves four related client groups: female MBA students, female business professionals and entrepreneurs, universities and corporate partners.

Visit To find out more about joining an MBA Women International student chapter, the global At-Large membership or a professional chapter contact: membership(at)mbawomen(dot)org.

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