MBA Women International Recognizes International Women’s Day

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On International Women’s Day, MBA Women International recognizes the fourth anniversary of an innovative mentoring initiative for young Navajo women and announces a new role for its founder. Philana Kiely has been named Interim Executive Director.

Every March 8th, International Women’s Day recognizes the achievements of women past and present, while remembering that equality is still a work in progress. To mark this year's event, MBA Women International (MBAWI) is recognizing the anniversary of a groundbreaking mentoring initiative and announcing a new role for its founder. Philana Kiely has been named Interim Executive Director by the MBAWI Board of Directors as the organization marks the fourth anniversary of the philanthropic program she pioneered.

“MBAWI is a wonderful organization built on the foundation of advancing women as corporate leaders, business executives and entrepreneurs. I am proud to be a part of its leadership during this exciting time,” said Kiely, MBA, who has served the organization since 2007 and most recently as Vice President of Programs and Chapter Development.

On March 9, 2009 Kiely launched a foundation-funded program for young women of the Navajo Nation. The initiative was conceived while she was a student at the University of Houston’s C. T. Bauer College of Business. She identified the Navajo Nation as a place of critical need, with more than half of its population unemployed. Kiely instituted a strategic planning and implementation process to redress the challenges faced by at-risk women. The Shideezhí Mentoring Program pairs MBAWI members with young Navajo women.

“The MBAWI Shideezhí Mentoring Program emphasizes the importance of education for women and advances our mission of preparing women to reach their goals,” said Heather Howell, Chairwoman of the MBAWI Board of Directors. “From forging this philanthropic program to supporting MBAWI chapters nationwide, Philana embodies the best outcomes of our organization and an MBA education.”

In addition to Kiely’s philanthropic work, her leadership at MBAWI has been marked by significant achievements in building business-leadership programming; engaging positively with professional and collegiate chapter leadership; and deepening commitment of key constituents.

About MBA Women International:
MBA Women International is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering female business professionals, to assisting women into leadership positions in business and to enhancing the diversity of the workforce worldwide. For more than 30 years, the organization has served four related client groups: female MBA students, female business professionals and entrepreneurs, universities and corporate partners. Formerly the National Association of Women MBAs, the organization changed the name to reflect an increasingly international commitment to developing and promoting women business leaders globally. Visit http://www.mbawomen.org.

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