Women in Leadership Roles Addressed at the Connecting Women to Power Conference Held on June 28, 2013 at CalState University Dominguez Hills

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Effective leadership results from the recognition and enhancement of the individual strengths and abilities of women leaders.

Women have fulfilled leadership roles throughout history, although we have only begun to focus on the potential of women as leaders since the mid-20th century. Susan Barilich led a break-out session at the Connecting Women to Power conference attended by 45 individuals, ranging in age from 20 to 75. The participants engaged in a lively discussion in which women leaders, both contemporary and historic, were identified, along with the characteristics the participants associated with the leadership roles they identified.

The discussion looked at women leaders in government and politics, entertainment, education, civic and philanthropic endeavors, social and community involvement, feminist and other causes, and, of course, business.

There is no template or blueprint for how to develop an effective leadership style, according to Ms. Barilich. She emphasized that every woman aspiring to a leadership role has her own strengths, talents, and aspirations, and should trust her own judgment as to how she should use these attributes to lead others. The conference participants recognized the importance of having others support the goals any leader wishes to accomplish and the unique ability of women to obtain consensus and support for their objectives.

The Connecting Women to Power Conference was held on June 28, 2013 at the CalState University Dominguez Hills Campus in Carson, California (Los Angeles area).

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