National Association of Professional Women Inducts Veda E. Ward, Professor, CSU Northridge, Into its VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle

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Veda E. Ward selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

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I’m pleased to recognize Veda with this important honor. Her perseverance, work ethic and leadership qualities are an inspiration to all women.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Veda Ward as a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in education. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 775,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters.

“I’m pleased to recognize Veda with this important honor,” says NAPW President Star Jones. “Her perseverance, work ethic and leadership qualities are an inspiration to all women.”

Today, Veda Ward maintains her success as a Professor after 25 prosperous years at CSU Northridge. Through sheer will and hard work, she has built a strong foundation that continues to secure her reputation as an honest, capable and caring educator.

Ms. Ward has served as a Department Chair and has taught in three academic departments and colleges. She has also served as Vice President of the Faculty Senate, Senate Executive Committee, on the recent Presidential Search & Screen Committee, on university-wide accreditation committees, and was faculty liaison between the College of Health and Human Development and the Office of Student Outreach and Recruitment Services for four years. Her skills and expertise include strategic planning, training and education, writing and research, community outreach and cross-organizational ties.

With a passion for traveling, Ms. Ward has visited many countries and as a past trustee of the National Recreation and Park Association attended meetings and conferences in cities and parks across the United States. Her current goals are to expand knowledge of the parks, tourism, and hospitality industry and to ensure equitable access to higher education. The professional development of faculty members at California State University of Northridge is also crucial to Ms. Ward’s mission as an educator. To this end, she is an active mentor to her students, has served as Faculty Advisor to the Associated Students, Inc. and is making a positive and lasting impact on the lives of those who acknowledge her as a role model.

Awards & Accomplishments: Ph.D., University of Maryland, Recreation; Top Ladies of Distinction, President, Los Angeles County Commission for Women (2012-14)

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NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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