League of Black Women, Bethune-Cookman Univ. team up to study leadership barriers Alliance to bolster advocacy, change announced at 10th annual Global Leadership Conference

DESTIN, Fla., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The League of Black Women's 10th annual Global Leadership Conference kicks off Tuesday with the announcement that the League is teaming up with Bethune Cookman-University to design research that specifically addresses key barriers to professional Black women's leadership ambitions.

The League of Black Women Global Leadership Research Institute was first created by the League in 2010 to be a world-class destination for research and global business intelligence on how to positively support Black women who want to lead. Under the partnership, Bethune-Cookman, a historically Black college in Daytona Beach, Fla., will be the research arm of the Institute, which has published two groundbreaking studies on Black women in leadership.

"Most of the research and solutions out there do not address the experiences that are unique to Black women," Sandra Finley, President and CEO of the League.  "The Institute will bring together the League's leadership intelligence with research, key databases and subject matter experts at Bethune-Cookman. Together, we'll provide better analysis, and establish new benchmarks and protocols for Black women and the people and institutions that benefit from them."

The League's Global Leadership Conference returns May 21-24 to the Grand Sandestin Resort in Destin, Fla. Attendees, all leaders in their fields, come from around the world for leadership training, coaching, education workshops and high-level, high-touch networking. This year's theme is "You're Fired Up – We're Ready to Go," and is reflected in the lineup of influential speakers from business, politics, education, healthcare, government and the literary world.

Panelists will lead discussions on topics such as how women can leverage power; maintaining a healthy lifestyle; public policy traps and women's advocacy; global leadership; and the worldwide talent pool. Dr. Edison O. Jackson, President of Bethune-Cookman University will be honored with the Corporate Partner Award. This year's annual Black Rose Award, given to a woman, or a man who uses the power of their position to advance women, will go to Gwendolyn Butler, President and CEO of Capri Capital Partners.

As in past years, the League will host a dozen or more students attending historically Black colleges and universities and will stream live video of conference sessions to HBCUs.

Conference sponsors include Deloitte; CNA; Walmart; American Airlines American Eagle; Kellogg; Kraft Foods; The Walt Disney Company; Federally Employed Women; and Nicor Gas.

For a complete listing of panel topics and speakers, visit www.leagueofblackwomen.org. Media contact: Shawn Taylor, Treetop Consulting, at 312-371-6260, or email tshawntaylor@yahoo.com.

SOURCE League of Black Women



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