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Women In Leadership Seminar


An informal monthly seminar series designed to develop staff and faculty leadership competency and efficacy in women leaders from junior to executive levels. The seminar series features notable speakers and nationally recognized speakers from academic, corporate, healthcare, and non-profit organizations.


  • To ensure women understand the differences between managing and leading
  • To ensure women understand the role of culture in organizational leadership
  • To provide women with tools and techniques to improve their leadership
  • To provide women with knowledge about leadership trends including change management, strategy, etc.
  • To provide women with an opportunity to grow deeper in developing their personal leadership skills

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Date & Time

Thursday, October 12, 2017
11:30AM – 1:00PM

Thursday, January 18, 2018
11:30AM – 1:00PM

Thursday, February 15, 2018
11:30AM – 1:00PM

Thursday, March 15, 2018
11:30AM – 1:00PM


Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building
1825 Pressler St
Beth Robertson Auditorium


To be held after the seminar at:
James T. Willerson, M.D. Discovery Hall

Featured Speaker on February 15, 2018

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Joy Weaver

Joy Weaver is a high-energy speaker, author and corporate, international, and social protocol & etiquette expert. She is certified by the Protocol School of Washington DC and as well as certification from Letitia Baldrige’s Business Etiquette Program. Ms. Weaver specializes in corporate and social etiquette & customer service training. She knows first hand that we are expected to carry ourselves in a five-star manner, while many times we only receive one-star training. Her clients range from the world’s largest construction firm to the Dallas Symphony Debutante program. In addition to segments on ABC’s Good Morning Texas and the CBS/11 Early Show, Ms. Weaver is the etiquette expert for the award-winning French Room, she writes monthly articles for three national magazines, and is also the spokesperson for clothing designer Joseph Ribkoff. Learn more about Joy at

Featured Speaker on January 18, 2018

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April Powers

April Powers is the Managing Director of First Impression Rx, a full service consulting firm that helps companies manage differences through training and diversity and inclusion strategy. She is a highly-rated trainer for Fortune 50, government and non-profit companies. She has consulted for and trained at Amgen since 2010, most recently project managing a cultural dexterity roll-out and delivering certified training in the areas of Generational Diversity, Communication, Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Competence. Learn more about April at

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Featured Speaker on October 12, 2017

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Haben Girma, Esq.

The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change, and Forbes recognized her in Forbes 30 Under 30. Haben travels the world consulting and public speaking, teaching clients the benefits of fully accessible products and services. Haben is a talented storyteller who helps people frame difference as an asset. She resisted society’s low expectations, choosing to create her own pioneering story. Because of her disability rights advocacy she has been honored by President Obama, President Clinton, and many others. Haben is also writing a memoir that will be published by Grand Central Publishing in 2019. Learn more about Haben at

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