October WBN Luncheon: Utah Women and Education: Moving Forward to Make a Difference!

The WBN is pleased to invite you to our Thursday, October 11th luncheon.  The luncheon will feature Dr. Susan R.  Madsen of Utah Valley University (biosketch below) on the topic “Utah Women and Education: Moving Forward to Make a Difference!”  Dr. Madsen will present some key findings from an extensive statewide study conducted by Utah Women and Education Project researchers.  This research focused on understanding why many young women in Utah are not attending and completing college degrees.  It was designed to help Utahns better understand the influences and perceptions of young women toward higher education.  This presentation will highlight many of the critical findings of this research and will provide recommendations on what we can do to help.  Dr. Madsen will also provide an update on the Governor Herbert’s Women’s College Task Force and also the newly launched Utah Women and Education Initiative.

Thanks to Landmark Catering for providing the excellent catering, to our luncheon sponsor, LOBOSLLC, and to our 2012 Angel Sponsor, the Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation.


Dr. Susan R. Madsen

Dr. Madsen is the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University.  She is also an independent leadership and change consultant.  She has been heavily involved for many years in researching the lifetime development of prominent women leaders.  She has personally interviewed a host of women university presidents, governors, and international leaders and has had two books and numerous articles published on her results.  She is now doing related leadership research and consulting in the United Arab Emirates and China.  Dr. Madsen has also published nearly 60 articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, writes invited chapters for books, and is interviewed often as an expert for newspaper and magazine articles.  She speaks and presents often in local, national, and international settings.  In fact, in the past year she has presented in sessions at the United Nations in New York and Geneva on women, leadership, and education.  Dr. Madsen has also been very involved in community work in Utah County and the state.  For example, her commitment and work with service and engaged learning led to her selection in past years as Utah Valley University’s “Civic Engaged Scholar of the Year” and “Outstanding Civic Engagement Award” by Utah Campus Compact.  One thing many people do not know about her is that she started her career many years ago as a junior high speech and debate teacher.

Three years ago, Dr. Madsen created the “Utah Women and Education Project” and has led a research team and over 100 colleagues, students, advisory committee members, and community volunteers to assist in conducting research and leading change in the state.  She has been working with the Utah System of Higher Education, Utah State Office of Education, Governor’s Office, and others to figure out how to get more Utah women to attend college and then graduate.


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