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Cultivating Women Leaders Speaker Series


The Olivet College Cultivating Women Leaders Speaker Series is a yearlong program aimed at helping high school and college students develop confidence and leadership skills through the work of strong, women role models. Speakers include premier women leaders from Michigan and around the country who focus on topics surrounding the obstacles and challenges that are ever-present in today’s communities and workplace.The events are geared toward providing personal and professional development that will help attendees become stronger leaders.

The 2019-20 series is comprised of four main events, each featuring a unique speaker and topic. All sessions are free and held on the Olivet College campus.

High school students attending the event are welcome to stay for refreshments, a campus tour, a meeting with an admissions representative and to learn more about the Women’s Leadership Institute and scholarship opportunity.


Cultivating Women Leaders Speaker Series Events

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020
1-2 p.m.
Mott Auditorium

Maureen Mitchell

Maureen Mitchell is the regional vice president for Meijer’s Central Region. In her role, Mitchell oversees store operations, pharmacy operations, gas stations, asset protection, human resources and merchandising in a region of 41 stores. With Mitchell’s leadership and direction, the Meijer Central Region has built a culture of leadership focused on people. Mitchell also leads the Women at Meijer Team Member Resource Group for Retail. She serves as a role model and mentor within her region and to all women in retail. She works with mentees and other mentors to establish clear goals and ensures that she recognizes success on milestone achievements along the journey.

Registration for the CWL Speaker Series Event (Olivet College faculty, staff, students, alumni and general attendees).

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
1-2 p.m.

Mott Auditorium

Shannon Cohen

Shannon Cohen, founder and principal of Shannon Cohen, Inc., is an award-winning industry leader and sought-after strategist, innovator and inspirational leader. She is passionate about empowering emerging and existing leaders to be transformative in the communities they serve. Her wide range of work includes serving as an adjunct faculty member for the College of Community and Public Service and the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University; a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellowship alumnus and Encore Innovation Fellow alumnus of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation; founder of the “Tough Skin, Soft Heart” movement, aimed at empowering today’s overextended leaders; and co-founder of “Sisters Who Lead,” a movement designed to advance women of color to executive leadership positions.

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