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Creighton Announces Women’s Perspectives Lecture Series

Creighton Announces Women’s Perspectives Lecture Series

Creighton University will launch a lecture series in December, called “Women's Perspectives,” to discuss issues surrounding women’s leadership roles, opportunities and women’s issues on college campuses. The lectures are free and open to the public.

“Creighton is holding these lectures to expose the campus and community to important societal issues,” said the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J. university president. “All presentations will feature question-and-answer sessions to facilitate open discussion and dialogue.”

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 5 p.m., a panel will present the results of the Omaha’s Women’s Fund Report, a 10-year research study on the status of women in the Omaha metropolitan area. The discussion to be held at Rigge Science Building, Room 120 on Creighton’s campus, is co-sponsored by Creighton’s Eileen B. Lieben Center for Women.

Featured panelists include: Ellie Archer of Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha; Dianne Lozier, J.D., of Lozier Corporation and a founding member of Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha; Kate Dodge, chairman and president of NEI Global Relocation; and four Creighton participants including Susan Calef, Ph.D., assistant professor of Theology; Tami Buffalohead-McGill, director of Student Support Services; Katelyn Cherney, Arts and Sciences senior; and Tricia Sharrar, associate vice president for Academic Affairs and panel moderator.

Insights from the report include:
• Omaha ranks third in the United States for women in the workforce but 49 in the percentage of women holding managerial or professional jobs.
• In 2006, 84 percent of the women surveyed said a male-dominated corporate culture was the number one obstacle to success in the workplace.
• Seventy-three percent of the women surveyed reported a concern for work and family balance.

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Alice B. Hayes, Ph. D., former president of the University of San Diego, will speak about women and women’s issues especially on a Catholic college campus. The lecture will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Rigge Science Building, Room 120 and is co-sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women at Creighton.

Hayes has spent more than 44 years as a professor and university administrator at universities throughout the country. She has published numerous books and articles on the natural sciences and on Catholic higher education. She also serves on many boards for such organizations as ConAgra, Inc., National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pulitzer Publishing Company and Independent Colleges of Southern California to mention a few.

These lectures are free and open to the public.