Women's Equality Day is Tuesday, Aug. 26
Please join The Women's Equality Day Evansville Committee, in welcoming Dr. Idalene Kesner the dean of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, as keynote speaker for the 2014 Women's Equality Day Luncheon on Tuesday, August 26 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at The Old National Events Plaza (formerly known as The Centre). The featured organization is Vanderburgh Public Health Nurses. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. Please bring donations of hand sized tissues, handiwipes hand sanitizers, gum, non meltable treats, sticky notes and clickable (no cap pens) to support Public Health Nurses. Ticket sales had ended.
Dr. Idalene Kesner
Idalene “Idie” Kesner was the first woman to be named dean of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business when she was appointed to that post a year ago. And that made her part of a statistic that most people find surprising. Of the 14 business schools in the Big 10 Conference today, eight now have female deans.
It’s one of many fields where women are making “impressive” gains, Kesner says. While it’s true that women now outnumber men in overall enrollment at colleges and universities, men still outnumber women in the nation’s business schools – which, like engineering schools, still struggle to attract female students, amidst all the current discourse about whether women “can’t have it all” and why they still hold only 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions.
“We’re making great progress but we need to do even better,” Kesner says.
That will be her theme as keynote speaker at the Evansville Women’s Equality Day luncheon on Aug. 26 at the Old National Events Plaza. The luncheon is an annual celebration of the day 94 years ago when women gained the right to vote.
It took longer for women to gain entrance into many colleges and universities, including business schools. Harvard Business School did not let women enroll until 1963. And in January this year, Harvard Business Dean Nitin Nohria apologized for the way his college has treated women the past 51 years and promised it will do better, after allegations of gender grading bias and other incidents of sexism.
The appointment of female deans at business schools should serve as a welcome sign to female students, according to recent reports in business journals. Those with women at the helm now include the business schools at IU, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, University of Michigan, University of Iowa, and University of Minnesota.
Kesner said they’re networking and sharing ideas about “doing things creatively.” That includes finding new techniques and places for women to network, because they will network differently than men, she added. “It won’t be on the golf course.”
She joined IU’s Kelley School of Business in 1996 as co-director of its consulting academy, and subsequently served as chairperson of its MBA program, chairperson for its department of management and entrepreneurship and then associate dean for faculty and research, before being selected in July 2013 as its dean and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management in July 2013.
Her research and teaching has been in the area of strategic management, and she has won 24 teaching awards. She has taught in more than 100 executive programs and served as a consultant for national and international firms working on strategic and board related issues.
In addition to Kesner’s speech, the Equality Day luncheon will include a special tribute to the Vanderburgh County Health Department’s Public Health Nurses and also will include presentation of the fifth annual Albion Fellows Bacon Award that recognized a woman for service and leadership in the public sector, said Linda Negro, chairperson this year of the adhoc committee that organizes the annual event in conjunction with the League of Women Voters of Southwestern Indiana.
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Honor Vanderburgh Public Health Nurses
Vanderburgh County Public Health Nurses will be honored at the 2014 Women's Equality Day Evansville.
To help honor nurses please help us supply them with the small items that will make their tough days easier. Bring to Equality Day the following items to donate to the nurses: small sized hand-sanitizers, tissues, Post It Notes, clickable pens (no caps), wipes, hand lotion and small items they can give to their young clients such as baby rattles.
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Leaders: Berry Plastics, Scripps Howard Foundation, Old National Bank, Courier & Press, League of Women Voters of Southwestern Indiana, The Women's Hospital
Champions: Alcoa, St. Mary's Hopsital for Women & Children, ANEW, Pat & Lisa Shoulders, SMG Evansville
Friends: Berger & Berger, Boyd Electric; German American; Harding Schmanski; Leadership Evansville; Vectren, Rudolph, Jackson Kelly, Williams Law, Vectren
NonProfit Organization support: YWCA, Friends of Winnecke, Gail Riecken, League of Women Voters of Southwestern Indiana