CFP: [Gender Studies] Women's Studies Conference on Leadership

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Marta McClintock-Comeaux
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Call for Papers:
4th Annual Audrey-Beth Fitch Women's Studies Conference

“Leadership: Women Take Charge”
Thursday, March 26th, 2009

The Women's Studies Program at California University of PA is holding its
fourth annual conference on March 26th, 2009. This year’s theme
is “Leadership: Women Take Charge.

The conference is interdisciplinary, bringing together scholars and
professionals with a variety of theories and methods to explore, and
strategies to address leadership, empowerment, diversity, patriarchy,
inequality, and feminism. Our conference theme this year, “Leadership:
Women Take Charge,” invites presenters with knowledge and expertise in
diverse disciplines such as: politics, the family, social activism,
education, sports, business, healthcare, human services, the military,
the sciences, and many more.

The day will kick off with The Road to Equity Tour, which is a
collaborative effort by the Women and Girls Foundation of PA and the
Regional Women’s Initiative, to raise awareness of the status of women in
the region in the areas of politics, economics, health and well-being,
and will include a discussion of ways to challenge and change the status
quo. Ms. Pernille Spiers-Lopez, President of IKEA North America, is the
scheduled keynote speaker. During her current tenure as President and
previously the Director of Human Resources at IKEA, Ms. Spiers-Lopez
instituted changes in policies and training that affected the status and
well-being of women in this progressive company. Ms. Spiers-Lopez will
address her theory of “conscious” leadership, the strategies she has
implemented to promote diversity and to support women’s movement to
leadership within the company, and her struggle to lead herself and her
company to navigating work/life integration.

We are interested in incorporating diverse perspectives and theories of
leadership as they relate to women, gender, and equity, and social
justice. We encourage contributions from scholars, professionals, and
students of diverse disciplines and all levels to speak on her/his topic.
Each selected presenter will speak for 15-20 minutes in her/his area of

Please send a proposal (300 words or less) and a C.V. or resume to Dr.
Marta McClintock-Comeaux at or Dr. Andrae Marak at with the subject line “2009 conference”. The deadline for
submissions is December 15, 2008.

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