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College of St. Catherine: CBS Radio, St. Kate’s collaborate to share insights on women’s leadership


The College of St. Catherine and CBS Radio are collaborating on “Women of Influence,” an initiative that aims to bring the perspectives and philosophies of accomplished Twin Cities women to listeners across the metro area.

Beginning Dec. 8, and continuing every Monday morning through May 2009, women leaders will be interviewed on the WCCO (830 AM) and WLTE (102.9 FM) radio stations. The segments will air in the 9 a.m. hour on WCCO and in the 7 a.m. hour on WLTE.

Select interviews also will be podcast on the radio stations’ and the St. Kate’s websites. Wells Fargo has joined the initiative as a premier sponsor.

The interviews will feature a diverse group of women business leaders in for-profit and non-profit organizations as well as entrepreneurs. “These will be women doing amazing work right here in our communities who can be an inspiration for all women,” says Sara Cotter, sponsorship associate in the College’s Office of Development.

The women will span all ages, ethnicities, industries and professional stages. They may be famous names, though more likely they will be successful but everyday women who are not “in the headlines,” Cotter adds.

Interviewees will be asked to share their experience with and insights about key leadership competencies identified by Personnel Decisions International, a coaching and leadership firm based in Minneapolis.

Those skills include the abilities to think strategically, use insightful judgment, ensure execution, drive for results, lead courageously, influence others, and adapt and learn.

The theme of the December “Women of Influence” interviews will be “Influence Others.” Featured subjects include Mary Beth Lamb, global leadership consultant, author and educator; Virginia Harn, tax principal at LarsonAllen; Nancy Schuelke, Wells Fargo senior vice president and private banking director in Metro Minnesota; and Kazoua Kong-Thao, consultant, educator and activist.

The “Women of Influence” series will connect with events at St. Kate’s in winter and spring of 2009, including the Leadership Institute’s Leadership Challenge Conference on Jan. 22, 2009; “Power and Possibilities,” a leadership program for women of color to be held on April 29, 2009; and the GetConnected conference, sponsored by the College’s International Institute for Women Entrepreneurs, in May 2009.

Radio interviews will be conducted by WCCO personalities Eleanor Mondale and Suzie Jones, and WLTE personality Cheryl Kaye.

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