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D'Youville Participates in Higher Education Women’s Leadership InstitutePictured from left: Susan Kowalewski and Meghan Harmon


D'Youville Participates in Higher Education Women’s Leadership Institute

Dr. Susan Kowalewski and Meghan Harmon were selected for the program, which prepares graduates for leadership positions in higher education.

Buffalo, New York – July 16, 2015 – Susan J. Kowalewski, MBA, EdM, PhD, chair of the D’Youville Business Department and Meghan A. Harmon, MS, associate director of admissions, recently participated in the 2014-15 Western New York Consortium of Higher Education Women’s Leadership Institute over a seven month period at various colleges and universities in the area.

More than 40 women from 18 colleges and universities throughout WNY engaged in dialogue regarding the complexity of issues facing higher education.

Senior higher education leaders served as discussion leaders, with mentors, and facilitators providing perspectives of today’s critical issues.

The goal of the Institute is to prepare graduates for the many challenges and opportunities that leadership positions present in higher education,” according to Steven J. Harvey, executive director of the WNY College Connection.

The Women’s Leadership Institute is intended for women who are preparing for senior leadership positions and provides the opportunity to engage in evocative dialogue regarding the complexity of issues in higher education.

“It is an honor to be selected by D’Youville to attend the Women’s Leadership Institute where we could learn from leaders in higher education such as Sister Denise Roche, President Cynthia Zane from Hilbert College and Rev. James Mahr, C.M. from Niagara University” Kowalewski said.

“The experience allowed me to meet other women who face challenges similar to mine, both professionally and personally," said Harmon. It was incredibly empowering and I returned to work after each meeting feeling excited and energized by the knowledge I gained and the people I met.”

The WNY Consortium was created in 1967 and in 2007 undertook a comprehensive review of higher education in the eight county areas. Supported by a grant from the local John R. Oishei Foundation, the analysis identified the impact of higher education that included more than $3,200,000,000 economic impact, 32,000 full and part-time staff and 110,500 students.