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Helping Women Succeed in Higher Education

May 23, 2012

Photo: Simmons President Helen Drinan, Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella, UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean MacCormack, and Susan Duffy, executive director of the Center for Women's Leadership at Babson College.

President Helen Drinan was the moderator for the recent "Women in Higher Education" panel hosted by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women's Network. The event, held May 10 at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston, included panelists Susan Duffy, executive director of the Center for Women's Leadership at Babson College; Chancellor Jean MacCormack of UMass Dartmouth; and Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke College.

"We in higher education are responsible for preparing women for success," said Drinan. The panel discussed a variety of topics including women in business and entrepreneurship, encouraging women to take risks, and women helping women succeed. "Talking about risk and failure is helpful to young women," said Drinan, who went on to explain that if students are exposed to the fact that risk and failure are normal parts of leadership, they are more likely to feel comfortable in this arena.

For more about this panel, including photos, see the Boston Chamber blog.

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