The eighteen extraordinary women participating in this year's class come from a diverse array of backgrounds, representing fields that include academia, healthcare, the military, business, law firms, and a variety of non-profits. Among the women in the class are those who have international experience, speak several languages, have made significant career transitions, attained higher degrees at prestigious universities, started successful new ventures, work at premier organizations, and represent the very best in an emerging generation of high-impact leaders.
According to Sonja Neiger, Director of the Women's Leadership Institute, "It is my great privilege to work with these distinguished women to maximize their leadership potential. All of these women have had impressive results in their careers. Our objective this year is to empower and equip them to take the next step toward realizing their full potential and making a positive impact on our society."
Ms. Briley recently returned from a research leave in Mexico City where she was working with the premier puppet company Marionetas de la Esquina on developing a new work for deaf and hearing audiences. She is fluent in American Sign Language and hopes to integrate her expertise in this new production. While in Mexico City, Briley also volunteered at the School for the Deaf, working with young people on a daily basis and learning Mexican Sign Language.
Rachel Briley is an Associate Professor in her twelfth year at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She is the head of the M.F.A. program in Theatre for Youth and the Artistic Director of the North Carolina Theatre for Young People. She came to North Carolina from Michigan where she served as the Director of Theatre Education at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Prior to that, Rachel taught and directed at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.
The Women's Executive Leadership Program is designed to accelerate growth for women leaders at critical junctures in their careers. It includes two retreats that focus on building a leadership identity, embracing strengths as a woman leader, and building social capital. In between retreats, leaders meet regularly with an experienced executive coach and monthly with peers to incorporate and refine new skills. Building long-term professional networks with a diverse community of peers and accomplished leaders is a distinguishing characteristic of this program.
The Impact Center is a 501(c) 3 organization based out of Washington DC that provides leadership development for high-impact individuals and institutions. Their mission is to empower emerging and accomplished leaders with the knowledge, skills, and network they need to expand their impact on their organizations, communities, and our society.
To learn more about the Impact Center or the Women's Executive Leadership Program, visit www.the-impact-center.org
(Taken from the uncg website,
http://performingarts.uncg.edu/news/article?a=2014-03-17, March 17 post)