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Fielding Graduate University Host Women in Leadership Panel featuring US Secretary Kathleen Sebelius


Women in Leadership: AdMotivations, Experiences, and Reflections

Accomplished women leaders from government and education sectors share their stories about compelling national and global issues.

Fielding Graduate University and Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE), present Women in Leadership: Motivations, Experiences, and Reflections on Tuesday, April 8th at 6:00 pm at the Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 East Cota, Santa Barbara. Fielding faculty member and WNGE founder Anna DiStefano will moderate an engaging conversation between highly accomplished women leaders from government and education sectors. This dialogue will be structured as a conversation around women’s ways of leading and will share their stories about compelling national and global issues. This panel will feature: US Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Director of Education at the Folger Library Peggy O’Brien, and President of Fielding Graduate University Katrina Rogers. Members of the public are invited to this insightful dialogue which will open a window into the world of women involved in the compelling issues of our time, both nationally and around the globe. 

For the past 40 years, Fielding Graduate University’s commitment to research and action in support of knowledge and change in relation to women's and gender issues has always been a top priority. In alignment with Fielding’s values and through her personal commitment, Fielding faculty member Anna DiStefano took action on this initiative and founded Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE),a virtual community which serves as a resource for connecting diverse individuals and as a collaborator with other emerging and established networks interested in gender empowerment. It is with the intent to share the importance of and dedication to women’s and gender initiatives that Fielding Graduate University and WNGE are pleased to be hosting such a special gathering of women in leadership.

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 sebeliusofficialphoto compressed resized 600Kathleen Sebelius was sworn in as the 21st Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on April 28, 2009. Since taking office, Secretary Sebelius has led ambitious efforts to improve America’s health and enhance the delivery of human services to some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations, including young children, those with disabilities, and the elderly. As part of the historic Affordable Care Act, she is implementing reforms that have ended many of the insurance industry’s worst abuses and will help 34 million uninsured Americans get health coverage. She is also working with doctors, nurses, hospital leaders, employers, and patients to slow the growth in health care costs through better care and better health. Under Secretary Sebelius’s leadership, HHS is committed to innovation, from promoting public-private collaboration to bring life-saving medicines to market, to building a 21st century food safety system that prevents outbreaks before they occur, to collaborating with the Department of Education to help states increase the quality of early childhood education programs. Sebelius served as Governor of Kansas from 2003 until her Cabinet appointment and was named one of America’s Top Five Governors by Time Magazine.

peggy obrien resized 600Peggy O’Brien is a veteran educator, entrepreneur, and media expert. With deep experience in public and commercial media, O’Brien has held leadership positions in educational publishing, public broadcasting, the cable industry, and academia. She was most recently recruited by the Folger Shakespeare Library to create groundbreaking digital work in teaching Shakespeare and the humanities. Prior to that, she completed three years on the DC Public Schools leadership team as Chief of Family and Public Engagement, leading work with families and community engagement for perhaps the nation’s most controversial school reform effort. With a PhD in Education from American University and a recipient of many national awards including an honorary degree from Georgetown University, O’Brien teaches, speaks, and publishes on education, Shakespeare, and the power of media.



Katrina RogersKatrina Rogers is President of Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA, a distinguished graduate school known for adult learners in the fields of clinical psychology, human development, organizational leadership, and education. In the course of her career, she has served the international non-governmental and educational sectors in many roles, including executive, board member, and teacher. She led the European campus for Thunderbird School of Global Management in Geneva, Switzerland for a decade, working with international organizations such as the Red Cross, World Trade Organization, United Nations Development Program, and the European Union. She has doctorates in political science and history. In addition to many articles and books focused on organizational leadership in sustainability, Rogers serves on the Boards of the Toda Institute for Global Policy & Peace Research and the Public Dialogue Consortium. She received a Presidential post-doctoral fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation and was a Fulbright scholar to Germany where she taught environmental politics and history.


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Anna DiStefano joined the doctoral faculty of the School of Educational Leadership & Change (ELC) at Fielding Graduate University in 2010.  Before that, she served as Provost (Chief Academic Officer) for Fielding from 1996 to 2010. She has been a part of the Fielding community since 1983 serving in several senior executive capacities including Vice President of Academic Planning & Program Development, and Dean, Human and Organization Development (HOD). She currently serves on Fielding’s Senate Leadership Committee and also as Chair of the Faculty of ELC.

DiStefano received her EdD and her MEd, both in counseling, from Boston University. Her undergraduate degree, AB in history, was received from Trinity College, D.C.  She was also selected as an American Council of Education Fellow (1987 - 1988).

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Save Wednesdays in October!


WNGEFieldingLogoIn October, the Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE) will once again sponsor a series of free webinars open to all. Starting on October 3rd and held live at 1 PM, Pacific, we will hear from colleagues working around the world.  Confirmed thusfar are: Dr. Ruthellen Josselson, Dr. Ani Kalayjian, and Melanie St. James.  Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!

Event Details:
Time: October 3, 2012 at 1pm to October 24, 2012 at 1pm
Location: WebEx
Organized By: Anna DiStefano

For more information: WNGE Events


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Fielding faculty member Michele Harway and alumna Carolyn Steigmeier each write a chapter in a series published by Routledge


Gender in the Therapy Hour

Fielding Graduate University faculty member in the School of Psychology Michele Harway, PhD, ABPP, and alumna Carolyn Steigmeier, PhD, HOS ’98 were each asked to contribute a chapter in Gender in the Therapy Hour:  Voices of Female Clinicians Working with Men, (Holly Barlow Sweet, Ed.), Routledge, 2012 in their series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys & Men.  The author of each chapter discussed how she came to understand men and the treatment modalities she has found successful.  All are members of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity:  Division 51 of the American Psychological Association.

michele h resized 600Michele authored the chapter:  Understanding men’s issues:  Assessing and treating men who are abusive.  Michele also recently published two books:  Engaging men in couples therapy (with David Shepard, Eds.), Routledge, 2011 and Navigating multiple identities:  Race, gender, culture, nationality and roles, (with Ruthellen Josselson, Eds.), Oxford University Press, 2012.

Carolyn SteigmeierCarolyn wrote the chapter Coaching Men, which focused on coaching as an alternative therapeutic modality for working with men as opposed to traditional psychotherapy.  In her dissertation, "Men in a Cultural Vise:  Foucauldian genealogical analysis of the social construction of men as resistant," (Fielding Graduate University, 1998) Carolyn examined cultural views of men through the social construction of masculinity.  Based on her research and years of working with men she developed the Men in Action™ Coaching Process, a positive approach with action-oriented tools to tackle real issues in real time by following a plan.

Gender in the Therapy Hour:  Voices of Female Clinicians Working with Men, (Holly Barlow Sweet, Ed.), Routledge, 2012 can be ordered on

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Fielding faculty Ruthellen Josselson, PhD, presents at Womanspace


ruthellen resized 600Find Your Space: Womanspace explores friendship and bullying

Fielding Graduate University faculty and author Ruthellen Josselson, PhD , is an international expert on female friendship and teaches at Fielding Graduate University in Baltimore. She presents a community workshop for counseling professionals, women, and girls age 12 and older at Womanspace September 22, 2012. The Pleasures & Perils of Girls’ & Women’s Friendships is sponsored by David Boccignone-Ameriprise Financial, and is based on Josselson’s intensive interview study of girls’ and women’s friendships throughout life. The presentation and small-group discussions will focus on the ways we need friends, what the dilemmas of friendship are, what we learn, and how we grow in friendship.


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Fielding Faculty Honored as Powerful Women of the Bay


Dr. Kitty EpsteinPlease join us in congratulating Fielding faculty member, Dr. Kitty Epstein, PhD for being honored as 1 of this year’s Powerful Women of the Bay award recipients. This award celebrates women that are passionate about educating, empowering, and connecting with women in business and the community.

The purpose of “Powerful Women of the Bay Awards” is to recognize the outstanding achievements of women in their chosen career field. Dr. Epstein is a published doctoral faculty member in Fielding’s School of Educational Leadership & Change, with areas of instruction in action research, leadership & change, and structural inequality and diversity. Her work at Fielding exemplifies why she was chosen as a “Powerful Women of the Bay” from a select group of women representing diversity for contributions made in their community to enrich the lives of others.

Congratulations Dr. Epstein!

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WNGE posts links to March '12 webinars


“Differences among Turkish Women Immigrants in Germany”

by Andrea Zielke-Nadkarni 

 TOPIC: This presentation deals with the situation of 2 generations of Turkish women in Germany and their living conditions, which involve social changes from village to city life, from rural networks to urban isolation, and having to live with the ambiguity of traditional and modern expectations all of which show a great impact on their chances of empowerment.

 “Empowerment of Saudi Women in the Healthcare Sector through Education”

 by Elham Al Ateeq

  TOPIC: this presentation provides a brief on the status of Saudi women in the labor force particularly in the healthcare sector; it will provide an example of initiatives to empower women through education, leadership, team building, mentoring and coaching in a newly established nursing college in a rural area in Saudi Arabia.  Different obstacles and challenges which face Saudi women in the health care field are also touched upon with recommendations for supporting women's contribution to the country's health development.

"Empowering Women through Education"

by Joyce Lwande Onek

  TOPIC: The key to community development is the development of women. Any long‐term change in the fortunes of Africans must look at the next generation‐‐ the children‐‐ and it is the women who raise those children. Empowering women means literally to give them power over their own lives; to release them from the dependency on others. One of the most critical ways to empower women is economically, starting with empowering specific, individual women, who then empower their families, then other women in their community, then women in communities and beyond their own and so on.


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Fielding alumna honored by Girl Scouts of America


Fielding graduate Thelma Jackson, EdD (ELC ’02), is being honored as a Thurston County Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of America. The honor is given to women who have turned their Girl Scout experiences into successful life accomplishments.

Jackson is a highly regarded and sought-after educational consultant and a leading educational transformation theorist. She will receive the honor on May 2, 2012, in Olympia, WA. Also receiving the honor that day will be the Honorable Christine Gregoire, Governor of the State of Washington, and Kaleen Cottingham, Director of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

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WNGE affiliates with UN Dept. of Public Information


Fielding’s Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE) has been accepted to be part of the Non-Governmental Organizations of the Department of Public Information (DPI) of the United Nations.

This association indicates that WNGE is committed to disseminating information and raising public awareness about the purposes and activities of the United Nations and issues of global concern. Associated NGOs are expected to include information about the work of the United Nations in their own promotional materials.


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