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Leading Women Celebrates Seventh Year Providing Leadership Development
Leading Women, an organization that supports the success of women from career-start to the C-suite and onto corporate boards and now serves over five thousand women nationwide, celebrates its seventh anniversary this year.
By: Leading Women
Founded in 2003 by Susan Colantuono, Leading Women has cultivated a national presence helping organizations meet their goals for advancing and retaining women at all levels. The organization now serves over five thousand women representing one thousand companies in twenty-eight states across the country.
In 2003, its founding year, Leading Women launched innovative Lessons in Leadership™ breakfast series featuring a unique format and its signature Courageous Ask™ formal networking component. The first speaker was Jane Metzger, RN PhD, a key figure in treating the victims of the Station Fire.
The following year, in 2004, the organization expanded articles and workshops on leadership, career management, mentoring, and strategic networking.
Lisa Bergeron was appointed president of Leading Women Southeastern New England in 2005.
The first of Leading Women’s “Candid Conversations from the C-Suite” series was introduced in 2006 delivering wisdom and experience of female chief executive officers and senior executives to aspiring women.
In 2007, Leading Women introduced two innovative leadership programs: Leadership Mastery™ for senior managers and Ready, Set, LEAD! for emerging leaders.
Leading Women expanded into Massachusetts in 2008 led by Victoria Waterman, president Leading Women MASS. The organization also unveiled its Be a Mentor/Find a Mentor online mentor matching program. Founder Susan Colantuono was recognized by Providence Business News as an Ally and Mentor for Women in Business.
Self-Managed Solutions™ were launched in 2009 to help national and global companies overcome common barriers to women’s advancement. Leading Women of Southeastern New England president, Lisa Bergeron, was awarded a “Women of Achievement 2009” award by the YWCA.
In 2010, Leading Women expanded into Connecticut under the leadership of Lisa Bergeron and into New Jersey under the leadership of Kathryn M. Longo, president. This year founder and chief executive officer Susan Colantuono was chosen as a Vision 2020 delegate to represent Rhode Island in a national, decade-long project intended to complete the work of suffragists by advancing gender equality.
To learn more about how Leading Women is helping companies overcome common barriers to women's advancement, visit: www.LeadingWomen.biz or call 401-789-0441.
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Leading Women offers unique live, online and Self-Managed Solutions™ that support the success of women from career-start to the C-suite and onto corporate boards. Known for its singular and innovative ability to close the gaps between the critical success factors that women need to know and what they are taught, Leading Women helps organizations meet their goals for advancing and retaining women at all levels. Regionally and nationally, Leading Women supports Women's Internal Networks including those at Amgen, GTECH, Pfizer, Aipso, LGC&D, Mitre, Sunoco and Burger King.