Notre Dame Forum events to explore women in leadership

Author: Michael O. Garvey

2013-14 Notre Dame Forum

The 2013-14 Notre Dame Forum, titled “Women in Leadership,” will include a variety of events focusing on the roles and realities of women who are leaders in their fields, beginning with an event this month featuring two leaders in the U.S. Department of Defense.

“The goal of this year’s forum is to spotlight over the course of the academic year the extraordinary contributions and achievements of women across a range of fields, creating opportunities for the Notre Dame community to learn from the personal accounts of women who have risen to the top of their professions,” said University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “I hope this topic will also foster ongoing campus dialogue about the barriers and benefits to women’s advancement in this nation and globally, and to encourage reflection on principles of justice and equality, values essential to society’s flourishing.”

Established by Father Jenkins in 2005, the Notre Dame Forum has featured major talks by leading authorities on complex issues related to immigration, sustainability, global health, the global marketplace, K-12 education and the role of faith in a pluralistic society.

Michèle Flournoy and Gen. Ann Dunwoody Michèle Flournoy and Gen. Ann Dunwoody

In the first event of this year’s forum, Michèle Flournoy, the highest-ranking civilian woman in Pentagon history, and Gen. Ann Dunwoody, the first woman to achieve the rank of four-star general, will be featured. In a conversation moderated by Anne Thompson of NBC News, Flournoy and Dunwoody will share their experiences as leaders, as well as their insights about the challenges facing the Pentagon and the United States today.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Leighton Concert Hall in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Admission is free but tickets are required. More information is available at