Collaboration: Overcoming Challenges and Redesigning for Success
Adrianna Kezar is Associate Professor for Higher Education at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on change, leadership, organizational theory, governance, and diversity issues in higher education, and identifies institutional conditions and contexts that foster collaboration. She is editor of the ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report Series and she was previously an administrative associate for the Vice President for Student Affairs and Coordinator for the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching—both at the University of Michigan.
Kezar is the author of Organizing Higher Education for Collaboration (2009), Redesigning for Collaboration in Higher Education (2006), and Taking the Reigns of Change (2003). She will address the documented benefits of collaborative initiatives that enhance institutional capacity to meet the demands of current challenges in higher education.
This lecture opens the 16th Annual Leadership Symposium, “Challenges in Higher Education: Collaboration: Overcoming Challenges and Redesigning for Success.” Co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment and Retention Management and the School of Social Welfare, this Provost’s Lecture will be held on Thursday, March 24, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, in the Student Activities Center, Ballroom B.
Mary Ellen Iskenderian
Microfinance: Empowering Women, Transforming Lives
Mary Ellen Iskenderian is President and CEO of Women’s World Banking (WWB), the world’s largest network of microfinance institutions and banks. She leads the WWB global team, based in New York, in providing hands-on technical services and strategic support to 39 top-performing microfinance institutions and banks in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
WWB network members are diverse in geography, size, and structure, but united in the firm belief that microfinance must remain committed to helping poor women access innovative financial products and services and information. The network, the largest in terms of number of clients, serves more than 24 million micro-entrepreneurs, 82 percent of whom are women.
Iskenderian’s recent awards include the 2009-10 NYU Stern’s Distinguished Citi Fellowship in Leadership and Ethics, the 2009 Isabel Benham Award from the Women’s Bond Club, and the companion 2009 Women’s Finance Award given by the Institute of Financial Services at Lucerne University, Switzerland.