Commission for Women to recognize Penn State Women with Influence

March 26, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Commission for Women (CFW) is launching a new public awareness project to recognize Penn State Women with Influence. The project recognizes women in positions of administrative and academic leadership who have demonstrated a commitment to strategically advancing Penn State and who also exemplify the goals of the Commission for Women.

Each nominee has been chosen by members of the CFW executive committee for her professional accomplishments and passion to make a positive difference in the Penn State community “as a leader and as a lifter” said CFW immediate past co-chair Cathy Dufour. “Whether they realize it or not, these women have influenced many others, by their example and by showing the diversity of the career paths one can take to become a leader.”

This project intends to recognize Penn State Women with Influence with a kick-off panel discussion from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the Mann Assembly Room of the Pattee-Paterno Library and with a series of digital mini-posters to be released monthly and showcased as a gallery on the Commission for Women website.

“With this project we are celebrating the contributions and achievements of women at Penn State and also bringing attention to the need for more qualified women and diversity in the pipeline for advancement into the most senior levels of leadership,” noted current CFW chair Lisa German. “We know from research that having excellent role models and mentors can make all the difference to a woman’s career.”

The Commission for Women was established in 1981 to serve as an advisory group to the President of the University on issues affecting women and to guide the University in its efforts to enhance the status of women at Penn State.

The digital posters will be available in the Women with Influence gallery on the commission’s website.

If you’d like to suggest someone who has influenced your career, send your suggestions to Angela Rogers (, co-chair of the commission’s Marketing Committee.

To learn more about or join the Commission for Women:
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Last Updated January 10, 2015