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Leadership Tuesdays -- Developing Women Leaders

May 1, 2012

The Positive Use of Power

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori is the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States. She is the first woman to be elected to this office as the chief bishop or the highest leader of the Anglican Church in U.S.  She was elected in 2006. 

Bishop Jefferts Schori is responsible for initiating and developing policy for the Episcopal Church and speaks on behalf of the church regarding the policies, strategies, and programs of the church.  Before her calling to the priesthood and subsequent ordination in 1994, she was an oceanographer. She has a B.S. in biology from Stanford University, an M.S. and Ph.D. in oceanography from Oregon State University, an M.Div. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific. 

In this Washington Post On Leadership video, Bishop Jefferts Schori talks about managing change within her church denomination, how she dealt with discrimination within the church, and the positive use of power.  


May 15, 2012

Blazing TrailsLaurel J. Richie

In April 2011, the WNBA named Laurel J. Richie its third president.  On May 18, 2012, the league will start its 16th season as Ms. Richie nears her first anniversary.  She holds the distinction of being the first African American woman to be named WNBA president and the first African American to lead a U.S. professional sports league.  Unlike her predecessors who had experience playing the game, she is a seasoned business executive who has more than 30 years of experience in consumer marketing, corporate branding, public relations, and corporate management. Before her appointment she had no connection to the sport.  However, she does have experience leading and marketing to women and girls.  Just before coming to the WNBA she was the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the Girl Scouts of the USA.  Most notably, Richie also spent more than two decades at Ogilvy & Mather, a well-respected advertising agency, honing her marketing skills by working on campaigns for the likes of American Express, Pepperidge FarmPonds, Huggies, and Kotex.

By all accounts the WNBA is stable and continuing to move on an upward trajectory. Play is as competitive as ever. In the last two years, average points scored per game have increased by more than 15% to 80.35 points. Team rosters are filled with arguably the best female basketball players in the world including the 2011 Most Valuable Player, Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever) and marquee players like Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx) and Crystal Langhorne (Washington Mystics). According to Ms. Richie, the WNBA, league as well as three of its teams, was profitable last year and she is focused on continuing to build the league’s brand by increasing sponsorships like the recent Boost Mobile deal.  At the end of the day she knows that this sport has been buoyed the support of its passionate fans and she is committed to giving the fans most access to the sport and its players. Finally, her goal is to cultivate an environment where female athletes are just as valued as their male counterparts. 

In today's video, Ms. Richie talks about being a role model, the current state of the WNBA and what she hopes to accomplish in moving the league forward.

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