Brescia launches female leadership center

Brescia University College London is launching a new center for women and leadership, officials say.

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Brescia University College London is launching a new Center for Women and Leadership.

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The center is intended to be a nationally recognized hub for scholarship and the advancement of women’s leadership, the women’s college said Thursday.

The center’s first president is Marlene Janzen Le Ber, a graduate of the Ivey Business School and president of the Brescia School of Leadership and Social Change.

Le Ber, a recipient of the Brescia Excellence in Research Award, joined the college in 2015 after serving on its board from 2007 to 2013. Prior to that, she was a healthcare executive.

Le Ber has “a deep passion for mobilizing and including women in leadership in all industries and public spheres,” said Brescia Vice Principal Lauretta Frederking. “We are confident that under his leadership, (the) new center will thrive.”

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Since its founding in 1919, Brescia has been “committed to training, empowering and educating women leaders,” said Cheryl Jensen, Acting Director of Brescia. “We are convinced that this dedicated center will greatly benefit the women of Brescia – and beyond – and their leadership abilities.”

The center will open on July 1 and will focus on leadership training, courses and creating new partnerships with leaders to provide women with new opportunities.

Le Ber, who will serve for three years, will teach courses for the Diversity Leadership Diploma and Certificate made possible by a $250,000 donation from Canada Life.

Brescia was founded by the Ursuline Sisters, a Catholic religious order.

Mara R. Wilmoth