September 15, 2014

Leadership Colloquium @ UMW Updates

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We’ve been busy making plans to give you ways to connect between November events. Please join us for one of the following events or take a look at our new blog so that you may be inspired for a lifetime of leadership.

  • Join our team for Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build on Saturday, May 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Email acordray@umw.edu or call (540) 654-1242.
  • Attend our Quarterly Networking Event on Thursday, May 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Stevenson Ridge. We’ll watch Sheryl Sandberg’s TED Talk on “Lean In” and discuss. The cost is $10 and includes spirits and appetizers. Click here to register.
  • Check out our new blog at umw.edu/lcpw with practical leadership topics.
  • Join our LinkedIn group to keep the conversations going.

Sincerely,

The Leadership Colloquium @ UMW Team

Launch Group Founder Wins UMW Achievement Award

Kara Vanderpool Ward, founder of The Launch Group, received the Patricia Lacey Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award during the 20th annual Leadership Colloquium at the University of Mary Washington on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Kara Vanderpool Ward received the 2013 Metzger award at the Leadership Colloquium for Professional Women.

Kara Vanderpool Ward received the 2013 Metzger award at the Leadership Colloquium for Professional Women.

Vanderpool Ward’s firm is revolutionizing ways to conduct business by promoting creativity and sharing an open design space with several other female-owned firms as they help companies pop and launch with business and marketing strategies, according to Dana Herlong, president of Herlong Associates, and Martha O’Keefe, vice president of workforce at Germanna Community College, who presented the award.

The Metzger award recognizes individuals who uphold high standards in their personal and professional lives while fulfilling a career goal of significant stature. The award, presented annually at the colloquium since 1999, is given in memory of the late Patricia Metzger, a UMW professor and founder of the event. Only past colloquium participants are eligible to receive the Metzger award.

Vanderpool Ward’s presence in the community is unmistakable, as she has had her hands in everything from Leadership Fredericksburg to the Military Affairs Council. She also is a past chair of the Next Generation young professionals group of the Fredericksburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

The wife and mother of two daughters, Vanderpool Ward also has an international presence. She was the 2013 U.S. recipient of The Hot Mommas Project award that honors women worldwide whose stories can serve as tools for women in business.

Vanderpool Ward is a colloquium advisory board member who donated her time and organization to support this year’s 20th anniversary colloquium that focused on “Real Women, Real Issues, Real Solutions.” She presented sessions on networking, personal branding and use of social media.

Nearly 200 professional women attended the 20th annual Leadership Colloquium for Professional Women at UMW.

Nearly 200 professional women attended the 20th annual Leadership Colloquium for Professional Women at UMW.

Corporate whistleblower and bestselling author Cynthia Cooper gave the keynote address on “Ethical Leadership for the 21st Century.” Cooper, who is CEO of The CooperGroup LLC, management consulting firm, was named a Person of the Year for Time magazine after unraveling accounting deceptions at WorldCom, one of the largest corporate frauds in history.

“It’s a story about people and choices and we all have the power of choice – you can give it away, but nobody can take it away from you,” said Cooper, who described her personal story and struggle. Her book “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower” details her role as vice president of WorldCom’s internal audit department and the Wall Street giant’s eventual demise.

For more information about the colloquium, visit www.umw.edu/lcpw.

Meta Braymer Named Recipient of Metzger Award at Leadership Colloquium

Meta Braymer received the Patricia Lacey Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award during the 18th annual Leadership Colloquium for Professional Women at the University of Mary Washington on Thursday, November 3.

Meta Braymer, second from the left, is recipient of the Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award. Other members of the Colloquium Advisory Board are Dana Hurlong, far left, Mary Louise Holmes and Martha O'Keefe.

Braymer is vice president for economic development and regional engagement at UMW and leads the newly established Center for Economic Development. She was recognized for her career achievements, which include more than 30 years in higher education, as well as extensive involvement in business and community organizations.

The Metzger award recognizes individuals who uphold high standards in their personal and professional lives while fulfilling a career goal of significant stature. The award, presented annually at the colloquium since 1999, is given in memory of the late Patricia Metzger, a UMW professor and founder of the event. Only past colloquium participants are eligible to receive the Metzger award.

The 2011 colloquium centered on the theme “Mapping Your Journey.”

Vernice “Flygirl” Armour, the nation’s first African-American female combat pilot and author of “Zero to Breakthrough: The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals That Matter,” gave the keynote address to more than 200 professional women at the UMW Stafford campus. In her presentation, she shared her journey of becoming a fighter pilot to emphasize the importance of a “breakthrough mentality” in the workplace.

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