Leadership LaunchMURRAY, Ky. — Women of all ages and in all walks of life are invited to take part in a day of discovery of the leader in them through the “Leadership Launch Murray State.” This day of information and inspiration, set for Friday, Sept. 5, is for women who lead in their families, communities, businesses and the public sector. The event runs from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and will be held in the Hall of Benefactors in Heritage Hall on Murray State University’s campus (926 N. 16th Street).

Presented by Leadership Women of Dallas, Texas, the day features Candace O’Keefe Mathis, CEO for Leadership Women. She has more than 30 years of experience in continuing education and leadership development programming. Pamela Owens, programming consultant for Leadership Women, will join Mathis. Debbie Saviano, also on the program, is a solopreneur and social media strategist.

Topics to be explored during the day include expectations and objectives, charting a leadership course, defining a work/life balance, generations and the transforming power of social media.

Murray State University alumna Lana Porter (B.S. 1965, M.A.T. 1972) became involved with Leadership America (a year-long leadership program from Leadership Women) in 1995, and has been on the board of either Leadership Women or Leadership America since 1999. “I believe it’s a great way to pay it forward,” Porter noted. “It’s important to help other women with opportunities to grow their leadership skills whether it’s for their companies, universities, communities or government.”

Porter, who is a 2002 Distinguished Alumnus of Murray State, said she has attended numerous leadership programs and has found Leadership America/Women the most important one because it focuses more on understanding the issues surrounding women as individuals and how to work together to solve various problems. “This program was much more collaborative and consensus building than other programs,” she noted.

“By providing this kind of one-day workshop, the women of Murray will have the opportunity to meet and work with other women who are all ready to evaluate their individual leadership skills,” Porter continued. “They will not only network with each other, but also develop individual leadership plans for their futures.”

The cost of the workshop is $50; the Town & Gown member rate is discounted to $35. Space is limited and online registration is available at http://leadership-women.org/programs/leadership-launch. For group registration or more information, call 214.421.5566.

Leadership Launch Murray State is co-sponsored by the MSU office of development, the Murray State Women’s Center, Town & Gown, and the university libraries.