Spring 2014
Faculty Research Seminars

How Women Lead: The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know

Sharon Hadary and Laura Henderson

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Time: Noon – 1:00 PM
Location: Largo Classroom 1390* and the audio/visual presentation

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Book Discussion: Authors Sharon Hadary and Laura Henderson discuss how they came to write this book, how their understanding of women's leadership strengths evolved based on research and experience, what strategies are key to women's success, and what continues to hold women back.  They find that emerging research has the power to transform the conversation about advancing women in leadership from a matter of social justice to a matter of economic imperative that drives organizational performance.  The question no longer is who leads better -- women or men -- but how to effectively combine women's and men's strengths to create the most effective leadership teams.  This has implications for organizational leadership -- in practice and in education.

Sharon Hadary is the former and founding executive director of the Center for Women's Business Research, a non-profit research institute focused exclusively on women's leadership and entrepreneurship.  She has been a corporate executive, a researcher, a consultant, a teacher, and an entrepreneur.   Today, she writes and speaks nationally on women's leadership and is a small business expert for The Wall Street Journal.  Sharon has been an adjunct professor at UMUC since the early 1990's and currently teaches in the Doctor of Management Program.  

Laura Henderson is the founder and former CEO of Prospect Associates, a highly respected $20 million health communications and biomedical research firm. She is known for her role as an advocate for women in business, and her active participation in public policy on the national, state, and local levels.  She was the founder of the Center for Women's Business Research.  In 2000, she sold Prospect Associates and founded Henderson Associates.  She  serves on boards, consults on strategy and business issues, and is active in education advocacy.

Both Sharon and Laura have served on the UMUC Board of Visitors.