McDaniel highlights women as agents of change

March 24, 2008

McDaniel College joins the celebration of women this National Women’s History Month by turning the spotlight on women as agents of change.

The McDaniel Women’s Leadership Network presents the conversation and panel discussion about and by women who are making a difference at 7:30 p.m. March 26 on campus in McDaniel Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.

Keynote speaker Julie Mercer brings to the discussion her experiences with change in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Managing director of the international executive recruiting firm Columbia Consulting Group, Mercer serves on numerous corporate and community boards, including the McDaniel College Board of Trustees and, as board chair, the YMCA of Central Maryland. She’s been named one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women” by The Daily Record for three of the past six years and was one of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s Distinguished Women in 2003.

The panelists represent a diversity of backgrounds and experiences as catalysts of change. Artist Chanan Delivuk is a McDaniel senior who is already using her talents to change lives. She taught art at an orphanage in the Dominican Republic last summer and frequently teaches at the Westminster Boys and Girls Club.

Vice President of Communications for ATK Mission Systems, Tracy Imm ’87 has been successful in a variety of traditionally male-dominated industries including financial services, nuclear energy and now aerospace and defense. She says that being a woman and a change agent has helped her keep her sanity.

McDaniel Sociology Professor Linda Semu encourages her students to look at global problems and focus on what each of them, as individuals, can do to help alleviate them. She serves on the academic support network for the non-profit Raising Malawi, which is working to help children – many of them homeless orphans – in Semu’s home country.

A consultant in non-violence and conflict resolution, Pam Zappardino ’71 is a co-founder of the Ira and Mary Zepp Center for Nonviolence and Peace Education. Winner of the 2007 Alumna of the Year award, Zappardino teaches Peace Psychology at McDaniel.

Moderating the panel discussion is Deborah Vance, assistant professor of communication at McDaniel, whose research interests include the interplay of media, culture and identity.

The McDaniel Women’s Leadership Network is a group of alumnae, students and friends who are committed to advancing women as organizational and philanthropic leaders at the College and beyond.

For more information, call Michele Leiberman, associate director of media relations, at 410-857-2294.