President Joyce P. Jacobsen joined a panel discussion with HWS and Geneva community leaders, focusing on women’s leadership in the 21st century. Hosted by the Geneva Chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.), the “Leading the Way” luncheon included Jacobsen alongside Lucile Mallard L.H.D. ’15, community activist and president of the Geneva Chapter of the NAACP; and Caroline Wenzel Chapman ’05, a Geneva High School graduate who serves as the director of communications and advisement for the Canandaigua City School District.
The audience of community members, including Geneva middle and high school students and HWS students, “experienced an engaging discussion about modern leadership: what it is, what it demands from each of us, what the opportunities for every day leadership can and should be,” says Ruth Benedict, a member of P.E.O.’s Geneva Chapter and senior associate director of annual giving at HWS.
The luncheon was held at the Ramada in Geneva. Exploring the theme “Effective Leadership Styles for the 21st Century,” the panelists discussed with one another and with the audience their career paths, personal leadership styles, other leadership models they have witnessed, and the approaches they believe are most effective today.
“We purposely designed a program format to both showcase the insights and experiences of the speakers, but also to engage the audience by soliciting questions from them during lunch to ask the panel,” Benedict says. “Young and old shared their questions with the entire audience, and we made sure each table had time to discuss leadership together as they enjoyed lunch.”
Several local funders and business sponsors helped to underwrite the event. All proceeds will support grants, loans and scholarships for women and girls.
P.E.O. is an international philanthropic organization in which women celebrate the advancement of women and motivate each other to achieve their highest aspirations. P.E.O. chapters raise funds to offer scholarships, grants, awards, and loans to women of all ages to further their education.