WESTVILLE — Women in Leadership of La Porte County is hosting a special event featuring Mary Elizabeth Sadd, who will speak on empowering women to take leadership roles in their company and community.

Sadd, senior client partner in the Global Industrial Practice of Korn Ferry in Atlanta, will speak on “Cultivating Female Leaders: How to Close the Gender Gap with Purpose, Passion, and Permission.”

The event will be Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (networking 11-11:30 a.m.) at Purdue University Northwest’s Dworkin Center at 1401 U.S. 421 in Westville.

CEOs may be the most scrutinized people outside of professional athletes, with magazines and data companies analyzing their education, career history, tenure, stock performance, and more.

And yet little is known about what distinguishes the women in that group, Sadd said. “The reason is profound in its simplicity: until quite recently, there were so few female CEOs that a statistically valid study wasn’t feasible.”

She will discuss findings from a recent joint project between KF (a global organizational consulting firm) and the Rockefeller Foundation called The CEO Pipeline Project:

What it took for 57 women to make it to the top of some of the largest companies in the U.S.

How to apply principles from their journeys to empower others to do the same.

How to develop pipelines of highly potential women in companies and communities.

According to Women in Leadership, Sadd is a key member her firm’s global CEO Succession Practice, and has a track record of working with CEOs and creating senior teams that successfully deliver on business strategy.

During her 20 years in executive search, Sadd has successfully led many searches at the top level of organizations, including those for CEO, COO, CCO, president, and GM roles, Women in Leadership said.

Her clients have spanned the Fortune 500 as well as private, private equity, and venture capital-backed companies, where she has advised on broad talent management strategies.

She is particularly well known for her leadership and development work in the industrial and packaging sectors, as well as for leading the firm’s Chief Commercial Officer’s practice for the Industrial market.

Sadd has a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from The University of Georgia and is fluent in Spanish.

At the event she will discuss how to develop a deeper understanding of the gender gap and how people can empower local women to succeed at higher professional levels.

Reservations can be made on the WILL website: women-in-leadership.com or on the WILL Facebook page.

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