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Olivet College is pleased to announce the 2019-20 Cultivating Women Leaders Speaker Series schedule, a program of the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI). The series is comprised of three events aimed at personal and professional development for high school and college students through the mentorship of strong women role models.

The series is open to all high school students, parents, teachers, counselors or other administrators,as well as the Olivet College community. All events are free and held in Mott Auditorium at Olivet College.

High school students are also encouraged to register for a Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) Visit Event in conjunction with each event in the series. This allows students to experience a traditional campus visit shaped around the WLI, in addition to attending the Cultivating Women Leaders Speaker Series presentation.

“The Women’s Leadership Institute is excited to welcome high school students to campus,” said Jamilia Johnson, WLI coordinator and recruiter. “During the visit, students will learn more about their opportunities at Olivet College and about the Women’s Leadership Institute. Our speakers will give high school students a chance to hear from successful women who represent what it means to live authentically and work toward their passions.”

Cultivating Women Leaders Speaker Series Events:

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019
1-2 p.m.
Mott Auditorium

Sheri Jones

Sheri Jones anchors the 6 and 11 o’clock news for WLNS TV 6 and leads its Crime Stoppers Program. Her weekly Crime Stoppers report has aided in the capture of many of Mid-Michigan’s most-wanted fugitive felons. Jones’ programs and work have earned numerous awards, and she is dedicated to community service, volunteer work and advocating for crime victim’s rights.


Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019
1-2 p.m.
Mott Auditorium

Debbie Peterson

Debbie Peterson is president, business keynote speaker and career mindset strategist at Getting to Clarity. She has over 25 years of experience in the corporate setting and is also a certified trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming at the master practitioner level. Peterson has successfully worked with professionals at various stages of their career in corporations, associations and charitable organizations to accelerate professional success. She also serves on the ATHENA International board of directors and is an author, recently publishing “Clarity: The Smart Professional’s Guide to Creating Success on Your Terms.”


Wednesday, March 4, 2020
1-2 p.m.
Mott Auditorium

Shannon Cohen

Shannon Cohen, founder and principal of Shannon Cohen, Inc., is an award-winning industry leader and sought-after strategist, innovator and inspirational leader. She is passionate about empowering emerging and existing leaders to be transformative in the communities they serve. Her wide range of work includes serving as an adjunct faculty member for the College of Community and Public Service and the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University; a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellowship alumnus and Encore Innovation Fellow alumnus of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation; founder of the “Tough Skin, Soft Heart” movement, aimed at empowering today’s overextended leaders; and co-founder of “Sisters Who Lead,” a movement designed to advance women of color to executive leadership positions.

Learn more about the Olivet College Women’s Leadership Institute or Cultivating Women Leaders Speaker Series by contacting Jamilia Johnson, WLI coordinator and recruiter, at 269-749-7667 or jamjohnson@olivetcollege.edu.