Four Luther students chosen for Women as Global Leaders Conference

March 13, 2012 

Four Luther College students have been chosen to serve as presenters at the 2012 Women as Global Leaders Conference at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 13-15.

The Luther students are among a select group of young women invited to the conference on the basis of research paper proposals they submitted to the Women as Global Leaders committee.  The conference sessions will feature college students and educators' presentation sessions on their research, experiences, and thoughts on developing sustainably focused leaders and empowering women cross-culturally.

The Luther students will present a panel discussion session titled "How Prominent Women Use Media to Effect Socially Sustainable Change."

The students invited to present at the conference are:

Mikaela Belland, a senior from Chaska, Minn., majoring in Spanish and communication studies.

Ashley Matthys, a senior from Red Wing, Minn., majoring in communication studies.

Mandie Mickelson, a December 2011 Luther graduate with the bachelor of arts degree in communication studies, from Hopkins, Minn.

Anne Proescholdt, a senior from Cumberland, Wis., majoring in communication studies.

Kim Powell, Luther professor of communication studies, facilitated the students' application to the conference and will accompany them on their trip to United Arab Emirates.

"Only 15 percent of proposals were accepted for presentation at WAGL, so being selected to present at the conference is an honor," Powell said. "Our students will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates national women, so they will learn about and engage with the local Arab and Muslim culture."

Now in its fourth year, the international conference seeks to provide an opportunity for female students from all over the world to interact with established leaders, create worldwide partnerships, share experiences and learn from each other.

The 2012 conference theme is "Creating a Sustainable Future for the World."

The website for the conference is:

The conference will celebrate the courage, creativity strength of conviction and humanity of socially responsible leaders and their capacity to leave a lasting legacy impacting the sustainable future development of communities and organizations across the world.Women as Global Leaders draws over 1,800 participants from more than 90 countries worldwide and from a broad range of sectors including education, government and non-governmental organizations.

The conference is held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak of the United Arab Emirates.

Bint Mubarak serves as supreme chairperson of the Family Development Foundation, chairperson of United Arab Emirates Women's General Union, and chairwomen for the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Children.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan will open the conference March 13. He will meet with internationally and locally renowned women leaders, share ideas, and engage in debates around the conference theme.

A diverse range of topics have been discussed and debated in previous Women as Global Leaders conferences. Previous conference themes have included "Educating the Next Generation," "Communities in Transition," and "Learning Leadership."

The 2012 conference returns to Abu Dhabi, at Zayed University's newest campus. Participating students will have opportunities study leadership skills, interact with established leaders, establish worldwide partnerships, share experiences, and learn from each other about women's leadership. All sessions will be held in English.

The Women as Global Leaders Conference aims to inspire and connect the emerging generation of women leaders around from around the world with a particular focusing on educating female students about leadership and for leadership.

Sessions and workshops will focus on the primary conference theme as well as leadership education, development of concrete leadership skills, and empowerment of women as responsible and sustainable stewards of their communities, their countries and the world, building bridges and encouraging collaboration between students and their counterparts around the world.

An objective of the conference is cresting a synergistic, inspirational and motivational environment to enable women to emerge as responsible, ethical, unique and dynamic leaders.

(L to R) Ashley Matthys, Anne Proescholdt, Mikaela Belland, and (not pictured) Mandie Mickelson.