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Fall Transforum

Former diplomat Mona Sutphen to speak on leadership and the economic outlook at Mount Mary's Fall Transforum, October 11.

MILWAUKEE (October 7, 2013) – Mona Sutphen, a trailblazing Milwaukee native, returns to the city to encourage area women to utilize their leadership skills to foster change as part of Mount Mary University’s Fall Transforum on Friday, Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Dr. The event is hosted by the university’s Women’s Leadership Institute, which aims to develop the full potential of women as creative, transformative leaders within the global community. Sutphen’s presentation will chronicle her successful career path which began as a graduate of Milwaukee public schools. She will also provide an economic outlook that she believes shows promising signs of improvement.

Sutphen has distinguished herself in government and business. Her lengthy credentials include serving two U.S. Presidents in diplomatic and advisory positions. From 2009-2011, she was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy for President Obama and was the first African American in that position. During the Clinton administration, she was on the staff of the National Security Council and earlier in her career was a United States Foreign Service Officer. Sutphen is currently Managing Director at UBS AG, covering geopolitical and macro-policy trends, and a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. She’s also co-authored a book titled The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise.
Sutphen attended John Marshall High School in Milwaukee, graduated from Mount Holyoke College and the London School of Economics and is fluent in five languages, including Mandarin.

“Mona’s career and the impact she’s had exemplifies the power of women and how we can make a difference through creative leadership,” stated Dr. Eileen Schwalbach, president of Mount Mary University.

Tickets for the “Changing the World, One Woman at a Time” event are $50 per person and $850 per table of eight. For more information or to secure a ticket, call 414-258-4810 ext. 390, email grosss@mtmary.edu or visit the Fall Transforum event page at www.mtmary.edu.

Mount Mary University, founded in 1913 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, was Wisconsin’s first four-year, degree-granting Catholic institution for women. Located on an 80-acre campus in Milwaukee, the University offers more than 30 undergraduate majors for women and eight graduate programs for women and men. Mount Mary also emphasizes study abroad, service learning, and social justice initiatives. Its nearly 1400 students enjoy small class sizes (average 14) and nearly 100 percent of full-time students receive financial aid or scholarships. Through academic offerings, research opportunities, access to real life industry experience, and community service, Mount Mary develops individuals to be leaders in their professions and their communities, serving as role models to inspire achievement in others. Visit Mount Mary at www.mtmary.edu.

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For more information: Susan Shimshak, 414-256-1221, shimshas@mtmary.edu