CSU, Chico News

Panel to Focus on Women, Leadership and Success

Date: 04-18-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Sara Cooper
Foreign Languages and Literatures

Dean Lynne Marie Gangone and Associate Dean MaryAnn Villarreal, The Women’s College of the University of Denver, will be guest speakers at a number of events during a three-day visit to California State University, Chico. The main event will be “Women, Leadership and Success,” a panel discussion that will include local women leaders, on Tuesday, May 1.

The public is invited to the panel in Selvester’s Café 3­­–4:30 p.m. and to the reception following.

Leaders from Chico who will participate include Ann Schwab, mayor of Chico; Alexa Benson-Valavanis, CEO of North Valley Community Foundation; Maureen Kirk, Butte County supervisor; Phyllis Fernlund, interim provost; Gayle Hutchinson, dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences at CSU, Chico; and Kathy Fernandes, director of Academic Technologies at CSU, Chico.

Gangone, Ed.D., was appointed dean of the Women’s College, University of Denver in 2007. Under her leadership, the college has increased student enrollment, introduced innovative academic programs and introduced a comprehensive strategic plan “to educate women to boldly lead in the communities where they live, work and engage.” An advocate for women’s leadership in the new economy, she is often called upon for her expert opinion by organizations like The SmartGirls’ Way and others interested in empowering women through education and business leadership. Gangone participated as a panel expert for The White House Project: Benchmarking Women’s Leadership, where she discussed positional leadership and higher education.

Villarreal received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. Her research focuses on south Texas and the formation of a Texas Mexican identity through the lens of business. Her teaching areas include oral history, the American West and Chicano/a history. She is currently working on a manuscript, tentatively titled “Con Ganas y Amor: Texas Mexican Women and Family Owned Businesses, 1930-1950.” An oral historian, Professor Villarreal published “Finding Our Place: Reconstructing Community through Oral History” in The Oral Historian (Vol. 33, Issue 2), 2006. The article focused on women cantantes (singers) in rural south Texas. She has an article, “Becoming San Antonio’s Own: Reinventing ‘Rosita,’” forthcoming in Journal of Women’s History.

For more information on Gangone and Villarreal’s visit, e-mail Sara Cooper at scooper@csuchico.edu.