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03-22-05

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Co-founder of the Council of Women World Leaders named spring 2005 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics at Iowa State

AMES, Iowa -- Laura Liswood, co-founder and secretary general of the Council of Women World Leaders, is the spring 2005 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics at Iowa State University.

The Council of Women World Leaders is an organization of women presidents, prime ministers and heads of government created in 1996 by Liswood and a former woman president of Iceland. The group is based in Washington, D.C.

Liswood will discuss "Women's World Leadership: Lessons and Myths" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. The free event is sponsored by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics.

"With the recent confirmation of Condoleezza Rice as the second woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State, we sought to examine women's political leadership from an international perspective through this spring's Mary Louise Smith Chair," Dianne Bystrom, director of the Catt Center, said. "Liswood is a noted authority on the topic of women's world leadership. We look forward to hearing about her work with the council and her views on what it will take to elect a woman president in the United States."

Liswood also is a senior adviser at Goldman, Sachs and Co. Bank, based in New York City, where she researches globalization and workforce diversity. She is a nationally recognized speaker, author and adviser. She is a member of the International Women's Forum, Leadership America and the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services.

From 1992 to 1996, as director of the Women's Leadership Project, she interviewed 15 current and former women presidents and prime ministers. She wrote a book and produced a video documentary based on that experience, "Women World Leaders."

In 1997, Liswood co-founded The White House Project, dedicated to electing a woman president of the United States.

She will have a book published summer 2005 titled "Unveiling the Leadership Myth: Claiming a Woman's Right to Lead."

Liswood's professional experience includes serving as CEO/president of the American Society for Training and Development, Alexandria, Va.; executive-level consulting to Fortune 500 and international companies; and executive and management positions in the banking, cable and airline industries.

She holds a bachelor's of arts degree from California State University, San Diego; a Master's of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, Boston, Mass.; and a law degree from the University of California, Davis.

Liswood's public lecture is part of the Advancing Women Leaders series, sponsored by the University Committee on Women, Women's Leadership Consortium, Office of the Provost and Catt Center. The 2004-05 series consists of four presentations by nationally prominent women leaders, as well as a Women's Leadership Summit on Friday, April 15.

Liswood is the 12th prominent woman leader to visit Iowa State as the Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics. The chair was created in 1995 to honor Iowa native and longtime political and civic leader, Mary Louise Smith, and brings nationally renowned political leaders, scholars and activists to Iowa State. Smith was the only woman to chair the Republican National Party (1974-1977).

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Laura Liswood, co-founder and secretary general of the Council of Women World Leaders, is the spring 2005 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics. She will discuss "Women's World Leadership: Lessons and Myths" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

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"With the recent confirmation of Condoleezza Rice as the second woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State, we sought to examine women's political leadership from an international perspective."

-- Dianne Bystrom