SIU Law's 6th Annual Women in Leadership Program

Southern Illinois University



SIU Law's 6th Annual Women in Leadership Program

January 20, 2016

${image-alt} Small group discussions were facilitated by area attorneys.
${image-alt} Gloria Farha Flentje, Class of '76, spoke to a group of approximately 80 students, faculty, attorneys, and judges at the dinner Friday evening.
${image-alt} Women leaders Dean Cynthia Fountaine, Gloria Flentje, and Professor Cindy Buys.

Southern Illinois University School of Law hosted its sixth Women in Leadership Program last week. The program focuses on preparing law students to be leaders while also learning about challenges women face within the legal profession.

A total of 32 current SIU School of Law students, including male students, participated in the workshop with topics that include gender and communication, negotiation, interviewing, networking, gender issues in the workplace, and balancing career and family, and running for elected office. 

The program features law school faculty, alumni, local attorneys and judges participating in lectures, small group discussions, group exercises and panel discussions.

The annual two-day workshop culminated with a dinner on Friday featuring Gloria Farha Flentje as keynote speaker. See photos.

Flentje, a member of SIU Law's charter class of 1976, is recognized as one of the most effective women leaders in the aerospace industry. After serving for more than 20 years as a partner in one of Kansas’s premier law firms, she moved to Boeing as chief counsel. She then served as Senior Vice President of Spirit AeroSystems, a large international firm with over 13,000 employees and facilities all over the world.

Law school professors Cindy Galway Buys and Alice M. Noble-Allgire created the “Women in Leadership” program in 2010 to address gender inequities that exist within the legal profession.

This year's program was supported, in part, by Kaplan, Themis, and Bloomberg.

Special thanks to the following individuals who shared their time and expertise: Cheryl Anderson, Tom Britton, Terri Bryant, Cindy Buys, Dean Cynthia Fountaine, Tom Frenkel, Diane Goffinet, Missy Greathouse, E. Ryan Hall, Lynn Lawyer, Sue Liemer, Valerie Munson, Alice Noble-Allgire, Rebecca O’Neill, Kathy Pine, Janet Proctor, Tracy Prosser, Shari Rhode, John Ryan, Suzanne Schmitz, Sheila Simon, Judge Carolyn Smoot, Diane Speir, Sarah Taylor, Rebecca Warren, and Eugenia (Gena) Whitson-Owen.