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Sept. 30, 2008
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EMU's College of Business leads next Michigan Women's Leadership Index

YPSILANTI —The Inforum Center for Leadership has selected Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business to research and publish the 2009 Michigan Women’s Leadership Index (WLI).

First published in 2003, the study is a one-of-a-kind biannual look at the presence of women leaders at the highest levels of the 100 largest publicly-held corporations headquartered in the state. The index provides a snapshot of the combined presence of top women earners and Michigan businesses with valuable information about attracting and managing the pipeline of future management talent.

“Understanding the role of women in executive-level and corporate leadership positions is critical to the state’s economic future,” said David Mielke, dean, College of Business. “We are honored and privileged to be chosen by Inforum. This is another example recognizing our college’s increasing prominence in the state.”

EMU, which will publish results of the next study in October 2009, was chosen because of its longstanding relationship with Inforum and its success, said Terry Barclay, president and CEO of Inforum and Inforum Center for Leadership. “We are pleased to have Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business continue this important index,” Barclay said. “We are confident in EMU and look forward to seeing next year’s results.”

The Inforum Center for Leadership is the nonprofit education and research arm of Inforum, formerly the Women’s Economic Club. Inforum is one of the largest and most prestigious business forums in the nation, with more than 2,000 members. Visit inforummichigan.org for more information.

EMU’s College of Business has been ranked among the “Best Business Schools” five straight years, according to The Princeton Review. The college hosts the nation’s only Ethos Week each year in March and is also the first to create an “Ethos Statement” and “Ethos Honor Society.” Visit cob.emich.edu for more information.

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