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At the Table and Beyond: Women’s Leadership in International Education

Wednesday, May 31
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
LACC, Room 403

Recent research indicates a potential gender bias in international education, and professionals in the field must be challenged to reverse this. Participants develop working definitions for leadership and negotiation, engage in both dialogue and practice, and learn to leverage these tools of empowerment for all.

Learning Objectives:

Kimberly M. McGrath

Director, WINS (Webster International Network of Schools)
Webster University Office of Study Abroad

Kim McGrath is Director of the Webster International Network of Schools (WINS) program, where she spearheads initiatives for WINS students and organizations worldwide. Kim has taught and developed programs in the US and abroad, regularly presents on topics of international education and women’s leadership; and, was a Global Leadership Academy fellow in 2013-2014. She holds degrees in journalism and international relations from Truman State and Webster University, where she also serves as adjunct faculty and is enrolled in the Education Doctorate program in Transformative Education.


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Natalie A. Mello

Vice President, Member Services & Training
The Forum on Education Abroad

Natalie A. Mello is The Forum on Education Abroad’s Vice President for Member Services and Training. She oversees a range of initiatives to train members in the Standards of Good Practice through her development of The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program, the Critical Incident Database, Standards Institutes, and other programs. Prior to joining The Forum, Mello was the Director of Global Operations in the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) from 1997 to 2011. She oversaw all aspects of the administration and management of WPI’s global perspective program. She was a WPI faculty advisor for three different groups of students completing their degreed required projects in Venice, Italy, San Jose, Costa Rica and Washington, DC. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Lily von Klemperer Award which recognizes people who have "brought other education abroad professionals along" in the field and who maintain the highest standards of professional ethics while sharing their skills, knowledge, and expertise with all colleagues. And also in 2010 NAFSA’s Region XI bestowed Mello with the Sally M. Heym Award that recognizes individuals who have provided innovative, creative, and inspired leadership for colleagues, both in the region and at the national level. Mello was Chair of the Council for The Forum on Education Abroad from 2009 to 2011 and chaired The Forum’s 2008 Annual Conference. In addition she founded and co-chaired the 2010 and 2011 Forum on Education Abroad Standards of Good Practice Institute focused on health, safety and risk management.


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Kris Holloway

CISabroad - Center for International Studies

Kris Holloway is the President of CISabroad, an international education organization, that deeply believes in the transformational power of our field. CISabroad sends students on study and intern abroad programs in 22 countries around the world. Kris entered the field of international education twelve years ago from the non-profit development world, and holds a MPH from the University of Michigan. She served as a community health agent in the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa in the early 1990’s and speaks (almost) fluent French. Her best-selling book “Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali” about her experience living and working abroad is used in over 200 university courses in the US and Canada; her new book "Shores Beyond Shores: from Holocaust to Hope", written with a Holocaust survivior and addressing some key issues or our day, came out in April.


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