Associate dean to moderate panel on women in leadership


Dr. Kara Arnold
Associate Dean, Research

Jan. 16, 2013

Dr. Kara Arnold, associate dean of research at the Faculty of Business Administration, is moderating a panel focused on women in leadership during Ovations: Applauding Accomplishments of Women in Our Communities this week.

Ovations, organized by the Women's Policy Office of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and partners such as the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE), will bring together individuals from across the province to recognize the past and the present contributions of women in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as focus on their futures, on Jan. 17 at the Delta Hotel and St. John's Convention Centre.

"I am honoured and excited to have the opportunity to be part of such an inspiring event and to meet so many exceptional women from our province," says Dr. Arnold.

Dr. Arnold, whose research has focused on women's roles in the workplace, will moderate an afternoon forum featuring women leaders in key sectors from across the province. Panelists include Hilda Broomfield-Letemplier, president of Pressure Pipe Steel Fabrication Ltd. in Happy Valley-Goose Bay; Maisie Clark, retired teacher and mayor of Campbellton since 2001; Nora Duke, president and chief executive officer of Fortis Properties; Susan Knight, chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland and founder of the international choral festival, Festival 500; Jillian Peddle, volunteer activist and student of law and international affairs at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University; Jackie Thompson, executive director of Status of Women Central; and Anne Whelan, president and chief executive officer of Seafair Capital Inc. and recent winner of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

The event will look broadly at women in leadership including what leadership means to the panelists, key people who have influenced their leadership paths and their views on success. It will be an interactive conversation between the panelists and use technology to engage the audience in the session.

"These types of events are very important," says Dr. Arnold. "They raise the profile of women in leadership roles, draw attention to the research on this topic and focus on actions that organizations and individuals can take to promote women in leadership.

"They are educational, inspirational and will help to focus on our collective efforts on this important issue. We hope that everyone who attends will be inspired to view themselves as leaders in whatever roles they fill and to make positive change, either for themselves, another woman they know or their organizations."

Ovations will also feature an evening celebration of women, presented by Premier Kathy Dunderdale and hosted by actress Krystin Pellerin of Republic of Doyle.

"I believe that Premier Dunderdale's passion and commitment to women in leadership is exceptional and I am sure we will see followup from this event in the future," adds Dr. Arnold.

In addition to her role as associate dean of research, Dr. Arnold is an associate professor of organizational behaviour and human resource management as well as director of the PhD program at the Faculty of Business Administration.

She received a PhD in organizational behaviour from Queen's University in Kingston, ON, a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Arnold teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her research focuses on gender issues in organizations, employee well-being and transformational leadership and she has been published in a number of leading journals and presented at international conferences. She also consults and delivers management training to private and public sector organizations on leadership, team building and healthy work.

For more information about Ovations, visit

Susan White-MacPherson