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Jessica Day 

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Frances Hesselbein Institute Announces 2012 Global Webinar Series: Free Online Interactive Learning Opportunities Explore Daily Challenges and Opportunities Facing Leaders

NEW YORK, April 11, 2012 - Collaboration between The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution that is strengthening and inspiring the leadership of the social sector and their partners in business and government, and the Global Dialogue Center, a virtual gathering place for people throughout the world with a focus on leadership, professional and personal development, will offer three distinctive, free, global Webinar events: June 5, October 18, and December 5, 2012

Following the success of their widely attended the 2011 Leadership by EXAMPLE Series that attracted more than 2,000 participants from more than 50 states and 40 countries, the upcoming BEING a Leader LIVE! 60-minute online conversations with Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Frances Hesselbein are focused on today’s leadership challenges and opportunities.

"Our goal is to creatively weave a combination of opportunities that support and foster the passion to serve, the discipline to listen, the courage to question, and the experience of sharing knowledge while learning across cultures, leader positions, industries, and sectors,” said Global Dialogue Center founder Debbe Kennedy. 

The 2012 Webinar series presents an online platform for innovators, change makers and visionaries—leaders at all levels—to engage in meaningful dialogue and idea exchange while bearing the fingerprints of a diverse, multicultural and inclusive community.

Corporate organizations that have participated in the series include Walmart, IBM, HP, and Boeing; public and social sector organizations including Department of Education and the American Red Cross; social entrepreneurs; small business owners; federal, state, and local government and military; and students and faculty representing universities including Johns Hopkins, Indiana University, Notre Dame, and The University of Manchester.

Jeanette Mitchell, Ed.D., Institute board member and program director for Cardinal Stritch University’s Leadership Center, explains,  “Being a part of a global session reveals an uncommon synergy where remarkably fresh, original insights regarding leadership today are shared. I am intellectually challenged and encouraged by the series.” 

Frances Hesselbein, president and CEO of the Hesselbein Institute, also announced that Institute director of communications, Theresa Berenato, who co-developed the global webinar series with Debbe Kennedy, has been promoted to vice president in addition to her role as director of communications, effective immediately. Most recently Berenato led the strategic rebranding initiative, effectively transitioning the Leader to Leader Institute to The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute. 

Hesselbein said, “Theresa’s expertise and creative oversight in this national rebranding of the Institute has resulted in a seamless transition for the organization and a renewed brand awareness for the Institute which was founded in 1990. Theresa not only has a passionate interest and ability, but also embodies values that will sustain her efforts – notably high interest and high ability.” 

Berenato joined the Institute as manager of communications in 2009. As vice president and director of communications, she will continue to oversee all communications and community relations activities, and remain responsible for internal and external communications. Additionally, she oversees the organization’s web presence and media relations, and directs all written and design operations for Institute programs and publications. 

Berenato holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Loyola University and a Master of Fine Arts in communications design from Pratt Institute. 


About The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute

The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute’s mission is: to strengthen and inspire the leadership of the social sector and their partners in business and government. HesselbeIninstitute.org 

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