Linda Glessner discusses global continuing education opportunities for women
In the video above, Linda Glessner, Senior Associate Dean for Continuing & Innovative Education (CIE), discusses how CIE is collaborating with the University of Monterrey (UDEM) to create professional development opportunities in Mexico. In the video, she also offers her congratulations to CIE on the event of its 100th anniversary.
CIE is currently working with the university's McCombs School of Business and IC2 Institute to establish a new program at UDEM to help women in Mexico learn business processes and succeed. This initiative, described by Glessner in the video, focuses on providing women in the area with a leadership academy where they can explore different applicable business processes to improve their small companies. Ultimately, participants will receive training to help them move into larger roles in growing industries such as high tech.
“I think for a long time, the field of continuing education had been regionally based. But what we are seeing today is that continuing education or professional training is now going into broader waters – into an international template for success among many workforces located around the world," stated Linda.
This project in Monterrey is the latest effort by CIE in creating new learning and professional opportunities for women--both in Texas and around the world. When asked why it was important to target women specifically with continuing education and professional development, Linda offered, "Women comprise over 51% of the workplace. To the degree that we can help women learn leadership skills to apply their talent in many different occupations and many different disciplines provides them with a forum for increasing their participation in management positions." She continued, "More importantly, it will add to the economy of regions globally. What we see is that by women becoming educated and involved in new markets, we will see trillions of dollars being added to the economies in these regions. Not just in the U.S. but globally."