Bonto-Kane Selected to Participate in Student Bridges Leadership Program
Marivic A. Bonto-Kane, a PhD. Candidate in Computer Science, was chosen as one of only 13 women to participate in the Student Bridges "Women in Leadership Development" program for spring 2007, offered by the NCSU Women’s Center.
The semester-long program is geared toward upper-class and graduate students who seek to build upon their leadership skills. It is designed to help women identify, understand, and move into leadership roles both personally and professionally throughout their lives.
Women in the engineering discipline are highly sought-after by corporate recruiters because they bring a different perspective to the table when it comes to solving problems. The value of diversity can only be enhanced when you combine this unique perspective with strong communications, leadership and collaborative skills.
A program like Student Bridges, helps women communicate their ideas assertively, use their persuasive abilities to "motivate people and then influence and make an impact,” said Bonto-Kane, when asked what appeals to her about participating in the program.
She also hopes to gain mentors from the program and to become a mentor to others through sharing resources and time.
Celebrating women 365 days a year through support, empowerment, education, and leadership development, the NC State Women’s Center challenges and motivates the hearts and minds of both women and men to achieve inclusively and gender equity.
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