Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
January 26, 2012
Ani Yazedjian, special assistant to the provost for international student services and faculty member of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State Universtity-San Marcos, has been selected to join an elite network of more than 5,000 women as a member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2012.
Leadership Texas, now in its 30th consecutive year, is the flagship program of the Texas-based foundation headquartered in Dallas.
“Ani Yazedjian is one of 115 outstanding women leaders competitively selected from across the state to participate in the longest-running women’s leadership development program in the U.S.,” said Candace O’Keefe-Mathis, CEO of Women’s Resources. “Throughout the year-long program, she will have the opportunity to broaden her perspective on our state by exploring five Texas cities and receiving cutting-edge information from renowned experts, government officials and other leaders to positively inform her work and community for years to come.”
Launched in 1983 as the first statewide program for women’s leadership development, Leadership Texas is patterned after, though not affiliated with, the co-educational civic programs that have found success in a number of cities throughout the state and nation.
“Our founders decided to create Leadership Texas to help women become better, more informed leaders in our state’s communities, organizations and corporations,” O’Keefe-Mathis said.
The theme for the 2012 program year is ‘Texas Women Leaders – On the Highway to a Fast, Forward Future.’ Participants will visit Austin, El Paso, Amarillo, Houston, and Dallas where each city’s opportunities and challenges will help to illuminate the participants’ knowledge of the rapidly evolving state across three common themes– the economy, education and the environment.
“We consider it a privilege to offer these influential women leaders from a broad diversity of professional and personal backgrounds some new perspectives, opinions and validation on some of the issues, people and places they might not otherwise encounter outside of the program,” O’Keefe-Mathis said. “We recognize that it is necessary for today’s successful leaders to understand the cultural, social and economic shift before us and the programming of Leadership Texas provides opportunities and access to help the women impact the future of our evolving state.”
Corporate program partners providing financial support for Leadership Texas 2012 include Bell Helicopter/Textron, Johnson Controls, Southwest Airlines, Marathon Oil, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Texas Instruments.