Press Release: IAB Co-Founders Selected to Join The Leadership America Class of 2018

by | Jun 26, 2018 | Press Release

IAB Co-Founders Selected to Join The Leadership America Class of 2018

45 women competitively selected to explore “LEADING WITH A GLOBAL VISION”

Drs. Zenobia Edwards and Tina Woodard, Co-Founders and executive officers of I Am BEAUTIFUL Inc., have been selected to join an elite network of more than 6,000 women as members of the Leadership America Class of 2018.

Dr. Woodard and Dr. Edwards are two of 45 senior-level women leaders competitively selected from across the nation to participate in the longest-running women’s leadership program in the US. Throughout the year-long program, they will have the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and enhance their recognized leadership skills as the program visits three of our nation’s key cities. Each city’s agenda will feature some of our nation’s thought leaders, noted decision-makers and future- forward thinkers who will provide our participants cutting-edge information to inform their professional and community leadership for years to come,” said Martha P. Farmer, Founding and Executive Director of Leadership America, now in its 31st consecutive year.

Launched in 1988 as the first nationwide program for the advocacy of women’s leadership. Leadership America is the national model of its sister program, Leadership Texas, and is run by the Texas-based Leadership Women, Inc. Leadership America was inaugurated by our founders to provide women leaders an opportunity to expand their understanding and influence on the issues surrounding our nation and the globe.

The theme for the 2018 program year is ‘LEADING WITH A GLOBAL VISION: A NATIONAL FOCUS, A LOCAL CONCERN.’ “Participants will visit Boston, MA, San Diego, CA and Denver, CO where each city’s opportunities and challenges will provide glimpses into possible futures in the participants’ spheres of influence and suggest roadmaps for leading us forward as a nation and as members of the global society,” Martha Farmer added.

“We consider it a privilege to assemble these influential women leaders from a broad diversity of professional and personal backgrounds and provide them opportunities to consider new modes of listening; to seek new perspectives; and to imagine new collaborations that will provide new solutions to the challenges of today’s interconnected global society. We recognize it is necessary for today’s successful leaders to understand the cultural, social and economic shifts confronting all nations. The Leadership America experience informs, influences and inspires these women leaders to shape the future of our evolving nation and ever-changing world.”

Through the generous contributions of the Leadership Women Sponsors, the Leadership America program continues to provide the most up-to-date information on leadership and issues affecting our nation. Leadership Women proudly recognizes Texas Instruments and Southwest Airlines as sponsors.

2019 Leadership America will convene in Washington, D.C.; Seattle; and, Atlanta. Interested candidates for next year’s series of programs are invited to visit the Leadership Women website – access additional information and application/registration instructions.

Leadership Women, Inc.
Leadership Women, Inc. (LW) was established in Austin, Texas, in 1974. LW seeks to advance the power of leadership and legacy through programs that connect, inspire, empower and honor women. To extend LW’s message of strength and build bridges to and opportunities for women, LW founded Leadership America in 1988 and helped in the creation of complementary women’s programs in California, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina, among others. Since 1996, LW has been offering a series of national retreats for emerging women leaders called Leadership Pipeline. In 2009, LW launched one day conferences and workshops. Their Leadership International program traveled to India in 2013, South Africa in 2014, Mexico in 2015, Scandinavia in 2016 and will visit Quebec, Canada in 2018. For additional information please go to

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