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International House and Bayer HealthCare Partner to Prepare Women for Leadership Positions
Date:9/19/2011

NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Bayer HealthCare, one of the world's leading innovative healthcare companies, has awarded a $50,000 grant to support the Women's International Leadership (WIL) Program at International House.  This is one of several external partnerships that Bayer HealthCare has established as part of its own Women's Leadership Initiative, which was launched in 2008 to further develop an environment that fosters the development of senior female leaders.

The WIL Program is a landmark leadership training program at I-House, the 87-year-old residence and program center for U.S. and international graduate students, trainees and interns in Morningside Heights.  Eighteen women from thirteen countries were chosen to participate in the 2011-12 WIL Program.  Since its inception in 1990, more than 300 women from a variety of cultures and disciplines have participated in the merit-based scholarship program.

Designed to enhance graduate study with practical training, the WIL program features a series of seminars, skills-based leadership instruction, networking receptions, public speaking workshops, a mentor project, field experience in multicultural communities, and conflict resolution and negotiating technique coaching. The program culminates in WIL Week, a week-long series of events, presentations and performances designed and executed by the eighteen selected grantees for the entire I-House community.

The Bayer HealthCare grant will cover a substantial portion of WIL's operating budget, including program-related activities, publications, networking activities and allocated staff salaries.  Bayer HealthCare executive Tricia McKernan will also join the WIL Advisory Council, a group of ten professionals and experts in their fields who select the grantees and provide guidance for the program.

In addition to financial support, Bayer HealthCare will have the opportunity to collaborate with Interna
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