Kay Eaton
and Bettina Caluori Participate in Educational Leadership Program
for Women in Community Colleges


Kay Eaton, director of College Advancement, and Bettina Caluori, associate professor of English, were chosen to participate in the National Institute for Leadership Development (NILD) LEADERS program.  In June they attended a five-day conference in Phoenix, AZ, focusing on women leaders in community colleges.  The opportunity will be extended to other Mercer women in coming years through an application process.


According to the group’s literature, the year-long program includes practice in supervisory and human relations skills, planning, budgeting, and organizational transformation.  It offers discussions with national experts on issues confronting higher education in the next decade.

Bettina Caluori and Kay Eaton  

“I valued the time to reflect on a variety of leadership approaches that are appropriate for different kinds of situations,” Caluori said.  “As I work to apply what I have learned in the coming year, I hope to turn around and help others.”  Caluori earned her B.A. at Williams College and her Ph.D. at the University of California at Santa Barbara.


Eaton, who supervises grants, alumni affairs, and relations with Mercer's Foundation, said “It was a wonderful thing to meet other women from around the country who are at various stages of their careers, and to benefit from sharing and gaining insights from each other.  It has become a support network.”  Eaton earned her B.A. at Hartwick College and her M.S. from Syracuse University. 


President Donohue is a member of the NILD board, and serves as a mentor to many members. "We would like this to be an annual opportunity, as we want to encourage women leaders at Mercer to expand their skills and create new pathways to successful solutions."


Conference participants explored a variety of leadership styles through self-test exercises.  “We charted our strengths and responses.  We asked ourselves if we should be developing in areas where our scores were not as high,” Eaton said.  “The exercises helped with how to handle problem situations, looking at what kinds of internal and external resources we have, and how we interact with each other and function within the organization.”

Caluori said “They asked us to look at ourselves and reflect on our goals and strategies for meeting them. It was a challenging and yet supportive experience.”


The conference also stressed taking a balanced perspective on life, and viewing the job in light of what is happening in your personal life.


Click here for the group’s website.