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Virtual Panel: Women Supporting Women
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT
Category: Professional Development

At the start of 2020, women had just marked a historic achievement when they surpassed men with the number of U.S. jobs held for the first time in a decade. Now, a year into the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 3 million American women have left the workforce, a departure that reflects pay inequality, undervalued work, and an increase in household and child care duties.

We're hosting a virtual panel of women leaders from Missouri's community colleges to discuss juggling professional and personal lives, the outdated views of women, and the ways women can feel confident about their careers.

Meet the Panelists

President Dena McCaffrey
Jefferson College

Dr. Dena McCaffrey is the eighth president of Jefferson College and the first woman to hold the position. Jefferson College enrolls nearly 4,200 students, with women making up 62 percent of the student body. McCaffrey previously served as dean of career and technical education and director of outreach and educational sites at the college. Before joining Jefferson College, she was associate director of MBA and graduate business programs at Saint Louis University.

McCaffrey is a graduate of Fontbonne University in St. Louis, where she majored in marketing and communication. She earned an MBA and a doctorate in higher education administration from Saint Louis University.

Chancellor Kimberly Beatty
Metropolitan Community College

Dr. Kimberly Beatty the first African-American leader in the 105-year history of Metropolitan Community College and the only African-American CEO in the Missouri community college system. Beatty joined MCC from Houston Community College, the nation’s fourth-largest community college system, where she served as vice chancellor for instructional services and chief academic officer.

A three-time graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Beatty received a B.A. in English, an M.A. in English, and an Ed.D. in higher education, with a community college leadership specialization.

President Joanna Anderson
State Fair Community College

Dr. Joanna Anderson became the fifth president in State Fair Community College’s 49-year history on July 1, 2013. Anderson has more than 30 years’ experience working in the community college setting, including multiple departments at North Central Missouri College in Trenton, Missouri. She served as dean of Student Services, director of Public Relations, director of Admissions, and adjunct instructor.

She received a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2010 from the University of Missouri; a Master of Science degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction in 1998 from William Woods University; a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Journalism in 1978 from the University of Missouri; and an Associate of Arts degree in 1976 from Trenton Junior College (North Central Missouri College).

President Barbara R. Kavalier
St. Charles Community College

Dr. Barbara Kavalier became the fourth president of St. Charles Community College in August 2016. With 35 years experience in higher education, she has held a variety of leadership roles, including president at San Jose City College and 20 years as an administrator for the Dallas County Community College District.

Kavalier received a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has a master’s degree in Business and Human Relations, a bachelor’s degree in English Education, and an associate degree from Mountain View College.


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