Otterbein's First Female President Teaches Empowerment To Women


UPDATED: Monday September 19, 2011 6:19 PM

Otterbein University's first female president said she is teaching a class to women about how they can empower themselves. 

Kathy Krendl is the first Otterbein president to teach a class that focuses on women in leadership positions, 10TV's Danielle Elias reported on Monday.

"There are more women in the pipeline that prepares them to be in leadership positions" said Krendl. "More women are attending college now."

The class has been going on for three weeks and Krendl said it was going well.

"It's kind of an intimidating thing, to take a course from the President, so these are girls who opted to do so, and as freshmen I think it's a pretty bold move on their part," Krendl said.  

"I feel special because I know how busy she is. I can't imagine what she does every day," said one student.

Women with a high GPA and leadership roles in high school qualified for the class.

"I was vice president of our national honors society and I was a captain of the soccer and basketball team," said a student.

Each class discusses a different topic and reading material. There are also different guest speakers, Elias reported.

"It's very empowering. It makes me feel better about myself and it will help me in the future," said Alex Shaffer, a student.

The goal of the class is to teach the women to lead in their own unique way.

In September, Krendl was recognized as one of the "2011 Ohio Most Powerful and Influential Women" during the annual Ohio Diversity and Leadership Conference.

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