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April 8, 2010 Volume 31, No. 26

A high-heeled leader

Each year, Stephens College features women in leadership roles in its discussion program, “True Confessions of a High-Heeled Leader.” This year’s speaker will be MU’s first lady, Anne Deaton. During the conversation, beginning with a reception at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, Deaton will talk about leadership, women, balance and her long career in education, public administration and public service. The conversation will be moderated by Dianne Lynch, president of Stephens College.

In addition to her current role, Deaton holds adjunct faculty appointments in three MU colleges: Human Environmental Sciences, Sinclair School of Nursing, and Education. Her career began more than 20 years ago at Virginia Tech, where she was assistant director of the Center for Gerontology. She later taught in MU’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Deaton also served as deputy director of the Missouri Division of Aging and most recently as director of the Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities. She also is involved in many community organizations.

The conversation will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall at 6 N. College Ave. on the Stephens College campus. More information and registration information is online at