The annual Karen A. Stout Leading Women Symposium and Golf Experience scheduled for Monday, June 6, provides the perfect opportunity to expand your business network, enjoy some friendly competition on the greens and support scholarships and programs for female students at Montgomery County Community College.

Hosted by MCCC Foundation’s Leading Women Committee, the event starts with registration at 9:30 a.m., followed by a brunch symposium at 10 a.m. Golf begins at noon and will be played in an 18-hole, team scramble/best-ball format. A reception and awards ceremony will follow at 4:30 p.m. To register for this relationship-building event, visit

For anyone who would like to learn the game of golf or improve their skills, a learner’s program will be available. Pros will assist with skill development through various learning stations, and golf clubs will be provided.lw

This year’s keynote speaker for the symposium is Karen Stout, President/CEO of Achieving the Dream, Inc., and President Emerita of MCCC. Dr. Stout is known as a national scholar and academic leader in strategies for enhancing student success and completion, using data-informed decision making, accelerating and scaling innovation, and utilizing new approaches to community college fundraising.

Throughout her career, Dr. Stout held numerous leadership roles, including the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, serving as Chair from 2008 to 2015 and currently serving on the President’s Advisory Board; Board of Directors of Campus Compact; and Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges. At AACC, she also served as co-chair of the Implementation Steering Committee of AACC’s 21st-Century Commission Report, working with more than 100 leaders from across the country to develop a framework for the redesign of America’s community colleges. Currently, she is a Commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and a member of its Executive Committee.

Prior to her position at ATD, Dr. Stout led Montgomery County Community College as president for more than 14 years. During her tenure, the college received numerous national awards, including the prestigious Achieving the Dream’s Leah Meyer Austin Award for its work in student success.

In addition to her work with student success at MCCC, Dr. Stout also addressed the need for professional development for women. In 2005, she and Deb Takes collaborated with several women executives to launch the “Starting a Successful Woman-Owned Business” program. As an outgrowth of this program, they started the Leading Women Symposium and Golf Experience.

Renamed the Dr. Karen A. Stout Leading Women Symposium and Golf Experience in 2015, this annual networking event has generated more than $300,000 for scholarships and career and leadership development programs for female students at MCCC since its inception. Last year, 139 women participated and raised more than $40,500.

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