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Dorothy "Dot" Maver, Ph.D., will be the first speaker of the year in the Distinguished Speaker Series sponsored by Cottey's Institute for Women's Leadership and Social Responsibility. She will speak at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, in the Missouri Recital Hall of the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts. Her address is titled "The Leadership of Women as Peacebuilders."

Dorothy "Dot" J. Maver, Ph.D., is an educator and peace builder who inspires cooperation on behalf of the common good.  Utilizing a shared responsibility and shared leadership model developed over thirty years, she attracts individuals and groups to a common purpose while creating a work environment that demonstrates right relationships in a culture of peace.

Dr. Maver is president and CEO of the National Peace Academy in the USA, executive director of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, coordinator of Push4Peace, and a founder and governance member of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace.  She formerly served as president and CEO of Peace Partnership International where her talents in education, politics, and grassroots community organizing were focused on applied peace building.

The Center for the Arts is located on the northeast corner of Austin and Tower streets in Nevada, Missouri.

The Institute for Women's Leadership and Social Responsibility, established in the fall of 2010, supports Cottey College's mission to "educate women" so they may realize their full potential as "learners, leaders, and citizens." Presently, the Institute is an unique instructional, research, and experiential "catalyst" for Cottey College, charged with purposefully advancing baccalaureate programs of study with interdisciplinary and global perspectives on women's leadership and social responsibility.