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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Oct. 4, 2010) – In support of women attaining leadership goals, the Women’s Center of Tidewater Community Colleges launches a Women’s Leadership Speaker Series this month. All talks will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Center at the Virginia Beach Campus.

Deborah H. Butler
Linda Whitley-Taylor
Deborah K. Stearns
Deborah M. DiCroce

The series launched on Oct. 4 with Deborah H. Butler, executive vice president-planning and chief information officer with Norfolk Southern Corp. Butler spoke about leadership characteristics including communications and developing networks, as well as benchmark leadership styles.

On Oct. 19, Linda Whitley-Taylor, executive vice president-human resources with Amerigroup Corp., discusses strategies on how to overcome obstacles while remaining a leader.

Deborah K. Stearns, senior vice president of Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate, speaks to students on Nov. 1.

TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce delivers a keynote address on Nov. 30. A forum will be held following her presentation.

All talks are free and open to the public. For reservations, click here or call 822-1349.


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - topped 45,000 students in 2009-10. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit