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KU grad known as one of the world’s most powerful women returns to alma mater Nov. 14

November 07, 2008

Kansas University
1314 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045

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Victor Bailey, Hall Center for the Humanities, (785) 864-7822,


LAWRENCE - An international mining company executive regarded as one of the most powerful women in the world will return to the University of Kansas, her alma mater, this month to give a public lecture and meet with students.

Cynthia Carroll, the first woman CEO of Anglo American, one of the world's largest independent mining companies, will speak on "The Role and Responsibility of the Multi-National Corporation" at 3 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Spencer Museum of Art auditorium. A reception will follow. This event, sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the School of Business, the Department of Geology and the KU Alumni Association, is free and open to the public.

During her visit, Carroll, who earned a master's in geology from KU in 1982 and master's of business administration from Harvard University, will receive the geology department's Haworth Award and will meet with students at the School of Business.

This year Fortune Magazine ranked Carroll No. 1 on their International Power 50, a list of women who "stand out in what remain male-dominated industries." That list also included KU graduate Linda Zarda Cook at No. 3. Forbes magazine ranked Carrol fifth in its list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women," again sharing the list with KU graduates Cook (43rd) and FDIC chair Sheila Bair (second). Forbes described Carroll as "a powerhouse in the world of commodities, a sector crucial to the world's economy. And within the corridors of world governments, she is a force to be reckoned with."

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