2022 Central Texas Women in Leadership Symposium
March 17, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CT)
Paragon of Womanhood: Restoration, Reintegration, and Reemergence
The purpose of this event is to bring together female leaders who will address topics regarding leadership, professional development, and career advancement.
Linda G. Battles has 27 years of experience in higher education strategic planning, policy development, and stakeholder engagement. She joined Western Governors University (WGU) in April 2020 as Regional Director of the South Region, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. In September 2021, Battles was promoted to the position of Regional Vice President, South Region and Chancellor of WGU Texas. In this role, she provides oversight of initiatives that promote WGU's vision to be the most student-centric university and its mission to change lives for the better by creating pathways to opportunity. Before joining WGU, Battles served in various roles for 19 years at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. As the Deputy Commissioner for Agency Operations and Communications/COO reporting to the first Latino Commissioner of Texas Higher Education, Dr. Raymund Paredes, she was responsible for an annual budget of $1.7 billion, state and federal financial aid programs, and policy and budgetary recommendations to the Texas Legislature that prioritized underserved students. Battles also served as the Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to The Honorable Irma Rangel, Chair of the House Higher Education Committee, who was the first Latina elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1976. Battles worked on statewide legislation to expand access to higher education, such as the Top Ten Percent Law which provides automatic admission to the state's public universities for graduates in the top ten percent of their high school class. Battles earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in public affairs from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a doctoral student in UT Austin's Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership Program. She holds a DEI in the Workplace Certificate from the University of Southern Florida and a Basic Mediation Certificate from Austin's Dispute Resolution Center. In 2017, the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce recognized her as a Woman of Distinction. Battles is from El Paso, Texas, and lives in Pflugerville with her husband of 25 years, Mike.
Lorinda is the Office Managing Partner of the firm's 60-lawyer Austin office and a member of the firm's Healthcare, Life Sciences and Education industry teams. In addition to defending companies, institutions and individuals in government investigations and litigation, she often serves as outside general counsel charged with developing legal strategies, conducting risk assessments, training on compliance issues and providing guidance for related employment matters. For nearly 25 years, Lorinda has drawn on her litigation experience to advise and represent clients both in and out of the courtroom. Lorinda began working in the healthcare field early in her career, defending clients in malpractice lawsuits and medical board actions, and now regularly represents healthcare industry clients in a variety of contexts, including False Claims Act, Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act, and qui tam related investigations and lawsuits, audits, and in business disputes in state and federal court. She uses this experience to advise and train on a variety of compliance issues, including HIPAA compliance. Her experience in healthcare has also led to the education field, including a focus on the legal challenges faced in academic medicine. Lorinda values the opportunity to help clients improve their compliance and solve their legal challenges so they can focus on moving their business forward.
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