On May 20, Gateway Center CEO Deb Dubin was invited to speak a group of college women who are participating this week in the 2014 Leadership Academy hosted by the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life at UMSL.
The theme of the panel was “To Be a Great Leader, You’ve Gotta Have S.M.A.R.T.S.” (spirit, motivation, agility, resilience and, especially, thick skin!) Co-panelists Dr. Theresa Mayberry, the Chief Program Director at St. Louis County Children’s Services Fund, St. Louis County Circuit Court Family Court Commissioner Margaret Donnelly, and St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones also shared their stories and insights. Students were particularly interested in ways that women leaders have learned to grow their capabilities, managed multiple career switches, and compete as equals in their respective fields.
This event provided a great opportunity to engage in dialogue with a motivated group of young women who will no doubt help to change the world for the better through their civic engagement.