My presentation at a recent women’s conference in North Carolina, “10 Ways to Develop and Maintain Healthy Personal and Professional Relationships,” was so well received, I thought I should share the highlights with you. Read the rest of this article »
In the year 2020, at least 12 percent of the community colleges in the United States will be led by African-African women. These women will range in age from 30 to 70. They will come from all walks of life. They will be liberals and conservatives. They will lead rural, suburban and urban campuses. They will be experts in board relations, budgeting, conflict management, crisis management, fundraising, human resources and public relations. They will be savvy in navigating politics – local, regional and national. They will be embraced and respected by their stakeholders, including community college students, employees, board members, donors, alumni and the media.
They will convene every year at a conference called “Sisters for Community College Leadership.” During these events, they will candidly and openly discuss lessons they have learned in their professional and personal lives, mishaps and mistakes as well as successes and achievements. They will commit to mentoring and developing future African-American female community college presidents so that when they retire, no one can say there are no qualified African-American females to take their places.
Greeting each “Sisters for Community College Leadership” conference attendee will be Dr. Linnie Carter, a former Vision 2020 delegate from Virginia. Though no longer an active delegate, Dr. Carter remains committed to the cause she first embraced in spring 2011. In 2020, Dr. Carter will celebrate both her 50th birthday and the milestone of increasing the number of African-American female community college presidents in the United States.
This is my vision for my Vision 2020 plan of action, “Enriching Education: Sisters for Community College Leadership.” I will make history as the person who rallied stakeholders throughout our country to work towards increasing the number of African-American female community college presidents in the United States. This project will be a huge step toward achieving the Vision 2020 goal to “increase the number of women in senior leadership positions in American life to reflect the workforce talent pool and demographics.”
If you’d like to help achieve this vision, please visit About Enriching Education: Sisters for Community College Leadership; share this information with current, former and prospective African-American female community college presidents; and/or contact me at [email protected].
We can – and we will!
What do you believe 2020 will hold for African-American female leaders?
In spring 2011, I was honored to be asked to serve as a Virginia delegate for Vision 2020. As an advocate for women’s rights, I felt this organization and its vision were a great fit for me. The Vision 2020 Congress in Chicago in October 2011 got me fired up and ready to make positive changes for women, men and children throughout our country – and beyond.
I am fortunate to be a woman – but not just any woman, an African-American woman. And I am not just any African-American woman – I am a community college administrator. Therefore, through my affiliation with Vision 2020, I am able to combine three aspects that are near and dear to my heart – my womanhood, my heritage and community colleges. Read the rest of this article »
I recently shared 9 signs that your boss is an ineffective leader. This list picks up the same thread, with a focus on a boss who mismanages his or her own time – and yours.
Here are 11 signs your boss is an ineffective leader: Read the rest of this article »
I learned a long time ago that no one is perfect. However, I continue to be amazed when ineffective people are promoted to high levels of organizations and empowered to make decisions that impact thousands of people. These ineffective people are typically highly educated and no spring chickens. They should have learned effective leadership skills along the way, right? One would think. Read the rest of this article »