When you raise the status of women and girls, you lift the entire community. The Elizabeth Kearney Women’s Leadership Development Program continues to be a strong developer of women. Program participants are gaining leadership positions, winning awards at work, are happier and are more focused and effective at home, work and in the community.
Participants report that they are:
- Living and working intentionally
- Developing new models of leadership
- Sharing leadership
- Bringing women into leadership roles
- Mentoring women
What is the program's impact on women?
- Connections and relationships
- Empowerment, inspiration and confidence
- Working from one's "signature strengths"
- Cultural competence--a transformative effect on perceptions and values
- Increased skills in areas including:
- conflict management
- delegating and motivation
- facilitating others
- financial understanding
- maintaining an intentional focus
- civic action
Story of Leadership:
The frayed threads Julie Hawker brought into the Elizabeth Kearney Women’s Leadership Development Program have been woven into a beautiful tapestry.
In 2007, looking for a new direction, Julie enrolled in the program. Being in the program was like being in a soft rain, Julie said. “Every day was experiential and organized and it allowed the information to soak in instead of run off.” One of the critical class topics for Julie was cultural competence. “It was powerful. The class broke down perceptions I had and rebuilt them in a different form. It taught me to pause, be sensitive and to take action.” This action brought a Martin Luther King Junior Pathfinder Award to her workplace, Lloyd Management. Based on her learning and in partnership with others, Julie began to investigate why immigrant families were not abiding by their rental lease agreements, causing violations and ultimate evictions from apartments. What she learned led to the creation of a new curriculum about caring for your apartment and a pilot program that is now in stages of being replicated statewide. The curriculum engaged community members as mentors to teach new refugee families simple facts of American life and apartment care. At the same time, it built important relationships and changed perceptions. As mentors heard the stories of what happened to families when their country was overtaken by civil war, torture, fear of making mistakes in a new country and the associated isolation, it changed everyone involved. “We created a close, multicultural group out of diverse groups, “ Julie explained. For Julie’s part, it was the leadership program and the new perceptions gained in it that allowed her to take her background in training and development and use it to weave a beautiful, multicultural tapestry. Julie said, “Teaching our residents how to care for their apartments is like riding a bike. Once they learn they never forget it and they can teach others. The graduates are now prepared to welcome and teach new families that move to our area.”