Dr. Verna Orr’s Presentation on the Experiences of African-American Women College/University Presidents

Dr. Verna Orr’s Presentation on the Experiences of African-American Women College/University Presidents


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  • November 6, 2014

Title:

“Profiles, Pedigrees, and Proficiencies: Factors and Forces Influencing the Trajectories of African American Women Postsecondary Presidents”

Presentation takeaways:

1. Leadership skills are transferable – the best leaders come from unlikely places
2. No one way to the college presidency (trajectory)
3. Race is a blessing and a curse
4. Daddy’s girls
5. I told you to beat ‘em by a mile – the notion of African American women having to work twice as hard can discourage some. Do not let that be a deterrent – in the end you will be over prepared.
6. I am who I am – Be true to you (community taboos)
7. There is a growing concern around the state of the Black male – it is equally important to encourage female students and leaders

Thank you to all those who came and to those who wanted to come, but couldn’t.

-HU ADVANCE-IT

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Photo Credit:  Leshell Hatley, HU ADVANCE-IT Program Manager