Leadership Message: Take Risks, Be Do-ers, Know Your Own Strengths
AAWGT’s 9th Annual Women and Leadership Event, held Wednesday, March 11, at Anne Arundel Community College, brought together three outstanding women leaders to discuss their journeys and their thoughts on leadership. Moderated by AAWGT’s immediate past president, Karen Smith, the panel included: Dr. Dawn Lindsay, President, Anne Arundel Community College; Kathryn O. “Kitty” Higgins, former White House Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the U. S. Department of Labor; and Dr. Priscilla Zotti, Senior Professor, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, U.S. Naval Academy.
Each of the three panelists was introduced and asked to share their own thoughts about evolving as a leader. Dr. Dawn Lindsay said that she always knew she wanted leadership and had been a leader since grade school. Her mother was a leader, with a demanding career and was a strong role model for Dawn. Kitty Higgins said that she does not consider herself so much a leader, but more of a do-er – she always knew what she wanted to do and then just figured out how to do it. In her experience, do-ers always get to do more. She commented that being the oldest of six children perhaps had a part in developing these qualities early. Dr. Priscilla Zotti began teaching at the Naval Academy when she was one of only three female faculty members; today there are more than three hundred. Priscilla spoke about the importance of collaboration in her leadership style – being a leader for her means understanding the role of teamwork. Dawn agreed, saying that she believes employers are looking for collaboration as well. She said that you learn quickly that you get a better product if you engage others. Read More>
Living on the Ledge Part 1 - Economic Insecurity and our Elder Neighbors
Wednesday, February 11 was a beautiful winter day at Ginger Cove when AAWGT President Maureen Cavaiola welcomed more than 60 members and guests to the first general meeting of 2015.
AAWGT member Bronwyn Belling facilitated a panel featuring Jo Reed, Director of Wider Opportunities for Women’s (WOW) Elder Economic Security Initiative and Nancy Hoover, Program Manager at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities (DoAD).
Jo Reed explained that WOW was founded in 1964 to help women enter the workforce and later expanded its focus to economic security across the lifespan. In 2006, WOW, working with the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston, developed the Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index (Elder Index), a measure of the income and supports older adults need to meet their basic needs. The Elder Economic Security Initiative seeks to improve the economic well-being of older adults by increasing awareness of elder financial needs, building state partner capacity and influence, and creating lasting changes on the local, state and federal levels.
The second panelist, Nancy Hoover from DoAD, manages six programs that serve olderindividuals and households living on the ledge of economic insecurity. In Anne Arundel County there are 83,000 Medicare recipients, and 8,000 Medicaid recipients. Many of the county programs are grant funded by the State and are subject to annual budget changes. For example, adult day care is not currently included in the next Maryland state budget, which might mean closure of much needed programs. Read More>
AAWGT Fall Membership Meeting
Historic Charles Carroll House was the setting for a large and enthusiastic crowd of AAWGT Members who gathered for our final meeting of 2014. The 6 pm business meeting moved along briskly, with the approval of the minutes, treasurer's report, and bylaws amendments, and the presentation of AAWGT's 2015 Leadership Slate.
Sandy Sweeney, chair of the Grants Committee, then opened the evening's program, "Participatory Philanthropy: How We Make Our Decisions", by giving an overview of AAWGT's overall grant review process and key lessons learned over the years. In small-group discussions, members then explored how we might improve the grant process and member interaction in it.
The evening ended with the presentation of our annual Founder's award to AAWGT's members Eve-Marie Lacroix and Diana Rode. Members then gathered for warm cider and brownies in the historic kitchen of the Charles Carroll House to celebrate a great year!! To read more about the evening, click here.
Mental Health Part II - Continuing the Discussion
On October 8, 2014, as part of our ongoing commitment to educate members about the needs across our County and to actively engage in seeking solutions, AAWGT hosted the second in a series of education sessions on “Mental Health.” The session focused on understanding the barriers to accessing mental health services in Anne Arundel County and how philanthropy can support potential intervention services within our community. The program opened with a PowerPoint Presentation recapping the Good News and Bad News related to mental health in our County, and quickly moved into four different stories read aloud by AAWGT members, each the true story of a local individual’s journey. The stories illustrated the impact of mental illness on the individuals, family and community, and provided a poignant launching point for the table discussions which followed.
Three areas were identified as barriers to receiving adequate treatment services: stigma, knowledge and accessibility. Attendees were divided into focus groups based on each of these barriers and were challenged to explore the barriers and brainstorm around how an infusion of philanthropy might influence outcomes. Professional mental health practitioners led and facilitated discussions within each group. Read more about this engaging and informative education session and the results of the brainstorming here.