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WIN 2017

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m W i n t e r 2 0 1 7 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 7 A few months postelection, I am still trying to absorb its meaning, and how the new national leadership will change our country in the coming years. ere's much we don't know. But here is what I do know—no matter Seize the Moment whom we voted for, we are all still Ameri- cans who want the best for our country, community, and family. For those of us whose careers—and hearts and souls—are devoted to devel- oping women leaders, some may think many challenges lie ahead. e landscape around employment, workplace rights and protection, and even everyday interactions may shift. But instead of challenges, I see opportunity. e opportunity I am embracing is making sure we continue our successful push to advance more women into lead- ership positions. is requires diligence, not just in the workplace, but also in focusing on developing girls and young women into leaders—in their schools, communities, and clubs and other orga- nizations. is is an opportunity we all can seize. If women of all races, cultures, and backgrounds continue to work together to inspire, lift, and help close the gender gap, some day in the not so distant future we will see a woman in the White House. Just as importantly, we will see a dramatic increase in the number of women capable of leading their company, organization, community, city, or state. Fittingly, the cover subject of this issue of Diversity Woman, Dr. Johnnetta Cole (page 33), has spent her life bring- ing people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives together. She has been the president of two colleges and currently is the director of the Smithsonian National Publisher's Page > I am embracing the opportunity to make sure we continue to advance more women into leadership positions. Museum of African Art. Yet, she consid- ers herself first and foremost a teacher. Reading about how she is fiercely dedi- cated to the principle that every single person, regardless of race, gender, religion, and economic and educational level, has equal value brings confidence and hope. Knowing that thousands of young women have been taught and mentored by Dr. Cole means that we are in good hands for generations to come. Our Take the Lead department shines a spotlight on a sector that for many years has been leading the way in developing and promoting women leaders—the health-care industry. Heather Boerner's story on page 27 explains why. Now is the time to act, and to double down on the tremendous work we have already so successfully accomplished. We must continue to do all we can to protect the rights of women and girls, inclusive of all races, cultures, and backgrounds. We must also ensure that our voices are heard, and that the path toward gender equity and empowerment continues on an upward arc. Our country's success depends on all of us leading the way. Dr. Sheila Robinson Publisher, Diversity Woman

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