Author: Doris Savron
The centennial of the women’s suffrage movement reminds us of our country’s powerful female leaders who overcame challenges and inspired change. Their legacies are especially impactful during times of unrest, division and difficulty like we find ourselves in today.
At University of Phoenix, our student population is comprised of 67% working women, many who are mothers, juggling the demands of full-time employment, and raising a family. I find hope and inspiration in their stories, and I am proud to know they will be our female leaders of the future.
As any great leader knows, we cannot ignore our history. I believe we can learn from the attributes of conviction, bravery and empathy that have been modeled by leaders of the past—Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt (and so many others) —to help shape our future. The ATHENA awards are a great celebration of women leaders who are inspiring change in their communities every day—especially during this difficult time of illness and unrest.
University of Phoenix is currently working with employees who have lost loved ones, who have become ill themselves or are caring for someone who is sick. We are recognizing a lack of health care resources in rural areas of our country that may be impacting our employees. We see the need for organizations to bolster technology options for employees who don’t have the infrastructure available to them to work remote or for children to access their school materials online.
We see the need for organizational resources to help alleviate the strain on mental health and overall wellness that has been exacerbated by necessary social distancing. We are embracing the approach of flexible schedules for parents who are trying to work and educate their children at the same time and in the same space. We do this because we are making the effort to truly understand what we need from one another as we continue to move forward.
As the uncertainty in this world continues, we must recognize that, at times, it will take conviction to challenge the status quo, bravery to put ourselves on the front lines and empathy to provide equitable support. But if we follow the roadmap of the inspiring journeys of leaders like Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt, we are reminded that those of us in leadership positions can truly make a difference and effect lasting change.
Doris Savron is the Vice Provost for University of Phoenix. She has worked for more than 25 years as a leader in academia, the health care industry and information technology. To read a longer version of this article on the University of Phoenix PhoenixNews hub, click here
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