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Sixth Annual Young Women's Leadership Symposium coming to APSU March 4

          CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In 1964, a high-level AT&T executive named Robert Greenleaf decided to retire from his stable position in order to redefine how Americans think of leadership. With his famous quote, “Good leaders must first become good servants,” Greenleaf gave life to the servant-leader movement, which became a staple in college business classes and executive seminars at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st.

            This marriage between service and leadership continues to thrive, and it will be the focus of this year’s Sixth Annual Young Women’s Leadership Symposium at Austin Peay State University. The event, which is free for individuals between the ages of 16-24, will be from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on March 4, in the APSU Morgan University Center.

           “We get away from thinking about the service being given when we think about our leaders in office,” said Dr. Marsha Lyle-Gonga, symposium organizer and chair of the APSU Department Political Science. “We don’t see how they’re serving us. It is important that we look inward to ourselves and see how we can serve.”

            Last year, 118 young people, including 28 young men, attended the symposium to learn about the political process. This year’s event, sponsored by the APSU Department of Political Science, will feature young speakers with experience in serving others. These speakers include Middle Tennessee State University student Verinique Bailey, founder of MTSU’s I Am Me community service organization; Alexandra Wills, director of APSU’s Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement; and Jennifer Rawls, director of communication for the City of Clarksville and former executive director of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women.

            Dr. Amy Thompson, APSU associate professor of biology, will also discuss women in science, and Dr. Christina Hicks-Goldston, APSU assistant professor of communication, will give a presentation on generational stereotypes of women.

            For more information on the free symposium, which includes a breakfast and lunch, visit https://www.apsu.edu/polysci/young-womens-leadership-symposium-registration-form.