Three JSU Students Selected to Attend LEI
Allison Crow, Alison Pierce, and Krystle Bell meet with
Secretary of State, Nancy Worley at the State Capital.
June 22, 2004 -- Three Jacksonville State University
students were selected to attend The Leading Edge Institute (LEI), a unique leadership
development program for young women across the state of Alabama. The three
JSU students were Krystle Bell, Allison Crow, and Alison Pierce. These
women attended LEI's Summer Institute during the week of June 13 - 19, 2004.
The Leading Edge Institute experience began in a conference-like setting,
in which the collegiate women gained a greater understanding of themselves
and the community around them. Participants met with some of Alabama's
leading women, from companies such as Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Alabama
and Southern Progress Corporation, to learn more about living out their
values in a work environment. The women turned their knowledge of
leadership into action first by visiting the State Capital. Our collegiate
women met with Kay Ivey, the State Treasurer, and Nancy Worley, the
Secretary of State. They also engaged in a luncheon with other female
leaders, including Appellate Court and Supreme Court Judges. After visiting
Montgomery, the students traveled to Selma, Alabama for a tour of the Voting
Rights Museum. The week concluded with a trip to the Black Belt of Alabama
to see the work of Rural Studios in Perry County.
This leadership development program provided young women from across the
state a glimpse of what areas for improvement are found in Alabama. They
also learned what women are currently doing to make Alabama a better place to
live. They formed contacts from across Alabama. LEI does not end with this
one-week program. The women will continue working with LEI through
individual projects and the LEI mentoring program. Celebrations of their
accomplishments take place through the Fall Connection and Winter Summit.
Twelve four-year institutions from the state of Alabama participated in
the 2004 Leading Edge Institute. The Leading Edge Institute's mission is
"To inspire, prepare, and empower the young women of Alabama to lead our
state to a more equitable and prosperous future."
For more information, contact Megan Radison, Assistant Director of Student Life at
Ext. 5491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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