We have started a tradition of Leadership Lunches at Kent Place School. Women leaders – alumnae, parents, Trustees and community members – are invited to come share over lunch their leadership journeys with our students, faculty and staff.
Friday, the City of Summit Mayor – Ellen Dickson – visited campus and told us her leadership story. She spoke about wanting to make a difference, running for office and some of the issues she has grappled with while in office. Her audience asked questions ranging from, “What were the hardest and most celebratory moments in office?” to “How do you project confidence as a leader, without appearing boastful?” Mayor Dickson also spoke about the dearth of women in political office – and encouraged our students to consider public office.
Guests at past Leadership Lunches have included an actress/producer, a corporate exec turned entrepreneur who created her own artisan jam business, a graphic designer and a volunteer teacher in a state prison. These life stories have inspired us all and connect learning to real-life settings. While some of the speakers knew at an early age what they wanted to pursue in their lives, most have taken several pathways to leadership – some more linear than others. Their lessons shared become steps towards our students’ leadership stories as they find their own voices and continue on their life journeys!