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2019 Presidential Lecture Series — Follow the Leader: Four Women’s Journeys in Public Service

Public service leadership has many faces, and no two paths are the same. Four female leaders from various stages of their public service careers will join the Dole Institute to discuss how they prepared to take on their leadership roles and how they mentor others to follow in their footsteps. Both inspirational and practical, this series will remind audience members that there are always opportunities to lead from where they stand.

Early Career: Christina Ostmeyer
Wednesday, Feb. 6  –  7 p.m.  –  Dole Institute
A recent KU graduate and former Dole Institute Student Advisory Board student coordinator, Christina Ostmeyer will share her journey from student to nonprofit professional. Ostmeyer is communications director for Kansas Appleseed, a local nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to vulnerable and excluded Kansans.

Mid-Career: Danielle Rudes
Tuesday, Feb. 12  –  7 p.m.  –  Dole Institute
Danielle Rudes is an associate professor and the associate director of advancing correctional excellence at George Mason University. Rudes will discuss using research for the public good and how she translates her academic scholarship for both policy and practitioner audiences.

Established Career: Julie Robinson
Tuesday, Feb. 19  –  7 p.m.  –  Dole Institute
Chief Judge Julie Robinson is the first African-American named to the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. A graduate of KU and KU Law, Robinson will discuss public service from the judiciary and how she mentors women to follow her lead.

Beyond the Career: Jan Davis
Tuesday, Feb. 26 –  7 p.m.  –  Dole Institute
Jan Davis is a lifelong educator, serving more than 40 years as a teacher, principal, director of staff development and assistant superintendent with Wichita Public Schools. Committed to civic engagement, Davis has continued to serve her community in a wide variety of roles and will discuss leadership beyond the traditional career path.

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