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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, March 26  –  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. This event was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

Beyond the Career: Mary Lou Jaramillo
Tuesday, Feb. 26 –  7 p.m.  –  Dole Institute
Mary Lou Jaramillo’s public service career spans 50 years—much of it focused on executive responsibilities for nonprofit human service organizations in the Kansas City area. She is the former executive director of El Centro in Kansas City, Kan., and the Mattie Rhoades Center in Kansas City, Mo. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Kansas Leadership Center and the Francis Family Foundation. Jaramillo is co-founder of the Johnson County Latina Leadership Network and works with a variety of public service organizations in the Johnson County area.

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