Educational Administration, Department of


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2009 Pro>Active Publications


Journal ofWomen in Educational Leadership, Vol. 7, No. 2-ApriI2009 ISSN: 1541-6224


The most promising sights of spring in Nebraska this year were two confer- ences for women. One event, sponsored by Metropolitan Community Col- lege in Omaha, was a Women's History Month Tea. The program featured a Native American woman who greeted the guests with a Native invocation. Dressed traditionally and speaking in a native language, her presentation was both provocative and beautiful. She was followed by a noted actress from Nebraska who presented brief glimpses of the lives offourwomen from vari- ous historic moments in U.S. history. As always, her characterizations are riveting. Participants were invited to eat the finger foods and try the various teas provided. As expected, the refreshments were suitably elegant. A key- note speaker highlighted the successes of a number of women leaders and pointed to the challenges women must continue to address. A student from the community college was showcased and honored for her accomplish- ments; and, she spoke of the factors that had facilitated her successes during her community college studies. The administrator from the college, who was

the hostess of the event, introduced her mentors who were in attendance. Among her mentors was a woman who was celebrating her birthday that day. The nonagenarian was an impressive woman, a former Omaha school princi- pal. The message of recognizing the mentors in the room was an important reminder to all present to acknowledge those who have assisted them in their life challenges and career direction. The program concluded with a closing benediction by the Native American woman. The comments of the assem- bled women as they departed were that "we should have invited our other friends" and "we are so happy we had this opportunity."