Leaders need vision. They need perception while facing challenges with confidence. They need bravery in the face of situations other people would dodge. They need foresight to make decisions that work in the real world.
The five women saluted at the recent Courage and Vision ceremony at Eastern Oregon University all seem to have or have had these skills. Even with advancements in equity among the sexes, women today face many challenges in successfully navigating sometimes turbulent career paths and breaking through glass ceilings. The awards salute the local women for being trail blazers, for cutting a path that other women may someday follow.
The awards program was part of International Women’s Week celebrated recently on the EOU campus and across the globe. The classy operation has been undertaken for several years at EOU, which provides a springboard for the women honored, and role models for others in the community who might aspire toward larger goals.
These award winners can wear their contributions to the community as their badge of courage. They are proof of the importance of investing in a community, however it is defined, of getting involved in projects, from mentoring college students to contributing to family, a neighborhood group or the town as a whole.
These involved citizens are making a difference. They are battling sexual harassment. They provide a voice for the underrepresented. Their work has a ripple effect, positively influencing the lives of many people.
The Courage and Vision awards promote the value of community service and show what one woman can do to make the world a better place.