A “Celebration of Women in Leadership” dinner in Ashcroft on Jan. 15 saw more than 30 people gather to discuss what women bring to communities in terms of leadership and knowledge.
The dinner – hosted by MLA Jackie Tegart – was attended by local women (and a handful of men) who are prominent in business, politics, education, and volunteer organizations. MLA Tegart kicked things off by highlighting the number of women in the provincial government – both as MLAs and behind the scenes – then turned the microphone over to former reporter and news anchor Pamela Martin and local businesswoman Kleo Landucci, who both spoke of the necessity of encouraging young people to step up and make a difference in their communities. Martin emphasized the importance of support for young women as they take on leadership roles while trying to balance the competing demands of work and family.
Landucci also touched on the work/life challenges many women face, remarking that it’s tough to go from an executive meeting at work to reading My Little Pony to an expectant child. She stressed that lessons in leadership and business start at home, and said that she was fortunate to have parents who taught her to be informed and engaged from a young age. “Leadership is about tenacity, passion, being inspiring and motivating,” she said, adding that we all need to lead and teach the younger generation, so that instead of asking what can be done for them, they ask what they can do for their communities and employers.