Patricia H. Taylor, a resident of Wilson and a member of Mu Chapter of Rocky Mount of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, returned recently from the leadership development training for new state organization presidents of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.
The organization is a professional honor society for women educators with approximately 85,000 members. Established in 18 member countries around the world, the society defines its mission as promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
The leadership development training was held in Kissimmee, Fla., at the Gaylord Palms Resort Hotel preceding the 2013 Southeast Regional Delta Kappa Gamma International Conference. State organization presidents from the southeast region of the United States were in attendance.
Dr. Kay L. Clawson, Leadership Development Committee chairwoman, West Virginia, and Corlea Plowman, executive director, Austin, Texas, organized the training with additional committee members. The International President, Dr. Beverly Helms from Florida, also was in attendance.
State organization presidents met and discussed leadership strategies and exchanged ideas concerning programs and projects. The International President inspired participants to share a common vision that focuses on educational excellence and support of early-career educators.
The incoming state organization presidents for 2013-15 reviewed roles and responsibilities of office and discussed specific ways to better communicate with their local chapters.
“This opportunity to meet with leaders from other areas of the United States to set goals for the work of key women educators for the next two years provided a new avenue for my professional development.” Taylor said. “My involvement in the organization allows me to network with professional women educators around the world, enjoy global affiliations, make presentations and serve as a mentor to other members.”
The 2014 International Convention will be held July 28-Aug. 1 in Indianapolis at the JW Marriott.
The honor organization of key women educators was formed May 11, 1929, in Austin, Texas, by Dr. Annie Webb Blanton from a nucleus of 12 Founders representing all levels of education, kindergarten through university. Professor of rural education at the University of Texas, Blanton was elected president of the Texas State Teachers’ Association in 1916, the first woman to hold that office.
Blanton also was the first woman to serve as Texas as State Superintendent of Public Instruction, having been elected in 1918.