Today is the third day of the new blog series entitled Bring Your Leadership to Life! Join us throughout the month of March and beyond as we feature guest bloggers who share their perspective on how they bring their leadership to life! This blog series highlights the theme of the 2nd Annual Evening for Austin Leading Ladies, an event that SOS Leadership is honored to be hosting in partnership with The Concordia MBA on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Concordia University Texas. Learn more about this powerful event and register at www.austinleadingladies.com.
Today’s blog post comes from Marisa Williams
When I was a little girl, I remember attending countless community events with my father. My sweet dad dragged his only daughter to political rallies, chamber of commerce meetings and Rotary Club volunteer days. He was a tireless advocate, professionally and personally, for those less fortunate than himself. I never realized the impact he had on so many until his untimely death in the Oklahoma City bombing. People came from all parts of the state to honor him at his memorial service. My mother and I received letters, cards, and personal stories from friends and strangers about how my father had changed their lives. It comforted me so much to know that he was and is remembered by so many for his contributions to his city and state.
So, it’s no surprise that in high school and college I was a part of my student government and always led the community service committee. And it’s also no surprise that my first job out of college was for a nonprofit organization. It’s because of my father’s influence and my commitment to keeping his legacy alive that I bring leadership to life through civic engagement. With organizations such as the Junior League of Austin, I am able to sharpen my leadership skills by serving on a team that feeds hungry children one year and write grants for league programs the next. I’ve had the pleasure of sitting on non-profit event planning committees for Saint Louise House and Con Mi Madre and built relationships with community leaders. And together my husband and I have learned more about our state government through our volunteer work for the American Heart Association. Most recently, I’ve been asked to assist with a campaign for city council and couldn’t be more thrilled to take on this adventure. I feel such accomplishment in these activities because I am serving others, and because I gain so much training and knowledge in the process. This sentiment is embodied in my favorite quote, “It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to be kind another, without helping himself.”
Because of my father I know that leadership and servitude go hand in hand. Because of my father I will continue to lead as a servant and because of my father I hope to make my community a better place as he did for his.
Stay tuned in the days to come as the Bring Your Leadership to Life Series continues….