Vocal conservative commentator and former Alaska governor, Sarah Palin, will share her take on women’s leadership issues during a visit to the Permian Basin next year.
The John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute’s Distinguished Lecture Series is bringing Palin to the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. The lecture, “Groundbreakers, mavericks and trailblazers: How women are showing 21st century leadership,” is free and open to the public.
“What better example than Sarah Palin to come to us to talk about typical challenges and barriers, and how to break them down and show the example of demonstrated leadership in action?” said institute Executive Director Bob Brescia. “I thought Sarah Palin was a good exemplar of that.”
Brescia said choosing Palin wasn’t about how much she’s appeared in the news, but about her leadership abilities, which she has demonstrated consistently, both while in office and since then as she has been able to “mobilize commitment over a shared goal.”
“In order to mobilize commitment in today’s world, young people, who tend to gravitate toward the channels of social media, you have to be present where they’re present,” he said. “Sarah is present. You don’t have to go far to look for Sarah Palin.”
Keeping the Permian Basin “totally engaged in the national conversation” is a goal for Brescia when choosing guest speakers.
“We try very hard to maintain relevance to leadership issues on a national and regional basis, and to bring personalities that resonate in our area and for which there would be considerable interest,” he said.
Brescia said he’s confident the event will be a very popular one, and “interesting speakers,” such as Palin, tend to receive a good reception.
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