The American Association of Women in Community Colleges
Remembering the Accomplishments of Women
Speaker Bio for Third-Annual Luncheon
Best-selling author and award-winning international keynote speaker Debrena Jackson Gandy, of Des Moines, is an esteemed member of the Highline Community College Board of Trustees. Gandy is a two-time national best-selling author of “Sacred Pampering Principles” and “All the Joy You Can Stand,” and her newest book, "The Love Lies." She is a business consultant, trainer, national seminar leader, success coach, strategic marketing consultant, personal development expert and founder of the Love Academy. She is also owner of Masterminds, a speaking, training, consulting and performance coaching firm and has been named as an Outstanding Young Woman of America, to the Who’s Who Among Executives. She has been featured in national publications, including Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine, Woman’s Day, Ebony, Essence and Black Enterprise, and has appeared on various national and regional TV shows, including CNN, CNN Live and Good Day New York. She also has been a guest on more than 40 radio shows and Winfrey’s website, Oprah.com. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a major in business and a minor in marketing.
Officers for the CPTC Chapter of AAWCC
- President: Debbie Collins
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- President-Elect: Shelby Fritz
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- Vice President: Courtney Akinniyi
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- Treasurer: Michelle Barre
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- Treasurer-Elect: Fran Matz
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- Secretary: Lisa Clenin
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- Past President: Josie Meyer
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- Member at Large: Jackie Springer
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About the AAWCC
The Clover Park Technical College Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges was established in 2013. AAWCC is guided in all of its endeavors by a firm commitment to equity and excellence in education and employment for women in community, junior and technical colleges. That commitment is translated into action at the national, regional, state and local levels through AAWCC programs, activities and services developed and offered in accordance with the following principles:
- The achievement of equity for women is critical to the wise and just development and use of valuable human resources.
- Equity is promoted through the AAWCC's efforts to improve access to educational opportunities, employment at all levels, and policy-making and decision-making forums.
- Equity issues may include career upward-mobility, comparable pay for comparable work, increased involvement of women in governing bodies, and appropriate support services for adult women enrolled in two-year colleges.
- Commitment to equity must be matched by an equally strong commitment to educational and professional excellence.
- Excellence is promoted through the AAWCC's efforts to encourage and reward educational achievement and professional endeavors, to provide opportunities for professional development, and to develop linkages and disseminate information pertaining to specific concerns.
- Both equity and excellence may be enhanced through a strong and effective network of women in community, junior and technical colleges — a network where a purposeful focus on tasks, issues and achievements is continually matched by a sensitive concern for people.