As a volunteer for the conference, I arrived early to help set up for the event. As the doors opened, I was amazed at the number of women in attendance - managers, entrepreneurs, professors, executive directors, and others in important leadership roles attended this conference to learn from each other to become stronger, more effective leaders. I was also elated to see the number of men who attended the conference as well.
With more than 450 attendees at this year’s Women in Leadership Conference at FSU, there was scores of remarkable female leaders from a wide variety of professions and from the co-sponsoring organizations of the event – the College of Communication and Information, College of Social Work, College of Business, and the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship. A dozen College of Social Work alumni, faculty and students participated as panelists for this much-anticipated, inspiration event.
March is National Social Work Month. The FSU College of Social Work, celebrating its 100th anniversary, holds more experience than any other institution in Florida offering social work education and was the first in the world to offer a Master’s in Social Work through an accredited online program. Below FSU Social Work Dean Jim Clark shares his vision for the future of the college.
“I went into social work because of Former President Jimmy Carter and the work he did in the eighties that inspired me,” Margaret Ashmore, Teaching Professor, and Program Manager for the FSU Operation Family Caregiver (FSU OFC) program reminisced. “He really had a meaningful impact on me. I was in childhood education at that time and changed my major to social work. President Carter focused on social service programs, and he invested so much in people.
The social work profession embodies a strong commitment to promoting social justice initiatives through both practice and research. In 2016, the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare launched the Twelve Grand Challenges of Social Work to outline the profession’s vision for creating an equitable and socially just society. Florida State University’s College of Social Work will be among the leaders in one Grand Challenge: Smart Decarceration; led by
Maicie Ramirez was looking for ways to push herself and to make the most of her time at FSU when she arrived for her undergraduate degree in social work. The Garnet and Gold Scholars program aligned with her interest within their engagement areas of international, internship, leadership, research and service. During her time in the program, she completed three areas.