“I’ve been the beneficiary of great grace all my life. I try to embrace that in what I do.” – Falecia Williams, President, West Campus
On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, the Valencia chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) held a Pathways to Leadership event at the West Campus Special Events Center in Building 8. An intimate gathering of 25 to 30 faculty and staff members attended.
The guest speaker was West Campus President Falecia Williams. Facilitated by Erin Tuttle, coordinator, supervisor development, the opportunity to hear from Dr. Williams was a prime example of how storytelling translates into informal development.
During the hour-long session, Falecia shared beats in her life that have most influenced her pathway to leadership. The discussion ran the gamut, addressing everything from the role of community, role models and mentors, work ethic and career transitions, to being a transformational servant leader and ways that her life experiences continue to inform her leadership style.
A series of what she refers to as “divine encounters” led to opportunities that continue to unfold here at Valencia. “I knew my purpose would be augmented by being in the higher education context where I would be able to affect change and transformation.”
Toward that end, Falecia sees herself as “transformational servant leader.”
“I try to replicate the deep values and culture within our organization. I value integrity and democratic ideals and so I hope my approach in working with my team demonstrates that. I also value high levels of creativity, innovation and a high degree of autonomy, and I hope I afford people I work with the same.”
The full video of Dr. Williams’ motivational and inspirational story may be viewed here.
To learn more about the American Association of Women in Community Colleges and becoming a member, visit the AAWCC website.