Does Leadership Have a Gender? - Samantha Drew Gordon
From Kara McElwrath on March 14th, 2017
International Women’s Day Event & UIS Campus Safety Week Co-Sponsored by Women’s Center We now find more women rising in leadership roles in traditionally male environments. These women often find themselves struggling to be respected and taken seriously unless they resort to traditional aggressive leadership modalities. Women shouldn’t have to lead like men to be successful. Samantha Drew Gordon will share her experiences as a leader and identify ways that women can lead without having to invoke positional power and ultimatums in order to be respected. Samantha Drew Gordon was a most exceptional Student Government Association (SGA) President for both her junior and senior years (AY 06 and AY 07) at University of Illinois Springfield. She majored in Political Science and minored in Economics. Sam started her career working at a shelter for survivors of domestic violence, Sojourner Center in Phoenix. Through her work on domestic violence, she became deeply interested in organizing larger-scale responses to the inequities that women face in our society. In 2008, she began working for the Service Employees International Union in Arizona as an organizer working to bring child care providers a living wage and a union. Over the last nine years at SEIU, Sam has worked on various political campaigns, organizing initiatives, and helped build and implement a national leadership development program for the union. In 2015, Sam moved to California as Statewide Field Director of SEIU Local 1000 – which represents 95,000 California state workers. She currently directs a large team within the Organizing Department; develops plans, strategy, and implementation for statewide organizing and leadership development campaign.