WOMEN ENDOWING EDUCATION
LEF hosted the first Women Endowing Education luncheon on October 25, at the home of Michelle Cree.
Approximately thirty women from across the LISD community participated in this initial event. During a lovely lunch catered by Seven Loaves Catering, guests heard from Suzanne Sutton, founder of Change Point Strategies. Suzanne's presentation focused on the power women hold within their circles of influence and the profound impact they have to inspire change and giving.
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Suzanne encouraged the group not to "cocoon ourselves in our own little environment...just move to the right school district, volunteer at our child’s school and all will be well. "
While we live inside an excellent school district, all is not well concerning our children's education and the future education of others. LISD currently has 68 schools covering 127 square miles and educates over 51,000 children. Inadequacies in state funding for education have created significant gaps at the local level. This required LISD to make significant budget cuts. To maintain the exceptional education LISD provides, we have to find other creative ways to fund what used to be considered “our norm.”
"When it comes to charitable giving, it makes perfect sense that women are truly the ones who understand societal needs. Women more readily understand suffering and what needs to be done to overcome it. We innately understand hunger, education and hope. We can discern where it is we want to give our dollars and influence others to become aware of needs and how they can be met. Because we have higher radar in detecting needs and finding solutions, our spouses receive the benefit of our enhanced community knowledge of areas needing support. We can’t sit back and wish for change, we have to be a part of making those changes happen!
LISD has embarked on a Strategic Design Process to create a new vision and mission for the direction of education in LISD. While still in progress, it is going to require additional effort from everyone in the community.
She concluded by encouraging the ladies in attendance to stretch their minds and consider ways to get involved to make a tremendous impact toward this cause, and left us with this, "As ordinary women, we can have extraordinary impact!"
If you are a woman with a desire to impact education, please contact Mary Worthington by phone (469-948-2013) or e-mail to learn more about Women Endowing Education.