Becoming a Great Leader

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By Jenny Faubert

A good leader understands people. A good leader knows how to communicate with people. A good leader is a mentor, role model and visionary. At the 2008 Career College Association (CCA) Leadership Institute, attendees learned they could be great leaders! People who may never have spoken to each other became friends through teambuilding activities. Valuable knowledge was gained through sessions presented by leaders in the industry on compliance, retention, curriculum and networking, to name a few topics.

In 2006, the Imagine America Foundation established the Gail Benjamin Fellowship in honor of a strong and tireless advocate of career education, Gail Benjamin. The Foundation, with the support of the Gail and Arthur Benjamin Foundation, Datamark, Champion College Solutions and PlattForm Advertising, offers females and underrepresented minorities the Gail Benjamin Fellowship, up to $3,500 in grants to attend the CCA Leadership Institute. Gail strongly believed in the necessity and responsibility of each generation to offer their skills and talents in assisting future generations in fulfilling their educational and career goals.

This year, five outstanding women received the 2008 Gail Benjamin Fellowship: LaVerne Gillespie, Director of Career Services at Missouri College; Latasha Humphrey, Business Office Coordinator at Virginia College; Lynnette Kennedy, Registrar at Spencerian College; Deloris Newsome, Director of Career Services at Antonelli College; and Annette Swanson, Director of Career Services at ITT Technical Institute.

Arthur Benjamin, Gail's husband and current Vice Chairman & CEO of ATI Schools & Colleges, was extremely pleased that Imagine America continues his late wife’s dream of providing career training for all those who might otherwise not have the opportunity. He also expressed gratitude to those who continue to support the mission of the Gail Benjamin Fellowship with annual contributions to Imagine America Foundation for this purpose.

Each recipient emulates Gail Benjamin in many ways. All women are active volunteers, are passionate about what they do, and are seeking to learn more in order to help others. “My goal is to consistently produce excellence in every area of education and to be a role model that reflects the mission and purpose of not only Spencerian College, but education at all levels,” said Lynnette Kennedy.

By assisting the Gail Benjamin Fellowship recipients, the Imagine America Foundation believes they will each learn the skills and tools needed to emerge as future career education leaders and continue to impact the lives of students. Gail’s legacy lives on through the many lives she has impacted – and continues to impact – through the Gail Benjamin Fellowship.