Leadership Women Texas’s 90-member 2018 class visited El Paso and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso this week as part of the organization’s yearlong fellowship activities. The program provides educational and professional development opportunities for Texas women seeking to advance their leadership skills.
Fellows in the program have the opportunity to broaden their perspectives by exploring four Texas cities — Fort Worth, Abilene, Houston and El Paso. During their tours, the participants hear from recognized experts, government officials and other leaders to positively inform their work and communities for years to come.
The following TTUHSC El Paso employees are members of the 2018 class:
Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing
- Christy Blanco, D.N.P., R.N., WHNP-BC, assistant professor
Office of Institutional Advancement
- Carolina De Luca, annual giving officer
- Veronique Masterson, associate managing director
- Danai Sanchez, executive associate
Stephanie Woods, Ph.D., M.S.N., dean of the GGHSON, took part in Leadership Women Texas in 2002. Woods says the program helped shape her view of El Paso, a city she had never visited before.
“The city visits are mini-immersion experiences,” Woods said. “As such, they are invaluable. My first trip to El Paso was with LT in ’02. Because you spend an extended time in one place, you begin to connect the dots. You see why environmental issues are more challenging when another country is just across the river. You begin to see the impact on health care when uninsured patients come in for treatment. You learn about the crime stats, the economic indicators, quality of life issues. It takes you deeper than you could ever go on a site-seeing trip. It makes you see Texas with new eyes.”
Spending time with women representing a wide range of professions, with valuable leadership experience across both nonprofit and for-profit sectors, has stuck with Woods.
“You have new leaders sitting alongside long-term leaders,” Woods said. “You hear from experts you would have never had access to otherwise. My experience in LT, and in particular the El Paso experience, stayed with me always. It is part of the reason why I took this job.”
Leadership Women Texas’ visit to TTUHSC El Paso included a welcome message from President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., tours of the Regional Simulation and Training Center, and a presentation on cancer research in the Borderland.
For more information about Leadership Women Texas, visit leadership-women.org/programs/texas.
Photos by Tommie Morelos, Office of Institutional Advancement.