WEST PALM BEACH — Scholar and author Dr. Lea E. Williams will speak on the topic “Race, Gender and Leadership” during a lecture and awards presentation hosted by the Catherine T. MacArthur School of Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University and the PBA Alumni Association.

The event, Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the university’s DeSantis Family Chapel, 300 Okeechobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach, is free and open to the public. The lecture is part of the MacArthur Leadership Speaker Series.

Dr. Williams, who presently serves as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs/institutional planning, assessment and research at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, will walk the audience through the lives of a select group of women of color who exemplified the principles of servant leadership as defined by Robert K. Greenleaf, and as seen in the traditions of communities of color that predate Greenleaf. She will discuss the strong role played by faith in the leadership journeys of these women and their commitment to causes of social justice and equal rights.

Dr. Williams has pursued African American and women’s studies from numerous vantage points. She worked at the United Negro College Fund for 11 years early in her career, concluding as vice president of educational services, and is former founding executive director of the National African-American Women’s Leadership Institute, Inc.

As an independent scholar, she is the author of Servants of the People: The 1960s Legacy of African American Leadership, which was published by St. Martin’s Press in 1996.  Palgrave-Macmillan published a second edition in 2009.

She also has authored more than two dozen articles on education, often minority-themed.

WHAT: Dr. Lea E. Williams on ‘Race, Gender and Leadership’

WHEN: Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Palm Beach Atlantic University’s DeSantis Family Chapel, 300 Okeechobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach

COST: Free and open to the public

CONTACT: Becky Peeling at 561-803-2018 or becky_peeling@pba.edu

For information, contact Becky Peeling at 561-803-2018 or becky_peeling@pba.edu

Photo: Dr. Lea E. Williams