Congresswoman Talks Leadership, Success

By: Sarah Cantey Email
By: Sarah Cantey Email

Politics aside, both sides of the aisle can agree it is no simple task balancing family time with a seat in Congress.

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby (R)/ 2nd District Alabama said, "They can do what they set their minds to and they have other women that are there to support them."

A leader's message to the women of Troy.

An audience full of future leaders heard U-S Representative Martha Roby's story. She talked about juggling a full plate on Capitol Hill ... all while being a mother of two.

Rep. Roby said, "We take it one week at a time and then one day at a time in that week."

But the balancing act of career and motherhood isn't the only challenge facing women in the work force.

Kelley Curran, Troy University Sophomore said, "I learned in my leadership class here that success and likability are positively correlated for men but negatively correlated with women."

A correlation that didn't sit well with Curan. So she was first in line asking for Roby's advice.

"Just keep going after it and if you get to the top hopefully people still like you and stay true to yourself. That was really encouraging and something that I struggled with a little bit lately is just staying true to yourself because everyone wants to be liked,” she said.

Words of wisdom from a working mom and leader herself. "Hearing from someone who is doing it and can give real-life experience as opposed to theoretical or textbook experience means a lot,” she said.

The event was hosted by the campus’s M.I.S.S Elite organization…that stands for Motivating and Instilling Sophisticated Students into an Elite Society…it is the organization’s first year on campus.


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