Women's Connection Honors Two Ashford University Students
Duo recognized as emerging leaders
Ashford University students Nkemdilim Okwumabua and Brittany Zinser were among the 15 outstanding regional women who were recently honored as emerging women leaders for their exceptional leadership initiative and high academic achievement, and for making a difference in their school and community by the Women’s Connection.
On Jan. 23, 350 women leaders gathered for the Women’s Connection “Women in Leadership” event featuring U.S. District Judge Sara Darrow on the topic, “Find Your Voice: Perspectives on Passion in Life and Leadership.”
Okwumabua from Rockford, IL and Zinser from Cincinnati, OH join fellow Ashford University students Jerrika Castillo, Jordan Davis, Abbye Garcia, Cara Harmon, Renee LaFrentz and Heather McCue in receiving this honor.
“The purpose of Women’s Connection’s Emerging Women Leaders Recognition Program is to raise up and honor regional female collegiate students who are excelling as leaders both academically and within their communities,” said Women’s Connection co-executive director Nancy Renkes. “We believe it’s important to bring along the next generation of women leaders.”
Through participation in the Emerging Women Leaders Program, regional colleges and universities have the opportunity to honor their outstanding women leaders.
The mission of the Women’s Connection, one of the largest women’s organizations in eastern Iowa and western Illinois, is to inspire, educate, connect and empower women.
About Ashford University
Ashford University is defining the modern college experience by combining the heritage of a traditional campus with the flexibility and effectiveness of online learning. The University provides a vibrant learning community where high-quality programs and leading-edge technology create a dynamic, immersive and stimulating learning experience. Ashford University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (www.ncahlc.org). The University offers practical and progressive associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs online, as well as bachelor’s degree programs at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. Ashford University – where heritage meets innovation. For more information, please visit www.ashford.edu or call Shari Winet Rodriguez, vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.