Champion Connections Empower Diverse Voices

The most successful careers are built on the help and support of generous colleagues — peers who collaborate and support growth, mentors who help develop specific skills and champions who recommend and advocate involvement at the next levels of leadership.    

My own champion story starts with my work with Julie Todaro in the Texas Library Association. Julie became my champion when she advocated for my participation at the next level of leadership in 2009-2010 ALA President Camila Alire’s Family Literacy Focus Presidential Initiative.  With that single recommendation, Julie set me on a new path to leadership within the association.  -Dr. Mary Jo Venetis, co-lead for Champion Connections and Associate Library Director for Technical Services, University of Texas-Dallas Libraries 

One can never have too many champions.  As a person of color, having advocates such as Molly Raphael and the late Effie Lee Morris providing guidance was invaluable. They played an important role in bringing my skills and talents to the larger library arena. Having an advocate is a real must.  -Rose Dawson, co-lead for Champion Connections and Director, Alexandria Library

Champion Connections is scheduled for 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting.  This special event provides selected new and emerging leaders with an opportunity to meet with established leaders within the American Library Association, its divisions, round tables and affiliates.  By providing a forum to meet, new and emerging leaders can share their interests, experiences and goals with the intent of finding an established leader who will become interested in championing and promoting their involvement at higher levels within the association. 

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