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A quote by Russian Playwright, Anton Chekhov states, ‘Knowledge has no value unless you put it into practice.” Students at Florida State University Panama City are making sure they put their studies to the test.

“This is about leadership styles and theories and challenges and we are trying to mix theory and practice through this class,” said FSU Professor Dr. Eren Ozgen.

The Contemporary Leadership class at FSU PC focuses on preparing students for the real world.

On Tuesday, the class heard presentations from local women leaders.

“I do my best to take every opportunity that I possibly can to be able to inspire the next generation and to help them find themselves and to become leaders in our community,” said Niki Kelly, Executive Director of Girls Inc of Bay County. 

Each woman shared her successes and struggles, something one student says inspired her. 

Senior Kristi Lawson said,  “I think hearing about some of the failures that they faced because the biggest thing in life is we all face failures and how they overcame that and how they didn’t let it be a road block to their success.”

Kelly says, one lesson she wanted the students to learn is to stay out of their own way. “It’s really important that they believe in themselves, that they trust in themselves and they don’t create barriers that aren’t necessarily there because if they can do that, then they can overcome any barriers that somebody is going to put in their way.”
The speakers of the class were: 

Niki Kelly, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Bay County (Non-Profit organization)

Phyllis Reppen, President of Far Horizons Travel and Sand Hills Storage

Janice Lucas, Executive Director of LEAD Coalition in Bay County

Cecile Scoon, Attorney and Bay County League of Women Voters President

Hiba Rahim, Northwest Florida Regional Coordinator for Cair Org (Civil Rights organization)

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