Waggoner selected for leadership program

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, March 8, 2014

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Debbie Waggoner of Decatur, president of Nodus Inc., has been selected to join a network of more than 5,000 women as a member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2014.

Waggoner is one of 84 outstanding women leaders competitively selected from across the state to participate in the longest-running women’s leadership development program in the U.S. “Throughout the year-long program, she will have the opportunity to broaden her perspective on Texas by exploring four cities and receiving cutting-edge information from renowned experts, government officials and other leaders to positively inform her work and community for years to come,” said Candace O’Keefe-Mathis, CEO of Women’s Resources.

Leadership Texas, now in its 32nd consecutive year, is the flagship program of the Texas-based foundation headquartered in Dallas.

Launched in 1983 as the first statewide program for women’s leadership development, Leadership Texas is patterned after, though not affiliated with, the co-educational civic programs that have found success in a number of cities throughout the state and nation.

“Our founders decided to create Leadership Texas to help women become better, more informed leaders in our state’s communities, organizations and corporations,” O’Keefe-Mathis added.

The theme for the 2014 program year is ‘The Power of Community: Exploring Our Uniqueness; Sharing Common Ground.’

“Participants will visit Dallas, Laredo, Abilene and Austin where each city’s opportunities and challenges will be highlighted,” O’Keefe-Mathis said. “We consider it a privilege to offer these influential women leaders from a broad diversity of professional and personal backgrounds some new perspectives, opinions and validation on some of the issues, people and places they might not otherwise encounter outside of the program.”

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